Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme

Lead positive change and drive sustainability in your organisation

Start dates:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £1,995

About the programme

Examine your corporation’s impact on the environment from an executive-level perspective.

There is increasing demand for corporate leaders to include environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors in organisational strategy and shift their methods of value creation towards the concept of the triple bottom line: people, profit, and planet.

This programme takes you beyond traditional views of measuring and reporting on performance, to integrating ESG management into your business practice. Focus on sustainable development as you equip yourself with the essential skills to address the need for sustainable business management.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

Introduction to the programme



  • Skills needed to implement climate risk management and facilitate ESG integration in your organisation, creating long-term value for shareholders and society
  • Understand how to formulate effective KPIs to measure your organisation’s carbon footprint and align them with your corporate environmental sustainability goals
  • Practical action plan to incorporate sustainability strategies into corporate governance structures
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and research from University of Oxford faculty
  • Membership to the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford executive education elumni group on LinkedIn

Programme outline

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Corporate purpose and value creation

Module 2

Responding to climate change

Module 3

Natural capital and resource management

Module 4

Social sustainability

Module 5

Ensuring sustainability: governance, risk, and reporting

Module 6

Levers of change

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Professor Richard Barker and Mary Johnstone-Louis, who bring together faculty from Oxford Saïd and the wider University of Oxford to share their research and insights throughout the modules. They will be joined by guest industry experts, who are at the forefront of leading sustainable change across organisations.  

Industry expert contributors

  • Andrea Harris - Group Chief Counsel & Head of Sustainability, WPP Plc
  • Bettina Wittneben - Associate Scholar, Saïd Business School
  • Cameron Hepburn - Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Caroline Rees - President and Co-founder, Shift
  • Dieter Helm - Professor of Economic Policy, University of Oxford
  • Dominic Emery - Chief of Staff, BP
  • Fiona Reynolds - CEO, UN PRI
  • Hiro Mizuno - Independent Director, Tesla Inc | Executive in Residence
  • Katherine Willis - Professor of Biodiversity & Principal, St Edmund Hall
  • Ladi Balogun - Group Chief Executive, FCMB Group Plc
  • Liz Fisher - Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford
  • Malcolm McCulloch - Associate Professor in Engineering Science, Oxford Martin School
  • Marcelo Behar - Vice President, Sustainability & Group Affiars, Natura & Co
  • Martin Rich - Co-Founder & Executive Director, Future-Fit Foundation
  • Myles Allen - Professor of Geosystem Science, Oxford Martin School
  • Paul Polman - Co-Founder, IMAGINE
  • Robert G. Eccles - Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School
  • Rodney Irwin - Managing Director, Redefining Value and Education, WBCSD
  • Russell Picot - Chair of the Trustee Board, HSBC Bank UK
  • Shriti Vadera - Chair, Prudential Plc
  • Veronica Poole - Partner, Deloitte LLP

The thinking behind the programme

Corporations are under increasing scrutiny for their contributions to society and the environment. Against this backdrop, sustainable business management is vital. 

This programme is a practical way to access active research, and leverages evidence-based insights, case studies, and real-world application to help you understand how you can actively lead sustainability practises in your organisation.

Research from Oxford Saïd faculty forms a platform for the programme's teaching, combined with cutting edge thought leadership from across the University of Oxford.


Participant experiences

'I jumped at the chance to dive deep into a topic near and dear to my heart.'

Director of Sustainability, Fernando Arias, shares his reasons for joining an immersive online cohort, his experiences of the programme and the key actions he will take forward.

Tom Mytton took things one step further than networking with his peers online; after completing the programme and landing a new job, Tom came to Oxford and met with 200 fellow elumni!

Oxford research for a changing world


As we respond to a changing climate, how humanity will cope and thrive in this uncertain future has never been more important. 

Researchers at Oxford are working closely with partners across industry, government, the third sector, and at other universities to explore solutions to the challenges we are facing.

Join the #TruePlanet conversation and discover Oxford’s global research on climate, energy, food, water, waste, and biodiversity.



The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.