Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme

Lead positive change and drive sustainability in your organisation

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £1,900

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 partnership with online learning provider, GetSmarter, you will become part of a community, learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

An introduction to the programme

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Webinar: The Road to COP26: What you need to know

COP26 represents a crucial moment in aligning on the global actions necessary to truly and meaningfully address the climate emergency. 

In this webinar we will share what you need to know about COP26, what to look out for and what you can do to be part of this moment at your own organisation. We will also address your questions and create space for you to network and get to know fellow participants in a structured breakout session. 

Join Charmian Love, Mary Johnstone-Louis, Aoife Brophy and other guest speakers on the 11th October at 1pm, as they bring you a series of real-time and relevant insights to help you understand and engage in what will be a crucial two weeks in November.


On completion of this programme, you'll walk away with:

On completion of this programme, you'll walk away with:

  • The sustainable leadership skills needed to implement climate risk management and facilitate ESG integration in your organisation, creating long-term value for shareholders and society
  • An understanding of how to formulate effective KPIs to measure the impact of your organisation’s carbon footprint and align them with your corporate environmental sustainability goals
  • A practical action plan that you can use to incorporate sustainability strategies into corporate governance structures
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and research from University of Oxford faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.


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

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.


Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Professor Richard Barker, who brings 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.  

Experts and contributors

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Programme impact

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

As Director of Sustainability for his organisation, Fernando Arias was keen to explore the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme. Here he shares his personal experiences of the programme, his reasons for being part of an immersive online cohort, and the key actions he will take forward.  

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 L&D strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.