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Circular Economy & Sustainability Strategies

6 weeks (Online)

USD2,095 (Online)

4 May-22 Jun 2023 (Online)
22 Jun-10 Aug 2023 (Online)

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Manage and lead a sustainable business

The over-exploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth and development has had a negative impact on the environment while also causing these resources to become scarcer and costlier. So it’s easy to see why the idea of a circular economy that offers new ways to create a more sustainable economic growth model is taking hold across the globe. This programme is designed to help you understand the growing business case for sustainable solutions and learn how to manage and lead a sustainable business by incorporating circular economy principles into your strategies to support sustainable growth.

This six-week, online programme will:

  • Describe the three dimensions of sustainability (society, environment and economy) and how they interrelate
  • Explain how to build a culture of sustainability
  • Demonstrate the value of impactful investments
  • Plot steps for developing a sustainable business model.

This programme is being delivered in collaboration with Emeritus.

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Your learning journey

This six-week online programme comprises of six modules:

Module 1: Introduction to sustainability and natural capital

  • Define sustainability and its link to over-consumption and over-production from a business and economic standpoint
  • Describe multiple metrics for measuring sustainability, including the Triple Bottom Line (TBL); environmental, social and governance (ESG); and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Analyse the sustainability initiatives being employed by some of the world’s most recognisable companies and brands.

Module 2: The Circular Economy and sustainable business models

  • Define the fundamentals of a circular economy and the characteristics of a circular business model
  • Distinguish between linear and circular business models
  • Learn how to circularise a linear business model
  • Describe the business benefits of transitioning to a circular business model.

Module 3: Building a sustainable organisation

  • Analyse the importance of building a sustainable culture in organisations
  • Learn how to build a sustainable culture in organisations, including how to incorporate other business strategies into the process
  • Recognise and make plans to avoid the potential pitfalls that arise when changing organisational culture.

Module 4: Enablers of sustainability

  • Analyse how circularity enables sustainability
  • Describe the various other enablers of sustainability
  • Learn how to design waste out of your business processes.

Module 5: Driving innovation through impactful solutions

  • Learn how sustainability can drive innovation.
  • Describe innovations that have improved sustainability
  • Use the RESOLVE framework as a springboard for creating sustainable innovations.

Module 6: Impact investment: fundamentals and characteristics

  • Describe the characteristics of sustainable finance
  • Learn how impact investments are measured.

For more information on the modules and faculty, please download the brochure.


  • Understand the benefits of adopting sustainable solutions
  • Learn how to build a culture of sustainability in your organisation
  • Gain the tools to develop your own sustainable business model
  • Learn how to incorporate circular economy principles into your own business strategies
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School’s global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

Access profiles of the programme’s faculty:

For more information on the modules and faculty, please download the brochure.

Programme format

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Our fully online programmes run over the course of multiple weeks, allowing you the greatest level of flexibility as to where and when you study. The learning is carefully structured in weekly components through a mix of curated videos, live webinars with Cambridge faculty plus Q&A sessions with Live Chat, assignments and discussions. Individual support is available through course Leaders and a dedicated Programme Support Team.

Our online programmes are delivered in collaboration with either Eruditus Executive Education or the Emeritus Institute of Management.

Who should attend?

This programme was developed to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of sustainability and the benefits of implementing a circular economy. It is ideal for:

  • C-Suite executives looking to use sustainability as a competitive advantage and drive business growth in a post-pandemic world
  • Mid- to senior-level managers aiming to achieve business sustainability through innovative solutions and advance their career and lead an organisation
  • Consultants seeking to provide their clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to business problems and demonstrate credibility and capability through a respected programme.

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Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

Related programmes

Circular Economy & Sustainability Strategies belongs to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-topic executive education programmes. Here are a selection of related programmes:

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17-20 Oct 2023

Blends theory and practice to help you become a more effective inclusive leader.

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Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership: A Pathway to Business Sustainability

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Take action on complex environments, social and governance issues. Build a ESG strategy to transform the business.

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USD2,095 (Online)

Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the Open Programmes team:

[email protected]

Additional information

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

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