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Circular Economy & Sustainability: Impact on Business Models, Finance & Investments

4 half-day sessions (Live Online)

£1,950 + VAT (Live Online)

10-13 Oct 2023 (Live Online)

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Help build a better circular economy

The Circular Economy model is one that requires organisations across the value chain to explore adopting disruptive technologies based on improving asset life. These encompass adopting mechanisms for reusing, repairing and remanufacturing in the production process. The aim of circularity is to put back into the system everything relating to production, distribution and consumption, in order to extract as much value as possible from the resources and materials we utilise.

The Circular Economy can be considered as an enabler to achieving overall sustainability in our economy. In this programme, you will explore how you can adopt circularity principles in your business. This programme will help you to look at the importance of sustainability with respect to development goals and business models and will help you to examine the financial implications for your organisation.


Your learning journey

Module 1: Introduction to the circular economy & sustainability issues

  • How to identify your own company can contribute towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • How to assess the macro-environment of your business
  • How to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of circularity strategies.

Module 2: Operationalising circularity

  • The factors that contribute to making a cyclical supply chain successful
  • How to unleash cyclicality in your organisation through process innovation.

Module 3: Introduction to circular economy and sustainability business models

  • How to use the RESOLVE framework to apply the core principles of circularity to your business
  • How impact investing mobilises change towards sustainability
  • How to encourage investors to consider impact investment for your organisation.

Module 4: Impact investment and finance

  • The characteristics of sustainable finance
  • How impact investments are measured.

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


  • Build a business case for sustainability
  • Learn how to apply the principles of circularity to your business
  • Assess your organisation’s sustainable investments
  • Understand how can process innovation can facilitate and unleash cyclicality in your organisation
  • Learn and assess the difference between a traditional economic model and the Circular Economic model in achieving sustainability goals
  • Establish the business and financial case for adopting a Circular Economy model
  • Explore the concept of a circularity-by-design approach and understand how to incorporate those principles into your organisation
  • Understand the application of process innovation and supply chain management in a Circular Economy
  • 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.

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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.

Find out more about CPD.

This programme will look at the importance of sustainability for your organisation’s business models and development goals. We will provide you with the tools to be able to design end-user value propositions which will lead to increased cost efficiency, production effectiveness and business performance.
Professor Khaled Soufani, Academic Programme Director

Faculty & speakers

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

The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the Circular Economy & Sustainability programme is Professor Khaled Soufani.

Access profiles of the programme’s APD and faculty:

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

Professor Jaideep Prabhu teaches a Live Online programme.

Live Online

Our Live Online programmes bring Cambridge to you wherever you are, delivering the best aspects of a face-to-face learning experience here in Cambridge, into your office or home. Using technologies we are all now familiar with, you will take part in breakout groups with real time interaction between your peers and faculty. You will engage in realistic simulations or use software-enabled “sprint” design development. We also introduce guest speakers, live “Cambridge Union”-style debates and panels of experts and practitioners into the class.

Our Live Online programmes take place over a number of half-day sessions, run in the mornings (UK time).

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Who should attend?

  • Mid to senior-level executives who are:
  • Interested in learning about the principles of the Circular Economy and its financial implications for their organisation
  • Seeking to understand how the concepts of circularity and sustainability can be integrated into business strategy

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Thank you for a fantastic delivery of the Circular Economy programme. It was very informative and it certainly met my objectives and gave additional insight into impact investing and the financial case for a circular economy.
Óonagh McArdle, Global Sustainability Implementation Leader, Dow

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.

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

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Gain a solid understanding of diversity, from the different types and why it matters, to related opportunities and obstacles as well as successes and failures.

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£1,950 + VAT (Live Online)

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £1,875 + 20% = £2,250.

Fees include instruction and materials. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School’s Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this programme could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Adriana Baciu

Sales and Business Development Manager
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)7759 130560

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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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