Diploma in Business Sustainability

Future-proof your career in business sustainability with a globally recognised, in-demand qualification. Learn to master the CSRD landscape and turn compliance into a competitive advantage for your organisation. Courses now enrolling.

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What you'll learn

How to become a skilled leader in driving organisational sustainability initiatives

Course Format​

100% online and self-paced


Recommended 12 weeks of self-paced study. Get access to course materials for a year.


3-5 hours per week



A comprehensive course with practical insights

Michele Hallahan, Faculty for Diploma in Business Sustainability

Hear from our Diploma graduates

Find out how they’re using the practical tools and insights from the course to tackle urgent sustainability challenges.

“This course offered immense theoretical and practical learning that exposed me to sustainability best practices that successful organisations such as mine can benefit from.”
"11 Encirc employees gained a strong understanding of sustainability challenges in business and ways to contribute."
"The Diploma course helped me gain practical understanding of business sustainability, including measurement tools. Highly recommended for implementing sustainable practices."

Take a peek into the Diploma Course

Experience the interactive online learning platform and see how you can gain the knowledge you need to confidently implement sustainability best practices. With this demo, you can:

Enroll in our Diploma in Sustainability Demo Course to explore sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

What you’ll learn

The Diploma in Business Sustainability is credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University, maps onto the European Qualifications Framework and is also CPD certified.

Module 1

Introduction to Business Sustainability

Discover the course topics and learn how the course is structured.

Module 2

Sustainability Plan Development

Learn how to build a credible sustainability plan for your business.

Module 3

Sustainability Plan Implementation

Discover processes and initiatives to help you reach your sustainability targets.

Module 4

Decarbonisation: Achieving Net Zero

Understand how to define, develop, and implement a decarbonisation strategy.

Module 5

Circular Economy

Learn about the circular economy and how to apply it to your business.

Module 6

Business with Biodiversity

Understand the links between business and the biodiversity emergency.

Module 7

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn how to develop a DE&I strategy to drive engagement and business growth.

Module 8

Sustainable Finance

Expand your sustainable finance knowledge and examine its business and global benefits.

Module 9

Sustainable Operations

Learn how to build a sustainable operation to boost efficiency, and reduce costs and waste.

Module 10

Sustainable Supply Chain

Gain the skills and tools to develop a smarter and more resilient supply chain.

Module 11

Green Marketing

Find out how to use marketing and communications for your sustainability plan.

Module 12

ESG Reporting and Auditing

Learn how to develop high quality, non-financial information to improve transparency.

Exam & Certificate

Online Assessment and MCQ

You’ll take two online assessments; one after you’ve completed Module 6 and the other after you have completed Module 12. Once you pass both the assessments you’ll be awarded your Diploma in Business Sustainability.

Advance your skills with expert-led masterclasses

These online masterclasses, exclusive for Diploma participants, offer an unparalleled opportunity to gain the latest sustainability insights and practical strategies from industry leaders. Here, you will learn from top experts, explore innovative solutions, and connect with a community of professionals dedicated to driving sustainable innovation. A highlight for our attendees is the interactive breakout sessions, where they engaged in meaningful discussions and the specific challenges they might encounter. Access a calendar-packed masterclass series upon enrolling in the Diploma in Business Sustainability course.

Upcoming masterclass:

Green Growth Strategies: Practical Carbon Footprint Reduction for SMEs

Expert Speaker:
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Ben Craig

Director, Big Blue Mountains

Attendees will gain comprehensive insights into carbon footprint reduction across business sizes, from understanding its basics to implementing practical, scalable strategies. You will learn through real-life case studies, covering energy efficiency, sustainable sourcing, renewable energy integration, and innovative R&D investment. Ben's session promises actionable knowledge for achieving environmental benefits and cost savings, emphasising the balance between immediate actions and long-term sustainability planning.

Everything you need to drive sustainability change now

Danielle McCormick, Faculty for Diploma in Business Sustainability

Next course commences

6th Mar 2024

Enrolments close on 5th Mar 2024.

Following course start date:
20th Mar 2024
(Self-paced, guided and an immersive learning experience)
Payment Plans Available

Diploma in Business Sustainability


The Diploma with a difference

Explore key features of our Diploma in Business Sustainability



Covers all aspects of sustainability

Live lectures


24/7 access to course materials all in one place


Flexible learning

Self-paced learning on your own time

Build Skills

Build skills

Ideal for professionals leading or contributing to sustainability initiatives

Demistify Key topics

Demystifies key topics

Gain a clear understanding of sustainability concepts

meet participants

Network with peers

Interact with fellow learners in the course community


Practical templates

Ready-to-use tools to assess and report on business sustainability

Industry experts

Industry experts

Course facilitators are practitioners drawing from real-world experiences

Trusted by Businesses Worldwide

Where some of our graduates work

Is the Diploma course for you?

Find out how our Diploma course will help you.

Need advice? Speak with a course advisor.

Speak to our course advisor to know more about your learning outcomes and figure out if the Diploma course is right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

More questions? Speak to our course advisor or email us at learning@instituteofsustainabilitystudies.com.

It is not essential to have any experience in sustainability to take up the Diploma course. Many of your peers would have had very little knowledge of sustainability prior to the commencement of the course.

The course modules are accessible round-the-clock for 12 months on an online learning platform called Thinkific. This allows for complete freedom for you to learn at your own pace and time wherever you are in the world. Apart from the course materials, you will also be a part of the course community where you can interact with your peers, get answers to your queries, and learn from our growing network of sustainability professionals. Additionally, you can also attend live online masterclasses and networking events conducted by sustainability experts, to gain additional insights into the latest in business sustainability and build your network in this growing niche. 

The Diploma in Business Sustainability course is curated by a panel of world-class sustainability experts, practitioners, and researchers, who are at the forefront of practical and tangible sustainability projects across the globe. See our faculty page to learn more.

The Institute of Sustainability Studies’ Diploma in Business Sustainability is university credit-rated by the Glasgow Caledonian University, a highly-rated UK university. The Diploma is recognised at Level 7 on the Scottish Curriculum and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Our faculty and courses have been thoroughly vetted and are continually monitored by the university to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards possible. This Diploma course is also CPD certified.

Absolutely! We’ve had teams join from various sectors and industries, and it is a great way to embed sustainability within your organisation. If you’re interested in participating in teams of five or more, email learning@instituteofsustainabilitystudies.com.