Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership

Saint Louis University

Year Founded: Sept. 1, 2015
Date Posted: Nov. 11, 2016
Submitted by: David Webb
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Professional or Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma
Completion: 6-8 weeks
Distance: Distance Education
Commitment: Part-Time


The professional certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership is a self-paced, fully on-line course featuring insights, videos, and experiences on sustainable leadership gathered from top thought leaders, companies, sustainability professionals, and educators. The course is designed to impart and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to incorporate sustainable leadership into your business to create positive financial, environmental, and social impacts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Use the language of business to communicate sustainability risks and opportunities
  2. Connect financial business opportunities to existing social and environmental challenges
  3. Demonstrate ways companies can account for corporate, social, and environmental performance in financial reporting
  4. Identify future risks an organization may encounter due to current market forces and government regulation and policy
  5. Understand how companies are using sustainability and Triple Bottom Line (TBL) decision-making to thrive
  6. Analyze an organization’s environmental impact by calculating a simple carbon footprint
  7. Formulate business decisions by evaluating environmental and social return on investment (ROI)
  8. Identify ways to convert waste streams into revenue streams
  9. Understand Design for the Environment (DfE) principles and how they can be applied to a company’s products or services
  10. Use common sustainability assessment tools, such as carbon footprinting, to help guide an organization’s management decisions
  11. Define what is important to your organization and its stakeholders by determining “materiality”
  12. Apply a systems thinking approach to complex problems and sustainable solutions