The vision of our business sustainability leadership programs are to understand the challenges we as a global community face in the coming decades, to evaluate how business can contribute to resolve them, and how business leaders can shape their strategy and operations sustainably and responsibly.

Leadership Education in Business Sustainability

Learning for a sustainable world and a future worth living

The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) program has been created in 2011 and has been jointly directed by Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff ever since.  The Certificate in Sustainability (CAS) was recently created to complete the training offer of the Institute for Business Sustainability. The programs enable participants to comprehend and respond to global challenges from the perspective of business as a force for good.


To date, the programs have attracted more than 150 outstanding individual changemakers, consultants and sustainability professionals across all sectors and domains. The alumni of the program have co-created the PositiveImpact.Space to meet and exchange their ideas and best practices in the field and to contribute to the transformation of business to become a force for good.

A new way of learning - from teaching to learning

The objective of the Business Sustainability Leadership Programs is for participants to acquire skills & competencies to translate sustainability to business.

The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) was designed as an experience to help you bring about the change you want to see happening in the world, both from a professional as well as personal perspective.

We seek to open up new avenues of possibilities,

preparing participants for a future that is emerging.


The Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS) is a lighter option designed for seasoned changemakers and sustainability professionals looking to round of their experience with targeted modules and a project to clarify their personal impact journey. 


Our business sustainability leadership programs combine knowledge transfer with interactive, action-oriented learning and a focus on personal development. They are innovative in their approach as they are built with and around multiple actors in sustainability.

All business sustainability leadership programs / diplomas in sustainability are endorsed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the U.N. Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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Let's co-create the world we want!

The online course that goes  with

the book by Katrin Muff.

5 Superpowers

Master Classes

We offer online Master Classes to changemakers and business sustainability consultants and professionals. The following courses are currently available:

Our executive programs are directed by Katrin Muff and Thomas Dyllick, world-class sustainability experts, together with an incredible faculty of thought leaders in all fields of sustainability and transformation.

Our business sustainability leadership programs are build on leading-edge research in the trans-disciplinary fields of business sustainability, corporate responsibility, social innovation and transformation.

In their form, they are unique. 

Objectives & Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the business sustainability leadership programs are to inspire and train change agents with a broad understanding in global sustainability and provide them with practical skills to develop and implement solutions for sustainability issues in organizations.

  • You will discover state-of-the-art concepts and tools for tackling global challenges related to the economic, environmental, and social impact of business. You will turn business on its head, learn about social innovations and will explore an outside-in perspective which redefines business strategies as being driven by sustainability challenges.

  • You will move beyond academic exploration from day one and will have the chance to make a positive contribution to a real organization within the program. You will apply what you learn straight away by immersing yourself in a 10-month company consulting project with fellow course participants.

  • You will undertake a transformational journey of self-discovery through personal development classes and reflective thinking. You will redefine leadership from the perspective of leading yourself and others towards a better world.

These objectives of our degrees in advanced sustainability are reached thanks to a diversified program composed of the modules listed here.

Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise

Peter Drucker

Professor and author