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The vision of our business sustainability leadership programs is 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) and the Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS) programs have been created in 2011 and have been jointly directed by Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff ever since.  The CAS is a contemporary and individualized offer that complements the profound strategic deep-dive of the DAS cohort. Both 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 close to 200 outstanding individual changemakers, consultants and sustainability professionals across all sectors and domains. The alumni of the programs regularly join the current cohorts and are invited to join guest lecturers online. Networking is an important element of achieving important change and our alumni are a family we treasure dearly. 

The program options: a suitable solution for you!

The objective of the Business Sustainability Leadership Programs is for participants to acquire skills & competencies to translate sustainability to business. Not everybody has the same needs or time availability and our program options are designed to fit into your busy life in suitable way. 

The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) is ideal for those able to dedicate 10 months to deep dive into the strategic challenges for business to embrace and embed sustainability in a fast-changing context. You join a cohort for a carefully designed flow of 9 sustainability modules. In addition, you work in a team on a real-life strategic business sustainability consulting project, accompanied by a coach and the program directors Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff. The program starts every September.


The Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS) is ideal for those wanting to gain knowledge and expertise in how organizations best address the sustainability challenges of our times. Participants can start the program either in January or at any time of the year. They have two options to complete the program:

  • Select 8 of the 9 sustainability modules in accordance to your availability and interest, over a period of ideally 1, if preferred 2 years. Each completed modules adds credits towards your certificate.

  • Select  5 of the 9 sustainability modules depending on your preference and priorities. In addition, define and complete your personal impact project (May - October), in a structured peer-learning and coaching setting. 


The business sustainability leadership programs combine knowledge transfer with interactive, action-oriented learning and a focus on personal development. They have been built with and around multiple actors in sustainability to ensure a current and innovative touch.

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.

Master classes

Master Classes

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

The Positive Impact Company

Let's co-create the world we want!

The online course that goes  with

the book by Katrin Muff.

5 Superpowers

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

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