Gain insights into the organisational risks and opportunities posed by climate change, and learn to lead a low carbon transition and rewire your business model for long-term value and resilience.
As public concern over sustainability challenges and ESG integration intensifies and climate-related organisational risks escalate, the ability to build more resilient business models that thrive in a low carbon economy has fast become a strategic imperative.
The Business and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Emissions online short course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides a comprehensive understanding of how to mitigate the business risks of climate change and oversee a low carbon transition for long-term resilience and overall value.
Over eight weeks online, you’ll explore real-world examples of successful low carbon initiatives and discover how to utilise innovation to build a resilient, profitable business model for the future, stimulating a ‘triple bottom line’ of people, profit, and planet. On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with a practical low carbon transition action plan, and the ability to lead change within your organisation and beyond.
Is this course for you?
This course is designed for any professional looking to upskill themselves in climate change risk mitigation and adaptation, as learning outcomes are applicable across industries.
Climate consultants, sustainability specialists, and environmental managers as well as those looking to contribute to ‘sustainable development goals’ (SDGs) will benefit from an exploration of the latest low carbon practises, and gain new insights relevant to their current context and role. Those in finance and operations will develop the tools to bring about a low carbon transition, and discover how to shift their business models for long-term resilience and profitability. Senior managers and C-suite executives in both the public and private sectors will learn how to lead sustainable change and turn a low carbon future into a strategic 21st-century business priority.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
A meaningful understanding of the organisational risks and strategic opportunities presented by climate change.
Practical insights and knowledge from real-world examples of successful low carbon initiatives.
Strategies for leading collaborative efforts and enhancing a triple bottom line of people, profit, and the planet.
Insights needed to rewire your business model for resilience and profitability over the long term.
A low carbon transition action plan to start leading change and meeting your personal and organisational sustainability goals.
Learn to lead the low carbon transition as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation moduleWelcome to your Online Campus
Module 1A changing climate for business
Module 2The vision of a low carbon future
Module 3The need to repurpose the economic system
Module 4Collaborating and leading a low carbon transition
Module 5Decarbonisation success stories
Module 6Innovation and design for a low carbon 21st century
Module 7Leading change and coping with disruption
Module 8Your role in leading the transition
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Why choose GetSmarter?
GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, is an online learning expert with over 10 years' experience in developing high-quality online short courses from the world’s leading universities. We deliver market-led courses that equip working professionals with the expertise required for the workplace of the future. Through a data-driven approach, we analyze future skills requirements and ensure all courses address this need.
Students are supported at every stage of the learning journey, enabling them to thrive professionally through increased relevance, competence, and confidence. Find out more about GetSmarter’s approach to digital learning, course design, and online delivery here.
You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more about payment options please visit our Payment and Financing FAQ, or contact an Enrollment Advisor, to find out which option you qualify for.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 per cent have received financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to request financial assistance from your employer.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for a business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums. If you are looking for your Online Campus login, please see the list of university partner login pages here.
About the certificate
Study the business risks and opportunities of climate change and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.