Module 1 of the education:
Visions for a sustainable future
In the first module of the education, we take a helicopter perspective on sustainability and the UN’s World Goals and lay the foundation for further work on the education. We work with framing and core concepts.
Steen Hildebrandt introduces the UN’s World Goals; their history, their significance for the world and their relevance to Danish companies and organizations. Christina introduces the stages of sustainable transformation, the megatrends that drive sustainability in 2023 and the current demands on companies from customers, employees and authorities. The day is a wake up call that underscores the need to connect the world’s priorities with corporate strategies. The World Goals are introduced as a strategic compass for the work on sustainability and a conversation starter about the negative and positive imprints that companies make on the world.
Learning Objectives: You are introduced to the core concepts of sustainability and the factors that drive the global sustainable transformation. You understand that people, the planet and profit are intertwined, and that one cannot work with climate without also having an eye for the environment, people, justice and growth. The participants subsequently work to formulate sustainable ambitions for their organizations based on the World Goals. These will be important in module 2.
Teachers: Professor Steen Hildebrandt and sustainability advisor Christina Blak.
Module 2 of the education:
The global goals as a starting point for commercial value creation
The module delves into how sustainability can be used as a platform for innovation in your workplace. It gives you tools to work with the World Goals as an outside-in perspective in your workplace, where global (and local) challenges are turned into opportunities for product and business innovation.
The sustainability agenda, as framed by the UN’s Global Goals, reflects the enormous challenges facing the planet and its people. But at the same time, the World Goals are a catalog of the business opportunities that lie in the shifts from existing unsustainable practices to new more sustainable practices. Here, new products, services and business models are needed that can compete in and conquer completely new markets. Imagining the future has always been a good springboard for innovation. To imagine a more sustainable future is even more so.
The module presents examples of what other workplaces have done, and gives you practical tools to kick-start sustainable innovation processes in your workplace. And through reflections and exercises, you begin to get an idea of where sustainability can drive innovation with commercial potential in your organization.
Teacher: Sustainability Manager and author Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp.
Module 3 of the education:
Impression measurement (baselining) and strategy development
This module aims to enable participants to understand how the positive and negative imprints of an organization can be measured in order to develop a strategy that addresses the challenges and reinforces the potentials.
You will be introduced to and work with concrete tools that help create a baseline for how an organization’s imprint looks today – both in relation to social and environmental sustainability and specifically on climate. But knowledge of one’s own imprint is not worth much without a change in behavior. Therefore, the second half of the day will be about how an organization can work strategically with sustainability and develop ambitious strategies. You will therefore be introduced to a strategic toolbox that makes it possible to create a common vision, set concrete goals, develop a realistic roadmap with initiatives and implement them in an organization.
Teacher: Sustainability Advisor Esben Lanthén.
Module 4 of the education:
Climate Accounts and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
We focus on the practical tools that can (and sometimes must) be used to document and work systematically to improve its impact on the environment.
With the Paris Agreement and the Danish Climate Act on a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030, it is important to know, reduce and be responsible for the organization’s own greenhouse gas emissions. It is also important in relation to legal and reporting requirements and to be able to keep its business relevant in the market.
When we talk climate accounts for an organization, the entire value chain should be included in the accounts. And as more and more companies prepare climate accounts, more customers will ask their suppliers for climate data (which is accurate and calculated in a transparent and credible way). So when the claim comes from your customer, it’s nice to be ready.
Sometimes the customer wants not only the company’s climate footprint but also the product’s environmental footprint to be known. Then, as an organization, you must have a life cycle analysis (LCA) of the individual product. An LCA is a method of describing the environmental and climatic impact of a product or service throughout its life cycle from “cradle to grave”.
Module 5 of the education:
Product certifications and management certifications as well as circular economy
How can (and should) you work with product certifications and management certifications? What is important and not important? How can you best approach the task at hand in your own organization? And how can you work with circular economy in your organization?
Sustainability is less about smart words and more about raw data, action (and documentation for both). Therefore, we also see in several industries that certified products are a requirement of the customer. Not necessarily from the consumer, but for the joints here before. And when the customer makes it a prerequisite for future deliveries that the product is certified, many companies suddenly get very busy. Therefore, it is appropriate to assess which concrete sustainable initiatives will be absolutely crucial to implement first before the customers require it.
Management certifications such as environmental management (ISO 14001) or energy management (ISO 50001) are often not a customer requirement, but they are effective tools for mapping, following and improving your sustainable goals and challenges. They also help to document your efforts. If you put on top of these systems some ambitious goals that harmonize with the real needs of the planet, then your company has a solid system to create continuous momentum for your sustainable journey. Management certifications often also help to optimize processes, time and other resources.
Circular economy is an inevitable element of the sustainable journey. Because if your company wants to help the next generation take over the globe in the same condition as we received it, then we must stop taking the earth’s resources without giving back. And therefore we must think circularly. We need to think about reusing and recycling materials and products. But how do you as a company develop new business models based on circular economy?
Module 6 of the education:
Sustainability reporting & internal and external sustainability communication
A strong sustainability report is a witness to the truth in the debate on greenwashing. This module talks about the connection between strong reporting and credible communication, and it teaches you to involve your colleagues in the company’s transformation and see their own role in it.
The sustainability report is a basic book in the company’s work with a sustainable transformation and a compass for credible communication. Yet too many reports are only published, not communicated. Strong sustainability reporting is the strongest communication card you have on hand. It sets the direction for both internal and external communication. We look at the communication tree (from data to dialogue) and talk about what you can learn from the best when it comes to reporting.
We also talk about the value of employee involvement and the importance of moving from a measurable strategy to engaging communication. We work with commitment, sustainable narratives and the importance of inviting all stakeholders on the journey by providing them with opportunities for action that can strengthen sustainable behavior and promote responsible choices.
Along the way, you will learn to distinguish between the key concepts ESG, SDG and CSR. You will be introduced to ingredients in sustainability reporting: clarity, materiality, transparency, relevance and measurability. And we look at role models in reporting and work with sustainable messaging, stakeholder mapping and engagement ladders.
Teacher: Sustainability Advisor Christina Blak.
Academically strong curriculum
Prior to the education, you will be sent a syllabus for each of the six teaching days, which you can read freely in the free spaces you have in the month between each of the modules. The curriculum is packed with all the most important knowledge about sustainability and varies from everything from books and articles to videos.
Curriculum and material are included in the price for the Mini MBA in Sustainability Management, and it will be handed out at the start of the program. The syllabus for the first module will be sent before the first day, so you have plenty of time to read it. Are you registering close to the start of the education, and are you in doubt as to whether you can receive the material by the first day? Then contact us by chat or email and we will find a solution.
Possibility of payment via Gross salary scheme
If you have to pay for the education yourself and are employed somewhere, you may be able to use the Gross Salary Scheme. It reduces your total expense (and does not cost your employer anything). Call us on tel. 70 278 279 or write to email@example.com to hear more about the scheme.