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English: Mini MBA in Sustainability Management

Join Denmark’s most ambitious continuing education in sustainability! Meet Professor Steen Hildebrandt and 4 other leading experts in the UN’s World Goals, sustainability and sustainable development in this education over 6 exciting months, where you work both theoretically and practically with the subject.

The 7 best reasons to take part in the education:

  1.  You get the latest knowledge and lots of concrete tools for working with sustainability and SDGs.
  2.  You will be taught by five leading experts in sustainability and SDGs.
  3.  You get a book package worth DKK 1,200.
  4.  You get 6 teaching days (over 6 months) at two of the country’s most sustainable conference hotels as well as joint dinner, group exercises and accommodation before module
  5.  You meet like-minded people (from all over the country) who can become valuable sparring partners in the future.
  6.  You will be assigned a study group during the education.
  7.  And finally: You become a far more valuable employee, and you get paperwork on your new skills.

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Who should attend the "Mini MBA in Sustainability Management"?

This education in sustainability is not targeted at a specific industry or job function.

The “Mini MBA in Sustainability Management” is for you who work with sustainability and the UN’s World Goals (or are on the way to it) and would like to become even better at running sustainability projects and helping to create complete sustainability transformations.

There can be many inputs to working with sustainability. You may be a project manager, consultant, development consultant, sustainability consultant, independent consultant, manager, HR employee – or something completely different. The diversity is worth its weight in gold on the training teams, and everyone can learn from each other and draw on each other’s practical experiences.

There are no formal admission requirements for the “Mini MBA in Sustainability Management”. And it is targeted at both private and public employees.

Stop searching. Here is the training that will help you further!

There are great sustainability ambitions in the Danish business community. The snowball is rolling and it’s absolutely amazing! But once the ambitions are formulated, a host of practical challenges arise that require completely new competencies:

How do you translate the sustainable ambitions into concrete initiatives? How to put together a sustainability strategy? How do you measure the impact of your sustainable initiatives? How to make a climate account? How to perform a life cycle analysis? What product certifications and management certifications must the workplace have? How do you create commercial value (or savings) with your sustainable initiatives? How do you measure your overall climate footprint on the world? How to make a sustainability report? How do you get employees on board the changes? And how do you communicate it all to the outside world?

Sustainable transformations require knowledge, overview and tools. And all that we have gathered for you in this training.

The World Goals is also a catalog of business opportunities

The UN’s World Goals are an expression of the serious challenges facing the planet and its inhabitants. But the World Goals are also a catalog of business opportunities. For the sustainable transformation calls for new products, services and business models that can commit to and conquer entirely new markets. In education, we work with this constructive duality in doing something good and at the same time making ourselves better – whether we are a profit-driven company, an NGO or a municipality.

Meet iconic professor Steen Hildebrandt

In the first module of the education, you will meet Professor Steen Hildebrandt, who is a Danish lighthouse within sustainable transformation and sustainable management. Steen has written more than 50 books, won numerous awards and today gives more than 100 lectures on sustainability and the UN’s World Goals a year. Steen is on a mission to spread the sustainable message to the Danish workplaces!

The business community demands sustainability competencies

Sustainability in business is not a nightmare or a buzzword that will be replaced by something new and smarter in a few years. It’s here to stay! And it is well on its way to becoming a fully integrated part of all Danish private companies, organizations and public workplaces. A search on Denmark’s job search portals shows that more than 1,000 current job postings contain the word ‘sustainability’. It testifies to a massive unmet need for strong competencies in sustainability.

Avoid being run over (in the near future)!

Customers, citizens and the outside world place great demands on your sustainability efforts. And in the future, those demands will only get bigger. For example, 73% of global consumers say they want to change their consumption patterns to reduce a negative climate impact.

When a customer maps their own climate footprint, you become part of those calculations. And if your climate footprint (and working with the SDGs) looks bad, or if you are unable to clarify your footprint, you run the risk of customers finding someone else to play with. And vice versa: If you are further ahead of the competition, it gives you an advantage.

In other words, there are good reasons not to wait to strengthen your knowledge and skills in sustainability!

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Get taught at two of Denmark’s most sustainable hotels

You can either sign up for the education in Aarhus or in Copenhagen. In both cities, we are with Comwell, which in 2019 and 2020 has been named Denmark’s most sustainable hotel chain. The education consists of 6 teaching days (9-17) at one month intervals.

In module 5, however, we break the framework: Here we gather the Aarhus team and the Copenhagen team for a joint course day at Hotel Sinatur Storebælt in Nyborg. You arrive at the hotel at 17.00, where there is a welcome and an introduction to the topic for module 5. After this, we offer a dinner and a few glasses of wine with a sea view, and later in the evening you solve a sustainability exercise in groups. There is accommodation at the hotel and the next day will be a full teaching day. You thus get ample opportunity to find even more like-minded sparring partners who can have great value for you and your workplace during and after the training.

  • The Copenhagen teams: Comwell Portside (Copenhagen) + Sinatur Hotel Storebælt (Nyborg)
  • The Aarhus teams: Comwell Arhus + Sinatur Hotel Storebælt (Nyborg)

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Teaching, study groups, syllabus and exam – this is how the education is structured!

“Mini MBA in Sustainability Management” is built up over 6 modules spread over 6 months. In addition to the teaching, you meet with a study group five times during the course and continue working in the study group on how you can integrate what you have learned in the previous module with your own practice. There are also approximately 1,800 pages of syllabus that you must read through the program. A dinner and overnight stay in connection with module 5. And the education ends with a 6-page written exam based on your own practice (or a case of your choice if you are unemployed or an advisor for other workplaces).

Your benefit from the education

  • You will gain a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of sustainability and the UN's World Goals. A knowledge that you can easily transform into concrete initiatives, projects and transformations in a workplace.

  • You will be taught by some of the country's leading sustainability experts, which will ensure that you get a noticeable boost in skills that you can draw on throughout the rest of your career.

  • You significantly strengthen your value for the workplace, as you are able to develop and run sustainability projects with impact.

Your employer's benefit from the training

  • Your workplace will have the opportunity to work much more strategically and practically with sustainability and the UN's World Goals in relation to the workplace.

  • Your workplace will have a strong resource that can advise and spar with the management in relation to sustainability initiatives and in relation to the internal and external communication about sustainability in relation to the workplace.

  • With stronger sustainability initiatives and sustainability projects, your workplace will have the opportunity to strengthen its brand internally and externally, while at the same time doing something good for the world and strengthening its own bottom line.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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 to hear more about the scheme.


Professor og ekspert i ledelse Steen Hildebrandt

Professor Steen Hildebrandt

Steen Hildebrandt is Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University, Adjunct Professor in Management at Copenhagen Business School and Adjunct Professor in Management at Aalborg University. He has authored more than 20 critically acclaimed books on management, and he is commonly held as Denmark’s number one expert on management.

Steen Hildebrandt is also the co-founder and partner of the private consultancy Hildebrandt and Brandi. The 35 consultants of Hildebrandt and Brandi advise the top managers of Denmark.

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Christina Blak

Christina Blak is a world-class facilitator, especially when it comes to companies implementing the SDGs. She is the creative director and partner of We Love People, a consulting firm that works strategically with, among other things, sustainable messages in the purpose-driven economy. We Love People emphasize purpose over profit, without the bottom line focus disappearing – something they have extensive experience of helping others achieve! Christina is eminent for putting theory into practice for you in your situation.

Here is a small selection of what previous students have said about Christina: “She runs at an extraordinarily high level – she WAS the facilitation – her ability to tie things together and gather the threads through two days is fantastic.” and “Christina Blak’s consistent role was absolutely crucial for the high level” and “Super good course facilitator, who was eminent for gathering the threads and following up.”

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Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp

Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp is the author of the book “Business for the future – Success with the World Goals”.

He is an expert in how sustainability is increasingly becoming a competitive parameter and a value creator for companies and organizations with a need to wave goodbye to classic CSR and philanthropic approaches and pull sustainability into the core business and make sustainability a central management discipline.

Kristoffer is the Nordic Director of Sustainability at NTT Data, which is the world’s 5th largest IT service company. He also sits on the boards of a number of sustainable companies and does assignments for Mandag Morgen, CSR Forum, the Danish Export Association and a number of Danish business councils. Finally, he is chairman of the private equity fund Blue Equity’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Photo: Henriette Mørk

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Esben Lanthén

Esben Lanthén is co-founder and partner in Nordic Sustainability, a value-based consulting company that works at the crossroads between strategy and sustainability. He helps clients get fit for the future by delivering strategy processes, sustainability insights and capacity building.

Esben has previously worked in sustainable think tanks in partnership with philanthropic foundations and NGOs. He has advised international organizations and was previously director of insight into the think tank Sustainia. Esben has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen.

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Prices are exclusive of VAT. Included in the price you get i.a. books and compendiums, an overnight stay (in connection with module 5) and exquisite catering on all the teaching days of the education. Payment one week before the start of the education.

Duration: 6 months with, among other things, 6 teaching days

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