Sustainability is a very dynamic and fast-paced field. This is further complicated by the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) global challenges shaping and informing sustainability practices in different contexts. A recent fundamental change to the sustainability landscape is the global emphasis on meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professionals in this space are required to make sense of these developments, and strategically reconcile the demands of sustainability with the quest for enhanced organisational performance.

Tuesday 22 May–Thursday 24 May 2018
£1345 Early Bird Ticket Price
£1545 Standard Ticket Price
Professor Kenneth Amaeshi; Chair in Business and Sustainability; University of Edinburgh Business School
Professor John Amis; Chair in Strategic Management and Organisation; University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Matthew Brander; Lecturer in Carbon Accounting ; University of Edinburgh Business School
Professor Arman Eshraghi; Senior Lecturer in Finance and Accounting ; University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr George Ferns; Lecturer in Management, Employment and Organisation; Cardiff University
Dr Sarah Ivory; Early Career Fellow in Climate Change and Business Strategy ; University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Winston Kwon; Chancellor’s Fellow in Strategy; University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Caroline Marchant; Lecturer in Marketing; University of Edinburgh Business School
Professor Susan Murphy; Chair in Leadership Development ; University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Omolara Plang; Managing Partner; Trupact, Edinburgh
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The Advanced Sustainability Programme is underpinned by latest academic studies and industry practices in the field. The aim of this programme is to keep professionals in this area and those interested in sustainability abreast with cutting-edge research findings and practical insights, from leading organisations and practitioners, to enhance organisational performance.

It will help participants understand and drive organisational change and development along the lines of sustainability both within their organisations and in the markets in which their organisations operate. It is recognised, supported and endorsed as best practice by leading professional bodies.

Below you will find out more information on this dynamic 3-day programme. If you are interested in attending and would like to register your interest, or have someone call you back with further information, then please use the link just below this introduction to register your interest and or request a personal call back from Professor Kenneth Amaeshi. Kenneth would be delighted to provide you with further detailed information and answer any questions you may have.

Register your interest or arrange a personal call back


DAY ONE: Driving Organisational Change through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Sustainable Organisational Development and Culture Change
  • Business case for sustainability: recent findings and current trends
  • Aligning Systems, Processes, and Structures with the business context
  • Sustainability management tools and performance indicators/matrices
  • Change management agents and professionals: Strategies for overcoming challenges

DAY TWO: Exploring Market Opportunities through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Responsible Investment and Sustainable Finance
  • Creating New Markets through Sustainable Innovation
  • Brand building in complex markets through sustainability practices
  • Managing relations with stakeholders – investors, analysts, consumers, and regulators
  • Recent developments in reporting and communicating sustainability strategies and practices

DAY THREE: Enhancing Organisational Leadership and Governance through Sustainability

Topics covered will include:

  • Leading self and others in organisations
  • Responsible leadership in challenging environments
  • Leading change and innovation across organisational boundaries
  • Recent developments and trends in Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Effective leadership and preparation for individual career growth and taking your organisation to the next level


  • Kenneth Amaeshi: Chair in Business and Sustainability
  • John Amis: Chair in Strategic Management and Organisation
  • Jens Hagendorff: Chair in Finance
  • Caroline Marchant: Lecturer in Marketing

Who will Benefit from the Course?

The Advanced Sustainability Programme is targeted at people with extensive sustainability experience. It would be of specific relevance to experienced professionals in the following areas: corporate sustainability, responsible investments and sustainable finance, corporate strategy and governance, corporate secretariat, environmental management, risk management, innovation, sales and marketing, HRM, business development, project management, community engagement, investor relations, corporate relations, and public relations.

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Early bird ticket price: £1345.00

Standard ticket price: £1545.00

Note: There is a 20% discount for the staff and alumni of University of Edinburgh.

Further Information