Executive Education in Business Sustainability

The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) and the Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS) enable participants to comprehend and respond to global challenges from the perspective of business as a force for good.

Executive Education in Business Sustainability

The 10-months, part-time executive program Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) includes subject knowledge in the field of sustainable business, leading change and project management experience. The program is endorsed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and by the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein. Participants who have successfully completed the program are awarded a Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) by the independent Institute for Business Sustainability.

We also propose a lighter certificate option which starts every January and completes in October each year: our Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS), which includes 6 modules and a personal study project in positive impact. It is designed for seasoned changemakers and sustainability professionals looking to round off their experience with targeted modules and a project to clarify their personal impact journey. It is open for participants who are interested to join us from further away and/or are looking for an online participation

Discover below all the information concerning the DAS program in business sustainability and CAS program in business sustainability. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Executive Programs Overview

Start & duration

Certificate in Business Sustainability

Diploma in Advanced Sustainability

Every September; pre-course work starts in early-September and the first course module in late September.

 The program lasts 10-months part-time, consisting of 13 modules of 2-days, taught in 7 sessions of 2 days and 3 sessions of 4 days. 

Every January; pre-course work starts in December and the first module in mid January.

The program lasts 10-month part-time, consisting of 6 modules of 2-days, taught in 6 sessions and an independent project. 

Study time & location

The program entails 13 modules with 15.5 hours in-class and 10 modules with 20 hours of individual pre- and post-course work. Plus 250 hours for the consulting project.

Total workload: 620 hours.

The modules take place across Switzerland in inspiring places. 

The program entails 6 modules with 17 hours in-class and 23 hours of individual pre- and post-course work. Plus 100 hours for the consulting project.

Total workload: 340 hours.

Either on location around Switzerland or online: we welcome participants from Switzerland and around the world. 

Degree & credits

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)

The Diploma represents 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). 

Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS)

The Certificate represents 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Program fee

The program costs CHF 18'000


Course material, location expenses and lunches are included.

Individual travel expenses to the locations, overnight stay and dinners are not included.

No scholarships or discounts available.

The program costs CHF 9'000


Course material, location expenses and lunches are included.

Individual travel expenses to the locations, overnight stay and dinners are not included.


No scholarships or discounts available.

Start & duration

Study time & location

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Executive Sustainability Programs: Learning Perspectives

Rather than looking at sustainability from the business perspective alone, the program approaches business sustainability, change and social innovations  from three different perspectives:

1. Global challenges

Understanding the sustainability challenges we, as a global community are facing today and in the coming decades.

2. Strategic implications

Evaluating how business can contribute to resolve them through innovative strategies.

3. Business impact

Translating business sustainability strategies across business functions.

​​Learning Dimensions

The competencies of participants are developed in three different domains, which the program integrates with the different learning perspectives.

1. Subject competences

Exposure to the best current knowledge in the global and business sustainability fields provides the foundation for understanding and managing the sustainability challenges.

2. Leading change skills

Implementation and change management skills are critical to bring sustainability to business. To ensure this, the “Leading Change” dimension forms an integral part of the program.

3. Project experience*

Sustainability projects are conducted in a collaborative work space and form the backbone of the program. These projects are conducted in collaboration with companies, communities or NGOs. Learning across the program is applied to these projects step-by-step. They qualify participants as professionals in sustainable business.


​* In the CAS, the leading change skills and the project experience are combined in a personal impact project that a participant works on independently with support from our leadership coaches. 

Foundations in trandisciplinary research

The education provided during the Degrees in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) is based on research to continuously advance the latest thinking on sustainability and transformational practices.  Another goal of the Institute for Business Sustainability and one of the objective of the programs is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The concrete tools below allow to do so and are part of the courses material.

A typology to orient businesses in their sustainability journey, offering a roadmap for business to become a force for good.

A framework that translates the SGDs into key measures for nations and regions, outlining the gap of where we are today versus where we need to be so that all of us can live well on our planet.

A book providing a building blocks, tools and insights to solve wicked problems through co-creation.

An online assessment, which generates a responsible leader profile around five competencies and three domains of action.

The executive programs Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) and the Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS) have been developed and are run by the Institute for Business Sustainability, Katrin Muff and Thomas Dyllick.

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