The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability enables participants to comprehend and respond to global challenges from the perspective of business as a force for good.

Executive Education in Business Sustainability

The Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS) program has been created in 2011 and has been jointly directed by Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff ever since. Both are confirmed thought leaders in the space of business sustainability and responsibility and how to develop powerful educational spaces for creating change agents able to create and transform organizations to enhance their positive impact for the world. They have founded the Institute for Business Sustainability

The 10-months, part-time executive program 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 (DAS) in Advanced Sustainability 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 two programs. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Start & duration

Program 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

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

Certificate in Advanced Studies

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.

Study time & location

Degree & credits

Program fee

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

​​Learning Perspectives

Rather than looking at sustainability from the business perspective alone, the program approaches sustainability 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 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

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 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 Faculty

The program provides cross-cultural and cross-sectorial practical experiences, guided by a recognized and committed faculty from reputed business schools around Europe as well as from thought-leaders, experts and facilitators from business, start-ups, and non-governmental organizations.

Some of the professionals teaching during the DAS and CAS are presented below


Stefan Gara

Stefan is member of the Vienna City Council and Provincial Parliament. His political field of expertise is urban planning, housing, energy & climate protection, innovation & digitization and public health. He is co-founder and former director of ETA Environmental Management GmbH a leading Austrian consultancy firm focusing on sustainable development and business innovation, CSR, smart cities and energy & mobility strategies. 

Claudia Kranefuss

Claudia, Trainer and Coach since 2000, works with individuals, teams and organizations in very different areas. Her expertise lies in: developing the human potential, team building, personal branding, leadership-development and organizational change with various corporates, start-ups, small companies and schools. In 2007 she was Co-Founder for ‘Extramile Academy for Coaching’ in Amsterdam. Before she moved to coaching she was a publisher and manager in international publishing houses. 


Michael Hathorn

Michael is a senior partner of OPTIMIS Learning, where he focuses on sustainable organizational strategy and executive development. Previously working for the investment management firm, Capital International, he founded and headed the firm’s Learning and Organizational Development function for the European businesses. He is a contributor to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is a partner at the International Center for Corporate governance.

Niels Rot

Niels is a co-founder of Impact Hub Zürich, the premier entrepreneurship & innovation for impact community in Switzerland. In 2016, Niels is also co-founder of STRIDE Learning, an unSchool for Entrepreneurial Leadership and partner of the Business School Lausanne. Alongside his entrepreneurial career, Niels has served as mentor for startups such as Eaternity and Wildbiene+Partner. Currently Niels works part-time at ETH Zurich in strategic development.


Barbara Dubach

With engageability, her company created in 2010, Barbara enables engagement and acceleration for profit and non-profit organizations. Her business experience includes many years as Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development Coordination at LafargeHolcim (formerly Holcim), at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as Director Communication and Advocacy and at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

Nikolina Fuduric

Nikolina is an educator, researcher, and marketing practitioner, who is passionate about transforming business & society through sustainable marketing practices. She enjoyed a 15-year career as a marketing manager in the chemical (Monsanto/Sigma) and pharmaceutical (Schering Plough) industries. She applies new knowledge in her business, Black Sheep Marketing.


Joerg S. Hofstetter

Joerg is a specialist in supply chain management and sustainability at the Operations Management and Information Systems Department of Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France. He previously was at the Chair of Logistics Management of the University of St.Gallen. Management positions include Lufthansa Cargo, ITT Automotive Inc. and Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organisation (IAO).

Dimitri Bellas

Dimitri is the sustainability expert within the Index Solutions team at Credit Suisse Asset Management. At the same time, he is also heading the product specialist team covering large international and French-speaking institutional clients in Switzerland. Before joining Credit Suisse in 2014, Dimitri held several positions in various financial institutions and international organizations.


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