Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS

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Certificate in Business Sustainability (CAS)

Welcome to our landing page. Here you will find all important information about the Institute for Business Sustainability and our Executive Education CAS Certificate in Business Sustainability (Certificate of Advanced Studies).

Why should you join our
Certificate in Business Sustainability?

Our executive education program and Certificate of Advanced Studies are truly unique because we focus on 9 unique success factors for our participants.

Our Institute attracts a uniquely up-to-date faculty consisting of internationally recognized sustainability experts and subject matter experts with a rich practice experience.

The interactive format ensures that latest knowledge and expertise is enriched with many real-case examples and discussed in a concrete context, including also a profes- sional leadership focus.

Acquire future-relevant knowhow and expertise to add strategic sustainability competencies into your portfolio to create a positive impact.

Our alumni join the class on a monthly basis to discuss relevant sustainability topics, providing you access to their network from day 1.

The program is endorsed by the two leading business sustainability membership organizations the WBCSD and the UNGC Switzerland, as well as by WWF Switzerland. The impressive reputation of Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff as international sustainability experts stand for an unparalleled educational quality.
Our program enables participants to frame global challenges not just as a business risk but also as a source for new business models.
Thousands of new national and regional regulations are creating confusion regarding the priorities for any kind of organization. We bring strategic clarity to the chaos.
PwC announced to hire 100’000 sustainability experts in the 5 years, confirming that the tipping point has been reached. We help you build your sustainability competency to qualify where you want.1

According to a recent survey, 91% of Swiss CEOs admit that they are currently unable to measure their CO2 emissions.2

1,Source: reuters.com; 2 PwC CEO-Survey 2022

Is the time right for you?

We understand that any choice for a sustainability education comes with many questions. That’s why we are happy to be there for you at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question about our CAS Certificate of Advanced Studies. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Who we are

    The Institute for Business Sustainability is an independent, forward-thinking, international research and education center dedicated to enabling business and its leaders to contribute positively to society and our planetary challenges.  

    Prof. Dr. Katrin-Muff Certificate Business-Sustainability CAS

    Katrin Muff


    Prof. Dr. Katrin Muff is Professor of Practice at the LUISS Business School in Rome (Italy) and former Dean of Business School Lausanne. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in the organizational transformation towards business sustainability. Katrin holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of Exeter and combines 15 years of academic experience with 15 years of strategic leadership experience in business around the globe.
    Prof. Dr. em Thomas Dyllick Certificate Business-Sustainability CAS

    Thomas Dyllick

    Prof. (em) Dr., PROGRAM DIRECTOR

    Prof. em. (HSG) Dr. Thomas Dyllick has contributed greatly to the development of the business sustainability field through highly cited publications as well as through institution building. He developed the concept of “True Business Sustainability” together with Katrin Muff. He has co-created with Hans Christoph Binswanger in 1992 and led until 2019 the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

    6 facts about our
    Certificate in Business Sustainability

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    Apply now - start anytime you want

    The modular approach allows participants to start when the time is right for them. The registration deadlines for our (CAS) Certificate of Advanced Studies are: 30. November 22, 31. January 2023, and 31. March 2023.

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    Program Option 1:

    Choose 8 among 9 available modules in accordance with your calendar and preference.

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    Program Option 2:

    Choose 5 modules that interest you and complete a personal impact project from April-October with our coaches and peer-exchange.

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    Gain clarity of your focus area

    In option 2, the personal impact project allows you test and define your sustainability impact area that matches your strengths, expertise and passion.
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    A powerful value generator at a cost of CHF 9'000

    The cost cover course material, top-notch faculty, guest lectures, location expenses and lunches. Individual travel expenses to the locations, overnight stay and dinners are not included. Lifelong access to guest lectures and to our family-like alumni network are an invaluable add-on.
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    Expand your sustainability network

    In each module, you meet a rich diversity of passionate sustainability professionals from many different sectors and backgrounds. You are have ample chance to connect with nearly 200 alumni.

    What our alumni say​

    Join more than nearly 200 amazing alumni of the executive program launched in 2011

    You have built an amazing program that created a key professional year for me. I learned to live my values, to dare, to explore my strengths and “tame” my weaknesses.
    Eglantine Eeckhout
    Last week I finished the program studies. Today I am proud to be part of the Certificate of Business Sustainability family and the even greater family of change makers willing to steer our transformational journey towards a truly sustainable society.
    Diego Horcajada
    The project added important dimensions of learning, allowing to practice the sustainability theory learned in class. Combining the project work with the leading change modules provided invaluable time for reflection. My highest personal learning came from the soft skills of understanding resistance and discussing the “road block”.
    Linnea Peterson
    I cannot begin to tell you how much this program has changed me. I feel privileged to have been part of it.
    Ruth Brown
    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

    Apply now to give your career more purpose!

    • Do you want to upscale your competencies?
    • Do you seek a career change or just got promoted into a sustainability role?
    • Are you passionate about creating positive impact?
    • Are you curious, open, reflected? – we welcome unusual profiles!

    Please note: We will ask for a copy of your highest degree and the accompanying transcript, as well as a recommendation letter after we have reviewed your application.

    CAS Certificate Business Sustainability

    Apply now to give your career more purpose!

    • Do you want to upscale your competencies?
    • Do you seek a career change or just got promoted into a sustainability role?
    • Are you passionate about creating positive impact?
    • Are you curious, open, reflected? – we welcome unusual profiles!
    Please note: We will ask for a copy of your highest degree and the accompanying transcript, as well as a recommendation letter after we have reviewed your application.

    Unique program features of the Certificate in Business Sustainability

    Our Certificate in Business Sustainability are truly unique because we combine
    You choose among 2 program options depending on your needs and availability.

    Our CAS Certificate of Advanced Studies offers you the opportunity to complete a personal impact project that allows you to clarify your sustainability focus area.

    What is the difference between greenwashing and true business sustainability? This program was built by Katrin Muff and Thomas Dyllick, the authors who built the sustainability stage model.
    The program is built on leading-edge research in the trans-disciplinary fields of business sustainability, corporate responsibility, social innovation and transformation.
    This program offers modules that address the mindset shift of leaders and organizations that is needed to embed sustainability into the core of business.
    Be always a step ahead and understand the strategic implications of what is going on for a business. Learn about emerging new business model innovations.

    Holistic approach to strategy and leadership for the mid-career professionals

    We approach business sustainability from a strategic and holistic perspective so that you are equipped to ask the right questions. A perfect match for mid-career professionals in the program.

    Sustainability is becoming increasingly complex. Climate change, biodiversity loss, water shortage, droughts and heat waves, refugee and migration issues, global in- equality, supply chain issues due to conflict, COVID-19, hunger and obesity … We frame these challenges as business opportunities in disguise and provide a purpose- driven innovation process for organizations of any kind to apply.

    The business environment is changing fast with cities, regions and nations imple- menting future-relevant measures that trigger innovation. Business is challenges to achieve Net Zero, not just in its own operations but also across its supply and value chain. This new challenge is overwhelming for most. We provide strategic clarity so that you can lead change in your organization, not just reducing your negative foot- print but also generating interesting positive impact.
    Organizations face broad pressure ranging from ESG reporting, to fast-changing regulations, to growing customer and employee expectations. We demonstrate how business can embed sustainability into its core as a source for new revenue and new business models, and not just as a source for more cost. Sustainability can help secure the future of your business, also economically.

    Why study at IBS
    The Institute for Business Sustainabilty?

    Leading-edge business sustainability program in Europe
    Driven by sustainability icons Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff
    100% dedicated to student support
    Top satisfaction ratings of participants
    Unique sustainability network of nearly 200 passionate changemakers
    A no-nonsense sustainability perspective in a confused time
    World-class support of program directors and faculty in an intimate class environment

    Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.

    Peter Drucker

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    Worldwide alumni
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    Program endorsed by
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

    UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein

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