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Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Corporate Sustainability

Sep 3—Dec 13, 2019
USD 2200

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In today’s volatile, complex, and uncertain world, it is crucial for businesses to understand key environmental as well as societal risks and opportunities. Both demand successful management by business leaders in order to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and create value for their firm and society.

Taught by Professor Tensie Whelan, this 14-week course provides participants with the ability to help their business be a force for change through ESG (environment, social, and governance) investing, sustainable supply chain management, employee and consumer engagement, sustainability marketing, and more. With companies facing greater demands for transparency, societal challenges such as poverty and inequity as well as natural resource constraints like less available water and a warmer climate, these skills are critical to the future of business and society.

Program Takeaways

Issues and Research

Become familiar with the key environmental and social issues affecting business today including the latest consumer insight research on sustainability

Transformation of Corporate Response to Sustainability

Understand the evolution of corporate response — from compliance to engagement to innovation — including innovations in finance

Leadership Skills in a Volatile World

Develop the skills required for leading in the new social and political environment and explore the efficiencies and innovations in development by corporate leaders in pursuit of sustainability


  • Week 1
    • Sustainability for Corporate Advantage
  • Week 2
    • Unsustainable Corporate Practices
    • Webinar 1
  • Week 3
    • Environmental and Social Trends
  • Week 4
    • Materiality and Stakeholder Mapping
    • Webinar 2
  • Week 5
    • Sustainability Standards
  • Week 6
    • Supply Chains
    • Webinar 3
    • Final Project Outline Due
  • Week 7
    • Systems Thinking & The Circular Economy
  • Week 8
    • Innovation
    • Webinar 4
  • Week 9
    • Customers and Sustainability
  • Week 10
    • Employees and Sustainability
    • Webinar 5
  • Week 11
    • Building a Business Case for Sustainability
  • Week 12
    • Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance
    • Webinar 6
  • Week 13
    • Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Investing
  • Week 14
    • Net Positive Future
    • Webinar 7
    • Final Project Due

Who should attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for participants who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.


Biography Tensie Whelan joined New York University Stern School of Business in November 2015 as Clinical Professor of Business and Society. She will lead the School’s efforts around issues of business and sustainability, driving research and coursework on natural resource-based challenges includ...

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Sep 3—Dec 13, 2019
USD 2200

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