Ethical Circular Economy

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management


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Who should attend

This certificate is geared toward Middle and Upper Level Managers who have decision-making responsibilities, are driving sustainability efforts and contributing to their organization’s transition from a linear to a circular business model.

Designed for working professionals in public and private sectors, entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs, this micro certificate utilizes rich content and key insights into the unsustainability of a linear economy to help participants reimagine solutions for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

About the course

Now, more than ever businesses are realizing that setting ambitious sustainability goals is key to driving long-term profitability and corporate resilience in the face of economic, social and environmental challenges. More and more organizations have pivoted towards the concept of circular economy, as a more business-oriented, risk mitigating approach to becoming sustainable – and it isn’t about one person or department- it extends into supply chains, throughout an organization, and beyond, into the communities their businesses operate, live and serve in. The Ethical Circular Economy certificate is designed to inform and equip business leaders with tools to design and implement strategies for a more sustainable and prosperous future and elevate their organizations to a circular economy.

Key Benefits

  • Learn about the principles and practices of a linear system vs. a circular system
  • Understand the societal and environmental impacts of supply chains
  • Discover systems thinking and using principles of system design to map systems
  • Master the principles and practices in circular economy to design circular systems
  • Assess the importance of system wide collaboration to ensure collective impact
  • Connect the system to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to ensure equity, access and sustainable livelihoods.


Micro-Certificate: The Unsustainable Linear Economy: Why We Need to Transition to Circularity

Topics Covered

  • Linear Economy: Consumption and Waste
  • Supply Chains
  • Global Externalities of the Linear Economy
  • Global Waste Management
  • Systems Thinking and Mapping Tools
  • Introduction to Circular Economy and Leverage Points


Enhance your skills and knowledge with this micro-certificate on the unsustainable linear economy. The linear economy model and how it currently functions globally is not sustainable. Shifting to a circular economy requires creativity in rethinking product designs, production (or manufacturing) processes and entire value chains. This short but comprehensive course provides an introduction into the concept of the linear economy, covering sustainability challenges with supply chains of products and services and global trends. Work towards solutions for your organization to transition to an ethical circular economy. This micro-certificate is a condensed version of the Certificate in Impacts of the Linear Economy and Introduction to Circular Economy, the first course in the Master Certificate in Ethical Circular Economy.


  • Introduces the concept of the linear economy and how it currently functions globally through unsustainable resource extraction, consumption, and waste generation.
  • Briefly covers the current status quo of and sustainability challenges with supply chains that are attributable to the linear economy.
  • Assesses the global externalities from the linear economy including negative environmental and social impacts.
  • Helps learners recognize global waste management objectives, issues, and trends.
  • Introduces the concept of systems thinking and systems mapping tools that evaluate the operation of a business model in a holistic manner.
  • Examines the concept of circular economy as a solution to the unsustainable linear economy.


Alicia Marseille

Alicia Marseille serves as the interim deputy director of innovation following her successful directorship of the RISN Incubator, a circular economy accelerator within the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, or RISN. The RISN Incubator is a collaboration between the Rob and Melani Walton S...

Rajesh Buch

Titles Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation Director, Sustainability Practice, International Development, Arizona State University Circular Economy Practice Lead, Director of Business Development, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Servic...

Ethical Circular Economy at Thunderbird School of Global Management

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