Melbourne Business School Short Courses Sustainability for Strategic Advantage

Sustainability for Strategic Advantage

A one-day program for senior and mid-level executives, this course is distinct in approaching sustainability as a strategic issue, with a particular focus on climate change.

Sustainability for Strategic Advantage Overview

Executives who fail to incorporate sustainability into their strategic decision making forego revenue, incur unnecessary costs, expose their firms to avoidable risks and fall short on their purpose.

Executives who fail to incorporate sustainability into their strategic decision making forego revenue, incur unnecessary costs, expose their firms to avoidable risks and fall short on their purpose.

On the other hand, executives that approach sustainability as a strategic issue enable their firm to maintain superior performance over the long term.

Join us at Melbourne Business School for this unique one-day master class focused on why it matters (starting with the science around the cause and impacts of climate change and other sustainability challenges), why it matters to you (related business risks and opportunities), and what to do about it (implications for strategic decision-making and change).

This program immerses you to knowledge and concepts you and your organisation need to know to enact an effective, impactful response.

  • Highly practical
  • Grounded in science and leading practice
  • Focused on opportunities and competitiveness
  • Frameworks and tools based on familiar strategy concepts
  • Easy to connect with your strategy, leadership and innovation response
  • Australian insights and cases.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for individuals wanting to:

  • Upskill on sustainability and climate change
  • Unlock sustainability as a strategic advantage
  • Understand the contribution of each corporate function to your response
  • Be able to communicate the strategic implications and opportunities with colleagues
  • Make a difference in the world by creating or contributing to impactful change.

Topics Covered

Sustainability Megatrends

  • Planetary boundaries and climate science
  • Key developments and leading players in Australia‚Äôs sustainability journey
  • Grey and green rhinos

Strategic Implications

  • Unpacking materiality (both stakeholder and business success)
  • Strategic drivers (relevance of sustainability to your firm)
  • Mapping sustainability to strategy (arenas and strategic levers)

Sustainable Success

  • Narrative, measures and reporting (communicating within and beyond the firm)
  • Leadership capabilities and organisational change
  • Partnering and collaboration across your value chain and ecosystem

Learning Methods

Interactive masterclasses by world-class leaders in sustainability and strategy

Highly curated insights and knowledge from science and business

Senior guest speakers and case studies

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Peer networking and learning, with personal reflection

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Practical takeaway tools and techniques

Lead Instructors

This program is led by one of Australia’s leading strategy educators and one of Australia’s leading environmentalists, with industry guest speakers. It cuts through complexity to deliver the knowledge, insights and tools that executives require to unlock strategic advantage.



Professor Glenn Hoetker, Director of the MBS Centre for Sustainability and Business and a leading strategy professor

Glenn is the MBS Foundation Chair in Sustainability and Business and Professor of Business Strategy at Melbourne Business School. He leads Melbourne Business School executive education training on climate change and sustainability across industry sectors, and our MBA classes on sustainability and strategic advantage.

Glenn is also a Fellow of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne and a Senior Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the school, he was a professor of strategy at Arizona State University with affiliate positions in supply chain management and law.

He has worked across industry, government and academia in advancing the clean energy industry, consulted for organisations in the automotive, semiconductor, agriculture, FMCG and government sectors and taught executives from NAB, Ford, IBM, HP, NASA and Wrigley among others.



Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism Don Henry AM, MBS Centre for Sustainability and Business

Don is an Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism at Melbourne Business School and the University of Melbourne, with a focus on practical action and transformative change. He is an International Board Member of The Climate Reality Project, chaired by the Hon. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.

In 2018, Don was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in protecting Australia's native wildlife and environment. His background includes being the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation and WWF Australia, a Director of WWF US and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. Don has delivered climate science related training for our Executive Education and training work with MBS clients.

Program Enquiry

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