Leading Sustainability Transformation Certificate Program

Program Highlights

>>>To build competence of leading sustainable business innovation

Problem-solving: Traditional cost-benefit business logic Vs. Sustainable business model 

<<<To strengthen team-building competences in the post-covid-19 era

Problem-solving: Localized business operation Vs. Globalized sustainable business operation  

>>>To cultivate profound perception of green financial market in the post-Covid-19 era

Problem-solving: The fog of uncertainty in the traditional financial market Vs. New valuation principles in the green financial market

<<<The WholeWorks simulation system is a dynamic and robust business system containing 5000 variables to monitor and simulate over 20 years of experience in sustainable business transformation.

Problem solving: How to predict and mitigate the risks of sustainability transformation

Program Format:

Theory Learning + Practice + Application

Each session will be conducted in English.

Online study + Online simulation of sustainable business case + online personal project on sustainable transformation

A global team from North America, Latin America, and Europe to build up simulation teams

10 weeks in total for one session, 8-10 hours study input each week

Course Schedule

Modules Details

Week 3 

Sustainability Frameworks 

“I'd be a rich man if I only had a nickel for every time I heard a manager say something like: 'Until you can give me a clear definition of ‘sustainability,’ I’m not inclined to spend much time focusing on it in my business.' ” -- Stuart Hart 


Defining Sustainability 

• What is your definition of sustainability? Learn about the history and context of sustainability. Then define the word in your own personal way. 


Beyond Trade-off Thinking 

• Making a profit is no longer a sufficient justification for business. Learn what it means to go beyond profits--to create value for society and make money doing it. 


The Sustainable Value Framework 

• How do you connect sustainability to business strategy? Learn how to transform the traditional shareholder value framework to a framework that provides an organized, business-oriented way of thinking about sustainability strategy. 


The Base of the Pyramid: Inclusive Business 

• Why should business tackle poverty? Learn to see the base of the pyramid as a stimulus for innovation and you will help your organization improve BOTH the human condition AND open up new business opportunities. 

“Just because nature provides us with services that don’t appear (yet) on a balance sheet or in a profit-and-loss statement doesn’t mean we can ignore them.” --Ray Anderson, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist 


Beyond Shareholder Value: The Triple Bottom Line 

• Sustainable companies consider more than traditional accounting and purely financial returns. Learn how leading companies integrate social and environmental dimensions into their reporting and decision-making. 


Creative Flexible Options for Innovation 

• Situations and market conditions can change. How can you make investment decisions in a more flexible way to leave your options open? 


Creating Stakeholder Value 

• How do you make business decisions that respect the interests of all stakeholders? Learn how to complement financial analysis with a broader view of the societal impacts of the business. 

Week 6 

Finance for Sustainability 

What the past participants have to say about us:

“Leading the Sustainability Transformation program is a game-changer. While I have worked across sectors throughout my career, many of them being in nonprofit, this program challenged my assumptions and enabled me to experience how interdependent the systems in which multinational corporations operate truly are. Multi-stakeholder perspectives– including those from the social and public sectors - are critical to the health and sustainability of the business; this simulation shifted my paradigm and gave practical approaches to incorporate into my work.”

— Renay Loper, Vice President, PYXERA Global

 Renay Loper

“What I found most transformative was to experience such well-functioning teams. Although the program is entirely online, the simulation is built in a way that makes it virtually impossible to not work as a team, and the more integrated we became, the better the outcomes round after round. Even if one has background in Sustainability, Leading the Sustainability Transformation will add knowledge and prime hands on experience on how to apply Sustainability concepts as part of the decision-making process in a real-life scenario, with real-life complexities, constraints, and stakeholder management.”

— Iris Tebeka, Licensing Manager, Univation Technologies LLC, Dow

Iris Tebeka

“I find that [this program] creates a unique and valuable perspective in how any business can create a sustainable strategy. By focusing on leading innovative change, I have learned how to be a change leader in my organization with a focus in promoting the Triple Bottom Line Strategy. I really enjoyed the virtual team simulation because it provided a way to practice what I learned throughout the course.”

-  Zac Conaway, Operations Manager of Environmental Services, Chairman and Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability Council Dartmouth- Hitchcock

Zac Conaway

The Past participants who joined us from:

【Dow, Inc】
【Alma College】
【AT Kearney】
【Casella Waste Systems, Inc.】
【Griffith Foods】
【Carway Communications, Inc.】
【Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health】
【Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at University of Victoria】
【Carway Communications, Inc.】

Faculty and Advisors

One of the world’s top authorities on sustainability, Stuart is the co-founder and former Director of the Sustainable Innovation MBA at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business. A pioneer in business sustainability education, he established programs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the University of Michigan. He is the author of the best-selling book Capitalism at the Crossroads. Stuart has a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University and a Ph.D. in planning and strategy from the University of Michigan.

Stuart Hart

"The framework shows how the global challenges associated with sustainability - viewed through the appropriate business lens - can help identify strategies and practices that contribute to a more sustainable world while simultaneously driving shareholder value. This "win-win" approach is defined as the creation of "sustainable value".

<The Sustainable Value Portfolio>

Neil is the President of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the former Chief Sustainability Officer of Dow. A recognized thought leader, he is the architect of several groundbreaking collaborations, including the Dow-Nature Conservancy Collaboration on valuing nature in business decisions. He is a member of the International Olympics Committee Sustainability and Legacy Commission and a member of the Committee on Policy and Global Affairs of the National Academies of the USA, through which he co-authored Sustainability and the U.S. EPA, commonly known as the Green Book. He holds a master’s and Ph.D. from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Neil Hawkins

"Nature is invaluable, yet the services it provides – to communities, business, and society – are often taken for granted. Using a concept known as “valuation of ecosystem services,” Dow is working to account for and incorporate the value of nature in its business decisions, and is committed to helping others do the same. Better understanding and estimating the value of nature to business can better enable businesses incorporate it into decision-making processes, resulting in a win-win for all parties."

Dave is the founder and president of 21C Impact, LLC and the former Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup Company. A recognized thought leader and influencer, he serves as advisor, mentor, and board member of leading sustainability organizations and brands such as Babson College, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Plum Organics, and Net Impact. He is the co-author of 21st Century Corporate Citizenship and The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship. He holds a master’s degree in occupational and environmental health from Wayne State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

David Stangis

<How corporate citizenship returns value>

Laura Asiala

Laura is the Senior Director of Business Engagement for the Council of the Great Lakes Region, former Vice President of PYXERA Global and former Director of Corporate Communications and Citizenship at the Dow Corning Corporation. Passionate about the power of business to help solve the world's most intransigent problems, she has extensive experience leading efforts to attract more companies to contribute to global, sustainable development, through their people and their work. She holds a Masters in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University.

Matt Mayberry

For 25 years Matt has focused on training people to be better strategic leaders through award-winning simulation-based learning experiences for major companies. Designer and lead facilitator for ‘Leading the Sustainability Transformation,” his work takes a systems-oriented view of business, while also drawing on the stakeholder-oriented principles of sustainability. He holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Introduction of Program Partner ––– WholeWorks

For more than two decades, WholeWorks has helped leading organizations stay ahead of change and discover new ways of doing business by cultivating business acumen, systems thinking, strategic agility, sustainability, and leadership skills on a strategic and individual level.


WholeWorks was founded in 1997 by Matt Mayberry, Ph.D. For 25 years Matt has focused on training professionals to be better strategic leaders through award-winning simulation-based learning experiences for major organizations. He is the designer and lead facilitator for “Leading the Sustainability Transformation (LST)”.  


LST takes a systems-oriented view of business, while also drawing on the stakeholder-oriented principles of sustainability. He holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


By focusing on the development and application of dynamic simulations that enable teams of individuals and organizations to “learn by doing”, LST is a dynamic business eco-system model consisting of approximately 5000 interconnected variables. Furthermore, WholeWorks has expanded the boundaries of this model beyond the “four walls” of a traditional business to include its interconnections with natural ecosystems and the local community, in order to represent a business operating with a true ‘triple bottom line’.

How to apply ?

To apply for the program, please leave your contact at the bottom form, we will contact you for a further instruction about your application materials. The application materials will include your English resume, a proof of English proficiency, and a reference letter. The admission team will review your application materials and contact you to arrange an interview. You will receive an offer letter after we evaluate the application materials and the interview.

What is the working experience requirement for the program?

This program is designed for practicing professionals, not students. Participants must have at least 3 years of experience to participate in the program, including any volunteering experience.

How to prove English proficiency?

We accept a test score of TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, or GMAT as a proof of English proficiency. Working email correspondences or writing samples to prove English proficiency are also accepted. We also accept a graduation certificate or admission letter from an educational institution in the territorial entities where English is an official language, including Hong Kong.

How to prepare a reference letter?

A professional reference, peer reference, or academic reference is accepted.

What is the procedure of interview?

After the application is submitted online, a 20-minute phone or webinar interview with the program officer will be arranged. The interview will focus on your interest in learning and practicing sustainability transformation.

What to do after an offer letter is received?

Once an offer letter is received, the applicant should decide within five business days whether to accept the offer. Within 7 business days after the acceptance is decided, payment should be made as instructed by the program.

System Requirement

  • A Mac or PC computer less than 5 years old. 

  • The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Microsoft Internet Explorer is explicitly not supported

  • A smartphone less than 3 years old.

Session 1

September 14, 2020


November 22, 2020

This session has started

Session 2

January 11, 2021


March 21, 2021

Registration closes on 

January 4, 2021

Pricing: US$1,950

Session 3

April 19, 2021


June 27, 2021

Registration due by

April 12, 2021

Pricing: US$2,650

Session 4

September 13, 2021


November 21, 2021

Registration due by

September 6, 2021

pricing: US$2,650

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