The philosophy of this online diploma is to provide you with a step-by-step introduction to corporate sustainability, sustainable development and circular economy and offer unique knowledge in a simple and practical way.

A unique Strategy Simulation is included.

Duration: 15-20 hours
Assessment: Yes
Certification: Yes

A certified online course for all professionals, entrepreneurs and graduates who want to excel in the sustainability (CSR) profession

This certified course will be of special interest to professionals who want to improve their skills and update their knowledge in CSR. The course provides practical information on the business case for sustainability and the importance of stakeholder engagement and presents the most important standard and guidelines and how to use them to design and implement a successful sustainability strategy in your organization.

What you will get from the course

  • A recognized Diploma
  • Deep understanding and practical updated knowledge on Corporate Sustainability
  • *NEW* The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – Tools and Company Actions for Implementation
  • *NEW* Recorded Webinar on How to Avoid Greenwashing & Integrate the SDGs in your Sustainability Strategy & Reporting
  • Recorded Webinar on the Results of CSE’s Research on the Sustainability Reporting Trends in N. America (2017)
  • Specially designed for professionals who want advanced knowledge in order to meet rising internal & external stakeholders’ expectations
  • Examples, case studies and videos from companies such as Apple and others

Course creator

This course was developed by CSE and supervised by one of the global experts in sustainability, Professor Nikos Avlonas. Read more.

You can become a Certified Sustainability Consultant

By attending the Online Diploma you become eligible for a leading Qualification. You may become a Certified Sustainability Consultant and expand your resources, knowledge and marketing capacity to offer Sustainability consulting services.  Read more.

Testimonies from our Trainings

Very well structured, thoroughly covers the whole CSR matters, very clearly and easily explained. Extremely good training overall.

Masako Hiraki, Manager/CEO office and European CSR office, Panasonic Europe

It was great how relevant the instructors made it to our own organizations. We were constantly learning how to implement the strategies back at our companies

Danielle Connor, CSR Coordinator, Pan American Silver

The training is very practical and up to date. I gained heavy and rich knowledge on CSR

Showg Mudhapar, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority


Become a Basic Level Sustainability Practitioner (valid for 12 months)

By succcessfully completing this course along with one of the following courses (Online Certificate on Carbon Reduction Strategy, Online Certificate on Sustainability Reporting, Online Certificate on ESG Performance) you are eligible for becoming a Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner (Basic Level).

By taking one of our specialized online courses you update your status as a Basic Level Sustainability Practitioner and at the same time you renew your online diploma (valid for 12 months).

You will receive a special discount of 15% for our specialized online courses.


Course policy

In case you do not pass the final assignment of the diploma, you have the opportunity to repeat the course 30 days after your first registration with a discount fee of 20%.



The definition of Corporate Sustainability and CSR
Climate Change
The rise of Sustainability
Sustainability Consept and Definitions
Historical development of CSR
Global Prespectives on CSR


Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
The Kyoto Protocol
Sustainability- a business case
Climate Change – a business case

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

United Nations Climate Change Conference

CSR Cases and Reactions
Related Risks


The Importance of Stakeholder Εngagement and Reporting
Stakeholders Prioritization
Stakeholder’s Impact
Sustainability Reports


Review of the most important standards and guidelines on Sustainability (CSR) and how to use them
Guidelines and Rating Indexes on Sustainability
The UN Global Compact
Global Reporting Initiative
ISO 26000
Carbon Disclosure Project
Greenhouse Gas Protocol


How to apply Sustainability into your organization and or build a start-up business based on Sustainability Principles and values
Tips for Sustainability Integration
Key questions and examples in order to apply Sustainability into your organization
  •  Quiz at the end of each module.
  • Final Quiz and Assignment will take approximately 2 hours.
  • Each module together with the readings and quiz completion takes approximately 3-5 hours.
Special features
  • The Discussion Board provides direct communication with the training administrator and other participants currently registered for the online course.
  • You can do it in 30 days, at your own pace and on any device.
  • Save money and time from travelling and accommodation
You also get a best-selling e-book for half price!
  • Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage” (2014, Wiley Publications), one of the Best Sellers in Sustainability by Global Sustainability Expert, Nikos Avlonas. For more information about the book, see the following video. (More information on how to purchase the e-book can be found when you start your Online Diploma)

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