Strategic Management for Sustainability

The 2-day executive workshop has been especially designed for board members, directors, senior management and other professionals from the private, public and NGO sectors to gain strategic competency, system thinking and critical analysis skills in the management of sustainability.

Investors, financial institutions, communities, consumers and even employees are demanding that organisations, products and services demonstrate their green and responsible business credentials – throughout the supply chain. This represents immense opportunities for organisations taking a leading role in sustainability – the World Bank estimates that $700 billion of incremental investments are needed annually by 2030 for transition to a low-carbon economy.

Having come into force in 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – adopted by the 195 member countries of the United Nations – require countries to radically transform their economies. In Singapore, the Government has declared 2018 as the Year of Climate Action and unveiled the Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020. On 20 June 2016, Singapore Exchange also introduced mandatory sustainability reporting on a “comply or explain” basis.

Strategic Management for Sustainability

Key Facts

  • Duration: 2 days, 9am–5pm (14 hours)
  • Delivery Mode:
    • Live Online
    • On campus (please note our campus is currently closed due to Covid-19)
  • Fees: SGD $1,712, inclusive of GST


Fee includes training materials, 3-month eLearning access, lunch, morning/afternoon refreshment and dinner/drinks on the first night.

  • Industry professionals: academics, architects, contractors, builders, cost planners, engineers,facilities managers, general managers, energy managers, interior designers, marketing managers, policy advisers, building materials manufacturers, project managers, quantity surveyors, consultants and lawyers.
  • Aspiring professionals wishing to enter the sustainability industry who desire a quality and government accredited qualification.

  • The workshop has been developed by industry experts, and delivered in over 20 countries.
  • Attendance for this workshop contributes two days credit towards the 10-day, intensive ‘fast-track’ Australian Government Diploma of Sustainable Operations.
  • More information on the 10-day Diploma

Dr Adrian Ward
Principal Lecturer/Trainer, Diploma of Sustainable Operations (Australia Qualification Framework), London School of Business & Finance
PhD (Ecological Economics), B.Bus (Sustainable Enterprise Management), P.Cert (Energy Economics), Cert IV (Business Management), Cert IV (Training & Assessment), Australian Government Registered Greenhouse & Energy Auditor

Dr Adrian Ward has more than a decade of experience as an environment, climate and energy policy expert in both the private and public sectors. He has extensive exposure integrating science and economics into public policy, setting up networks within the business community to tackle sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Adrian played a key role developing a $100m+ renewable energy incentive package for Queensland and has provided climate finance advice to UN FAO and the governments of Indonesian, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam.

He has delivered high-quality, capacity development training in sustainability for many governments and private organisations around the world including World Bank, Environmental Defence Fund and some of the world’s biggest energy, resource and development companies.

Hand-outs and recommended text.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants who have attended and completed the programme.

Learning Objectives

  • The 2-day executive workshop is focused on exploring the strategic risks and opportunities associated with sustainability issues such as climate change, land use change, water and food security, and corporate social responsibility
  • It covers a range of critical aspects – political, social, economic, legal and environmental. The course also includes a number of sustainability case studies from Singapore and ASEAN countries.

Course outline

Day 1

Opening speaker

High-profile person (business/government leader) to open the training program

  • Introduction to the course (including ice-breaker)
  • What does sustainability mean?

The Business Case

  • Sustainability-orientated risks for business, government, non-government organisations and community
  • Sustainability-orientated opportunities for business, government, non-government organisations and community
  • Sustainability government policy around the world, including in Singapore and ASEAN
  • Sustainability markets around the world
  • The scientific, technical and economic fundamentals of sustainability management - carbon, energy and power, water, waste/pollution and community engagement
  • Public policy approaches to sustainability - climate change, energy, waste, water, landuse change and community
  • Business approaches to sustainability
  • The skills needed to manage sustainability-related risks and opportunities

Day 2

  • Dealing with opportunities and risks of a low-carbon economy, compliance versus competitive advantage
  • Practical exercise - low-carbon business case and energy management strategy (GROUP)
    1. Develop strategic sustainability plans
    2. Implement sustainability plans
    3. Inform and educate organisation and community representatives on sustainability issues
    4. Develop a Carbon Management Strategy and GHG reduction targets
  • Preview of the full course
  • Final group presentations
  • Next steps, participation awards

Request More Information

Contact a programme advisor by calling
+65 6580 7700

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