Diploma in Advanced Sustainability

The Institute for Business Sustainability

Diploma in Advanced Sustainability (DAS)

Welcome to our landing page. Here you will find all important information about the Institute for Business Sustainability and our Executive Education Diploma in Advanced Sustainability.

Why should you join our
Diploma in Advanced Sustainability?

Our executive education program are truly unique because we focus on 10 unique success factors for our participants.

Our Institute attracts a uniquely up-to-date faculty consisting of internationally renowned sustainability experts and subject matter experts with a rich practical experience.
The inter-active format ensures that latest knowledge and expertise is enriched with many real-case examples and discussed in a concrete context, including also a professional leadership focus.

Acquire future-relevant knowhow and expertise to add strategic sustainability competencies into your portfolio to create a positive impact.

Our alumni join the class on a monthly basis to discuss relevant sustainability topics, providing you access to their network from day 1.

The program is endorsed by the two leading business sustainability membership organizations the WBCSD and the UNGC Switzerland, as well as by WWF Switzerland. The impressive reputation of Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff as international sustainability experts stand for an unparalleled educational quality.
New reporting requirements, pressure from the financial sector, changing customer and market expectations and employee demands all point in the same direction: sustainability is here to stay. Learn now how you can be a part of this positive change.
Our program enables participants to frame global challenges not just as a business risk but also as a source for new business models.
Thousands of new national and regional regulations are creating confusion regarding the priorities for any kind of organization. We bring strategic clarity to the chaos.
PwC announced to hire 100’000 sustainability experts in the 5 years, confirming that the tipping point has been reached. We help you build your sustainability competency to qualify where you want.1
91% of Swiss CEOs admit that they are currently unable to measure their CO2 emissions. 2

1,Quelle: reuters.com; 2 PwC CEO-Survey 2022

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6 facts about our
Diploma in Advanced Sustainability

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From mid-September to end of June

A new cohort starts every September for the 10-months part-time program. Sign up early, the program fills fast.
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A session every 3 weeks respecting holiday breaks

The program is delivered in 11 sessions, 9 sessions of 2 days and 2 sessions of 4 days, adding up to a total of 13 modules of 2-days 2 sessions are taught online, the rest in person in a variety of locations across Switzerland.
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Join a consulting team in a real-life sustainability project

Count on spending about 5 hours a week working with peers on a strategic consulting project we secured for you.
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A lifetime in value, CHF 18'000 in cost

Leading-edge course material, top-notch faculty, full access to program directors, guest lectures, alumni networking, location expenses and lunches are included. Individual travel expenses to the locations, overnight stay and dinners are not included.
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A carefully selected class (average 8 nationalities)

Participants bring an average of 15 years of experience, a broad variety of professional backgrounds in the age range of 30-60 years. Count on an amazing class experience among like-minded peers both in the class and with the alumni.
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Option to join our consulting team after graduation

If you want to start a consulting career in sustainability, you may be interested in joining the consultant pool of our IBS institute.

What our alumni say

Join more than 150 amazing alumni of the executive program launched in 2011

5/5
You have built an amazing program that created a key professional year for me. I learned to live my values, to dare, to explore my strengths and “tame” my weaknesses.
Eglantine Eeckhout
5/5
The project added important dimensions of learning, allowing to practice the sustainability theory learned in class. Combining the project work with the leading change modules provided invaluable time for reflection. My highest personal learning came from the soft skills of understanding resistance and discussing the “road block”.
Linnea Peterson
5/5
Last week I finished the program studies. Today I am proud to be part of the Diploma of Advanced Sustainability DAS family and the even greater family of change makers willing to steer our transformational journey towards a truly sustainable society.
Diego Horcajada
5/5
I cannot begin to tell you how much this program has changed me. I feel privileged to have been part of it.
Ruth Brown

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

A few seats are left for September 2022 - apply now, if

  • you want to upscale your competencies
  • you seek a career change or just got promoted into a sustainability role
  • you are passionate about creating positive impact
  • you are curious, open, reflected – we welcome unusual profiles

Please note: We will ask for a copy of your highest degree and the accompanying transcript, as well as a recommendation letter after we have reviewed your application.

 

(Photo on the left: Prof. Dr. Katrin Muff &  Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Founders & Directors IBS The Institute of Business Sustainability)

Katrin Muff (left side) and Thomas Dyllick, Co-Founders and Directors of the IBS

A few seats are left for September 2022 - apply now, if

  • you want to upscale your competencies
  • you seek a career change or just got promoted into a sustainability role
  • you are passionate about creating positive impact
  • you are curious, open, reflected – we welcome unusual profiles

Please note: We will ask for a copy of your highest degree and the accompanying transcript, as well as a recommendation letter after we have reviewed your application.

(Photo: Prof. Dr. Katrin Muff &  Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Founders & Directors IBS The Institute of Business Sustainability)

Unique education programs

Our executive education programs are truly unique because we combine
Professional consultancy projects are an integral part of the Diploma in Advanced Sustainability.
Discover state-of-the-art concepts and tools for tackling global challenges related to the economic, environmental, and social impact of business.
Our leadership programs are built on leading-edge research in the trans-disciplinary fields of business sustainability, corporate responsibility, social innovation and transformation.

Holistic approach to strategy and leadership for the mid-career professionals

In our executive leadership program, we approach business sustainability, change, and social innovation from three different perspectives. This provides a holistic approach to strategy and leadership for the mid-career professionals in the program.

Sustainability is becoming increasingly complex. Climate change, biodiversity loss, water shortage, droughts and heat waves, refugee and migration issues, global inequality, supply chain issues due to conflict, COVID-19, hunger and obesity… We frame these challenges as business opportunities in disguise and provide a purpose-driven innovation process for organizations of any kind to apply.

The business environment is changing fast with cities, regions and nations implementing future-relevant measures that trigger innovation. Business is challenges to achieve Net Zero, not just in its own operations but also across its supply and value chain. This new challenge is overwhelming for most. We provide strategic clarity so that you can lead change in your organization, not just reducing your negative footprint but also generating interesting positive impact.

Organizations face broad pressure ranging from ESG reporting, to fast-changing regulations, to growing customer and employee expectations. We demonstrate how business can embed sustainability into its core as a source for new revenue and new business models, and not just as a source for more cost. Sustainability can help secure the future of your business, also economically.

Why study at IBS
The Institute for Business Sustainabilty?

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Leading European business sustainability program since 2011

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Developed and led by sustainability icons Thomas Dyllick and Katrin Muff

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100% dedicated to student excellence

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Proven faculty with highest student satisfaction ratings

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Unique sustainability network of 150+ passionate change-makers

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A powerful combination of sustainability expertise, leadership competencies and project experience

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World-class support of program directors and faculty in an intimate class environment

Consulted companies

The Diploma of Advanced Sustainability (DAS) includes a consulting project. This significantly complements the academic courses, ensuring that you have not only acquired a broad expertise in sustainability but also completed a complex, real-life consulting project during your studies. Consulted companies include:

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Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.

Peter Drucker

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein

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