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Certificate in Smart and Sustainable Business

Program duration
90 hours – 3 weeks over 4 months
Degree level
Professional Certificate
Entry requirements
Bachelor degree / at least 3 years of work experience / proof of fluency in English
Full program fees
€ 6,100

Applications for 2020 admissions are closed.

Are you a manager or consultant aiming at fostering the sustainaibility transition in your organization and beyond?

The Certificate in Smart & Sustainable Business is an intensive three-week program designed to train managers, consultants and entrepreneurs to approach the transition to a sustainable business with sound knowledge and smart technologies. The program has a global orientation though remaining very practical and concrete for executives and professionals of every industry and functions.

The Certificate in Smart & Sustainable Business will provide you with essential competences to lead the transition to sustainability. No matter the organization, it will be imperative for all managers to act upon social, environmental issues that stakeholders will increasingly raise. The course content covers all steps from macrotrends analysis to real life project implementation,

We go beyond the dichotomy between technological advance and sustainability in business and communities by proposing an emergent framework where new technologies can be applied to address climate and environmental degradation and economic inequalities.

Whether managers, entrepreneurs or consultants, the participants to this program will be able to develop more sustainable products and services, business models and communities.

Program strengths

  • Acquire professional skills and tools for any management consulting activity.
  • Join a high-caliber business network made up of MBA students from several GEM campuses.
  • Take advantage of an intensive program structure that allows you to quickly learn and apply new skills.
  • Analyse recent trends in business and society / Refresh and complete their competences to lead the sustainability transition of their organizations and their value network
  • Develop intercultural skills while studying with faculty and peers from around the world.
  • Earn credit towards future GEM MBA programs

Participants will attend three intensive sessions of one week, each delivered on our Grenoble campus.

Inspiring Smart & Sustainable Business (30h): Feb 10 - 14, 2020

Core concepts:

  • Understanding the potential of new technologies
  • Analysing the drivers of sustainable business
  • Investigating how private sector can contribute to sustianable development

In this module, you will learn how to :

  • Leverage new technologies
  • Adopt innovative approaches and trigger efforts of private sector to inspire Smart & Sustainable businesses and organizations

Designing Smart & Sustainable Business (30h): April 6 - 10, 2020

Core concepts:

  • Systemic analysis of sustainable busines
  • Real cases of sustainable transitions in organizations and alliances

In this module, you will learn how to :

  • Design sustainable products, processes and solutions
  • Understand the challenges posed by the sustainability transition
  • Lead organizational and inter-organizational initiatives towards sustainability

Advancing Smart & Sustainable Business (30h): May 25 - 29, 2020

Core concepts:

  • Broader perspective of sustainability
  • Live Sustainability Case

In this module, you will learn how to :

  • Go beyond the individual organization to engage in an effective sustainability transition
  • Use purchasing and procurement functions to build and deliver more sustainable products and solutions
  • Engage supply chains and value networks in the sustainability transition
  • Raise awareness on sustainable business in the stakeholders network


Participants will be evaluated on how they learn and apply course concepts. This will include individual and group assignments for written and oral presentations as well as participation in role plays, class discussions and activities.

Continue your learning experience

Credits from this program may be applied to completing an MBA or a relevant specialized Master’s degree.

Educational approach

This certificate builds on a ‘learning by doing’ approach. Participants will explore key theoretical concepts and apply them to real cases in order to increase their experience. By carrying out a systemic analysis of the evolution of technology, organizations and markets, participants will be a step ahead of the game.


This certificate is taught by GEM faculty, professional experts and management consultants. With faculty engaged in research and the input of working professionals, the course links theory and practice by sharing useful knowledge and analyzing real-life business cases. Our international faculty and diversity of practitioners ensures the program benefits from a global perspective.

The competence acquired during this program will enable managers, entrepreneurs and consultants to organise and drive sustainability initiatives in their organizations and stakeholders networks. Moreover they will be able to steer traditional business toward more sustainable products and processes.

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or more;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience;
  • Proof of fluency in English

Admission is subject to the number of places available.

Participant profile

Managers, entrepreneurs and consultants engaged in the sustainability transition of their organizations, networks and clusters.

Online application

To apply for this program, please fill out the online application form and send all required documents (indicated in the application form).

Program fees

The cost of the Certificate is € 6,100. It covers the tuition and the access to all GEM facilities. The fees do not include meals or accommodation.