Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme

Become a leader for sustainable value creation in your organisation


6 weeks, excluding


7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll walk away with:


In-demand sustainability leadership skills and strategies for managing climate risk, facilitating ESG integration, and creating long-term value for shareholders and society.


A practical action plan for supporting your organisation in implementing, governing and managing the change required for ongoing sustainability integration.


The skills needed to formulate effective KPIs to measure the impact and dependence of your organisation on natural, human, and social capital.


Access to new insights from industry experts and leading research from Oxford Saïd to help you drive positive change in your organisation.

Programme Director

Richard Barker

Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

An expert in financial reporting, Richard teaches on the MBA programme at Oxford Saïd, and is a tutor in management at Christ Church, University of Oxford. The recipient of university teaching prizes at both Oxford and Cambridge, he has served as MBA director at both institutions.

Richard’s research focuses on corporate reporting, with an emphasis on non-financial reporting, concerning long-term business sustainability and accountability. His paper on the future of corporate reporting standards was the subject of a key debate at the Oxford Union.

Richard has lent his expertise to many institutions, including the Corporate Reporting Council (setting UK accounting standards), the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (advising HM Treasury on government financial reporting), and the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability. He was a judge for the Finance for the Future Awards, highlighting the essential role that the finance function plays in organisational decision-making for building sustainable business models.

Your guest experts


Aoife Haney
Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 
Cameron Hepburn
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Dieter Helm
Professor of Economic Policy, University of Oxford; Chair, Natural Capital Committee, University of Oxford


Dominic Emery
Chief of Staff, BP
Fiona Reynolds
Martin Rich
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Future-Fit Foundation


Myles Allen
Professor of Geosystem Science, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
Paul Polman
Co-Founder, IMAGINE
Rodney Irwin
Managing Director, Redefining Value and Education, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Rupert Younger
Director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Saïd Business School
Russell Picot
Chair of the Trustee Board, HSBC Bank UK
Veronica Poole
Partner, Deloitte LLP


Programme outline

Module 1
Corporate purpose and value creation

Discover how corporations view the value they create within a capitalist system, and how that view affects their impact on stakeholders, and ultimately, their sustainability.

Module 2
Responding to climate change

Explore why climate change and carbon emissions matter to corporations.

Module 3
Natural capital and resource management

Explore how a corporation engages with natural resources, in terms of what resources it depends upon, and what resources it impacts.

Module 4
Social sustainability

Explore how a corporation views its dependence and impact on both human and social capital.

Module 5
Ensuring sustainability: governance, risk, and reporting

Recommend ways in which a corporation’s governance can embed sustainability.

Module 6
Levers of change

Plan how you can enact sustainable change in your corporation.

An online education that sets you apart

This Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme is delivered in collaboration with leaders in digital education GetSmarter. Join a global community of professionals who have already had the opportunity to:


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you learn around your schedule


Enjoy a personalised and supported online learning experience


Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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