Business Sustainability Strategy

An overview of the Penn State Smeal College of Business graduate certificate in Business Sustainability Strategy

As concern for the environment has grown in recent decades, incorporating sustainability practices into core business strategy and operations, from supply chain to marketing to accounting, is no longer an option for companies — it’s a necessity. Now more than ever, businesses must manage their environmental and social impact in order to drive profitability, reduce cost and risk, and build competitive advantage. You need the skills and knowledge to help your organization create transformative change and achieve long-term sustainability.

The 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Strategy can help prepare you to develop a sustainability plan for any size or type of organization, from startup to global corporation. You will have the chance to set yourself apart in your field by learning to implement business practices that meet the present demands of your company and its stakeholders, while protecting the resources needed in the future. This program can teach you the skills needed to effectively assess opportunities and measure financial, environmental, and social returns.

Learn More and Apply: Visit Penn State World Campus for more on the online Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Strategy.


As a student enrolled in the certificate program, your course content will focus on:

  • An exploration of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and how leading businesses can respond to changes in the regulatory, consumer, and competitive landscape
  • Analysis of differences across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas
  • An overview of current topics and trends you must understand, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Reporting Initiative, impact/ESG investing, blockchain and sustainability, and social entrepreneurship
  • Reducing costs and risks through sustainable procurement and supply chain management
  • The latest business models and sustainable design solutions to drive business value and environmental/social performance up and down the value chain

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Penn State Smeal Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Strategy, please contact:

Michelle Rockower
Office of Professional Graduate Programs
220C Business Building