Saïd Business School and the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment - Oxford Climate Emergency Program

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
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About this program

Oxford Climate Emergency Program

As a leader, you have a critical role to play in addressing the climate crisis. Learn how to act now and how to act collectively to reimagine the way you do business.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Saïd Business School and the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment

At the end of 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the “point of no-return” on climate change was fast approaching – in fact, the next ten years will shape the climate risk outlook for the next century. It’s no longer sufficient for businesses to simply address the effects of climate change, they now need to play a critical role in confronting (and mitigating) the causes of the crisis.

The Oxford Climate Emergency Program will empower you to take the required action. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll discover how to navigate risks and capture opportunities through catalysing change and reconceptualising the way you do business. Saïd Business School and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, two leading institutions at the University of Oxford, have brought together extensive research and critical insights to create this six-week Program, in which you’ll explore the climate emergency from a systemic, organisational, and individual perspective. As you explore the need for radical transformation, you’ll engage with economic system change, business model innovation, future-focused policymaking and more. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on opportunities for collaboration, as well as the importance of prioritising your own personal resilience and leadership when facing the climate emergency. This practical Program uses interactive peer engagements, case studies, and accessible tools, with a 100-day plan for driving urgent and meaningful change, helping you build a sustainable future vital for business growth

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Admission requirements

Is this Program for you?

This Program is designed for senior managers and leaders, as well as consultants, who want to understand the impact of climate change on business, and vice versa. It will provide them with the tools and frameworks to innovate the way they do business, while still balancing environmental sustainability with profitability. Those within the sustainability, social, and environmental sector will be able to improve the way they collaborate and create action in addressing the climate emergency. Public sector professionals, policymakers, and regulators will discover what it takes to build a circular and regenerative economy, and gain a new systemic perspective to combat the crisis.

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Program content

Course curriculum

Explore how business can address the climate emergency as you work through the weekly modules of this online Program.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Tackle the problem: The climate emergency

Module 2

Experience the future: Climate risks and opportunities

Module 3

Reimagine the future: Frameworks for a new economic system

Module 4

Address the emergency: Business model innovation

Module 5

Drive collective action: Collaboration

Module 6

Shape the future: Plan for climate action

Program delivery


  • 6 weeks
  • 7–10 hours per week - Self-paced learning online


About the certificate

Study leadership through the lens of climate change, and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the Program handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the Program.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the Program, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  1. An understanding of the climate emergency and the role you play in addressing it from a systemic, organisational, and individual perspective.
  2. The skills and insight to shift your organisation towards a sustainable future, using business model innovation and alternative economic frameworks.
  3. Tools for building collaborations with the right people in order to drive effective climate action.
  4. A customised 100-day plan that prepares you to act urgently on the climate emergency and drive change.

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OX1 1HP Oxford
United Kingdom


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