Corporate Sustainability lecture

Corporate Sustainability

Our postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability is designed for individuals or teams who are responsible for implementing sustainable business practices.

Businesses are embracing sustainability because it makes business sense. Organizations like BMW, Michelin, Bon Secours St. Francis, Greenville Health System, Greenville Technical College, and Spinx Corporation are showing how going green cuts costs, grows market share, strengthens brands, and increases competitiveness.

As a top-tier liberal arts institution and leader in sustainability education, Furman can provide you with the tools, techniques, and thinking required to substantially impact your organization’s productivity.

2018 Conference Overview

Our conference is an intensive experience consisting of five modules. The diploma totals 70 contact hours that will result in participants being awarded a postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability. Each session will be held Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. and will provide in-depth content pertaining to each area, as well as expert speakers and program workbooks and synthesis. Our modules include:


January 25-26: Sustainability: A Primer, Overview, and Requisite

The initial module will provide history and future direction(s) of sustainability, a business case for adopting sustainability within an organization, a framework in terms of how to define sustainability, when best to implement, proper tools for consideration, and the management adoption process to ensure success.

February 22-23: Sustainability Tools: Footprinting, Mapping, Auditing, and Activity Streams

The second module will introduce the various tools utilized by business in assessing a “foot print” in order to determine target activities and inherent processes that can be addressed. Module will provide detailed reviews of each tool and associated environmental factors: energy, water, waste, materials, emissions-toxins, transportation, and bio-diversity from the perspective of business implementation.

March 15-16: Sustainability: Life-Cycle Management and Assessment & Green Accounting

The third module will introduce the concepts of Life-Cycle Management (LCM) and Assessment (LCA). This module will provide information and insights into the various forms of LCM and LCA and the process and methodologies used to undertake such analysis and management. It will provide insight into environmental (social) accounting and the various reporting structures available for business.

April 19-20: Sustainability: Innovation & Green Marketing

The fourth module will introduce the concept of design from nature’s perspective. It will include insights into the utilization of “natural” constructs/systems to design a product, service, or business process. Several concepts will be introduced with a primary focus on biomimicry and its use in business. This module will also cover the marketing of “green” products, services, or business. It will include an overview of marketing for green (and brown), the trends occurring, greenwashing, and how best to position one’s green product, service, or business to the entire market.

May 17-18: Organizational Culture and Stakeholder Engagement

This final module will address the requirements or processes to successfully implement a sustainability program or process. This will cover management to employee engagement processes and practices. A final summary of the course will be presented in this module. Formal graduation and reception will take place at the Herring Center for Continuing Education on the final Friday of the series.


The total fee for this postgraduate diploma is $3,995. Tuition covers all class materials, expert, in-class PowerPoint presentations, web-portal access (ongoing) providing extensive content on all topic matters, access to and tours of campus sustainability-related facilities and initiatives, and meals.