CEL010 Corporate Sustainability: Introduction

Course Provider



Graduate Certificate

Academic Unit



Corporate Sustainability deals with strategies, activities, processes and structures that can help organizations sustain themselves as well as their people, natural resources and communities for the long run.

The negative impact created on the society and environment by industrial operations has resulted in increasing pressures from NGOs, civil society, and other stakeholders on corporations to adopt more sustainable and socially responsible practices in all their activities - right from sourcing to distribution, and to how the products and packaging is handled at the end of a use cycle. Corporate sustainability and responsibility have therefore become key concerns for the board members, shareholders as well as market regulators.

The course is part of:
- Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity

The objective of this two-day course is to provide learners with a basic understanding of the strategies, concepts and innovations required to make an organization more sustainable and socially responsible in its operations. 

At the end of the course, learners should have gained: 

  1. An appreciation of the key issues in corporate sustainability.
  2. An appreciation of a strategic framework for implementing sustainable business practices.
  3. Insights into implementing lean and green operations.
  4. Appreciation of concepts such as sustainable product design, circular economy and responsible sourcing.

Topics covered in this two-day course include an introduction to corporate sustainability, strategic framework for implementing sustainable business practices, lean and green operations, product and process design, circular economy, and responsible sourcing.

    Suitable for current and aspiring professionals at all levels, from developing sustainability and social responsibility knowledge and skills, including the purpose-driven professionals, engineers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and the corporate social responsibility and consulting professionals.

    Standard Course Fee: S$2,616.00

    SSG Funding Support


    Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


    Fee BEFORE funding & GST

    Fee AFTER funding & 9% GST

    Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



    Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


    SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
    SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
    (Up to 90% funding)

    • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

    Read more about funding

    Prof S. Viswanathan

    Dr. Viswanathan is Professor & Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability at Nanyang Business School, NTU. He is also Cluster Director, Energy Research Institute@NTU, Program Director of Executive Masters in Sustainability Management and NTU-BCG Climate & Sustainability Stewardship Program. He teaches Corporate Sustainability in the EMBA, PMBA, Nanyang Fellows, and MBA programs as well as in several executive and in-company programs. Some of his NRF funded research grant projects include Singapore’s Pathway to Carbon Neutrality: Analysis of New Technologies, Life Cycle Analysis & Total Value Assessment for plant-based proteins in vertical farms, and Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technologies. His research interests include Corporate Sustainability, Energy Modelling, Life Cycle Analysis, Business Model Innovation, Closed Loop Supply Chain, and Optimization. 


    CEL011 Carbon Neutrality—Solving the Energy Puzzle 2
    CEL012 Electrification & Waste Heat Recovery 1
    CEL013 Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Water and Waste Management 2
    CEL014 Circular Economy-Enabling a Sustainable Future 3


    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Sustainability — Strategy, Energy, Environment, and Circularity.