06 Mar 2018

Harvard Business School’s HBX offers Sustainable Business Strategy, a New Online Certificate Program


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BOSTON—HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, is announcing the launch of its newest online certificate program, Sustainable Business Strategy. This course prepares participants to be purpose-centered business leaders and examines the critical role that business can play in solving some of the world’s big problems.

Participants in the online course will gain an appreciation for how business can play a catalytic role in helping solve some of the big issues of our time including climate change, income inequality, and social injustice. They will examine the business models that can drive change and the way individuals, at all levels of their careers, can make a difference. The course uses Harvard Business School’s interactive case method and the engaging HBX online platform to teach participants how to influence management, leadership, and other stakeholders as to the competitive advantages of being a purpose-driven firm.

Sustainable Business Strategy is taught by Rebecca M. Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, based at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she has a joint appointment in HBS’s General Management and Strategy Units. Professor Henderson is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as co-chair of the Harvard University Climate Change Task Force. She also serves on the board of several public companies.

“Solving the enormous challenges facing our world will require business leaders who understand the power that business has to effect change and who have the courage and vision to catalyze change both within their firms and across entire industries and regions,” said Professor Henderson. “This course draws on the experience of firms that are navigating these challenges now to give you the tools to begin making a difference wherever you are in your career.”

Sustainable Business Strategy consists of approximately 15 to 20 hours of material delivered via the innovative, student-centered HBX online learning platform over three weeks. Participants complete three modules of coursework on their own time while meeting regular deadlines. Featured in Sustainable Business Strategy are executives from leading companies such as Unilever and King Arthur Flour, as well as individuals working across the broader landscape in government, law, and finance.

“Harvard Business School’s mission centers on educating leaders that make a difference in the world,” said Patrick Mullane, Executive Director of HBX. “It is wonderful to see the HBX platform used to help participants influence their firms’ efforts to address the big issues that face the world – and do so through real-world examples of strategies that actually work.”

HBX is accepting applications for the first cohort of Sustainable Business Strategy until May 28, 2018. The course will begin on June 6, 2018 and is priced at $950. Visit the HBX website to learn more.


Valerie Krempus

Monica Higgins

About HBX:

HBX, the digital learning initiative from Harvard Business School, was founded in 2014 with the mission of expanding the reach of the School by delivering high-quality online business education to learners around the world. HBX’s programs are designed to deliver a case-based, active, and social learning experience in a highly engaging digital learning environment. Each program is designed and taught by leading HBS faculty who bring their expertise and passion to learners from around the globe.


Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs and 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, shaping the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.