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Make the business case for sustainability with strategic and financial frameworks, personal leadership skills, and a deeper knowledge of today’s sustainability landscape.

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What does it take to become an effective sustainability leader? Far more than you might imagine. This highly demanding role requires a strategic and innovative mindset to help make the business case for sustainability and integrate it into your organization’s strategic plan. The Strategic Chief Sustainability Officer Program empowers aspiring, emerging, and experienced CSOs with business and personal leadership skills combined with cutting-edge sustainability perspectives to more effectively develop, promote, lead, and measure the impact of sustainability across your organization.

For the first time ever, faculty from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will join forces to deliver a truly comprehensive, cutting edge, and impactful program. It’s a powerful combination of strategic frameworks, business innovation, and sustainability expertise you’ll find only at Stanford. This unique five-month program includes self-paced and live online sessions plus a one-week, intensive on-campus experience.

Key Benefits

Become a more effective and informed sustainability leader to advocate for and accelerate change across your organization.

  • Enhance your ability to make the strategic, business, and value-creation case for sustainability initiatives.
  • Explore the economics of sustainable business models, frameworks for innovation, and the role of systems leadership in the sustainability space.
  • Blend strategic leadership skills with financial literacy to develop sustainable business strategies, realize competitive advantages, and create economic value for your organization.
  • Become a more effective leader, communicator, and decision-maker to act with power, scale behavioral change, and tell your organization’s sustainability story.
  • Expand your breadth of knowledge about key sustainability topics and trends to better manage risks and capitalize on opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Experienced, emerging, and aspiring chief sustainability officers looking to build their skills and knowledge to become more effective and strategic CSOs
  • Sustainability leaders who are motivated to lead and ignite change in their organizations — from any industry and country

Dates to Be Announced

In-Person and Online | US $19,500


Application is not yet available

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged.

Payment is due upon admission. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.

Awarded Upon completion

Certificate of completion


Christine Coli | Associate Director, Programs, Executive Education
Associate Director Executive Education
Program Overview

Program Overview

Hear from faculty co-directors Joseph Piotroski and Chris Field about how The Strategic Chief Sustainability Officer Program will help you become a more effective and informed sustainability leader to advocate for and accelerate change across your organization.

Learn More About the Program

Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Review all eligibility requirements, and learn about the application process.

Faculty Leadership

Joseph D. Piotroski
The Robert K. Jaedicke Professor of Accounting
Chris Field
Melvin and Joan Lane Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor of Earth System Science, of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at Woods

Associated program Topics