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IEMA Diploma in Sustainable Business Practice

The diploma will benefit managers, advisers, consultants and others with a specialist environmental or sustainability role, who wish to build their strategic knowledge and skills. It addresses a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues, including technological options for control, effective strategies and change management. The programme follows on from the two-week IEMA certificate in environmental management and enables progression to full membership of IEMA, MIEMA, and eventual chartered status (CEnv). It is delivered in three one-week modules.

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Learning Objectives

By completing this course, delegates will:

  • Be able to progress to progress to full membership of IEMA, MIEMA, and eventual chartered status (CEnv).


Associate membership of IEMA or equivalent is required.

Course Content

Module 1: managing environmental media and issues

  • Application of best available techniques (BAT) to environmental media
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental risk assessment – consequence modelling
  • Environmental monitoring and measurement – MCerts
  • Water pollution preventions and control
  • Managing hazardous waste
  • Contaminated land assessment and remediation
  • Air abatement technologies
  • Noise measurement and control
  • Environmental radiation. 

Module 2: sustainability for business

  • Sustainable development – the ‘big picture’
  • The business case for sustainability
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Holistic approaches – LCA – eco footprinting
  • Sustainable consumption/procurement
  • Designing for the environment
  • Resource efficiency management
  • Sustainable communities
  • Climate change/adaptation – carbon footprinting
  • Integrated management systems. 

Module 3: strategic environmental management

  • Risk management sustainability ISO 3100: 2009
  • Corporate governance – strategic risks
  • Business in society – corporate responsibility
  • Business continuity planning ISO 22301: 2012
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Incident investigation
  • Competency standards – assessing training needs
  • Managing change
  • Behavioural management/organisational culture
  • Environmental reporting
  • Personal effectiveness, e.g. persuasion skills.

Exams & Certification

Assessment of each module is by two assignments, giving delegates the opportunity to combine work and study directly as many of the assignments will be of benefit to employers.

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