Learn why you should design a sustainable business
This course will give you insights into why designing a business model with a sustainable approach will benefit you and the planet. You will learn the basics of business modelling – what it is, how to do it, and the essential role of value. You'll also explore how climate change is impacting business processes, and how to Identify and analyse the risks and opportunities that arise with it.
Additionally, in this course, you'll discover the importance of systems thinking, which will allow you to identify stakeholders, foster collaboration, and create value beyond a simple ‘business-customer’ relationship. By applying a systemic approach, you will gain a better understanding of the challenges caused by climate change and the planet’s limited resources.
This is an introductory-level course on how to design sustainable business models. It consists of three modules:
Module 1 – Introduction to Business Modelling
Topics: What is a business model?; Designing business models; Value and its essential role for business models; Vision, context and innovation.
Module 2 – The mpact of Climate Change on Business
Topics: Understanding the impact of climate change on business models; Sustainable business models; Risks and opportunities.
Module 3 – A Systemic Perspective on Business Models
Topics: A systemic perspective on business models; Next steps.
In addition, there is a discussion forum where you can engage with other students taking the course. EIT Climate-KIC strongly encourages you to participate given that it is key for the learning process to share your experience, knowledge and questions and, thus, learn from your peers too.
This course also offers a certificate of completion.
Anyone who wishes to learn about the benefits of designing business models, particularly in the context of climate change and sustainable development.
This course was designed especially for:
NGOs and public bodies
Trainers and coaches teaching business model design and innovation.
The course pages and learning materials are available in English only.
This course was designed and developed by EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative.
In total, there are eight core learning nuggets. Each nugget typically takes 20-25 minutes to complete if you explore the links and resources provided, so to complete the entire course it should take you approximately 3.5 hours. It may take longer if you also choose to complete the workbook activities.
This course is available to you free of charge.
Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community that brings together partners from the worlds of business, academia, and the public and non-profit sectors. We are supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.