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IEMA Diploma in Sustainable Business Practice

The IEMA Diploma in Sustainable Business Practice is the most comprehensive and advanced environmental course available from IEMA. It’s designed for ambitious environmental managers and professionals who want to take their knowledge and practical skills to the next step.

Make UK are the only IEMA training provider in the world authorised to deliver this course. Trainers for this course are required to be a Full member of IEMA, or as a minimum have equivalent knowledge and experience that has been assessed against the IEMA Environmental Skills Map at the managerial level. Trainers are also required to have practical experience of sustainability/environmental management. Additionally, they are required to maintain subject and training expertise through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). More details on the trainers delivering this course can be found below.

The course addresses a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues and topics, including environmental and social risk identification, strategies for improving performance, and personal effectiveness to instigate and lead change. It provides leaders in an environmental field with the knowledge and skills to be an effective sustainability manager as well as develop and lead a sustainability strategy within an organisation.

The IEMA Diploma is delivered face-to-face in three one-week modules (120 hours). This delivery method allows for personalised guidance, addressing individual learning styles effectively. Moreover, it fosters interactive discussions and sharing of best practice. We often find that IEMA Diploma students build lasting connections with their tutors and other students.

For your convenience, costs quoted are inclusive of tuition, materials, examination fees, and certificates, which are awarded for successful completion of the IEMA qualification.

Course content

Module 1: Impact of Global Sustainability Megatrends on Business

Content covered includes: Pressures on ecosystems, climate change, resource scarcity, energy and water, urbanisation, globalisation, disruptive technologies, population trends

Delegates will be able to:

  • Understand and critically assess the implications of global trends for business
  • Identify and explain the sustainable megatrends in the context of their organisation and identify the potential risks and opportunities that they may present in the short, medium, and long term.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the dynamic nature of interrelationships between the global sustainability megatrends in a business context

Module 2: Sustainable Business Practices

Content covered includes: Global Compact, Modern slavery, human rights, child labour, sustainable business models, sustainable procurement, sustainable design, reporting, GRI, saliency.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and organisation’s position with regards to sustainability maturity
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of sustainable business practices
  • Explain and critically assess sustainable business practices in the context of their organisation

Module 3: Leading Sustainable Change

Content covered includes: Ethics and leadership, organisational and team structure, communications, financial tools, motivational theory, change management

Delegates will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply relevant change tools, techniques, systems, and practices
  • Understand and analyse how organisational and team structure can influence change within organisations
  • Develop a business case for a sustainable change


Learners should consider that this is a professional-level qualification, approximately equivalent to Masters’ degree level (level 7).

IEMA recommend that learners have completed the Associate Certificate in Environmental Management course or have the equivalent level of knowledge and experience in an environmental or sustainability role.

Completing the course is a substantial undertaking; therefore, we strongly recommend that learners studying the Diploma have a suitable standard of English to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.


Assessment of each module is a workplace-based project, giving delegates the opportunity to combine work and study directly as the assignments will be of benefit to employers.

More details

On successful completion of the course, delegates will gain the IEMA Diploma SBP qualification and will be able to use the DipSBP suffix after their name. The programme gives delegates the knowledge and skills needed to progress to full membership of IEMA (MIEMA) and Chartered Environmentalist status (CEnv).

Tutor knowledge and Experience

The Make UK tutors delivering this course have relevant knowledge, qualifications, and experience.

Martin Elliker (CMIOSH, MIEMA, CEnv., EM (DIP), MMS)

In addition to his experience designing and delivering training, Martin has over 30 years’ practical experience in EHS at director and senior management level.

Dr Waleed Montasser (PhD, MSc, BSc, CEnv, CIWM, MIEMA)

Waleed provides consultancy and training services in several environmental areas, including waste and resource efficiency audits, net zero gap analysis, environmental management systems, and advice on waste treatment technologies.

James Wyse (MSc, BSc, CEnv, FIEMA)

James has over 23 years’ experience in environmental and sustainability roles at operational and strategic levels. He has many years’ experience delivering environmental and sustainability training.


Why Choose Make UK to Study?

Make UK Environmental, Health & Safety team are dedicated to improving EHS knowledge and performance in individuals and companies across the UK. Our trainers are professional consultants with industry recognized qualifications and practical experience.

For your convenience, costs quoted are inclusive of tuition, course materials, assessment, and certificate, which is awarded for successful completion of the qualification.


Member pricing breakdown

*Member price = £3435 + VAT - Member discount applies to Make UK Members, and subscribers to our EHS or HR & Legal support packages (discount applied upon booking)