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IEMA Diploma in Sustainable Business Practice

This course is aimed at environmental practitioners and others who are pursuing a career in environmental management or who have responsibility for implementing a sustainability agenda. It builds on the material covered in the IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management course and is particularly beneficial to the business environment where sustainability is becoming a key issue.

Prepares candidates to become full members of IEMA (MIEMA) and an option to progress to Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) (contact the membership body for the full details on membership requirements)

The course is assessed by work based assignments that can be of great benefit to the businesses sustainability and environmental performance.


Learning Objectives

Successful completion will significantly increase career prospects. It helps prepare delegates for full membership of IEMA eventually leading to Chartered status (CEnv).


There are no pre-requisites for this course, although a thorough knowledge of the content included in the syllabus of the IEMA environmental Certificate would be beneficial.

Course Content

Module 1 - Managing Environmental Media and Issues

– Business interaction with natural cycles

– Managing releases into environmental media: air, land and water

– Best available techniques for preventing/minimising environmental harm

– Risk assessment methodologies

– Environmental monitoring techniques

– Noise measurement and control

– Environmental radiation

– Contaminated land

– Energy management

Module 2 - Sustainability for Business

– The meaning of sustainable development

– Holistic approaches to sustainable development

– Life Cycle Assessment

– Designing for the environment

– Sustainable procurement and consumption

– Sustainable communities/transport

– Resource efficiency management

– Integrated management systems

– Climate change mitigation and adaptation

Module 3 - Strategic Environmental Management

– Sustainable development in the business context

– The business case for sustainable development

– Role of environmental management within the risk management framework

– Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility

– Strategic risks

– Managing performance and reporting

– Managing change

– Influencing skills

– Communication and stakeholder engagement

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