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Sustainability in the workplace Essential Insights

Explore what environmental sustainability means in the world of work and the steps organisations should take to operate more sustainably.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights

Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Organisations contribute not only to the lives of their employees and customers, but to society as a whole. As part of developing business acumen, people professionals must understand their organisation’s sustainability direction and priorities as well as external trends and influences.

This evidence-based Essential Insights online course introduces environmental sustainability in a business context and the associated economic, social and reputational advantages of operating more sustainably in the workplace. In just 60-90 minutes, learners will explore how to define a purpose, goals and practical steps to increase their organisation’s sustainability efforts.

The course also stresses the need to act now. Attendees will be able to embed learning immediately to help support their organisations contribute to a more sustainable future while reaping numerous benefits for their stakeholders and the planet.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months.

The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.

Members, this course is included as part of your membership. Please access your free learning here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • outline why organisations need to consider environmental sustainability in the workplace
  • define organisational purpose and goals for sustainability
  • list some practical steps organisations can take to operate more sustainably

Is this course right for me?

This short online course will appeal to anyone at any level seeking to explore or recap learning in this area and boost their organisation’s environmental sustainability plans. Whilst it is ideal for those in the people profession and/or working in HR functions, it is relevant and engaging for all professionals invested in adapting business practices to prioritise sustainability.

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