Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business

The Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business is aimed at managers and executives of organizations whose responsibility is to generate value in the environment of the Green Transition, as well as professionals interested in the development of sustainable businesses or environmental management.

  • sustainable development
  • Executive Development
  • Agenda 2030
  • SDG
Next edition
Classes start
18 November, 2021
Program ends
25 February, 2022
Two days a week (in the afternoon).
ECTS credits
3800 €

The aim of the postgraduate course is for experts from the UPF Barcelona School of Management and Escuela del Agua from Agbar to train the leaders of the green transition. And do it through an executive development program that combines technical content with transversal skills for the running and management of companies or departments related to the environmental sector, and which is taught from a strategic, financial, and organizational perspective.

Due to the evident and accelerated change in environmental matters, it is essential that managers involved in decision processes, with an impact on sustainability, learn about tools and trends for the definition of new strategies and business lines (products and services) related to the green transition.

The postgraduate course will prepare you to adequately manage economic and social challenges in the environmental scenario, providing, from a strategic vision, innovative business and organizational solutions to promote sustainable development in your sector. You will learn about green entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship and the importance of developing innovative activities focused on mitigating, reducing, or eliminating environmental problems, as changes in production and consumption patterns advance.

To do this, you will be given the analysis tools to define the general strategic vision of the organization and guide it to the implementation of policies and processes aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2030 Agenda. At a technical level, the program will prepare you for identifying and relating relevant information from the environmental field with potential influence on the organization in the short, medium, or long term. In addition, you will learn about the European environmental regulatory framework and its deployment, as well as the challenges of climate change 2030, in order to include or promote green communication and sustainable development within the organization's strategy and align it with the external communication policy.

The program places special emphasis on strengthening managerial and executive skills, in substance and form, through mentoring sessions, solving environmental problems in new or little-known fields, making decisions on sustainable development from limited information, time management, leadership, and effective communication of findings.

With the postgraduate course you will reflect on the potential of digital transformation linked to sustainability and you will obtain the keys for integrating the green transition as a lever of innovation and stimulus for the transformation of your organization through creativity. During the program you will put into practice the detection of business opportunities through business cases.

The hybrid modality format offered by the program combines weekly synchronous classes with individualized online work, which will give you the necessary flexibility to make the training compatible with your professional managerial or executive role, and at the same time connect directly with expert teachers and other participants. We will promote personalized, participatory, and collaborative learning so that you can expand your network of contacts, learn about real experiences from other companies and sectors, and establish connections with expert teachers who will guide and accompany you in the development of your executive profile.

Why choose this program


You will train with professional experts

The rigour and academic quality of the UPF Barcelona School of Management is provided by university experts in executive development with more than 27 years of experience training managers, leaders and executives, together with Escuela del Agua from Agbar, experts and references in environment, sustainable development, environmental management, and green transition.


Up to date content on sustainability

You will gain in-depth knowledge of macro trends and fundamentals of strategic analysis for implementing business models and rethinking the company under the current green transition. You will understand sustainability as an integrated component in the economy and strategy of the business sector and its effect on social responsibility.


Individual mentoring plan

You will work on an individual and personalized management development plan supported by a mentor, who will help you through four individual mentoring sessions in transferring the objectives and skills of the program to your professional role.


Tools for implementing the Agenda 2030

You will have the possibility of reviewing the concepts of the Mission and Vision of the organization in the face of the paradigm shift, and you will delve into the implications of environmental regulations in order to understand the current moment in relation to sustainability, environmental management, the SDG and Agenda 2030.


We adapt to you

We offer you synchronous remote training of the highest quality, fully compatible with your work or family responsibilities, and which you can use to connect directly to teachers and other participants. You will also be able to make headway online with the readings and activities scheduled in the program.

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business is aimed at executives of companies related to the environment, managers of organizations (small, medium, and large) whose responsibility is to generate value in the field of the Green Transition, executives who have responsibility for environmental impact and management activities or business activities with intensive consumption of natural resources (water, waste, energy, etc.), at professionals whose mission or vision is to develop new products or services in the area of the green transition, and at any professional interested in sustainable development and environmental management.

Admission and enrolment


The Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business consists of 4 subjects that have a value of 4 ECTS credits each, giving a total of 16 ECTS credits.

Current environment

This is a relevant issue because the company executive needs to understand the environment from a holistic perspective, which allows them to adequately contextualize any action or decision, be it strategic, political, or with regards to process in the scope of their organization.
The objectives of the course are to transfer the global characteristics of the environment and the specific ones related to climate change and Sustainable Development Goals, so that the student can carry out a coherent analysis that will help them determine decisions in the field of their functions, whether these are of a strategic or operational nature.
The participant will incorporate perspectives of different focus to assist them in such decisions, and understand the urgent need for action and the responsibility of managers in the face of current challenges.

The following contents will be looked at:
- Global Environment and Economic Environment
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Regulatory framework of the European environmental sector
- Climate change
- Natural capital and natural resource management
- Circular Economy

Strategic projection

The strategic projection is relevant, after analysing the environment as a factor which is external to the organization, in order to implement the strategy.
In this subject, the objectives are for the student to know how to conceptualize and locate the strategy, in the more global scenario that is implied by the governance of the organization from the point of view of senior management.
You will learn the main strategic analysis matrices as diagnostic tools and will review the most feasible strategic alternatives in the environmental field.
The participant will delve into the foundations of an innovation oriented to sustainability and the generation of radical new solutions, and will acquire knowledge that will allow them to define new business models that reconcile growth and the protection of natural resources.

The following contents will be looked at:
- Strategic vision
- Strategic analysis models
- Innovation oriented towards sustainability
- Development of alliances – Social value
- Sustainable business
- Action plan

Economy and Management

This subject is essential to understand and relate the financial economic analysis of the company, the financing options related to sustainable infrastructures, and the opportunities for public–private collaboration.
The objectives of the subject are to acquire management tools in environmental communication, understand Project Finance as an instrument for financing projects, and know how to interpret the information provided by the balance sheet and the income statement.
The participant will learn how digital transformation provides advantages and solutions that reduce pressure on scarce natural resources and their deterioration (information technologies applied to intelligent systems, real-time management, and consumption optimization).
Finally, they will acquire knowledge that helps them understand and/or apply, policies related to financing and marketing communication in the environmental field.

The following content will be looked at:
- Economic-financial analysis of the company
- Sustainable finances
- Introduction to Project Finance
- Marketing and Green Communication
- Digital transformation in the environmental sector


This course is essential to develop executive skills and incorporate them into team management from a leadership perspective.

The objective is that the student acquires the key points that increase their options of being a leader for the people they manage, and the members of their team. You will learn to identify the key points for managing people from an executive perspective and tools to improve your personal communication.

The following contents will be dealt with:
- Leadership 4.0
- Keys to Management
- Executive skills
- Influential communication
- Public speaking
- Remote team management
- Data Science for sustainability

Complementary activities

Mentoring plan:

To personalize your experience, you will have the support of a mentor who will guide you through an Executive Development Action Plan. We will offer you support with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take your career to the next level.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain the Postgraduate certificate in Executive Development in Sustainable Business, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


The program is directed by professors from the Pompeu Fabra University and the UPF Barcelona School of Management who are experts in executive development and business strategy, together with experts in sustainability and green transition from the Escuela del Agua from Agbar.

Academic directors

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Associate Provost for strategic projects
Senior Lecturer BSM

Mónica Pérez Clausen

Co-Director of the Postgraduate in Management Development in Sustainable Business. Academic Director of Escuela del Agua (Agbar).

Jaume Batlle Segura

Business strategy and management development consultant

Francesc Mayné

Co-Director of the Postgraduate Course in Management Development in Sustainable Business at UPF Barcelona School of Management and Professor at La Escuela del Agua (Agbar).


Joan Francesc Cánovas Tomàs

Lecturer BSM

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Associate Provost for strategic projects
Senior Lecturer BSM

Xavier Marcet Gisbert

Adjunct professor BSM

Xavier Puig Pla

Senior Lecturer BSM

Antonio Valls Roig

Lecturer BSM

Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Senior Lecturer BSM

Emma Rodero Antón

Professor UPF

Jaume Batlle Segura

Business strategy and management development consultant

Nicole Kalemba

Lecturer BSM


The Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business, taught jointly by UPF-BSM and the Escuela del Agua, offers you maximum flexibility in order to make it compatible with your professional and personal responsibilities.

The hybrid methodology of the program combines sessions in synchronous mode by videoconference (70%) and online modules (30%) that you will work on individually.

Each subject is made up of different types of sessions (master classes and synchronous remote seminars taught by experts and professionals in the sector), active methodologies (individual and group practical activities, and personalized access to mentoring) and self-learning methodologies (reading of didactic content online, introductory tests, self-assessment activities, and other learning complements such as complementary bibliographies, related articles, and videos).


Materiales docentes didácticos e interactivos

We rely on materials of various formats to make your experience more motivating and challenging: videos, case studies, content maps, and downloadable resources. These materials are designed and periodically updated by teachers and professionals who are experts in the field.


Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with experts and the other participants on the program are essential and enriching for the process of collaborative learning. To help with this, you will have at your disposal the virtual classroom of the course through which you can follow the sessions remotely, access online content, take part in academic assessment, and have access to communication and collaborative learning tools along with the other participants.


Streaming sessions with experts

The teaching sessions of the program will be carried out synchronously and remotely through the virtual classroom, which will allow you to share the learning experience as if you were in a face-to-face session: ask questions of the experts, discuss your learning, and perform collaborative learning in real time with the other program participants.


Mentoring plan

To personalize your experience, you will have the support of a mentor who will guide you through an Executive Development Action Plan. We will offer you support with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take your career to the next level.


The evaluation will be continuous through:

  • Multiple choice questionnaires.
  • Delivery of reviews on the contents of the program and on the two compulsory reading books.
  • Activities for practical application.
  • Individual Personal Improvement Plan.


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

The Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business will provide you with specialized training and analysis tools to generate an overview of sustainable development and environmental management in order to guide the organization, and implement sustainability policies and processes in the field of social responsibility.

In the current economic and social context, executives capable of adequately managing the changes and challenges that this context offers are needed to provide innovative business and organizational solutions from a strategic point of view. As such, the program will teach you to relate the organization's management, processes, policies, and strategy to sustainable development, the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.

The environmental scenario is already the engine of changes in the environment; furthermore, the next few years will push through a social transformation that will not only affect companies, but also the way we live, produce, trade, and interact. To this end, the program focuses on training the leaders of the green transition through the practical application of substantive and formal managerial functions, within the framework of sustainability.

Student profile

The program brings together executives and middle managers of companies in the environmental sector and small, medium, and large companies whose interest is to generate value in the sphere of the green transition and in the development of sustainable businesses.

As it is a hybrid modality training, it can be followed from anywhere in the world, making it a suitable option for managers and executives from all over the country or located abroad.

Career opportunities

Through the support of the professors, the postgraduate program works in all areas that allow the professional management of sustainable business.

  • CEO, Consejo de Administración o Dirección General de empresas y organizaciones de cualquier índole. 
  • Manager en sostenibilidad 
  • Consultor de sostenibilidad. 
  • Manager/Consultor de ESG (environment, social and governace) 
  • Sustainable Finance Manager 
  • Quality and Sustainability Manager 
  • Sustainable Business Development Manager 
  • Manager del Portafolio de Inversiones de Impacto 
  • Emprendedor verde o intra-emprendedor 

Admission and enrolment

The admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation by the university of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

You will need to be in possession of an official university degree (graduate, lawyer, or diploma) or equivalent (graduates of university studies with a minimum of 180 credits) or another issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Teaching Area that is empowered in that country to issue degrees for accessing postgraduate education.

Other candidates may take part in the selection process without the university degree required by virtue of their professional academic merits, or the professional role they have. Upon passing the program, they will receive a certificate of completion issued by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 3354.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts


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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate Course in Management Development in Sustainable Businesses
Modality: Semipresencial
Language: Spanish
Price: 3800
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate Course in Executive Development in Sustainable Business