Business Sustainability & Circular Economy


Sustainability and circular economy are becoming fundamental pillars of the modern economic systems and they represent a development alternative to meet the global challenge of the depletion of natural resources.

In order to operate effectively in this new economic context, public and private businesses need to adopt new management tools able to generate and control, simultaneously, the economic, social and environmental value, in a framework shared by enterprises and the civil society.

Those who choose this course intend to increase their skills, also through exchanges of views with university lecturers, managers and management consultants from this industry: the most significant experiences, for different types of business, will be discussed.

The program features a half day as introduction and 4 classroom days divided into in 2 full-time 2-day residentials, which will enable participants to acquire the abilities and tools to manage the financial management Triple bottom line and risks at social and, most of all, environmental levels.

These tools aim at achieving a business performance in line with the needs of enhancement of resources and of the founding requirements of the Circular Economy.

The educational experience allows providing an answer to the need of combining Business Development and Sustainable Innovation processes, thanks to individual and group interactive activities that foster the critical analysis of problems and the identification of solutions applicable to the reference context.

Matteo Mura

Matteo Mura

Associate Professor of Organizational Performance, Università di Bologna

" The urgency concerning the depletion of natural resources, the significance for the business and growing economic-financial returns are some of the motivations that, every day, push an increasing number of entrepreneurs and professionals to familiarize themselves and adopt the principles of sustainability, of the creation of shared value and of the circular economy. This course will give participants an innovative business view by way of an in-depth analysis of rigorous theoretical frameworks and the implementation of measurement, assessment and accounting techniques and methods, that combine economic, environmental and social payoffs, for the company performances. "


The course features a  program divided into a half day for the introductory Kick Off and 4 classroom days divided into in 2 full-time 2-day residentials (Friday and Saturday).

During the residentials  different thematic modules are dealt with, delivered by way of a mix of traditional lectures, experiences illustrated by business-people, exercises and discussion of real-life cases.

The dates of the lessons are:

  • 19 June 2020
  • 25 June 2020  from 10 am to 6 pm
  • 26 June 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • 27 June from 9 am to 5 pm


  • Definizioni di Sostenibilità
  • Triple Bottomlineù
  • Sustainbaility-Oriented Innovatioin

  • Gli stakeholder, il loro ruolo, l’engagement
  • La valutazione degli impatti
  • Life Cycle Thinking: Come misurare il ciclo di vita di prodotti e servizi

  • Introduzione all’economia circolare
  • Economia circolare e gestione delle persone
  • La sostenibilità nelle Operations

  • Strumenti e i metodi per valutare l’impatto ambientale del processo produttivo
  • Il pilastro della sostenibilità nel World Class Manufacturing
  • Esempi di applicazione del green manufacturing


  • La rendicontazione delle performance non finanziarie: stato dell’arte
  • Reporting integrato: strumenti e metodologie a confronto
  • La materialità come strumento strategico


Learning method

The course lasts 6 months and includes a mix of assessment, e-learning, classroom, exercises, project work, coaching.


Networking takes place between students in the same class, between participants and lecturers, and with students from other courses or previous editions of the same program.


Over the years, our partners have been constantly involved in the various activities that make up the structure of our programs. Companies belonging to our network participate in project work and master classes; they actively contribute to introducing guest speakers and organizing company visits. Our partners are our first supporters: they sponsor various scholarships, host internships for students and provide professional opportunities for graduates.

The partner companies of Bologna Business School are:

Aeroporto G. Marconi Assicoop Bologna Metropolitana Automobili Lamborghini Bologna Fiere Brevini Power Transmission Camera di Commercio di Bologna Camera di Commercio di Ferrara Camera di Commercio di Forlì-Cesena Camera di Commercio di Modena Camera di Commercio di Rimini Camst Carpigiani Group Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna Confcommercio Emilia Romagna Confindustria Emilia Romagna Coswell Datalogic Ducati Motor Holding Enel Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Expert System Falorni Fastweb Ferrarelle Ferrari Ferretti Group Finalma Fondazione Carisbo Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Cesena Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Cento Fondazione Cassa Risparmio di Imola Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo Fondazione G. Marconi Fondazione IBM Italia Fondazione Isabella Seràgnoli Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Fondazione per la Collaborazione tra i Popoli Food Trend Foundation Furla Google Italia Granarolo GroupM Gruppo Coesia Gruppo Sistema H-ART HSPI Haworth Hera Horsa IBM Italia IMA Iconsulting Intesa San Paolo KPMG Advisory Laboratori Guglielmo Marconi Landi Renzo Legacoop Bologna Lighthouse Manutencoop Mape Maps Masai Italia Maserati Microsoft Italia Montenegro N.C.H. Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Olidata Onit Group Opera Santa Maria del Fiore Philip Morris Italia Poltronesofà Regione Emilia-Romagna Ricoh S.E.C.I. Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri SAP SCS Consulting STMicroelectronics Schneider Electric Seps Technogym Teuco The Boston Consulting Group Toyota Material Handling Italia Trevi Group Umberto Cesari UniCredit Unieuro Unindustria Bologna Unipol Vem Sistemi Veronesi Viabizzuno Videoworks Volvo Car Italia WPP Italia Yoox Net-A-Porter Group


The registration fee for the program is 2,300 euros (plus VAT) to be paid by the start date of the course.

The fee includes attendance at the program, all study material available through the online platform and access to Bologna Business School services, which include: Alma personal wi-fi account, use of Computer Lab PCs, use of study areas and access to the internal gym.

A large free car park is available in the school park.

Discounts are available:
- for early registrations;
- for Business Network companies;
- for Alma and Profingest Alumni;
- for groups of at least 3 people.


Alumni and companies can check the availability of vouchers at the Interprofessional Fund of reference:

Fondimpresa - for middle managers / middle management
Fondo Dirigenti PMI - for managers of industrial SMEs
Fondirigenti - for managers
Fon.Coop - for cooperative companies







The course is reserved for a maximum of 20 participants.


To register, simply download the registration form and send it by email or fax (051 2090112).


At the end of the course, a participation certificate is issued (upon reaching 80% of classroom hours).
The documents used in the classroom and any further reading or exercises will be uploaded to our platform, whose credentials will be delivered in the classroom.
Should a group of colleagues wish to participate in the program, it is possible to contact the Program Manager to evaluate an ad hoc participation price.
Our short courses do not require a specific course of study. It is important to have a few years of work experience behind you that can help you, inside the classroom, by bringing real cases dealt with and solutions adopted during your work.


Faculty members at Bologna Business School work together offering outstanding teaching standards. An international and interdisciplinary approach is guaranteed by a joint team of distinguished national core professors, adjunct, visiting professors, guest speakers and top managers.

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