Professionals who want to drive corporate sustainability
with like-minded professionals and sustainability experts
with online modules and six on-campus weeks in Hamburg
beginning in March
Language of instruction
Certificate program (40 ECTS)
As part of the SuMO program, you will become a corporate sustainability expert with the necessary skills to
In addition, as an alumni you will be part of the KLU sustainability community for exchange and lifelong learning.
Employees who complete the SuMO program contribute to making the right decisions for the future viability of your company. During the program, they develop the skills to
Starting with an overview of the dynamic changes in the business world, you will explore the relevant topics related to sustainability through interactive class discussions and teamwork. You will be able to bring your own experiences into the classroom and learn to apply business concepts to your specific environment. All of our senior faculty and practitioners on this executive program have experience teaching at leading universities and business schools around the world and will guide you through the following learning journey:
At KLU you benefit from studying in small classes, an international and very familiar environment and excellent contacts to the business world. Your tuition fees cover on-campus and online teaching, including all course materials, on-campus IT services, library access, support and administrative services.
Master in Sustainable Management and Operations
Certificate in Sustainable Management and Operations
Participants have the choice to either pursue the Master program with the completion of a master's thesis or to obtain a certificate without a master's thesis. The curriculum is the same for both programs with the addition of a master's thesis for the Master program.
For those in the masters pathway, KLU facilities, such as the library and breakout rooms, remain available to facilitate research and writing marathons if need be. The decision to write a thesis after completing the certificate program is an opportunity to demonstrate one’s mastery of core principles and ongoing debates on opportunities and challenges in the field of sustainable management and operations. Through individually guided sessions with their academic advisors, and industry experts, if necessary, students have a chance to narrow in on an area of expertise and contribute to the theory and practice of sustainability management. In some cases, participants’ work might lead to scientific publications and the pursuit of a doctoral degree.
KLU offers a range of scholarships for SuMO applicants:
If you would like to apply for one of the above-mentioned scholarships, please submit the scholarship application form, a letter of motivation as well as a confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.
Application deadline for scholarships: 29th February 2024
Please note: The jury will review all applications at the beginning of March and announce its selection.
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*Applicable for master's students only.
* If you are a company interested in sending multiple candidates, please contact us directly.
* For the Master's program only
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Please note that your application will be considered once you submit your final application and documents via the application platform.
Our Admissions Department will then get in touch with you to support you through the rest of the application process.
Embark on a transformative journey towards sustainable leadership with insights from Prof. Dr. Johannes Meuer, the Academic Director of SuMO.
Discover our participants' unique perspectives on what makes the SuMO program so special for them.
With the Master in Sustainable Management and Operations, you will be able to develop and implement sustainable strategies that will transform your organization and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability is one of KLU’s three key competence areas. SuMO is a holistic program for professionals and managers from all industries and participants benefit from KLU's unique competencies in leadership and sustainability along the entire supply chain. Companies are already facing many rapidly changing challenges, for example, from new regulations (e.g., CSRD, the European Supply Chain Law, Scope 3 Carbon Accounting). In addition, new business models and competitive strategies inspired by the circular economy and sharing models require the right expertise on how companies can strategically manage their supply chains and proactively shape future industry structures.
At KLU, and especially at KLU’s Centre for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains, our research-active scientists are continuously developing new insights and skills that they effectively incorporate into teaching. Enjoy a unique access to the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge to assist companies in making the right decisions.
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management
Assistant Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods at KLU
Associate Professor of Management & Academic Director of Executive Education
Assistant Professor for Sustainable Operations
Associate Professor of Management Accounting
Associate Professor for Sustainability Strategy and Operations, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Practice, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains
Assistant Professor for International Trade
Professor for Supply Chain and Operations Management
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Together with my colleagues, I am driving forward the decarbonization of global shipping for DB Schenker. I have learned a lot on the job, and I wouldn't want to miss the input from outside our company. The lectures of the SuMO program are a good enrichment for me and my company. I am very happy about the opportunity to participate in this program. Already today, after the first week of lectures, I can apply some learnings directly in my daily job routine. That motivates me a lot.
I am an auditor and I know that sustainability reporting will have a huge role in auditors and accountants’ profession in the future. I was looking for a training to gain a deeper understanding of all issues that should be reported under sustainability. My first impression here is quite positive, I am very inspired after these first days. The professors who are here know what they are talking about and have expertise in their area. I like the open discussion during the lessons and that we still have the chance to say what exactly we would like to learn – I’m happy that there is the chance to tailor the program to my needs.
I was looking for a program that was not full time and SuMO's syllabus sounded 100 percent suitable. So far I like it very much, our group dynamic is so inspiring! The small group size and the way of teaching with real life examples correlate with my own learning style. I'm already looking forward to the sustainability project that we will implement in small teams during the program. This way we can directly apply what we have learned.
I chose SuMO because I am very interested in sustainability and would like to learn more. I work in the communications industry and believe that communicating and implementing sustainability is an important task. My impression so far has been positive throughout. From the Welcome Day to the program structure to the way we interact with each other. We are a group with very different people who would probably never have met in real life - that makes the exchange very exciting.
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