World Class: Sustainability Ethics

Three-day executive certificate course 
on economic, social and ecological ethics.

What you will learn

The World Class on Economic, Social and Ecological Ethics focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, competences and skills in the area of sustainable development. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are used as the underlying rationale to analyse the connection between sustainable patterns of production and consumption, care for the environment, wealth distribution, responsible governance and societal participation.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the World Class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of sustainability as an ethical lens for the study of contemporary challenges;
  • Evaluate how economic, social and ecological dimensions inform the international agenda of sustainable development;
  • Classify economic, social and ecological measures within a framework of a sustainable transition process;
  • Create concept for a sustainable transition applicable to your own professional context.


Unit 1From Linear to Circular Economy
Unit 2Sustainable Development Goals: An international agreement serving the economic transition
Unit 3The Sustainable Finance Framework
Unit 4Double Materiality and Human Interaction with the Environment
Unit 5Energy and Climate Change
Unit 6Environmental Degradation, Raw Materials and Water Sustainability
Unit 7Social Development Goals and Multi-stakeholder Collaboration
Unit 8Global Citizenship
Unit 9Sustainability and Human Rights: Environmental, Food and Climate Justice

The Unique Value Proposition of Globethics World Classes

A World Class allows executive participants to acquire a professionally relevant qualification in a leading and future-oriented area within a short time span. A World Class is delivered as a three-day intensive live programme with nine content units and four corresponding application units (clinics), which will allow the participants to elaborate a self-guided study on a topic of their choice, based on the methods and case studies analysed during the live sessions. The course is supported by a fully-fledged online course pathway, designed to facilitate engagement with quality resources and up-to-date study material.


The World Class on Economic, Social and Ecological Ethics will take place from 15-17 November 2023.

Course participants are encouraged to request professional development leave for the duration of the World Class from their employers.

All live sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants on the course platform. To obtain the course certificate, participants must attend a minimum of 3 live sessions distributed over the three days. Course work related to the clinics can also be accomplished outside of the proposed schedule, provided that all work is completed submitted on the third day.

World Class participants will be offered time to elaborate a self-guided study on a topic of their choice in relation to themes studied in the 9 live programme units, similar to a short Capstone Project. The course instructor will provide appropriate guidance and supervision. The objective is to conduct the self-guided project throughout the three course days with a completion on the third day.


The World Classes have an estimated total workload of 12 hours (online contact hours and self-guided study work, excluding additional time for facultative networking):

  • 7 hours and 15 minutes for the live sessions (45 minutes per live session; 9 live sessions in total);
  • 4 hours for the clinics (1 hour per clinic; 4 clinics in total);
  • 45 minutes in total for preparatory work, course platform introduction and evaluation survey;
  • 45 minutes for networking (facultative).
José Antonio David

Dr Haluk Haksal

An experienced economist, specialised in sustainability management and sustainable finance, Dr Haksal developed the contents of this World Class and will accompany the course participants in their learning journey. He brings a wealth of international experience into the classroom, ranging from research conducted as research fellow within United Nations’ agencies and international organisations to teaching assignments in the field of political economy and ecological, sustainability and governance (ESG) issues.


The World Classes are designed for executives with a prior learning experience at least at the level of a Bachelor degree.

Classes conducted in English require upper intermediate proficiency in English to follow the live sessions and to read the course material. Future World Classes are planned to be offered in additional languages.

The courses are particularly targeted at exectuives working for international organisations with a focus on economics, societal participation, and/or ecological transition.

Participation in the World Classes requires prior registration and payment of the tuition fees.

The World Class on Economic, Social and Ecological Ethics is available for an introductory offer price of USD 50.00 until 30 September 2023. This price includes the full live programme, quality study material, free access to the Globethics specialised online library, expert accompaniment, free access to the World Class course material on the Globethics Academy online platform (Moodle) and the Executive World Class Certificate.

After the introductory offer ends, from 1 October 2023, the World Class will be aligned with the pricing structure of other Globethics Academy courses, based on the World Bank Development Indicators.

The course will be priced as follows:

Country income
World Class price
High income300 USD
Upper-middle income250 USD
Lower-middle income150 USD
Low income100 USD


To pay the correct price for your country, on the World Class registration page, you’ll have to select your course and your country income classification according to the World Bank Map, before following the instructions to complete your registration and payment, either via PayPal or bank transfer.

Participants are encouraged to do their own research on scholarships and grants to help with course fees.

What's included

Course materials will be provided on the course online platform and additional resources are accessible in dedicated collections of the Globethics Library.

All the interactive materials from our courses are available as downloadable PDF versions for low bandwidth connections.

Globethics Specialised Open Access Ethics Library

Registered World Class course participants benefit of a full and lifelong access to the Globethics Specialised Open Access Ethics Library, upon free registration, with more than 75 special collections, inter alia collections on sustainable development and environmental ethics, more than 150 journals , and more than 3.6 million books, articles, research papers, conference reports and other documents.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

It’s also possible to access our learning management system on a mobile phone, tablet device, however, as you will have to download the moodle application for Android or MacOs.

For the assignments and final assignment, you will be required to use any word processor, such as Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, Pages, and convert it to a PDF, you can download it here.

Globethics is a quality provider for online and blended learning course programmes with a dual accreditation by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the European Agency for Higher Education and Accreditation (EAHEA). Upon full attendance of the World Class live programme and the fulfillment of the requirements related to the clinics, participants will be able to obtain a Globethics Executive Programme Certificate – Special Mention World Class Economic, Social and Ecological Ethics.

World Class Course Registration

The registration for the World Classes, including the Stripe payment, can be completed fully online. A confirmation email with the online platform access credentials will be sent to all registered participants one day prior to the course start date.

The deadline for registration is 1 week (5 working days) prior to the start of the course: 8 November 2023.

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“Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people.”
- Kofi Annan

Duration3 days
Dates15-17 November 2023
Price50 USD (Limited introductory offer until 30 September 2023)
Workload12 hours (including nine 45-minute live sessions and four 1-hour clinics)
Subjects Sustainability, Economic, social and ecological ethics
Language English, more languages to come
Study Method Distance learning


Globethics is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the European Agency for Higher Education and Accreditation (EAHEA) as a quality provider of online courses. 

BAC accredited institution



EAHEA accredited institution