Sustainable Innovation

Part of the ModularMaster in Sustainability programme

This course provides a deep understanding of social business models, innovating as a system, co-creation methodologies for inclusive innovation, and green marketing. Participants will explore the latest trends and best practices in sustainable innovation, and develop the skills to create sustainable solutions for societal and environmental challenges. Through case studies and practical exercises, participants will learn how to apply sustainable innovation principles to their organisation, and develop a roadmap for sustainable growth and transformation.

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Course Details

Course Dates: 
Currently not available.

5 days, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend

Senior Sustainability Consultant; Senior Sustainability Manager; Sustainable Procurement Specialist; Sustainable Finance Manager; Senior Risk Analyst; Sustainability Project Manager; Senior Environmental Programs Specialist; Supply Chain, Sustainability & Energy Manager; Director of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs; Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Head of Sustainability; Chief Sustainability Officer

Minimum Entry requirement

  • Good English proficiency
  • Relevant work experience

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners can expect to:

  • Apply social business models to create innovative and sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges

  • Develop and implement co-creation methodologies for inclusive innovation that engage diverse stakeholders in the design process

  • Create effective green marketing strategies that communicate the sustainability benefits of innovative products and services to customers and stakeholders

Day 1
  • Innovating as a system: a necessary challenge
  • Building a theory of change
  • Causal loop diagram analysis
  • In-class Assignment 2: Mapping and adapting your organisation's theory of change
  • Identifying shared value
  • Barriers and resistant forces to system innovation
  • Ecosystem strategies
Day 2
  • Social business models: market-based vs collaboration-based approaches
  • Fair trade, benefit corporations, and social enterprises
  • Circular economy & the ReSOLVE framework
  • In-class Assignment 1: Applying the ReSOLVE framework to your organisation 
  • Public-private partnership models
  • Community-based models
  • Balancing business innovation with technological innovation
Day 3
  • Using co-creation to ensure inclusive innovation
  • Stakeholder capitalism
  • Participative decision-making
  • Exercise: Identifying stakeholders to involve in your organisation's decisions
  • Asset-based community development (ABCD)
  • Living labs and co-labs
  • Scaling co-creation efforts
Day 4
  • Introduction to green marketing 
  • Consumer behaviour factor model 
  • Aligning product development with green marketing objectives 
  • Exercise: Applying the consumer behaviour factor model to your organisation
  • Drawing the line between green marketing and greenwashing
  • Green branding, eco-labelling and complying with green marketing regulations
  • Team Project briefing and preliminary planning
Day 5
  • Team Project: Developing a business plan for a sustainable innovation
  • Assignments
  • In-class participation
  • Team Project
Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing 9% GST.



Calvin Chu Yee Ming

Calvin Chu Yee Ming is Managing Partner at Eden Strategy Institute, a strategy consulting practice that drives sustainable advantage in the areas of sustainable innovation, business system innovation, corporate social partnerships, shared value business models, social finance, and impact assessment. Calvin has consulted to corporations such as Bell Labs, General Electric, and Samsung; the governments of Singapore, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia; as well as multilateral organisations such as UNDP, UNESCO, and the UN Global Compact. Before founding Eden, Calvin was VP of Business & Strategy Development at Singapore Exchange, Business Group Director at a London-listed consultancy, and Associate Lecturer in Strategy and Organization with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has also served on the boards of Bettr Lives, Biofourmis, Conjunct Consulting, New Energy Nexus Ventures, and the World Toilet Organization. Calvin majored in Psychology and Political Science at the National University of Singapore, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Ali Shabaz

Ali Shabaz is the Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Singapore. Considered one of Asia’s most experienced and highly-awarded creative leaders, Ali’s experience spans over twenty five years across South East Asia and the Middle East, with work centering on creating clutterbreaking ideas, building brands and understanding integrating communication across different platforms from ATL to Digital and Social. In his last twenty years in Advertising, he has helped HSBC, P&G, Unilever, Qatar Airways, KFC, LEGO, Fedex, Mondelez, Nestle, Visa and many global brands solve their business challenges with break-through ideas and powerful marketing campaigns. His strengths lie in his understanding of the digital landscape, coming up with inspiring creative ideas and focusing on execution that leads to impact.

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  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

SUTD will have to claim the full course fee from participant who is unable to fulfil the SSG funding requirements stated below.

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  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

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Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

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