A complete business transformation journey
Sustainability is now an essential element of business strategy. It is driving the transformation of business models and the roles of senior executives. Investors are playing a crucial role in demanding transparency and performance in environmental social and governance metrics. Responsible leadership and a systems approach engaging multiple stakeholders are essential to change.
However, many senior executives still struggle with the complex challenge of identifying opportunities for real impact. IMD partners with sustainability leaders to research and share innovative best practices that harness opportunities and mitigate risks. Our programs and research provide you with the insights needed for a complete business transformation journey through the lens of sustainability that will future-proof your organization, contribute to high performance, and benefit society.
A better way to shape the future
IMD's faculty and research teams regularly publish thought leadership articles, case studies, books and reports on a wide range of topics, including sustainability.
Sustainability: A better way to shape the future
In these mini case studies exploring climate change, greenwashing, capitalism and ecological disasters, Knut Haanaes, Professor of Strategy and Lundin Sustainability Chair at IMD, paints a picture of how sustainability can shape the future.
Award winning case studies
Case of the month
In 2021 Schneider Electric was ranked the No. 1 company in the world for sustainability performance, this the culmination of 20 years of hard work on the sustainability front. But how did the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation get here?
Sustainability Senior Vice-President Gilles Vermot Desroches laid the groundwork for the company’s sustainability strategy in 1998 with the formation of the Schneider Electric Foundation. The Corporate Social Responsibility Department, now Sustainability Department, followed in 2000 and the first Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) in 2005.
The SSI, which underpins Schneider Electric’s sustainability strategy has since undergone several iterations, and is now included in the variable compensation of all leaders and employees of the organization. What comes next for sustainability at the French multinational?
This case, written by Professor Frédéric Dalsace, is the September 2022 IMD Case of the Month.
Leading Sustainable Business Transformation Discovery Event
Our planet, societies and businesses are at a crossroads. Globally, there is a growing awareness of devastating climate impacts that are unfolding and stark disparities in social and political equity. COVID-19 has thrown the interlinked issues of climate, health and social equity into an ever sharper and more unforgiving focus. It is clear the time for real sustainability transformation is now. download the Discovery Event white paper (PDF).
Discover more IMD Nexus events about sustainability.
Custom Programs & Advisory
Discover our solutions for organizations
In today’s fast-changing markets, leaders must accelerate current growth while proactively exploring and shaping options for the future. To address this challenge, we have developed a holistic approach that builds on our thought leadership and experience working with leading businesses globally:
IMD is also introducing targeted courses on sustainability, such as the Winning Sustainability Strategies program and the Master of Science in Sustainable Management and Technology.
IMD Sustainability Signals
IMD has put together a world-class team of faculty and researchers to meet the learning needs of businesses seeking sustainable transformation. With varying expertise in finance, strategy, political economy, marketing, entrepreneurship, ESG, organizational behavior, leadership, social innovation and digital strategy and ethics, IMD is well positioned to deliver a high impact programs.
IMD Faculty remain on top of the latest sustainability trends and divide their time between teaching, conducting research and acting as consultants to international companies.
Knut Haanaes' research and teaching focus on strategy, sustainability, strategic renewal and business models. He says these different pillars enable him to help companies think about their path for the future and take…
Political economy expert David Bach brings to IMD a proven track record of creating impactful learning journeys in a dual role as both Professor and Dean.
Through his award-winning teaching and writing, Bach helps…
Julia Binder specializes in the intersection between sustainability and innovation. Her research and teaching explore the processes, strategies and mechanisms that allow entrepreneurs and managers to combine economic,…
Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance. His academic and consulting work is divided into two different but complementary streams. First, he works at the intersection between strategy, business models, and financial…
Carlos Cordon is a Professor of Strategy and Supply Chain Management. Cordon’s areas of expertise are supply chain management, digital, value chains, digital lean and process management, all of which are particularly…
Frédéric Dalsace focuses on two distinct areas – B2B issues such as customer centricity, buyer-seller relationships, and value management, and sustainability, inclusive business models, and alleviating poverty.
He is Co-…
Vanina Farber is an award-winning economist and political scientist who specializes in social innovation and the mobilization of private capital for impact investing. Her research focuses on innovative, practical,…
As a former Olympic finalist, award-winning writer, executive coach, and speaker with more than 20 years of corporate experience with large multinationals, Susan Goldsworthy brings knowledge from the fields of sport,…
James Henderson is an expert on strategic agility, or the development and implementation of strategy under uncertainty. His research focuses on competitive strategy, corporate strategy, digital transformation, ecosystems…
Florian Hoos is a Professor of Sustainability and ESG accounting at IMD. He is an award-winning teacher, innovator, and writer who was selected by Poets&Quants as one of "The World's Top 40 Business School Professors…
Research Fellow & Term Research Professor at IMD’s Global Family Business Centre and Sustainability Initiative.
Prior to joining IMD, Ivan was an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Family Business Management…
Natalia is the Head of Sustainability at IMD, where her work focuses on research, program development, strategy, governance, reporting and advisory. She has worked in sustainability management, consulting and education…
Karl Schmedders' research and teaching currently focus on sustainability and the economics of climate change. He is therefore able to provide key insights on the transition risk arising from the shift to a greener…
Michael Yaziji is an award-winning author whose work spans leadership and strategy. He is recognized as a world-leading expert on non-market strategy and NGO-corporate relations and has a particular interest in ethical…
Amanda’s research lies at the intersection of sustainability management and social-ecological systems. She studies how organizations understand global sustainability issues and develop corporate sustainability…
Our Core Focus Areas
IMD's core focus areas reflect both how the institution influences others to contribute to sustainability through its teaching, research and outreach, and how it embeds sustainable processes and behaviors into its own culture and operations.
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our approach to sustainability is aligned with the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME seeks to deliver the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 through responsible management education.
This decade is known as the Decade of Action for the SDGs and IMD is committed to doing its part to meet these ambitions through its scope to teach, research, convene and develop business and not-for-profit leaders.
Carbon Footprint Report
IMD has completed the measurement of its scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions footprint conforming with the internationally recognised standards of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Scope 3 measurements are currently under development. The results are presented in the Carbon Footprint Report.
Each year the IMD-Pictet Sustainability in Family Business Award rewards family-owned enterprises that are leaders in sustainability, demonstrating exceptional breadth and depth in their sustainability strategy, and exemplary implementation and impact.
IMD and Pictet created the Sustainability in Family Business Award in 2019 to encourage and help leaders and organizations to be a force for good in the world. Family businesses are among the most proactive in this area as they are more inclined to think long-term.
E4S Master program
Based on the conviction that institutions of higher learning have a responsibility to help individuals and organizations overcome societal challenges and identify opportunities, IMD partnered with three leading Swiss academic institutions, the University of Lausanne through, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to create Enterprise for Society (E4S).
E4S formally launched a new, joint masters degree in sustainable management and technology starting in September 2021 to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to drive this ambitious business transition.
In the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, IMD has joined together with seven other business schools: Cambridge Judge Business School, HEC Paris, IE Business School, IESE Business School, INSEAD, London Business School, and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) to help shape climate leadership.
The business schools have collaborated on a toolkit designed to equip present and future leaders with the skills and actions needed on the road to decarbonization. As we countdown to COP26, BS4CL is also holding a webinar series covering various climate change topics.
Discover more about the BS4CL initiative.
IMD and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2021 to collaborate on the most sustainability-centered MBA program in the world.
IMD will also explore ways to further expand Vision 2050 - WBCSD’s vision of a world in which 9+ billion people live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050 – by developing short programs targeting business executives.
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led community of over 200 leading sustainable businesses and represents a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.
Discover more about the partnership with WBCSD.
Projects with Non Profits
Would you like to know more about our activities? Get in touch with our Head of Sustainability, Natalia Olynec.