How to build your sustainability roadmap

Sustainability is now a business imperative. But how do you effectively evolve from knowing to doing, empowering you to capitalize on new opportunity?

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation addresses this knowing-doing dilemma, providing you with a complete business transformation journey through the lens of sustainability. The program takes you from the why to the how of sustainability enabling you to build smart, sustainable business models that will future-proof your organization and benefit society.

You will work on your own sustainability challenge  and leave with a clear roadmap for sustainable business transformation, combined with a rich community of committed peers to support you, a renewed sense of purpose and deep know-how.

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Deep dive into sustainability landscape

Deep dive into the sustainability landscape, learn from top-ranked global sustainability companies, identify risks and opportunities

ESG sustainability

Understand ESG and sustainability best practices and how to apply these to drive organizational change

Communicate your vision for change

Work on your own sustainability challenge  and apply learnings throughout program

Future-proof your organization

Future-proof your organization, transitioning to sustainable and scalable business models that build competitive advantage and deliver superior financial results

Your own roadmap

Leave with your own roadmap for sustainable business transformation ready to action back in the organization

Your sustainability journey

You will learn from cutting-edge research, real-world examples, discovery visits, themed masterclasses with expert practitioners, class discussions, case studies, frameworks and the sustainability signals™ toolkit, on opportunities to drive your own sustainable business transformation. You will receive business and leadership coaching to support your journey and deepen the impact of your learnings.

See inside top sustainability companies via discovery expeditions
Benefit from individual and group coaching end-to-end
Build your sustainability ecosystem with a rich community of peers
Apply learnings to your context for accelerated transformation
Learning journey
Leading sustainable business transformation
This program is designed for individuals and cross-functional teams

You are seeking to influence and embed sustainability at the center of your organizational purpose. You need sustainability tools, frameworks, language and capabilities to drive this change. Ideally you are a leader with P&L responsibilities or lead a function such as marketing, finance, investor relations, operations, supply chain, legal, strategy, sustainability etc.

Your community. Join of a powerful community of influential, impactful leaders driving sustainable business change. Typical profiles and industries include:

Profiles: VP, Global Sustainability, Executive Director of Strategy, Head of Quality, Head of Marketing, Comms & Thought Leadership, VP Corporate Affairs, CEO & Chairman of Board

Industries: technology, finance, pet nutrition, beauty, energy, manufacturing, construction, agrochemicals

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Benefit from faculty expertise and research

Knut Haanaes - Lundin Chair Professor of Sustainability

Professor Knut Haanaes is the Lundin Chair Professor of Sustainability at IMD. Recent former positions include Dean of the Global Leadership Institute at the World Economic Forum and Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he founded the BCG global sustainability initiative.

At IMD he teaches in many of the key programs, including the MBA, EMBA and Leading Sustainable Business Transformation program. His research interests are related to strategy, digital transformation and sustainability. In the area of strategy, he focuses on strategy styles, corporate renewal and business models.

James Henderson - Professor of Strategic Management

James E. Henderson is Professor of Strategic Management at IMD. Prior to joining IMD, he was an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Babson College and Babson School of Executive Education, based in Boston, MA. His areas of special interest are: Strategy under uncertainty, Competitive strategy, Corporate strategy, Strategy execution.

Professor Henderson helps companies achieve and sustain their competitive advantage either at a business unit, corporate or global level through directing custom specific executive programs, facilitating strategy workshops, or teaching MBAs and executives

Professors Haanaes and Henderson are joined by a core team of sustainability experts including:
David Bach

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 managers and senior executives develop a strategic lens for the nexus of business and politics. 

Julia Binder

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, social and environmental impact in their businesses.

Frédéric Dalsace

Frédéric Dalsace is a Professor of Marketing and Strategy at IMD. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business world, both with industrial companies (Michelin and CarnaudMetalbox), and as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Vanina Farber

Vanina Farber is an economist and political scientist specializing on social innovation, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, with almost twenty years of teaching, researching and consultancy experience.

Susan Goldsworthy

Susan Goldsworthy OLY is Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD with more than 20 years of corporate experience in large multinationals, (Japanese, American and European), where she held senior executive positions.

Natalia Olynec

Natalia Olynec 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 for more than 15 years.


Karl Schmedders

Karl Schmedders is Professor of Finance at IMD. His research focuses on quantitative methods in finance. He applies numerical solution techniques to complex economic and financial models shedding light on relevant market issues and industry problems. 

Michael Yaziji

Professor Yaziji directs, teaches, researches, and consults in leadership, strategy, change management, NGO-corporate relations, stakeholder management, and ethics.

Inspiring Guest Speakers
Rob Cameron

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company.

Xavier Denoly

The company was ranked the world’s most sustainable company in 2021 by Corporate Knights Global 100 Index.


Annette Stube

Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper.

Brigitta Voss

Brigitta brings a wealth of experience from large cap pharmaceutical companies, such as Roche and Novartis as well as biotech.

Latest articles and case studies

By Professor Knut Haanaes and Lisa Duke

By Knut Haanaes - Lundin Chair Professor of Sustainability

By Professor of Social Innovation Vanina Farber and Patrick Reichert

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