Your Learning Journey

During this five-week journey, you will build a strong business case for sustainability, understanding better your purpose, your strengths and weaknesses and developing opportunities for innovation. You will establish the appropriate targets and monitoring mechanisms, as well as aligning systems required to propel your business forward.

Supported by your professional learning coach, you will leave with your own action plan, essential for stakeholder buy-in, plus all the tools and frameworks to confidently lead your sustainability transformation.

The program is structured in five units, covering the following topics:

Unit 1: Business in a changing world

  • Find out about the UND SDGs and key global sustainability trends
  • Learn about the vectoring model and its component parts
  • Complete the sustainability scoresheet for your organization

Unit 2: Developing purpose-driven organizations

  • Understand the importance of focus on specific sustainability issues
  • Learn about  the concept of materiality and apply it to your own organization
  • Reformulate company purpose

Unit 3: Reporting on targets and progress

  • Learn how to design a robust sustainability reporting framework for your own company
  • Understand how to embed the SDGs into your business strategy
  • Find out how to successfully position sustainability within a modern business context

Unit 4: Transformation toward a circular economy

  • Understand how to address opportunities and threats arising from the circular economy
  • Apply tools such as the waste hierarchy and stakeholder partnerships
  • Examine circular strategies for solution development

Unit 5: Implementing sustainability 

  • Create a high-level action plan to implement sustainability strategy in your organization
  • Examine the potential of innovation platforms and collaborative networks
  • Anticipate resistance and obtain superior engagement from teams
Research & knowledge

Are you interested in Sustainability? Discover the latest articles, books, case studies and reports by IMD's faculty and research teams.

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