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Sustainability Leadership in Action is a talent development initiative targeted at leaders committed to discovering new ways for increasing their performance and delivering exceptional results.


Sustainability Leadership in Action (SLA) helps companies integrate sustainability across their business in order to drive value creation and benefit the planet:

» Gain a clear understanding of which sustainability issues are relevant and a priority for your business
» Develop and implement new sustainable business models
» Improve your ability to successfully lead change
» Acquire sustainability concepts and methodologies to create and measure sustainable performance
» Learn how to successfully engage with different stakeholders


4 days


Fee 2015

CHF 9,500* for the first participant.
CHF 8,500* for each additional participant from the same organization, for IMD alumni, and for CSL Learning Platform members.

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Behind every business are people with the power and desire to make great things happen.

Sustainability Leadership in Action is a talent development initiative targeted at leaders committed to discovering new ways for increasing their performance and delivering exceptional results. These leaders include business executives who have strategic responsibilities in their organizations, running divisions or regions for example, and who are trying to embed the sustainability agenda in their organizations; as well as senior executives and leaders from the public sector and non-profit organizations with the influence and ambition to make a sustainable and lasting contribution to their organizations and society.

The program is also appropriate for investors seeking a deeper and more relevant understanding of how companies are incorporating sustainability into their strategies and operations and using integrated reporting to track their performance.

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When you transform the way business works, you begin to transform the world around you.

Short-term economic success is no longer the main criteria to lead an organization. Today we need to be mindful of the impact of our choices and actions on the natural and social environment and learn how to confront sustainability dilemmas from a strategic point of view.

Frequently, improving performance in one dimension means decreasing performance in the other, and trade-offs are more common than not. Business success in today's marketplace is measured by a leader's capability to produce economic results and positively respond to social and environmental demands from all business stakeholders.

Sustainability Leadership in Action (SLA) addresses the critical issues of business sustainability and will empower you and your organization to integrate sustainability at the heart of your business strategy, to drive value creation and improve the physical and social environment where companies find their resources and human capital.

On the program, we explore the following dimensions of sustainability and selected topics such as:

Business strategy and sustainability

» Sustainability as a trigger for business innovation
» Making sustainability a key element of a company's business strategy and identifying where to focus your efforts
» Introducing sustainability tools and techniques to create value in the supply chain and measuring sustainable performance

The social dimension of sustainability

» Engaging business and sustainability stakeholders
» The business ethics of sustainability: the real meaning of the firm's and the leader's social responsibility
» Poverty alleviation

Sustainability leadership for business executives

» Embedding sustainability in the entire organization
» Influence and persuasion
» Aligning company purpose with socially responsible behavior

The ecological dimension

» The ecosystems approach to sustainability
» The role of biodiversity in productivity
» Resource scarcity

Finance and sustainability

» Sustainability and financial performance
» Providing value for shareholders over the long-term
» The role of investment and capital markets

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Thought leadership
You will learn through cutting-edge and practical research material from IMD Faculty and the IMD Global Center for Sustainability Leadership - and from your peers, a diverse and experienced group of executives representing a wide range of nationalities, functional backgrounds and industry experience.

Relevant to your business
The program is structured to help you place sustainability efforts in the context of your business objectives, formulate and execute sustainable strategies, and carry out successful integrated reporting efforts.

Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time  between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

SLA Program Director

Francisco Szekely

Francisco Szekely Mexican
Sandoz Family Foundation Professor
of Global Leadership and Sustainability

PhD Washington University

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In this section, you will find important information on the program fee, application, invoicing, cancellation and transfer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program advisors.


The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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