Discover sustainability opportunities and risks with IMD professor of Global Leadership and Sustainability, Francisco Szekely. Learn how to implement a new business model for sustainability in your business.

Why this online course is for you

How can you be sustainable and profitable at the same time?

Are the challenges your business faces today different from they were in the past? Staying profitable in today’s business environment is no easy task – to do it you need to understand how sustainability fits into your strategy. This program guides you to:

  • Understand business sustainability and why it is so important today for you and your company

  • Identify sustainability risks and opportunities for your business

  • Discover what leading companies from different industries are doing to successfully respond to today’s sustainability demands, and realize how to apply it to your own business

  • Develop a new business model for sustainability


Your profile for this online course

You are an executive/manager looking to gain a practical understanding of the fundamentals of the “sustainability imperative”. You wish to promote sustainability in your organization and be better equipped to embed and lead it in your ongoing business activities. 


Online course overview 

You begin this eight-week digital program with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles and best practices for your business. You focus on how to create a winning business strategy while at the same time keeping sustainability at the heart of your organization. You learn how to compete with other sustainable businesses and to both inspire and engage with internal and external stakeholders. Sustainable innovation is also studied and applied directly to opportunities in your organization. Finally, you gain an in-depth understanding of how to create value throughout your supply chain.

Individual assignments, virtual group work, case studies, readings, video summaries, personalized feedback from your program coach, peer reviews with other participants from across the globe, and personal reflection moments – are all combined to stimulate your thinking, unlock new insights, change habits, and firmly embed the learning.

You will complete Building Business Sustainability with a rich understanding of what it means to be a sustainable leader and an action plan of how to introduce sustainability into your business operations.



  • Increase your competitiveness by maximizing the actions of your company to meet consumer demand for sustainability

  • Create more value for your supply chain and all your stakeholders

  • Discover a new way of thinking for your business focusing on company aspirations versus what you want to avoid

  • Develop effective tools to innovate sustainably



 8 weeks of study, 4-6 hours per week.

The flexible schedule allows you to access the material in your own time and study at your pace.You must successfully complete all weekly assignments in order to finish the program and gain IMD certification. 



Program sessions 2017
BBS 1   Closed
BBS 2 October 23 - December 15


Fee 2017

CHF 3’900 for individual participants / CHF 3’500 IMD alumni

Corporate Learning Network member corporations receive a number of complimentary seats. If you are applying via your company or corporation, please check internally that you are eligible to apply before submitting your application.

A word from faculty

Incorporating sustainability into your business strategy allows you to become more competitive, reduce your risks and, moreover, stay competitive long term.

Francisco Szekely

Mexican | Global Leadership and Sustainability I PhD Washington University I Former Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico