Building Business Sustainability - your learning journey

This online course is 8 weeks long. It's long enough for you to apply to your own working context what you learn and to develop a new mindset for sustainability in your business. Over the 8 weeks of courses, here's what you will learn:

Unit 1: Introduction to business sustainability principles & practices

  • Identify the opportunities and risks for your organization posed by sustainability.
  • Consider sustainability principles, and what they mean in practice.
  • Examine real-world case studies to understand how sustainability trends can affect a business.
  • Make contact with your coach and buddy.

Unit 2: Sustainabilty at the heart of business strategy

  • Define the parameters of a sustainable business strategy.
  • Explore how embracing sustainability can help a business become more competitive in the long run.
  • Consider how society’s sustainability concerns affect your organization.
  • Begin to formulate a sustainability strategy for your business.

Unit 3: Inspiring & engaging stakeholders

  • Focus on methods to identify and engage different stakeholders.
  • Conduct a stakeholder assessment using the IMD Sustainability Barometer.
  • Look at differences between internal/external and primary/secondary stakeholders.
  • Assess options for minimizing negative impacts of your strategy.

Unit 4: Sustainability innovation

  • Discover the four different types of sustainable innovation.
  • Support your organization in developing transformational sustainable innovations.
  • Learn valuable lessons from a Newlight Technologies case study, by scrutinizing what was involved in marketing a new bio-based polymer technology.

Unit 5: Sustainability & ecosystems

  • Investigate the circular economy approach and the importance of ecosystems.
  • Consider the impact of climate change on potential business success, and how your organization can address it.
  • Develop strategies for mitigating risk and benefiting from business opportunities related to climate change.

Unit 6: Creating value through the supply chain

  • Learn the fundamental principles of supply chain sustainability.
  • Deploy practical tools for sustainable value creation at every link in the chain.
  • Reflect on ways you can make your organization more competitive by embedding sustainability principles throughout the supply chain.

Unit 7: Measuring sustainability performance

  • Measure the sustainability performance of an organization, product, service or process.
  • Compare different indicators of sustainability. Learn to gauge non-quantifiable and non-financial social impacts.
  • Complete an accurate life-cycle assessment of your organization or business unit.

Unit 8: Sustainability leadership

  • Develop the practical leadership skills and attributes you need to advocate for sustainability.
  • Examine how best to make sustainability ideas operational in your own work context.
  • Revisit your sustainability action plan, fine-tuning and finalizing it along with your personal coach.