Blended program
Leading Sustainable Business Transformation

Build your smart roadmap for a sustainable business future.

Blended program

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation

Build your smart roadmap for a sustainable business future.

Length
3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, 3 days on campus
Fee
CHF 9,900
Next program starts
26 August 2024

How to build your sustainability roadmap

Sustainability is now a business imperative. But many leaders still adopt a fragmented approach, struggling with the complex challenge of how to evolve from knowing to doing and unable to capitalize on new opportunity.

IMD’s 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.

Combining cutting-edge research from expert faculty, case studies, and insights from industry leaders, you will witness “sustainability on the ground” to inspire and enable your own journey.

You will work on your own sustainability challenge and leave the program 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.

Build your ESG and sustainability foundations

Explore technology, business model, and organizational implications of committing to sustainability. Discover tools and strategic frameworks to embed sustainability throughout your organization.

Deep dive into upsides and best practices

Deep dive into the sustainability landscape, understand ESG and sustainability best practices and how to apply these to drive organizational change. Learn from top-ranked global sustainability companies, identify risks and opportunities.

Learn in action

Work on your own sustainability challenge and apply learnings throughout the program in a supportive environment.

Build your sustainability roadmap

Learn to effectively communicate your vision for change, inspiring new mindsets, and influencing across functions. Leave with your own roadmap for sustainable business transformation, ready to action back in your organization.

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You and your class

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 change. Ideally you are a leader with P&L responsibilities or lead a function such as marketing, finance, supply chain, strategy, sustainability etc.

Join a diverse group of like-minded peers from different industries, cultures, and nationalities and who face the same sustainability-related challenges.

Recent participant profiles include: Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Sustainability Lead, Head of ESG, Finance Director, Strategy Director, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Marketing and Sales, VP Corporate Affairs, Supply Chain Director, Head of Global Procurement.

Participants join from industries such as: Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Services, Construction and Engineering, Finance, Insurance, Health Care, Food Production, Automotive.

2023 class profile (average data)

20

years of experience

84%

senior & c-level

46

average age

20

nationalities

What participants say about this program
Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Grégory Quercia - IMD Business School
Grégory Quercia

Risk Expert and Sustainability Consultant, Switzerland

Amazingly insightful

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation was amazingly insightful and led by passionate professors who are connected to reality. I built hard and soft skills and learned so much though a blend of experience-sharing, constructive feedback, and bonding activities with peers.

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Nicole Duttine - IMD Business School
Nichole Duttine

Managing Director, Danone, Austria

I recommend this program

Leading Sustainable Business Transition combines knowledge, inspiration, leadership, and networking to bring sustainability into all types of organizations. I recommend this program because the professors, the speakers, and the participants are guaranteed to help you progress on your own personal sustainability challenges. The connections you make are diverse and invaluable.

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant William DC Wild - IMD Business School
William DC Wild

Senior Public Affairs & External Communications Leader, Switzerland

An incredibly enriching learning experience

The Leading Sustainable Business Transformation course was an incredibly enriching learning experience that surpassed all my expectations. The insights gained on leading sustainability strategies and projects through real-world challenges were impactful and deep. Collaborating with a diverse and super-cool cohort of international change-makers and making new friends from all around the world was personally very meaningful for me. It was simply powerful to see what 25 people from a dozen or more nations that came together in a room achieved in just four days!

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Sonia Nastase - IMD Business School
Sonia Nastase

Business Executive Officer, Nestlé Nespresso, Israel

I got so many ideas and so much inspiration

I got so many ideas and so much inspiration, knowledge and energy from my peers and professors. The program highlighted the power of collaboration as well as the importance of having a disruptor’s mindset and understanding non-market stakeholder engagement. Among many other activities, we applied the future-back method to climate change and exercised storytelling as a powerful tool to make our messages matter. The extraordinary professors are now my heroes and my inspiration to continue the sustainable business transformation journey.

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Thi Thuc Nguyen

Founder & President of Swiss-Vietnamese Business Gateway

I received more than expected

I chose the program with three objectives: find a remedy to my skepticism about sustainability, strengthen my ESG expertise, and join the school’s powerful alumni communities. I completed the program receiving more than expected.

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez - IMD Business School
Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez

Corporate Strategy Director, Siemens, Germany

A supportive community of participants

The blend of liVe, online, and face-to-face training is fantastic. There is a supportive community of participants who are experiencing similar challenges to you. And different industry players help you understand how to address your own sustainability transformation challenges.

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Carlos Mario Gutierrez - IMD Business School
Carlos Mario Gutierrez

Sustainability Manager, SLB, United States

I’m ready to apply these learnings

I’m grateful for this collaborative journey with inspiring peers from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Special thanks to our dedicated program director Knut Haanaes and all the other IMD professors for their guidance and insights. I’m ready to apply these learnings to help drive impactful change in the world!

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation participant Andrea Simon - IMD Business School
Andrea Simon

VP Strategy Animal Nutrition Business Line, Evonik Operations GmbH, Germany

The case studies are inspiring

The case studies are inspiring. You learn how other companies are embracing sustainability transformation so you can incorporate what’s relevant into your own strategy. And the program structure gives big value. You get time to reflect and to share ideas back in your company and work together on your learnings.

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Overview of benefits by program faculty.
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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.

Insider access

See inside top sustainability companies via discovery expeditions.

Accelerated transformation

Apply learnings to your context for an accelerated transformation.

Personalized coaching

Benefit from individual and group coaching end-to-end.

Community of peers

Build your sustainability ecosystem with a rich community of peers.

Pre-work

Self-paced

  • Complete a survey.
  • Identify your individual sustainability challenge
Module 1 – Create a sustainability vision

LiVe virtual, 3 days

  • Gain deep insight from top-ranked sustainability companies.
  • Get inspired by online discovery expeditions to global sustainability champions.
  • Harness key sustainability and ESG trends.
  • Embed sustainability into strategy.
  • Identify sustainable business models and social benefits.
Module 2 – Enable courageous dialogue

Online, 5 weeks, 4-6 hours per week
Live virtual, 1 hour weekly check-in

  • Build leadership capabilities to effectively communicate your vision.
  • Embed leadership concepts into courageous dialogues.
  • Transform mindsets at CXO, top management, and functional team levels.
Module 3 – Drive organizational change

On campus, 3 days

  • Connect dots to make change happen.
  • Develop organizational design: measurement, rewards, processes, and capabilities
  • Build alliances, partnerships, and ecosystems.
  • Change tactics.

Detailed program schedule

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation – May 2024


Module

Dates


Delivery

Module 1

Create a sustainability vision

  • 13-15 May

  • Start time: 13 May, 08:30 AM 

  • End time: 15 May, 4:30 PM

liVe virtual

Module 2

Enable courageous dialogue

17 May - 16 June

21 May, 12:30-2:00 PM (liVe session)

online (self-paced) and liVe virtual

Module 3

Drive organizational change

  • 17-20 June 

  • Start time: 17 June, 1:30 PM

  • End time: 20 June, 12:30 PM

on campus

Leading Sustainable Business Transformation – August 2024


Module


Dates

Delivery

Module 1

Create a sustainability vision

  • 26-28 August

  • Start time: 26 August, 08:30 AM

  • End time: 28 August, 4:30 PM


liVe virtual

Module 2

Enable courageous dialogue

30 August - 29 September

online (self-paced) and liVe virtual

Module 3

Drive organizational change

  • 30 September - 2 October

  • Start time: 30 Sept., 1:30 PM

  • End time: 2 Oct., 12:30 PM

on campus

Next start & fee

Length: 3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, and 3 days on campus.

Dates
26 Aug – 2 Oct 2024
Location
Blended
Length
3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, 3 days on campus
Price
CHF 9,900
Dates
3 Mar – 10 Apr 2025
Location
Blended
Length
3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, 3 days on campus
Price
CHF 9,900
Dates
25 Aug – 2 Oct 2025
Location
Blended
Length
3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, 3 days on campus
Price
CHF 9,900
Dates
13 Oct – 20 Nov 2025
Location
Blended
Length
3 days liVe virtual, 5 weeks online, 3 days on campus
Price
CHF 9,900

Tuition, teaching materials, and lunch are included.
All fees quoted are exclusive of any value-added or other indirect taxes that may be due in any country.
IMD reserves the right to modify the program dates, location, and fee at any time.

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Professors Haanaes and Henderson are joined by a core team of sustainability experts including:
Inspiring guest speakers
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Rob Cameron

Vice President, Global Head of Public Affairs and ESG Engagement, Nestlé

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

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Xavier Denoly

Senior Vice President in charge of Sustainable Development, Schneider Electric

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

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Annette Stube

Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Stora Enso

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

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Brigitta Voss

Pharma Executive Portfolio & Project Management, Strategy, Operations

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

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Executive Certificate in Sustainable Business

Accelerate your impact and be recognized for your mastery of sustainable business practices.

Executive Certificate in Sustainable Business

Accelerate your impact and be recognized for your mastery of sustainable business practices.

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One step closer to joining IMD alumni network

Successful completion of this program takes you one step closer to joining IMD’s powerful alumni network.

130k+ alumni

Networking

250+ events per year

Communities

50+ clubs worldwide

Resources