The next edition of the Winning Sustainability Strategies online program starts on 22 February 2021 and is delivered by IMD Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance Benoit Leleux, and Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, authors of the book with the same title. Based on Winning Sustainability Strategies, the program enables participants to develop a clear business case for sustainability in their organization.
Supported by several in-depth case studies from companies such as DSM, Unilever, Barry Callebaut and Torres wines, the program presents practical frameworks and tools for developing, monitoring and evaluating sustainability programs and initiatives in the real world. For immediate application, the program’s participants work on their own comprehensive sustainability plan throughout the program, which is completed at the end of the final week.
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The program lasts five weeks, calls for a time investment of 4-6 hours per week and is structured as a flexible, online format – while there are fixed start and end dates, the workload during the week can be handled as best suited. Assignments are built around real-case studies and work that participants can apply to their own organizations, supplemented with weekly coaching to support participants in their learning journey. The program is structured in five units, covering the following topics:
Unit 1: Business in a changing world
Unit 2: Developing purpose-driven organizations
Unit 3: Reporting on targets and progress
Unit 4: Transformation toward a circular economy
Unit 5: Implementing sustainability
The upcoming edition of the program runs from 22 February until 28 March 2021, and additional editions are scheduled for the periods of 3 May until 6 June 2021, and 27 September until 31 October 2021. Furthermore, the program can be offered as an in-house training module for corporates, which creates fertile ground for implementing sustainability programs by helping employees achieve a thorough understanding of the business case for sustainability.
In October 2020 the program launched with its first edition. Especially positively rated were the participants’ evaluation of gaining fresh knowledge and insights, reflection on existing assumptions and practices, and gaining relevant practical tools and ideas.
Participants who act at the strategic level of their organization demonstrated to be the most suitable target audience of the program, because the program showed them the bigger picture on how to apply sustainability as an opportunity for corporate strategy. This allowed them to zero in on what is material to their company, how to respond, and how to mobilize employees. Case studies like Tony Chocolonely and Barry Callebaut were highly appreciated, as well as the peer learning in exchanges with fellow participants across different geographies and industries.
This is what three of the participants from the first edition had to say about the online program:
- “To create serious positive impact, sustainability needs to become a value creator for a company. The course was an eye opener how to develop strategies to scale impact and profitability at the same time.”
- “My experience has been great. Coming into the programme I did not know much about how to implement a sustainability plan. Learning about the various elements and the journey has provided me with the necessary tools to establish a sustainability programme. The targets and measurements that we were taught [...] provided guidance on how to monitor the implementation process. The success stories and examples provided from Ecoalf, Barry Callebaut, and Unilever gave me options that I can look at for my company. Overall very effective programme”
- ”Testing new grounds within sustainability, this IMD course has made me realize how important it is to look at your business through the lens of sustainability”
For more information and to apply directly, please click here to visit the program website. In case of any questions about the Winning Sustainability Strategies online program, feel free to reach out to IMD’s support team by clicking the green ‘Contact us’ button at the right-hand side of the top of the page. The deadline to apply for the next program is Thursday 11 February 2021.