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Strategic Sustainability for Business

How do you integrate sustainability into a business strategy?

Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility impact your business; how is your company shaping the market? And why is sustainability a strategic goal for the business?

Sustainable actions of a company start with engaged leaders who are aware of the resources needed. Sustainability is no longer only a competitive advantage but more so a core function. It is vital for senior executives and leaders to responsibly lead the company into the future while valuing company transparency and reputation. A sustainable innovation culture requires top management commitment and ambition to make a difference. Are you, as a leader, ready and prepared?

Leaders need to take action and manage the value chain of their business, ensuring that sustainability and business strategy are mutually complementary. The Strategic Sustainability for Business program focuses on strengthening the link between sustainability and business strategy within the business environment while valuing an entrepreneurial mindset. During the program, you will increase your understanding of key strategic themes for future success through sustainability. You will network with experienced leaders and experts via inspiring group discussions, workshops, reflections, lectures, and business presentations. 

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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”Very modern and up-to-date approach supported by high-class articles, excellent management of the audience, good time management. Excellent knowledge of the subject and its most recent news and trends. Happy to warmly recommend for anyone.”

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World-class lectures and facilitated learning sessions designed to accelerate change in the organization

Bridging strategic thinking with sustainability to align business goals

Participants will engage in deep discussions and engaging exercises that open up new ways of thinking

“Every company needs a tailored strategic approach to sustainability, both to achieve best sustainability impacts and to achieve best business impacts.”

Dr. Leena Lankoski
Senior University Lecturer in Sustainability in Business, Aalto University School of Business

Benefits

This program helps you to gain a holistic view of sustainability from a strategic viewpoint. It also enlightens how to create value through sustainable strategies and strengthen the link between sustainability and strategy in your company. You will learn the impact of sustainability incorporated on a strategic level and get tools for inspirational leadership towards the change.

Increase your understanding on key strategic themes for future success through sustainability
Rethink the value chain and build a clear vision for economic success and competitive advantage through sustainability
Drill down to potential new business models to adopt a greater innovation mindset and to drive transformation within the organization

For

The program is designed for senior executives and managers responsible for strategic decisions, either directly or indirectly regarding the sustainable development strategy of the company, business, or department.

The program is also beneficial for:

  • Executives who are and/or need to change the conversation in their companies, industries, and communities about the impact their companies are making on climate change
  • Senior Managers who are responsible for the corporate sustainability strategy and sustainable development
  • Executives who want to develop their expertise in sustainable development and prepare for the future.

Contents and Schedule

The program is a focused three-day face-to-face setup primed with thought-provoking pre-assignments and -readings. The days are interactive and sparked with exercises and discussions. The program themes and topics cover strategic analysis and design for sustainability, how to develop and implement the strategy, business model innovation and communication around strategy and sustainability internally and externally, and resilience in times of uncertainty.

The program combines practical knowledge and real cases with top names in academia and business. An essential part of the program is learning from each other, activating an entrepreneurial mindset, and being open to new ideas and ways of doing things. Be prepared to share your thoughts and participate in intriguing discussions with like-minded peers!

Need to deepen your expertise in responsible business in general?
Read more about our Finnish Vastuullisuus ja liiketoiminta program. 

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Leena Lankoski

Dr. Leena Lankoski is an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability.  She is currently working as a Senior University Lecturer in Sustainability in Business at Aalto University School of Business. She also holds a Title of Docent in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Helsinki and is a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD, France.

Leena Lankoski has been working with corporate responsibility and sustainability questions for almost 30 years in Finland and elsewhere, both as an environmental consultant at the United Nations and lately in academia. During her years in the field, Dr. Lankoski has looked at questions at the interface between business and society from a number of perspectives, ranging from strategies and competitiveness issues for single firms and sectors to macro-level and policy questions in a globalized economy. Her academic research spans across several topics such as the relationship between a firm’s sustainability performance and financial performance, the different meanings that ‘sustainability’ can take in a business context, behavioural and organizational change for sustainability, and sustainability and ethics in a digital economy. She has taught corporate responsibility and sustainability for university students at all levels as well as for executive audiences for 20 years.

Dr. Lankoski holds a D.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
 

Fabian Sepulveda

Dr. Fabian Sepulveda has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, management consulting and investment banking at companies such as Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney, and J.P. Morgan. He is actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a start-up coach and Lean Launchpad® trainer, and helps organizations understand and execute Lean Start-up methodologies and customer development. He teaches Venture Formation and other courses at the Aalto Ventures Program and Aalto University Executive Education.

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