Strategies for Sustainable Business

Strategies for Sustainable Business

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Course Dates Format Duration Time Commitment Price
Oct 19–22, 2021 Live Online 4 days 6.5 hours/day $5,100

Tracks

Strategy and Innovation

Certificate Credits

3.0 EEUs

Topics

- Global Economics & Markets

- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

- Systems Thinking

This innovative business sustainability program applies a unique MIT Sloan framework to the topic of environmental and socio-economic sustainability and uses an engaging mix of interactive lectures, simulation games and action learning. Participants leave with practical and impactful strategies for building consensus and making change, and are empowered to take action on sustainability from the personal through enterprise level.

Please note: The application deadline for this course is 4 days prior to course start.

For decades, MIT and MIT Sloan have been business sustainability thought leaders, from Jay Forrester’s work on World Dynamics to our groundbreaking research on high performance work systems, to the formation of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan—an effort that is shaping modern discourse on sustainability.


Strategies for Sustainable Business connects executives with MIT professors and researchers who are currently breaking new ground in sustainability thinking and practice. Faculty combine interactive lectures, case studies, games, diagnostic exercises, and deep reflective work for a highly engaging experience. Participants place current business practices in a socioeconomic context and walk away with well-grounded strategies for making sustainability a reality in their organizations, industries, and communities.


COURSE CURRICULUM
WHY: This first day focuses on why sustainability is THE challenge of our generation, and its materiality to participants’ particular business. Case studies reveal how industries are changing to adapt to the business risks—and opportunities—presented by megatrends like climate change and globalization.


WHAT: Through lectures, discussions, and a hands-on system dynamics simulation (“EnRoads”), participants will learn about available strategies at the operational level, in their extended supply chain, and across their industry. They deepen their understanding of the environmental and social dimension of sustainability and the limits of voluntary action.


HOW: Participants chart a course toward the “hardwiring” of sustainability in their enterprise by building coalitions for change and undertaking process improvement. Lectures and discussions draw on the latest research by program faculty and include lessons on how to influence organizational culture, run experiments, conduct difficult conversations, and engage people to undertake important projects. Participants will leave the classroom knowing their next steps to move the ball forward.
 

You will receive a certificate of course completion at the conclusion of this course. You may also be interested in our Executive Certificates which are designed around a central themed track and consist of several courses. Learn more.

Learn more about the live online experience.  



"I joined this course with the highest expectations, and both professors exceeded them by far. Their work and ideas on the different dimension of sustainability gave me a different way to reflect about my professional goals and even personal beliefs."
—Froylan Hernandez-Ruiz
Senior Attorney for the Latin America Region
The Nature Conservancy

Participants will learn effective strategies for leading and effecting change on multiple levels—from the individual to the organization to the industry—and how to apply them effectively in both the short and long term.
In Strategies for Sustainable Business, participants will:

  • Gain an appreciation for the key dimensions of unsustainability and leverage points for change
  • Learn what strategies for sustainability are available at all levels of the organization, and which are most relevant to their organization
  • Understand opportunities for business value creation through more effective, sustainable use of natural and human resources and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Learn to assess business strategies and some public policies with a distinctive, holistic, and systems-based perspective on sustainability
  • Build an action plan for innovation and continuous improvement on sustainability
  • Receive feedback from faculty so that they are better equipped to implement, influence, and lead when they return to work

“Thank you to professors John Sterman and Jason Jay for their brilliant and skilled teaching in Sustainable Business Strategies. As someone who has taken programs at several other top schools, MIT is leagues above. I'm returning home ready to rethink the prioritization around environmental sustainability at my various organizations, building it as a differentiator while at the same time, now having done this course, being more confident about the ROI of a concerted sustainability strategy. As a board member I’m seeing growing investor and capital partner demand for sustainability policies - while also seeing it becoming increasingly important to consumers. Many thanks for this thought-provoking and evidence-based program. MIT is an outstanding school.”
— Margie Seale, Member of the Board of Directors, Telstra Corporation, Scentre Group, Australian Pacific (Holdings) Pty Limited and Westpac Banking Corporation

Sample Schedule—Subject to Change

This program is designed for people who have to make a sustainability strategy happen, including:

  • Functional and business unit leaders from companies committed to sustainability goals, who have been charged with advancing sustainability and creating value in their area.
  • Investment professionals who are charged with aligning socially responsible investments with value and/or who seek to deepen their understanding of sustainability in a socioeconomic context.
  • New sustainability professionals who need to get up to speed on strategies that promote sustainable business practices.
  • Environmental consultants and professionals who need to better understand how to link their practice to the world of business and to prove the value of sustainability in the marketplace.
  • NGO and government leaders who want to understand a business-centered but cross-sectoral perspective on sustainability.
Course Dates Format Duration Time Commitment Price
Oct 19–22, 2021 Live Online 4 days 6.5 hours/day $5,100

Tracks

Strategy and Innovation

Certificate Credits

3.0 EEUs

Topics

- Global Economics & Markets

- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

- Systems Thinking

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$5,100