Strategies for Sustainable Business

Strategies for Sustainable Business

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Strategy and Innovation

Certificate Credits

3.0 EEUs


- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

- Systems Thinking

Course Highlights

  • Learn through interactive lectures, case studies, games, diagnostic exercises, and deep reflective work
  • The course places current business practices in a socioeconomic context and you will walk away with well-grounded strategies for making sustainability a reality in your organization, industry, and community
  • You will earn a certificate of course completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management

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


Course snapshot


Why attend Strategies for Sustainable Business?

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.

Course experience

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.

Learn more about the in-person course experience.     

Learn more about the live online experience.

We do not recommend this course if you have already completed Business Sustainability Strategy, unless you are seeking a refresher of the content.


Guest speakers

Zeyneb Magavi
Co-Executive Director, Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)

In collaboration with gas utilities, Zeyneb focuses on transitioning the natural gas distribution system to a geothermal energy distribution system using the GeoMicroDistrict concept. Zeyneb previously led HEET’s Large Volume Leak Study, which developed a method to rapidly cut emissions from leaking gas pipes. She is committed to creating and driving forward just and wise solutions to the urgent challenge of climate change through multi-disciplinary problem solving, co-creation, and innovation. 

David S. Miller
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG)

David is co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG), a leading early-stage venture capital fund focused on investing in companies commercializing disruptive advanced energy technologies that can grow to scale to address global climate disruption. David has helped lead investments into and/or served on the board of dozens of clean energy companies, which have raised hundreds of millions of follow-on capital and have led to successful growth and acquisitions. He is the founder of several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions. David is a Research Affiliate and Advisory Board Member for the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. David received his PhD, MS and BS from MIT.

Richard Wilner
Head of Business Excellence and Sustainability, BioLife Plasma Services at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Richard is the Head of Business Excellence and Sustainability, BioLife Plasma Services at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. At Takeda, he is responsible for delivering transformation business performance targets in growth, cost of goods reductions, and environmental sustainability. Richard received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts and MS in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern, as well as his MBA at MIT. 


Applying to the course

Please note: The application deadline for this course is 4 days prior to course start. We accept enrollments until the offering reaches capacity at which point we will maintain a waitlist. Many of the courses fill up several weeks in advance, so we advise that you enroll as early as possible to secure your seat.

You can begin the application process by using the red Enroll Now bar at the bottom of the screen.


COVID-19 policies

See our on-campus Covid-19 policies.


Have questions?

Contact Us if you would like to speak with a program director or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions about our courses.

Hear from a past participant

"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

Upon successful completion of your course, you will earn a certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management. This course may also count toward MIT Sloan Executive Certificate requirements.


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


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.

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.


Through understanding the importance of our planetary sustainability issue, the professors gave me for the first time an insightful and holistic view of it. The faculty and pedagogy are outstanding and of the highest academic and scientific standards. They also happen to walk the talk and advised us how to integrate sustainability in our organizations and lives. The most meaningful learning experience I had in the last years without a doubt.



Strategy and Innovation

Certificate Credits

3.0 EEUs


- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

- Systems Thinking

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