Strategies for Sustainable Business


The October 19-21, 2020 session will now take place over four days -- October 19-22, 2020 -- in a live online format. October 19, 8:30am-3:00pm ET; October 20, 8:30am-3:00pm ET; October 21, 8:30am-3:00pm ET; October 22, 8:30am-3:00pm. Please view the "Live Online Offering" tab for the daily schedule and additional information on this virtual session.

This innovative three-day 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.

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Strategies for Sustainable Business
Certificate Track: Strategy and Innovation
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuition: $5,100 (excluding accommodations)
Program Days (for ACE Credit) 3

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For decades, MIT and MIT Sloan have been 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

Day 1—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.

Day 2—WHAT: Through lectures, discussions, and a hands-on system dynamics simulation (“Fishbanks”), 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.

Day 3—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.

"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


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Participant Testimonial

"Eye-opening and likely life-altering program that lays the case for sustainability at home and at work. The course also provides immediately useful frameworks and techniques to drive change in your business, whether to improve sustainability or other business needs." -Chad S.