The societal and environmental challenges in front of us are existential. Addressing them calls for a collective effort from all parts of society, including business. Sustainability is no longer an option; it is a requirement for every organisation on the planet to develop and execute sustainability strategies. At the same time there are significant opportunities to develop businesses or propositions and improve the lives of customers, colleagues and across society.
Being sustainable in strategy, practice and impact requires going beyond compliance. It involves designing and implementing business sustainability strategies that create positive and tangible impact and value for your entire ecosystem of stakeholders.
This calls for a holistic and integrated approach that drives value and sustained growth; growth that meets the needs of today as well as those of tomorrow.
To execute truly sustainable strategies, organisations may need new processes, a refined organisational purpose, structural changes, and the systemic controls to align and mobilise your team, function and organisation in order to protect your sustainability action plan from the perils and pitfalls that lie ahead. Some challenges are common to all strategic initiatives – others deeply specific to implementing sustainability strategies.
Designed and delivered by Executive Education Imperial College Business School in collaboration with the Imperial College Leonardo Centre and the Imperial College Centre for Responsible Leadership, our Executing Sustainability Strategies course is a unique executive education learning journey.
The programme gives you the depth, time and space you need to refine and implement your sustainability strategy—with continuous, follow-through support and guidance from the Imperial College ecosystem of world experts in sustainability and leadership.
Who should attend?
The Executing Sustainability Strategies programme will accelerate your capacity to validate, refine, and upgrade your strategy, and drive its successful implementation. It is designed for leaders who want to develop their ability to deliver an existing or preliminary business sustainability strategy to make change happen.
This programme is suitable for all those with significant leadership experience who are either responsible for, or playing a key role in, implementing a sustainability strategy for their business including (but not limited to):
Senior leaders involved in overseeing the development and implementation of the organisation or business unit’s sustainability strategy, policies and initiatives. Leaders who engage with internal and external stakeholders, report on sustainability performance, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
Sustainability champions who provide expert advice and support on sustainability issues, conduct research and analysis, develop and implement sustainability projects and programmes, and communicate sustainability outcomes and impacts.
Innovators and change agents who use creativity and innovation to solve sustainability challenges, design and develop sustainable products, services, or solutions, educate and inspire others on sustainability topics, and drive change towards a more sustainable future, creating and communicating a compelling sustainability case for their organisation or sector.
Through a blended approach of on-campus, self-paced learning, mentoring and next-generation meditation techniques, you will develop a sustainable mindset, build the insights, tools and leadership capabilities to:
Refine and upgrade your existing sustainability strategy and build the sustainability leadership skills to articulate the business case for change.
Identify and navigate the cultural and political challenges to systemic change within your organisation.
Enact procedures and control mechanisms and engage the right internal and external stakeholders to execute your sustainability strategy.
Champion systemic change and play a critical role in building the capabilities and the resilience to shift your organisation’s culture.
Create an action plan to execute your sustainability strategy (including stakeholder consultation, internal validation and approval, execution)
Create a leadership action plan to lead systemic change.
Lead the execution of your sustainability strategy and support your organisation in the transition phase towards more sustainable business.
The execution of your strategy is planned with continuous support and mentoring as you discover and apply new ideas and approaches. You start off with a self-paced programme preparation and then join your peers in London to work on the execution of your upgraded strategy plan. Once back to your organisation, you start the execution of your strategy. During this phase, you continue to be supported with optional mentoring sessions and have opportunities to measure the impact and initial results of the deployment of your strategic plan, share with and learn from the rest of the cohort.
Online, self-paced learning (a total of 3 learning hours) and one live virtual session (90 minutes) with faculty and peers.
Access the Imperial College Leaning Platform (The Hub) and assess your organisational readiness for change. Begin the process of validation of your existing sustainability strategy and your personal leadership capabilities as a change agent.
On-campus: Imperial College London
Through case studies, group work, expert-led discussion and guests from industry, you explore a range of critical ideas and issues.
You consolidate your sustainability leadership mindset and begin to plan the structural changes and resource allocation needed in your control systems, accounting and reporting, and device incentives and new HR processes. While doing so, you plan how to lead this change and how to execute your stakeholder, governance and innovation plan as a leader.
You leave the on-campus phase with an action plan to execute your strategy, and you prepare to implement your upgraded sustainability strategy as well as a leadership action plan to lead through change and measure impact.
Online, self-paced learning (a total of 2 learning hours) and one live virtual session (90 minutes) with faculty and peers.
Implement and deploy your strategic plan back in the workplace, engaging internal and external stakeholders. During this phase, you will be supported in small group mentoring sessions facilitated by Imperial’s experts and practitioners to walk with you during the initial phase of your sustainability strategy execution.
A team of expert coaches will be available for those wishing to have additional individual coaching sessions (fees apply).
At the end of this phase, you will check-in with the cohort and the academic leads to share the progress of your strategic plan in a virtual session.
One live virtual session (90 minutes) with faculty and peers.
Measure the impact and initial results of the deployment of your strategic plan, share with and learn from the rest of the cohort.
Programme faculty and experts
Executing Sustainability Strategies is enriched by insights from Imperial College thought leaders: experts from Imperial College Business School, Imperial’s Centre for Responsible Leadership and Imperial's Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, which houses the GOLDEN Sustainability Database. Our world-leading faculty and industry experts will expose you to new evidence-backed, approaches to strategy execution with strong links to industry.
Lead of Leadership Lab, Leonardo Centre on Business for Society
Frank Brueck has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant, trainer, lecturer and researcher in the fields of CSR and sustainability, cultural change, cross-cultural management, team building and leadership development.
Frank cofounded the GOLDEN for Impact Foundation and is a founding member of the International Association for Cross-cultural Competence and Management. His research focuses on the methodologies of CSR, cultural comparison, value-based management, sustainability and intercultural management and training. Frank holds a PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.
Kim is a global leader in the area of belonging and purpose. As a thought leader, cultural researcher, author and speaker, she has been leading social impact, innovation, and education initiatives throughout the globe. She presents internationally on belonging and purpose at venues such as TEDx, MIT, the Guggenheim, the Aspen Institute and The Drucker Forum. Dabbs has also received numerous recognitions in the process, including a Joyce Fellowship, an executive residency at the d.school at Stanford, and being selected as an innovation coach at IDEOU.
Today, she is the Global Vice President of ESG + Social Innovation at Steelcase—a publicly traded company that leading businesses, organizations, and educational and medical institutions have trusted for over 100 years to unlock the promise of their people. They are one of the global leaders in architecture, furniture, and technology solutions with 11,000+ employees, 800+ global dealers, and 70 offices in 30 countries with over two billion dollars in annual revenue. She leads Steelcase in setting a bold, global ESG strategy to build a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable world.
Gbemi is an assistant professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy and a member of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering. She leads a research group/activity on Modelling for the Adoption of Alternative Technological Systems (MAATS Lab). In MAATS Lab we synthesise cost-effective and innovative ways to accelerate the uptake of alternative technological systems for decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors like industry. Gbemi's transdisciplinary research experience and expertise at the interface of Engineering, Policy and Economics places her in the best position to address technology adoption for climate change mitigation.
Gbemi received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; MSc in Advanced Chemical Process Design at the University of Manchester and; PhD in Process Integration from the University of Manchester. She has over 10 years of combined experience in academia and industry.
James has led the Capgemini Group sustainability agenda since setting the first carbon reduction targets in 2008. He is a long-term advocate of ambitious and transparent targets as a mechanism to drive innovation to ensure continual improvements. He led the development of and is driving the Group’s global net zero program to reduce environmental impacts across its most material impacts towards the goals of Capgemini becoming carbon neutral no later than 2025 and net zero by 2030.
In addition, James also brought a client focus to Capgemini’s sustainability vision, working with the leadership to establish a target for the Group to help its clients with their sustainability and carbon reduction goals. During his 23-year career at Capgemini, James has held a number of roles, primarily in business development, and programme and change management. In addition to leading Capgemini’s Net Zero Board, he is also a member of the Country Board of Capgemini UK.
Livio is Executive Director of the Leonardo Centre and CEO and co-founder of Golden for Impact, an international organisation developing alternative models of enterprise for economic and human value creation.
Before joining Imperial College Business School, he was Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance at East Piedmont University. He was Global Director of Corporate Innovation for Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s leading banking group, and has held leadership roles in international financial institutions, with a focus on innovation, strategy and venture capital. He is the author of publications on strategic planning and the dynamics of markets.
Professor Zollo is the Scientific Director of the School's Leonardo Centre on Business for Society. His research aims to understand how business organisations learn to grow and adapt to environmental turbulence and how managers can guide these evolutionary processes.
His research has been published in several leading journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal. His work has been covered in mainstream publications including Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Professor Zollo is Editor-in-Chief of Organization & Environment and a past editor of the European Management Review. He served for a decade on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Business in Society, which he helped establish in 2002.
Dr. Corley is a Professor of Management and co-director for the Centre for Responsible Leadership. His expertise lies in the understanding of how individuals and organisations approach change, and how leaders can use times of uncertainty and ambiguity to the benefit of their organisation and followers. As a teacher and coach, his focus is to provide leaders with the tools to successfully implement organisational change utilising strategic thinking, adaptability, power/influence/persuasion, and negotiations.With both academic and industry experience, and a career-long interest in leading organizational change, Kevin brings value to a broad cross-section of industries and organizations.
Eduardo is a professor of marketing at Imperial College Business School and the Co-Director of the MSc Programme on Climate Change, Management & Finance. As a behavioural researcher, he is interested in how individuals feel, think and make decisions in contexts related to sustainable consumption, inequality, and health.
His articles have appeared in marketing (Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Research), medicine/public health (Lancet, Public Health Nutrition, Preventive Medicine, JAMA Network Open), and psychology journals (Psychological Science, Nature Human Behavior), among others.
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