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Dear Friends of IMD,

With 2023 marking the hottest year on record and firms and governments navigating shifting regulations, geopolitical turbulence, involuntary migration, and political uncertainty, IMD’s purpose of fostering a prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive world has never been more pertinent. In the face of these complex realities, in 2023, IMD continued to lead the way in executive education, research, and partnerships that magnify our impact on society.

 - IMD Business School
 - IMD Business School

Our degree and executive education programs have served as catalysts for change, empowering leaders to navigate transformation with courage and vision.

While we recognize firms are under increasing pressure to comply with new reporting regulations and transparency requirements, we also believe in guiding them away from ticking boxes towards meaningful action. Our emphasis on sustainability leadership encourages executives to see beyond compliance and embrace a holistic approach that considers the interdependencies of profit, natural capital, and societal value.

The outcomes of the COP28 UN climate conference highlighted the need to transition away from fossil fuels, reinforcing our commitment to driving sustainable change.

By incorporating sustainability themes and capabilities in our curriculum and research, we are equipping leaders with the knowledge and tools to navigate the dilemmas inherent in the transition to a low-carbon economy effectively.

Extending our impact

In 2023, IMD achieved significant milestones, as detailed in this report, that further underscored our commitment.

As we continue to deepen the integration of sustainability into programs, we are cognizant of the growing realization of the importance of focusing not only on climate change but also on broader issues such as biodiversity, ocean protection, and social impact. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and rigorous inquiry, we are advancing our understanding of pertinent issues and catalyzing action.

Our new partnerships with the Inner Development Goals, the Boardroom, and the Female Quotient underscore our commitment to advancing sustainability and inclusion. They complement our collaboration with Business Schools for Climate Leadership and Swiss Boards for Agenda 2030. By joining forces with like-minded organizations and engaging our alumni, we are amplifying our impact and driving meaningful change on a global scale.

Looking forward

I am confident that IMD will continue to be a force for positive change. Guided by our purpose – challenging what is, inspiring what could be – we remain steadfast in our commitment to developing leaders and organizations that contribute to a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable world.

Together, we have achieved remarkable milestones, reaffirming IMD’s position as a global leader in business education that drives impact. Our commitment to the Principles of Responsible Management Education underscores our dedication to integrating sustainability into all aspects of our work. I offer this sustainability report as evidence of our continuous progress in fulfilling our purpose and shaping a better future for generations to come.


Jean-François Manzoni