A complete business transformation journey
Sustainability is now an essential element of business strategy. It is driving the transformation of business models and the roles of senior executives. Investors are playing a crucial role in demanding transparency and performance in environmental social and governance metrics. Responsible leadership and a systems approach engaging multiple stakeholders are essential to change.
However, many senior executives still struggle with the complex challenge of identifying opportunities for real impact. IMD partners with sustainability leaders to research and share innovative best practices that harness opportunities and mitigate risks. Our programs and research provide you with the insights needed for a complete business transformation journey through the lens of sustainability that will future-proof your organization, contribute to high performance, and benefit society.
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In today’s fast-changing markets, leaders must accelerate current growth while proactively exploring and shaping options for the future. To address this challenge, we have developed a holistic approach that builds on our thought leadership and experience working with leading businesses globally:
IMD is also introducing targeted courses on sustainability, such as the Winning Sustainability Strategies program and the Master of Science in Sustainable Management and Technology.
IMD's faculty and research teams regularly publish thought leadership articles, case studies, books and reports on a wide range of topics, including sustainability.
Sustainability: A better way to shape the future
In these mini case studies exploring climate change, greenwashing, capitalism and ecological disasters, Knut Haanaes, Professor of Strategy and Lundin Sustainability Chair at IMD, paints a picture of how sustainability can shape the future.
Award winning case studies
Case of the month
Building a brand on values was never easy but sustainability superseded those reservations and impacted everyone. Indeed, there was no planet B. This award winning case, written by Professor Benoit F. Leloux and Thomas Brochier, is the July IMD Case of the Month.
Leading Sustainable Business Transformation Discovery Event
Our planet, societies and businesses are at a crossroads. Globally, there is a growing awareness of devastating climate impacts that are unfolding and stark disparities in social and political equity. COVID-19 has thrown the interlinked issues of climate, health and social equity into an ever sharper and more unforgiving focus. It is clear the time for real sustainability transformation is now. download the Discovery Event white paper (PDF).
Discover more IMD Nexus events about sustainability.
IMD Sustainability Signals
IMD has put together a world-class team of faculty and researchers to meet the learning needs of businesses seeking sustainable transformation. With varying expertise in finance, strategy, political economy, marketing, entrepreneurship, ESG, organizational behavior, leadership, social innovation and digital strategy and ethics, IMD is well positioned to deliver a high impact programs.
IMD Faculty remain on top of the latest sustainability trends and divide their time between teaching, conducting research and acting as consultants to international companies.
Knut Haanaes' research and teaching focuses on strategy, sustainability, strategic renewal and business models. He is co-author of the best-selling book Your Strategy Needs a Strategy and a successful TED speaker, and…
Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance at IMD. His major research and consulting interests are in value creation, valuation, and the way in which corporations structure liabilities and choose financing options.…
Carlos Cordon is a Professor of Strategy and Supply Chain Management.
Professor Cordon's areas of interest are digital value chains, supply and demand chain management, digital lean and process management.
Carlos Cordon is…
Frédéric Dalsace is a Professor of Marketing and Strategy at IMD. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as a Professor at HEC Paris, where he held the Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair presided by Nobel Laureate…
Vanina Farber is Dean of the Executive MBA. She is an economist and political scientist specializing in social innovation, corporate social responsibility and sustainable finance with more than 20 years of consultancy,…
As a former Olympic finalist, award-winning writer, executive coach, and speaker with more than 20 years of corporate experience with large multinationals, Susan Goldsworthy brings knowledge from the fields of sport,…
James Henderson is an expert on strategic agility, or the development and implementation of strategy under uncertainty. His research focuses on competitive strategy, corporate strategy, digital transformation, ecosystems…
Natalia is the Head of Sustainability at IMD, where her work focuses on research, program development, strategy, governance, reporting and advisory. She has worked in sustainability management, consulting and education…
Karl Schmedders is Professor of Finance at IMD.
Karl's research focuses on quantitative methods in finance. He applies numerical solution techniques to complex economic and financial models shedding light on relevant…
Michael Yaziji is an award-winning author whose work spans leadership and strategy. He is recognized as a world-leading expert on non-market strategy and NGO-corporate relations and has a particular interest in ethical…
Our Core Focus Areas
IMD's core focus areas reflect both how the institution influences others to contribute to sustainability through its teaching, research and outreach, and how it embeds sustainable processes and behaviors into its own culture and operations.
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our approach to sustainability is aligned with the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME seeks to deliver the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 through responsible management education.
This decade is known as the Decade of Action for the SDGs and IMD is committed to doing its part to meet these ambitions through its scope to teach, research, convene and develop business and not-for-profit leaders.
Each year the IMD-Pictet Sustainability in Family Business Award rewards family-owned enterprises that are leaders in sustainability, demonstrating exceptional breadth and depth in their sustainability strategy, and exemplary implementation and impact.
IMD and Pictet created the Sustainability in Family Business Award in 2019 to encourage and help leaders and organizations to be a force for good in the world. Family businesses are among the most proactive in this area as they are more inclined to think long-term.
E4S Master program
Based on the conviction that institutions of higher learning have a responsibility to help individuals and organizations overcome societal challenges and identify opportunities, IMD partnered with three leading Swiss academic institutions, the University of Lausanne through, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to create Enterprise for Society (E4S).
E4S formally launched a new, joint masters degree in sustainable management and technology starting in September 2021 to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to drive this ambitious business transition.
Projects with Non Profits
Would you like to know more about our activities? Get in touch with our Head of Sustainability, Natalia Olynec.