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20.11.2023, Annukka Oksanen
Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility impact your business. How is your company shaping the market? And why is sustainability a strategic goal for a business?
The sustainable actions of a company start with engaged leaders who are aware of the resources needed. Sustainability is no longer simply a competitive advantage; it has become more of a core function. It is vital for senior executives and leaders to responsibly lead the company into the future while valuing company transparency and reputation. A sustainable innovation culture requires top management commitment and ambition to make a difference. Are you, as a leader, ready and prepared?
Leaders need to take action and manage the value chain of their business, ensuring that sustainability and business strategy are mutually complementary. The Strategic Sustainability for Business program focuses on strengthening the link between sustainability and business strategy within the business environment while valuing an innovative mindset. During the program, you will increase your understanding of key strategic themes for future success through sustainability. You will network with experienced leaders and experts via inspiring group discussions, workshops, reflections, lectures, and business presentations.
4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.
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World-class lectures and facilitated learning sessions designed to accelerate change in the organization
Bridging strategic thinking with sustainability to align business goals
Participants will engage in deep discussions and engaging exercises that open up new ways of thinking
“Every company needs a tailored strategic approach to sustainability, both to achieve best sustainability impacts and to achieve best business impacts.”
Dr. Leena Lankoski
Senior University Lecturer in Sustainability in Business, Aalto University School of Business
This program helps you to gain a holistic view of sustainability from a strategic viewpoint. It also helps you know how to create value through sustainable strategies and strengthen the link between sustainability and strategy in your company. You will learn about the impact of sustainability incorporated at a strategic level and get tools for inspirational leadership towards the change.
The program is designed for senior executives and managers directly or indirectly responsible for strategic decisions related to the sustainable development strategy of their company, business, or department.
The program will also benefit
The program is a focused three-day face-to-face setup primed with a thought-provoking pre-assignment and readings, and followed-up with a take-home assignment. The days are interactive and sparked with exercises and discussions. The program themes and topics cover strategic analysis and design for sustainability, how to develop and implement the strategy, business model innovation and communication around strategy and sustainability internally and externally, and resilience in times of uncertainty.
The program combines practical knowledge and real cases with top names in academia and business. An essential part of the program is learning from each other, activating an innovative mindset, and being open to new ideas and ways of doing things. Be prepared to share your thoughts and participate in intriguing discussions with like-minded peers!
Dr. Leena Lankoski is an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability. She is currently working as a Senior University Lecturer in Sustainability in Business at Aalto University School of Business. She also holds a Title of Docent in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Helsinki and is a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD, France.
Leena Lankoski has been working with corporate responsibility and sustainability questions for almost 30 years in Finland and elsewhere, both as an environmental consultant at the United Nations and lately in academia. During her years in the field, Dr. Lankoski has looked at questions at the interface between business and society from a number of perspectives, ranging from strategies and competitiveness issues for single firms and sectors to macro-level and policy questions in a globalized economy. Her academic research spans across several topics such as the relationship between a firm’s sustainability performance and financial performance, the different meanings that ‘sustainability’ can take in a business context, behavioural and organizational change for sustainability, and sustainability and ethics in a digital economy. She has taught corporate responsibility and sustainability for university students at all levels as well as for executive audiences for 20 years.
Dr. Lankoski holds a D.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Dr. Fabian Sepulveda has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, management consulting, and investment banking at companies such as Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney, and J.P. Morgan.
He is actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a start-up coach and Lean Launchpad® trainer, and helps organizations understand and execute Lean Start-up methodologies and customer development. He teaches Venture Formation and other courses at the Aalto Ventures Program and Aalto University Executive Education
Louise Kofod Thomsen
Louise Kofod Thomsen is a sustainability advisor with 10 years of experience. Louise is the owner and sustainability advisor at LT Cambio. Alongside her consulting work, Louise works as an External Lecturer in Corporate Sustainability with a focus on Nordic business at Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Louise has previously worked with corporate sustainability at the Danish Chamber of Commerce advising small and medium sized companies on sustainability issues, regulations, CSR strategy and implementation. Later she held the position as Centre Manager at the CBS’ research centre for sustainability in which position she led CBS’ internal sustainability work.
At LT Cambio, Louise advises Nordic business on the transitioning to more sustainable business practices. Louise has advised organisations on how to develop sustainability strategies and action plans and she does so through the lens of sustainability research and science-based knowledge. Other topics of expertise include ecolabeling/business certifications, social sustainability and employee engagement.
Louise teaches corporate sustainability at university level primarily at CBS and Copenhagen University.
Louise holds a Master in Business Administration and Organizational Communication from Copenhagen Business School.
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