Strategic Sustainability for Business

Strategic Sustainability for Business

How do you integrate sustainability into a business strategy?

Program Experience

Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility impact your business; how is your company shaping the market? And why is sustainability a strategic goal for business?

Sustainable actions of a company start with engaged leaders who are aware of the resources needed. Sustainability is a competitive advantage socially, environmentally, and economically more now than ever before, and it is an important matter for senior executives and leaders in order 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?

The Strategic Sustainability for Business program focuses on strengthening the link between sustainability and business strategy within the business environment. Leaders need to take action and manage the value chain of their business, ensuring that sustainability and business strategy are mutually complementary.

The program is a comprehensive introduction to sustainability strategy development and implementation within the business. 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 and reflections, lectures, and business presentations.

Increase your understanding on key strategic themes for future success through sustainability
Rethink the value chain and build a clear vision for economic success and competitive advantage through sustainability
Drill down to potential new business models to adopt a greater innovation mindset and to drive transformation within the organization

Program Dates

We are currently in progress of scheduling new program dates. Please visit Aalto's site for more information.

Content and Schedule

The program consists of a blended setup of online and face-to-face sessions. The program includes a kick-off webinar, an introductory online course to the field and four full-day training days including wrap-up and post-program food for thoughts. During the program, you will work on a sustainability strategy workbook designed for this program, explicitly for your company. The workbook will follow you throughout the program and the goal is for you to have concrete action steps for your organization to apply. The program combines practical knowledge and real cases with top names in the area from academia and the business world.

Pre-program period
Kick-off webinar and online material to support program start
Four face-to-face training days
Intensive face-to-face sessions and inspirational networking with instructor and peers
Post-program period
Future steps to reach targets for further support

Program Modules

The Strategic Sustainability for Business program curriculum covers the following modules:

Date: November 9, 2020 

Location: Online 

  • Program orientation
  • What does sustainability mean from an organizational point of view?
  • Leading change and innovation

Location: Online 

The central concept of the course is that Innovation Leadership is not just for start-ups. It is a mindset and a set of practices being adopted by small and large organizations to address today’s increasingly complex business problems.

  • Why Start-ups?
  • Lean Start-up tool and practices
  • Adopting Start-up practices

Dates: November 24 – December 1, 2020

Location: Helsinki, Finland 

  • Linking sustainability with corporate strategy and competitive advantage
  • Obtaining business success through sustainability
  • Sustainability challenges as a basis for innovation
  • Sustainable business models

Dates: March 29-30, 2021

Location: Helsinki, Finland 

  • What type of organizations succeeds in sustainability?
  • Unique competences for successful companies.
  • Leading and executing – implementation of sustainability
  • Linking sustainability to change processes

Download the program topics

Who It's For

The Strategic Sustainability for Business program is designed for senior executives and managers responsible for strategic decisions, either directly or indirectly regarding the sustainable development strategy of the company, business or department.

The program is also beneficial for: 

  • Executives who are and/or need to change the conversation in their companies, industries, and communities about the impact their companies are making on climate change
  • Senior Managers who are responsible for the corporate sustainability strategy and sustainable development
  • Executives who want to develop their expertise in sustainable development and prepare for the future.

Cost & Features

Program Fee
€ 9,850 (+ VAT)
  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas, Berkeley Executive Education, and Aalto University Faculty
  • Live, interactive webinar (also available as recordings)
  • Four, in-person lecture days
  • Peer discussions and exercises
  • Exclusive network-building opportunities
  • Access to the program alumni community
  • Strategic Sustainability for Business Certificate of Completion 


Learn More

Have More Questions?

Contact the Program Manager, Tove Lindholm at: +358 10 837 3883 or