Business School and University offers joint Diploma in Sustainable Business

A Swiss Business School teamed up with a leading Swiss University and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to  launch a postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business where participants reflect on the major challenges our planet, society and businesses are facing in the coming decades. Participants gain a holistic understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities by revisiting issues and questions in ever-deepening cycles of action learning through their in-company consulting team project. Faculty have concrete applied business experience in their respective fields to ensure experiential learning in the classroom.

St Gallen and BSLBusiness School Lausanne (BSL), the Institute of Economy and Ecology of the University of St Gallen (IWO-HSG) and the World Business Council of Sustainable Development (WBCSD) jointly launched a postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business in 2011. This 1-year course is for professionals who wish to work as change agents and as sustainable business development managers. The program provides participants with a unique opportunity to reflect on the major challenges our planet, society and businesses are facing in the coming decades. It features four key innovations in comparison to existing programs:

  1. The modules are structured to lift participants from a business perspective to understand sustainability in its full context. We start with a) global issues and challenges, then considering b) their strategic societal implications and only finally approaching c) the operational business impact. We reinforce these perspectives in a circular movement, repeating them 3 times in the program, thus ensuring that participants become fluent in all three perspectives and most importantly in framing the business perspective from an entirely different angle.
  2. We seek and ensure a holistic understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities by revisiting issues and questions in ever-deepening cycles of action learning and by integrating the three basic perspectives into the concrete in-company consulting team project. We selected professors with concrete applied business experience in their field (sustainability marketing, innovation, strategy, risk management, etc.) to ensure experiential learning in the classroom (50%).
  3. Participants evaluate how companies can adapt their strategy and operations to embrace the sustainability challenges and to manage the risks and opportunities in a responsible way. A key feature is the applied project experience work in real sustainability projects. Teams are assigned to consultant to projects set up and sponsored by Swiss-based companies committed to change (35%).
  4. A key success factor for graduates in sustainable business is their ability to implement sustainability projects in companies. We develop leading change skills in a specific integrated program track where each participant journals her development during the year. Coaching and facilitation experts accompany the participants module by module (15%).
  5. A number of modules take place outside of the classroom — either in-company, or in Nature – so that participants can learn even more from diverse sustainability contexts in the field.

 

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