Take the Lead in Sustainability Management

Create a sustainability strategy to drive performance


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in Open Executive Education in Belgium and #24 worldwide


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You know businesses can be a force for good. But how do you integrate environmental, social and corporate governance factors into your strategy – and the fabric of your organisation? This online programme gives you a roadmap to drive organisational engagement, innovation and change. In eight weeks, you will learn to develop and implement a sustainability strategy based on purpose, to increase the positive impact and performance of your company. 

Detailed programme

This programme is an initiative by

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This highly interactive learning journey includes live and online events, as well as individual and group assignments. You’ll learn from high-profile speakers – and build an impressive network of like-minded professionals. You’ll be guided and inspired by our experienced professors and facilitators throughout.

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Module 1: Profit and purpose

  • Learn how profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive
  • Discover how to create profit and social value

Module 2: From shareholder value to stakeholder value

  • Get to grips with sustainability jargon
  • Understand how to set sustainability priorities

Module 3: Design a strategy for sustainability

  • Develop the cornerstones of a sustainability strategy
  • Create a shared understanding of your strategy and its importance

Module 4: Consumer perspectives on sustainability

  • Assess your company’s corporate reputation
  • Identify and address reputational risks in your supply chain

Module 5: The path to net zero emissions

  • Understand the fundamental features of the Green Deal
  • Discover how to implement it

Module 6: Sustainability and society

  • Learn to view society, organisations and inter-group relations from the perspectives of privilege, equity and inclusion

Module 7: Sustainability reporting and performance

  • Identify the most suitable reporting frameworks
  • Discover ESG performance indicators

Module 8: Financing sustainability

  • Learn to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions
  • Understand how to incorporate sustainability into asset value

This programme is sponsored by:

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Why this programme

  • Gain the skills to build sustainability factors into your company’s strategy
  • Develop a personal network of professionals who share your passion for sustainability
  • Get actionable insights and approaches
  • Become part of Vlerick’s Take the Lead Sustainability Management learning community
  • Gain our official Sustainability Management certificate
  • Free three-month digital subscription to De Tijd or L'Echo

Who should attend

  • Any professional, consultant or entrepreneur with at least three years’ experience
  • Professionals from any function
  • Professionals who want to be convinced – or convince others – about the potential of sustainability
  • Proficient level of English required


Robert Boute

Robert Boute

Professor of Operations Management

Robert Boute creates financial and social value with operations and supply chain optimisation.

Marion Debruyne

Marion Debruyne

Professor of Marketing

Marion Debruyne is passionate about the strategic side of innovation – and the innovative side of strategy.

Xavier Baeten

Xavier Baeten

Professor of Reward & Sustainability

Xavier Baeten is highlighting the vital role of rewarding in helping organisations deliver their strategy and gain competitive advantage.

David Veredas

David Veredas

Professor of Financial Markets

David Veredas makes sure you understand finance and sustainability – and think critically about them.

Smaranda Boros

Smaranda Boros

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

If you want to change the world, Smaranda Boros is here to guide, challenge and support you. 

Fred Lemke

Fred Lemke

Professor of Marketing and Sustainability

Fred Lemke explores the impact of marketing on business and society.

Kerstin Fehre

Kerstin Fehre

Professor of Strategy

Kerstin Fehre is passionate about strategy and explores the ways organisations make strategic decisions.

Steve Muylle

Steve Muylle

Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing

Steve Muylle creates business impact with actionable insight about digital technology.

Koen Dewettinck

Koen Dewettinck

Professor of Human Resources Management

Koen Dewettinck improves the way we manage people to boost engagement and performance.

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