The Big Picture of Sustainability Challenges

The Big Picture of Sustainability Challenges

Developing a Global Sustainability Perspective

This course enables participants to understand where the world is at from the big picture perspective: the planet, society and business. We will evaluate key issues including climate change, CO2 footprint, natural resources, global social injustice, demographical shift, de-growth, urbanization and mobility. Dynamics of global sustainability, public and market challenges will be analyzed and defined.

A systemic approach and highly inter-active approach will challenge participants to adopt a larger perspective beyond the business point of view, evaluating potential related opportunities and challenges.
Course objectives:
Understand frameworks to prioritize strategic decision-making
Establish the status quo of the planet, society and business
Understanding environmental, social and business challenges
Key issues arising from the environmental and social challenges
The dynamics of sustainability, public and market challenges
Opportunities & challenges for business from this new perspective
This course is created for:
Aspiring future sustainability managers & consultants
Professionals, managers and entrepreneurs with an interest in sustainability and responsible leadership


Dr. Thomas Dyllick

Thomas is an internationally recognized thought leader in Sustainability Management. He has published 20 books on the topic and more than 160 contributions in academic journals and the business press. He is with the Institute for Economy and the Environment at University of St.Gallen (IWÖ-HSG), where he was a founder and Managing Director from 1992 until he became emeritus in 2019. He is University Delegate for Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of St. Gallen. From 2003 – 2011 he was University Vice-President for Teaching and Quality Development. In 1989 he was a co-founder of the Swiss Association for Environmentally Conscious Management (öbu) and in 2010 he co-founded the World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB).

Dr. Katrin Muff

Katrin is a thought leader in the transformative space of sustainability and responsibility. Until 2018 she helped transform Business School Lausanne, where she acted as Dean from 2008-2015 until self-organization made such a title redundant. From 2010 onwards, she led BSL’s research activities in sustainability and responsibility related transformation of business and leadership. Prior, she gained international business experience at ALCOA (United States, Russia), IAMS Europe - Procter & Gamble (the Netherlands), Schindler Lifts (Australia) and Yupango (Switzerland).

Course Fee

Included in course fee

  • Coffee
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Hand-out material
  • Any material required in course

Excluded in course fee

  • Travels to location
  • Overnight stay
  • Dinner

Cancellation Fee

  • 30% 5 months or more
  • 50% 4 months or more
  • 80% 3 months or more
  • 100% 2 months or more

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