• Dates
  • Duration
    3 Days
  • Fees
    INR 1,10,000 + taxes
  • Format
    On-Campus (Mohali)
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The first half of the 21st century has made sustainable business growth for enterprises globally nearly exigent. The last two decades have seen significant investments from enterprises to make themselves accountable for sustainable resource use with a strong focus on ESG paradigms. Though the 2015 Paris Agreement, adopted by 196 countries, has marshalled the cause of sustainable economies worldwide, recent climate change reports present new evidence of global warming accelerating. More recently, the economic crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic is already being referred to as the 21st century’s first “sustainability crisis”, which has had a radical and direct impact on business processes and supply chains.

In the Indian business context, businesses face demanding challenges in meeting their net-zero and corporate sustainability goals. A study commissioned by The Climate Change (Conducted by Forrester) found that 24% of companies cited the complexity of the required transformation, 25% highlighted a lack of talent with expertise in implementing net-zero initiatives and 23% of companies specified limited resources to support net-zero initiatives. 31% of Indian companies cited a lack of learning resources and partners as a significant hurdle in achieving their sustainability goals.

The Building Sustainable Organisations programme is designed to address these clear and present sustainability challenges enterprises face. The 3-day programme will provide you with the knowledge

and tools to become a purpose-driven sustainability champion while helping you simultaneously address some of the world’s most profound challenges. The programme will arm you with an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and delve into the concept of sustainable value creation for your enterprise.

You will gain an understanding of various sustainability-related challenges that organisations face today and holistic business models that you can use to balance corporate purpose and societal responsibility effectively.

Learn to align your strategy with environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics, and build “higher-order” brand attributes that amplify customer engagement and competitive advantage and transform the organisation into a purpose-led business.

Key Takeaways

  • Know how social, economic, and ecological factors influence sustainability goals, and gain a deeper understanding of sustainable value creation
  • Understand the DNA of purpose-driven firms and why they are successful
  • Learn best practices for implementing a sustainability strategy
  • Learn about the challenges of implementing sustainable strategies, including identifying and explicating the challenges of managing multiple stakeholders in today’s economy
  • Understand the key criteria necessary for selecting a societal mission as part of a growth agenda in a multi-stakeholder world
  • Identify metrics that can be used to evaluate sustainable strategies
  • Know how to develop a societal mission proposal for your companies or brands, and influence management and other key stakeholders on the competitive advantage of sustainable strategies

Who Should Attend

The programme aims to enable CSR executives/consultants, leaders, entrepreneurs, and purpose-driven professionals responsible for building “higher-order” brand attributes that create customer engagement and competitive advantage for the organisation.

A Learning Journey for :

  • AVPs, VPs, General Managers
  • Consultants from diverse functions and industries
  • Project Managers with responsibility for overseeing large projects

Learning Experience

ISB Executive Education programmes are replete with distinctive teaching methodologies and an intense and challenging learning environment that pushes participants’ learning horizons beyond their pre-existing beliefs. Through lectures from distinguished faculty, local and global case studies, business simulations, and group discussions with extraordinary peers from a broad range of industries, regions, and functions, you will be equipped with the strategies, tools and insights required to transform your thinking and achieve ambitious business objectives. You will return to your organisation, fully ready to apply what you have learned. You will also take with you a rich network of relationships that will enrich your personal and professional lives long after you complete the programme.

Experience learning in state-of-the-art classrooms and campus facilities designed to create an environment conducive to sparking self-reflection, innovation, and collaboration.

Programme Curriculum

Through faculty presentations, case studies, and simulations from leading academicians and experienced industry practitioners, you will understand how to achieve the sustainability mandate with the support of responsible leadership.

Module 1: The Purpose and Concept of a Sustainable Business and the Foundations of Value Creation

  • Examine the purpose of the business
  • Discuss the controversial essay by Milton Friedman vis-à-vis today’s growing concern for organisations to be socially responsible
  • Gain an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Porter’s CSV model
  • Delve into the concept of sustainable value creation
  • Use case studies and simulations to bring the learnings home expected by customers
  • Examine the ethical foundations for business by borrowing a framework from Jonathan Haider
  • Apply the framework to the sustainable value creation model
  • Arrive at a balanced model to chart corporate purpose
  • Explore using a case study on Merck and River Blindness
  • Introduce the concept of sustainable business by building on the previous modules
  • Share viewpoints from the World Economic Forum (WEF), economist Kate Raworth and others
  • Understand real-world applications through group discussions and case studies
  • Conclude with a holistic model for business


ISB Executive Education programmes are conceptualised and taught by globally renowned faculty who are leading academicians, researchers, and accomplished industry practitioners. Through their advanced research and industry consulting experience, you will learn real-world skills that will help you solve complex business


Ashwini Chhatre

Associate Praofessor, Economics and Public Policy, Chair - IRB, Executive Director - BIPP


Nandu Nandkishore

Adjunct Professor , Marketing Strategy


Sundar Bharadwaj

The Coca Cola Company Chair Professor of Marketing, Visiting Faculty, ISB

ISB Certificate

After successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded an ISB Executive Education Certificate, formal recognition of your professional development.

ISB Executive Network

On successful completion of this programme, you will be a part of the ISB Executive Network, a vast community of senior executives and entrepreneurs across the globe.

The benefits of the ISB Executive Network include:

  • Access to ISB Executive Network LinkedIn Group
  • Access to support e-mail ID
  • 10% discount on open executive education programmes
  • Newsletters

Participant Stories

Colonel Gaurav Chaturvedi, Deputy Vice President, Sunteck Realty India Ltd

Namrata Ashish Malushte, Chief Governance Officer, Transworld Group

Venkatesh Ramani, M&S, Updater Services Ltd

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