Corporate decision makers are increasingly under pressure to meet investors' expectations of improved financial performance and the demands of other stakeholders focused on nonfinancial—environmental, social, and governance (ESG)—issues. To serve both audiences, business leaders need strategies that incorporate and align multiple dimensions of performance. This program explores the innovative processes, products, and business models that are elements of sustainable strategies and shows you how leading companies are improving ESG performance in ways that drive long-term profitability.

What You Can Expect

You will examine cutting-edge faculty research on employee and stakeholder engagement, customer loyalty and satisfaction, innovation, valuation models, and corporate communication. New HBS cases by Professor Robert Eccles and Professor George Serafeim—the two leading figures in the area of sustainable corporate strategies—will highlight the connections between creating a sustainable business and performing along different financial and nonfinancial dimensions, giving you an understanding of emerging best practices that will help you deliver higher levels of value to all stakeholders.

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You will examine cutting-edge faculty research on employee and stakeholder engagement, customer loyalty and satisfaction, innovation, valuation models, and corporate communication. New HBS cases by Professor Robert Eccles and Professor George Serafeim—the two leading figures in the area of sustainable corporate strategies—will highlight the connections between creating a sustainable business and performing along different financial and nonfinancial dimensions, giving you an understanding of emerging best practices that will help you deliver higher levels of value to all stakeholders.

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Your Course of Study

Focused on the meaning and importance of building a sustainable strategy in today's business environment, the program examines the challenges of aligning financial and nonfinancial improvements, measuring performance along multiple dimensions, and taking advantage of opportunities presented by increased interest in nonfinancial outcomes. You will explore the use of integrated reporting to drive change and the role of the capital markets in promoting sustainable strategies.

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Focused on the meaning and importance of building a sustainable strategy in today's business environment, the program examines the challenges of aligning financial and nonfinancial improvements, measuring performance along multiple dimensions, and taking advantage of opportunities presented by increased interest in nonfinancial outcomes. You will explore the use of integrated reporting to drive change and the role of the capital markets in promoting sustainable strategies.

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Who Is Right for the Program

The program is ideally suited to senior executives in large established companies who are responsible for creating, executing, and communicating strategy, including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, business unit heads, and functional heads from finance, sales and marketing, research and development, strategy and business development, human resources, and sustainability. It is equally appropriate for investment managers and owners with long-term horizons who are interested in integrating ESG data into capital allocation decisions or engaging with companies on design of sustainable strategies. Finally, the program is appropriate for members of board-level sustainability committees.

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The program is ideally suited to senior executives in large established companies who are responsible for creating, executing, and communicating strategy, including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, business unit heads, and functional heads from finance, sales and marketing, research and development, strategy and business development, human resources, and sustainability. It is equally appropriate for investment managers and owners with long-term horizons who are interested in integrating ESG data into capital allocation decisions or engaging with companies on design of sustainable strategies. Finally, the program is appropriate for members of board-level sustainability committees.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Robert G. Eccles

Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; faculty chair of "Growing and Leading a Professional Service Firm—China" and faculty cochair of "Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance."

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George Serafeim

Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance."

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Robert G. Eccles

Professor of Management Practice. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit; faculty chair of "Growing and Leading a Professional Service Firm—China" and faculty cochair of "Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance."

George Serafeim

Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of "Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance."

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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