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Application open for Sustainable Business Programme

Application is now open for the second round of our Sustainable Business Programme. Participants from any country are invited to apply for our short and intensive advanced training programme on Sustainable Business. The programme runs from August – October, 2024, and includes five online training sessions and one week training phase in Sweden.

The programme is self-financed, which means that the participant or his/her organisation is responsible for funding of the programme. Last date of application is June 2, 2024.

Target group: Business Leaders and Sustainability Managers in the Private Sector.

Programme Description

This is a high-level international training programme for business leaders who aim to take an active role in the sustainability transformation by learning how to integrate sustainability into core business practices and across the value chain. The private sector has a central role to play in the acceleration of the green transition and sustainability is increasingly becoming recognised as fundamental to future-proofing a business. Companies are experiencing pressure to align their goals and actions with national and global sustainability directives and new regulatory frameworks are adding to the complexity, forcing businesses to comply in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

This exclusive training programme offers a highly collaborative learning environment where participants explore and learn from each other and from leading experts in the field of sustainable business. The programme leans on Sweden’s outstanding position in terms of innovation and sustainability leadership, with a long history of groundbreaking companies at the forefront of the green transition. What does the transition mean for businesses? How can economic, social, and environmental sustainability be integrated into business operations, not only into core operations but across all functions?

This training programme aims to create action-oriented, courageous, and competent business leaders who have been provided with the right tools, knowledge, motivation, and networks to confidently lead the sustainability transformation in their companies and industries. A central outcome of the programme is for every participant to create an action plan for how to integrate sustainability into their business.

The Programme in Short

  • 3 months in total
  • 3 online webinars in the introductory phase
  • 1 week programme in Sweden
  • 2 online webinars in the final phase
  • Comprehensive online reading and video material for self-paced studies
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General Programme Outline

In the introductory phase participants will get an overview of the state of the climate, the current sustainability regulatory landscape, and the most common sustainability frameworks. Methods and tools for how to measure the sustainability impact of one’s own business operations will be introduced.

The programme includes a week in Sweden where participants will dive deeper into the various aspects of
ecological, social, and economic sustainability from a business perspective. It will be an intense week of networking, exclusive company visits, presentations from leading sustainability experts, collaboration, discussions, and social activities. Participants will continue to work on integrating sustainability into their businesses with the help and guidance of sustainability experts.

The final phase will be a forward-looking phase where the participants work with strategic goal setting, creating a sustainability action plan and practicing sustainability communication to make sure that sustainability is fully implemented.

About the LIFE Academy Self-Financed Programmes

It is time for a new phase of LIFE Academy´s vision and activities. We have launched the opportunity for participants from any country to take part in our short and intensive advanced training programmes at own financing for the participant and his/her organisation. All with the mission of LIFE Academy to contribute to sustainable development.

Right now, we also have a programme on ICT and Pedagogical Development, you can read more about that here. We will also open up for a third programme in the area of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, more information will be shared on that soon.

We also plan to have a third Sustainable Business Programme in January – March, 2025, with visit to Sweden in February/March 2025. Deadline for application is approximately 6-8 weeks before programme start.