The Sustainable World Academy (SWA) intends to create an international community of like-minded institutions, corporations and scholars focused on the transition towards sustainable models of the business enterprise by
The Academy will be hosted by SDA Bocconi and directed by Prof. Maurizio Zollo.
Form the SWA community of excellence in executive education in sustainability related topics
Participate in course development activities
Share best practice in sustainability programs
Benefit from the research focus in SWA learning concepts
Be entitled to use the course concepts, tools and materials developed by SWA in return for royalty fees
Be entitled to receive train-the-trainer programs for their faculty
Participate in the strategic decisions on the development and growth of the Academy
Activate their networks to invite and engage business and other members in the development of the Academy
Contribute a yearly membership
Secured slots in the academy’s training programs at special conditions
Connecting with an international learning community of senior scholars, executives and representatives of institutions and civil society
Engage academic experts in specific sustainability issues in learning journeys starting from knowledge transfer, assessment of status quo, road-mapping and pilot project design for complex sustainability problem solving (see below).
Policy-oriented or other forms of sustainability-related expertise in the design and delivery of Academy activities
Promote the Academy activities in all the relevant contexts
Participate in selected programs as thought leaders or project members
Support the Academy’s developmental goals across a broad spectrum of needs, ranging from advisory to promotion to fund-raising activities
Building on these principles SWA will develop and offer the following types of programs:
The “Learning Journey” Approach
Introducing sustainability thinking and CSR values to core corporate functions is a very complex, but critically important, task. The challenge goes beyond innovation and implementation of sustainability-driven business models (a sufficiently complex endeavor in itself). It has to address also the fundamental changes in the mindset of managers, who need to understand the purpose of business, and their own role in it, in a very different way. The logic of integrating social and environmental impacts with economic performance metrics and objectives is one part of the challenge. The other has to do with learning how to integrate stakeholder interests/needs, inputs and collaborative engagement in the strategic decision-making processes across all the functional activities.
SWA offers a set of innovative learning approaches rooted in the research work by the GOLDEN network that can help individual managers and their companies guide this complex transformational process.