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Executive Program Overview

Start time

Every September

Pre-course work starts in mid-September and the first course module takes place in early October


Across Switzerland in inspiring places

The learning space is critical to learning and we take you to the ImpactHUB, to a monastery, a mountain resort, the center of St. Gallen and much more!

Degree & credits

Diploma of Advanced Studies

The Diploma represents 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). 


The program costs CHF 18'000


Course material, location expenses and lunches are included. Individual travel expenses to the locations, overnight stay and dinners are not included. No scholarships or discounts available.


10 months part-time


Consisting of 13 modules of 2-days, taught in 7 sessions of 2 days and 3 sessions of 4 days


Friday-Saturday or Thursday-Sunday

There are 10 sessions every 3-weeks from October to mid June. In early October, mid December and end of March there are three 4-day modules. All other modules are 2-days.

Study time

620 hours in total

13 modules with 15.5 hours in-class and 10 modules with 20 hours of individual pre- and post-course work

Plus 250 hours for the consulting project 

Consulting project

Companies pay CHF 24'000 / project

If the program takes on a project you propose at your company, you will receive a CHF 6'000 discount to your fee.

We are glad to discuss if your project meets our strategic sustainability requirements. 

Unique Features of the Program

A new way of learning

From Teaching to Learning 


Learning for a sustainable world and a future worth living

The program combines knowledge transfer with interactive, action-oriented learning and a focus on personal development. 


The program is built on 3 learning perspectives and 3 learning dimensions.

​​Learning Perspectives

Rather than looking at sustainability from the business perspective alone, the program approaches sustainability from three different perspectives:

  • Global challenges – understanding the sustainability challenges we, as a global community are facing today and in the coming decades

  • Strategic implications – evaluating how business can contribute to resolve them through innovative strategies

  • Business impact – translating sustainability strategies across business functions

​​Learning Dimensions

  • Subject competence – Exposure to the best current knowledge in the global and business sustainability fields provides the foundation for understanding and managing the sustainability challenges.

  • Leading change skills – Implementation and change management skills are critical to bring sustainability to business. To ensure this, the “Leading Change” dimension forms an integral part of the program.

  • Project experience – Sustainability projects are conducted in a collaborative work space and form the backbone of the program. These projects are conducted in collaboration with companies, communities or NGOs. Learning across the program is applied to these projects step-by-step. They qualify participants as professionals in sustainable business.

Program Modules

  1   The Big Picture of Sustainability Challenges

  2   Leading Change I: Introduction and Framing

  3   Best Practices in Sustainability Strategies

  4   The Business Case: Sustainability Tools

  5   Leading Change II: Developing & Deepening

  6   Responsible Leadership & Global Stakeholders

  7   Sustainability Marketing & Communications

  8   Making Supply Chains Sustainable

  9   Measuring Sustainability Performance   

 10  Leading Change III: Understanding & Applying

 11  Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

 12  Social Entrepreneur- and Intrapreneurship

 13  Leading Change IV & Final Project Presentations

want to know more?

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© 2020 DAS.education, the program is provided by the Institute for Business Sustainability located in Luzern, Switzerland and supported by the Mission Possible Foundation, and is endorsed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the U.N. Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as by the PositiveImpact.Space.