Sustainable Development is of central importance in the agendas of numerous organizations, from corporations to NGOs, political parties and local authorities, governments and international organizations. Issues regarding global warming, limited energy resources, population growth and the rise of emerging economies redefine the responsibilities of countries and thus lay the foundation of a sustainable development. Sustainable Development requires significant participation of the parties involved and also the creation of new business partners (conventional and NGOs). Major corporations have already made significant headway in addressing the issue. Today we have gone beyond the experimental stage and there is a growing emphasis on the need for a Sustainable Development policy in different types of organizations. Companies are facing heavy pressure from numerous bodies and lobbies to recognize the need for Sustainable Development, particularly from the UNO, the European Commission, States, Institutions, the consumer, investor and saver lobbies. The implementation of a Sustainable Development policy implies radical structural changes at every level of the company. The ethical dimension of Sustainable Development is also essential and is to be observed in purchasing policy. Indeed purchasing policy is directly impacted by the problematic of Sustainable Development. The auditing of suppliers is no longer based on pure economic and industrial criteria but also on environmental, social and ethical grounds. Commitment to such a policy can only be envisaged if the criteria for assessment and authentication are benchmarked. This policy also impacts the internal and external communication strategy of an organization. It involves communicating the values and the sense of responsibility that the organization and all those who work for it uphold. The progression of ethical investments, social rating or fair trade practices complete the context. Finally, working with the aim of promoting Sustainable Development requires a global vision which fosters close collaboration with emerging countries.
The Objective of the program is to train professionals in the analysis of Sustainable Development policies.
The program is based on solid partnerships with various industrial groups, banks, NGOs, specialized law firms, rating agencies and consulting groups.
It mobilizes the capacities to: Formulate recommendations, Participate in the creation and the analysis of Sustainable Development policy, Assess the different tools used to ratify actions undertaken.
This program is designed for all persons involved in Sustainable Development who wish to gain a thorough operational knowledge in an international framework.
Each course will be evaluated through Individual projects, Group Projects, synthesis of modules and submission and presentation of a dissertation on a SD project