Strategic Sustainability Management to Achieve ESG Targets: Theory to Practice for Executives

Grow your organisation beyond mere financial gain and become a frontrunner by acknowledging your firm's environmental and societal impact. In this programme you will learn how global leaders in the primary sector (agribusinesses, commodity producers, natural resource companies) use innovative leadership strategies, design principles, and strategic decision-making to harmonise their financial goals with a commitment to sustainability – so you can do the same. Join us and learn how to drive your organisation towards a future where profitability and responsibility coexist, in line with ESRS and CSRD. Propel your business forward, while also nurturing the world that sustains us all.

Organised by Wageningen Academy, Scientific coordinator Dr. Maria Annosi

Sustainability is at the heart of WUR's operations and governance. We have led the way in addressing critical global challenges with an interdisciplinary, science-based approach aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As the ‘Most Sustainable University in the World’, we believe in promoting ecosystem thinking, changing businesses for the common good and organizing the social change needed for corporate sustainability. Are you ready to do the same?

Join us and gain the skills to balance economic, environmental and social goals while transforming your company's culture to embrace sustainability. As you learn from global companies facing similar challenges, you will develop practical solutions for your organisation. Thanks to a mix of research-based, team-based, and self-paced activities, this programme equips you to tackle complex sustainability challenges effectively. That's how you ensure a resilient future for your organisation and the planet.

This programme comprises three courses that can be followed separately or together:

Speakers in the programme include these global sustainability leaders, our professors of practice:

  • Simon Braaksma, Senior Director, Philips
  • Rossella Cardone, Group Director ESG and Sustainability, Nexi Group
  • Sytze Dijkstra, Netherlands Country Manager, Simply Sustainable
  • Freek van Eijk, Director, Holland Circular Hotspot
  • Petra Hissink, Sustainability Director and Advisor to Start-Ups, Cosun
  • Danny Janssen, Director Sustainability Consulting, Forvis Mazars
  • Abigail Levrau, Senior Technical Manager SR, EFRAG
  • Marion Loubiere, Regenerative Agriculture Scale-Up Freelance Expert
  • Nanni Manconi, Procurement and Supply Chain Executive Director, Cirfood
  • Marc Munroe, Group Chief Technical Officer, Implats
  • Wijnand Nuijts, Manager Behavioral Change Program, Dutch Central Bank
  • Tindaro Paganini, Director Brussels Office, Italian Trade Agency
  • Shourya Rane, Global Innovation Portfolio and Operations Manager, Heineken
  • Marianne Rimbark, Change Leader, Ericsson
  • Etsko Schuitema, Founder, Schuitema Group
  • Jordan Strik, Head of Sustainable Impact, Cofra Holding
  • Lucas Urbano, Global Director Regenerative Agriculture, Unilever
  • Harry Verhaar, Global Head of Brand, Communication and Marketing, Signify
  • Tomas Zaborowski, Global Head of Sustainability Excellence, Bayer
  • Alessandro Zamai, Group Head of HR Organization, Kering
  • Amilcare Astone, founder and managing director, Fiordilatte Food
  • Freek Janmaat, Economic Advisor, European Commission

Academic lecturers in this programme:

  • Maria Annosi, Associate Professor of Innovation and Organisation Theory, WUR
  • Jilde Garst, Assistant professor of Corporate Sustainability, WUR
  • Paul Ingenbleek, Associate Professor of Marketing, WUR
  • Caspar Krampe, Assistant professor of Marketing, WUR
  • Maria Jose Murcia, Associate Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Centre for Sustainability and Social Innovation
  • Stefano Pascucci, Professor in Sustainability and Circular Economy, Exeter University, UK
  • Jasmina Rüger, Lecturer of Organization Behavior, WUR
  • Stefano Tasselli, Professor in Organization Design, Exeter University, UK
  • Renate Wesselink, Associate Professor of Learning, WUR
  • Emiel Wubben, Associate professor of Circular Economy and Strategy, WUR