Achieving Organizational Performance: Balancing Sustainability and Profitability

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1

07:45 - 09:45
A. Definition of sustainability: 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
B. Importance of integrating sustainability into business models.
C. Challenges in balancing sustainability goals with profit motives: sharing among participants
09:45 - 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00
Understanding Sustainability
A. Exploring environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability – applied to the participants’ context
B. Identifying key sustainability indicators and metrics.
C. Case studies highlighting successful sustainable business models (Nike, Amazon, BP, Marriott, Chipotle)
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:30
The Business Case for Sustainability
A. Demonstrating the benefits of sustainability to long-term profitability.
B. Examining consumer trends and preferences towards sustainable products/services: sharing of participants’ experiences.
C. Cost savings and efficiency gains through sustainable practices – applied to participants’ businesses.
14:30 - 14:45
Coffee Break
14:45 - 16:00
Polarities: seemingly opposite yet inseparable goals
A. Definition & examples of Polarities.
B. Understanding unbalanced Polarities (over-focusing on one pole to the neglect of the other), and how that leads to sub-optimal performance.
16:00 - 16:15
Q&A and close of session

Day 2

07:45 - 08:15
Recapitulation of first day; Organisational Change Dynamics
08:15 - 09:45
Polarities (cont’d)
Challenges in balancing Polarities: Immunity to Change.
09:45 - 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00
Overcoming Challenges to Implement
A. Addressing short-term versus long-term trade-offs
B. Integrating sustainability into core business strategies
C. Getting buy-in and adoption across the organization
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:30
Case Studies and Best Practices
A. Learning from others: Examples of companies successfully balancing sustainability and profitability
B. Lessons learned and practical insights for implementation in participants’ own businesses: creative & interactive problem-solving
14:30 - 14:45
Coffee Break
14:45 - 15:45
Strategies for Reconciliation
A. Innovating products and services with sustainability in mind
B. Engaging stakeholders and fostering a culture of sustainability
15:45 - 16:15
Q&A and close of session
- Participants’ Feedback on seminar
- Introduction to individual company visits