Sustainability Fundamentals

Fast-track to a sustainable business model and become an actor of change in your organisation.
🏅 Get certified as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Project.







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Who is the programme aimed at?



This programme is designed for professionals wishing to acquire the foundations of sustainable practices and become actors of change in their organisation:

• You are working as a consultant, junior to senior level manager. You wish to implement sustainable practices within your organisation and update your scientific and business knowledge to remain relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing environment.

• You are freshly graduated and willing to develop your knowledge of sustainability before engaging in your professional journey.

The Sustainability Fundamentals programme helps you discover and reflect on the key concepts of sustainability and how to apply them within your business.

Key admissions criteria

  • This programme is intended for junior, mid- and senior professionals;
  • English proficiency.


Why the Sustainability Fundamentals Programme?

The benefits for you and your organisation.


Of the current environmental, social, and financial challenges related to sustainability based on the latest data available.

The programme will develop your sustainability mindset and will provide you with the knowledge and tools to see the big picture of your business - as well as evaluate the impact that you have on your stakeholders. 

You will reflect on your role as a leader and your ability to affect change. You will have the opportunity to discuss your own business case and identify some pathways leading to sustainability.



Thanks to a 360° vision of sustainability, and implications across key business functions.

Think differently, with a new perspective on business development that will allow you to seize flourishing opportunities in a sustainable future.



This programme is a unique opportunity to exchange with experts on sustainability but also share experiences and create contact with other actors in the sector.


The Programme

Eight modules designed to learn and share with experts and professionals dedicated to sustainable development.
Module 1
Welcome to the Anthropocene

We will review the current state of the Earth to learn about the major dynamics that are taking place in ecosystems and understand how we are impacting our planet.

  • Location: On campus
  • Date: TBC

Module 2
Socio-ecological systems

To highlight the connections between our activities and the state of the planet, we will focus on the two human activities that have the largest impact on the environment: agriculture and the energy sector. 

  • Location: On campus
  • Date: TBC

Module 3
Sustainable development: from concepts to quantification

Now familiar with the main concepts and big picture of our impacts, we will introduce quantification methods, starting with the carbon footprint. 

  • Location: Online
  • Date: TBC

Module 4
Why is sustainability difficult to achieve?

In this session, you will take part in a simulation game which puts you in charge of a company (a fishery) whose success relies on utilising resources from a shared pool (the fish stocks), which is also exploited by other companies

  • Location: On campus
  • Date: TBC

Module 5
Policy perspectives

You will understand what makes eco-sociological systems unsustainable, and how proper governance can re-establish sustainability. 

  • Location: Online
  • Date: TBC

Module 6
Corporate Social Responsibility

You will learn about how the role of business in society has evolved and the frameworks that corporations (have to) use to integrate and respond to these changing demands. 

  • Location: On campus
  • Date: TBC

Module 7
Business transformation and leverage points

By the end of the module, you will be able to identify structural leverage points for business and industry transformation. You will also learn about the current best practices in terms of mitigation pathways and their business case. 

  • Location: Online
  • Date: TBC

Module 8
Leading for change

In the last module, there will be an exchange with 2 business leaders who will testify about how they have transformed their businesses sustainably. After this first part, you will be introduced to who is best placed to accelerate societal change, and how to overcome resistance to change. 

  • Location: On campus
  • Date: TBC

More tools under (y)our belt

  • A cutting-edge programme: an opportunity to learn and share with experts and professionals dedicated to Sustainability.
  • Working across disciplines to bring a diverse and multifaceted point of view and led by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, economists, and business managers, this programme is based on the synergy of the complementary expertises at the core of Sustainability: Environmental Sciences, Social Impact, Governance Strategy, and Business Management.

Programme Features


Dynamic learning

This programme is based on interactive dynamics and hands-on learning methodology. It aims at developing the mindset and the key skills to face the transition of our business world towards sustainable business models and facilitating interactions and conversations between participants having different backgrounds and functions across sectors.


Carbon Literate Certificate

The participants will have the opportunity to become officially certified as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Project, an internationally recognized accreditation organisation based in the UK.




Arthur is a PhD candidate, specialising in computing the carbon footprint of businesses.




Bertrand is Deputy Director at SBS-EM & and on the Board of Directors at WWF Belgium.




Franck is an experienced coach & founder of Meetrix.




Gani is a Professor of Economics at the ULB and a research fellow at the ECARES.


What our participants say

Didier Bernardi
Client Development and Go-To Market Advisory
Sustainable Business Catalyst
"My experience with the Sustainability Fundamentals was both enlightening and empowering. I now possess the tools necessary to address sustainability issues in a holistic manner, and I am excited to apply my new skills to my consulting and business practice, creating strategies that integrate sustainability considerations. This programme has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in equipping me with the skills and inspiration needed to contribute to a sustainable future."
Olivia Dejonghe
Associate Consultant
BAIN & Company

"The training has been essential for our office to create a common understanding of sustainability and help us integrate sustainability into all our work. Even though I have a background in environmental science, this course was really enlightening. Not only did it refresh some of the basic principles behind climate change, biodiversity, etc., but it also provided very relevant perspectives on public and private ESG governance through specific sessions, case studies and guest speakers. Insightful!"

Olivier Gillerot
BAIN & Company

"Sustainability is on the agenda of all our clients today. To have meaningful and impactful discussions on the topic, many people lack the basic required knowledge though. The Sustainability 101 course does provide this basic knowledge and also offers a robust framework to think forward and act systemically on ESG issues. The course combines a solid academic background with action-oriented experience sharing. Also, it gives access to a rich set of data, literature and analysis on the topic. The course is a great minimum level setting for everybody who is concerned by the societal challenge of our world. And who would not be?"

“Faced with the current state of our planet but also of our socio-economic systems, we must rethink the functioning of our society at all levels. Sustainability responds to these challenges in the face of which we all have a role to play as citizens, regulators, and of course businesses. In this context, our Sustainability Fundamentals training will give you a solid foundation to embark on this journey.
Bertrand Collignon

Bertrand Collignon

Deputy Director of the Sustainable Development Initiative & Academic Director

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