Open Programme
ESG and Sustainability for Innovation Leaders

Go beyond compliance and understand how to turn ESG and sustainability into opportunities for innovation, purpose, and business success. In this 3-day programme designed for mid to top level leaders, you will learn about the main tools, frameworks, and best practices to lead and manage ESG and sustainability.

These insights will allow you to approach sustainability goals through strategic innovation projects and transform existing business models into more sustainable ones.

In the dynamic landscape of today's business world, the interaction of social goals, environmental efforts and business objectives creates significant complexity. While more and more companies embracing ESG and sustainability, many embark on this journey from a reactive standpoint, a compliance exercise, lacking a clear sense of organisational values, purpose and direction.

Dive into ESGs and Sustainability

During our 3.5-day open programme ESG and Sustainability for Innovation Leaders, the authors of the book Sustainable Business Model Design: 45 patterns, Prof. Dr. Lüdeke-Freund, Prof. Dr. Henning Breuer, and Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Massa, will take you on a learning journey with workshops, company visits and case studies, to explore the opportunities that ESG and sustainability present for your business.

Whether you are a young talent in a managerial position, head of strategy, innovation or sustainability, or CEO of a company - this programme will empower you to see where ESG is not just a requirement but a source of competitive advantage. Benefit from the Academic Directors' extensive knowledge and discover your path to sustainability-oriented innovation, and business success, establishing a shared language and common goals among teams, with ESCP Executive Education.

Benefit for participants

1 Gain a holistic understanding of ESG and its relevance in today's business world.
2 Discover how ESG can be a driver for values-based innovation, opportunity recognition, and sustainable business models.
3 Acquire practical tools and frameworks to understand how to turn ESG and sustainability programmes into formal strategies.
4 Deep dive into sustainable business models: what they are, why they matter and how to think about them.
5 Learn about 45 Patterns for Sustainable Business Model Design, and how to use them to identify opportunities for sustainable innovation in your company.
6 Learn from real-world examples and best practices.
7 Network and collaborate with like-minded leaders and executives from diverse industries.

Benefits for organisations

Create, communicate and integrate a market strategy for ESG and sustainability to complement existing programmes
Increase alignment on sustainability as a strategic and innovation opportunity
Assess the conditions under which sustainability pays off
Critically discuss your business model, its challenges and come up with initial ideas how to address them


  • Critical trends and external drivers of sustainability and ESG: trends in society, regulation, and business
  • Strategic view on sustainability: cases and group work
  • Values-based and sustainable innovation: preparing, launching and implementing strategic sustainability initiatives
  • Sustainable, values-driven business modelling: patterns and frameworks

Who should attend ESG and Sustainability for Innovation Leaders

This executive education programme is tailored for top-level executives, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and leaders from various organizational functions, recognizing the importance of ESG and sustainability, and interested in understanding how to lead ESG and sustainability initiatives as opportunities for innovation.

It is also highly relevant for mid-level executives, including heads of strategy, heads of innovation, and heads of sustainability, as well as young talents in managerial positions.


Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Massa
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Massa

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Massa consults, speaks, researches, and teaches in the fields of strategy, innovation, and sustainability. He is the Managing Director of the Business Design Lab and Professor for Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability at Aalborg University Business School. Lorenzo is member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Innovation and adjunct professor for executive education at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS), Frankfurt School of Finance and Management as well as Bologna Business School (BBS). Lorenzo sits on the advisory board of different for-profit and nonprofit organisations and is a trusted strategy, innovation, and sustainability advisor to executives in companies across many industries. Lorenzo holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology (B. Eng.) and the University of Genoa (M.Sc. Eng.) and a Master’s and a PhD in Management from IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Prof. Dr. Henning Breuer
Prof. Dr. Henning Breuer

Prof. Dr. Henning Breuer consults, researches, and teaches in the fields of innovation management and business psychology. He is founder of UXBerlin – Innovation Consulting, and a Professor for Business and Media Psychology at HMKW Berlin. Since 2001, Henning has worked with multinational corporations, SMEs, public organisations, and start-ups, providing consulting on sustainable innovation culture and business models, future scenarios, and ethnographic stakeholder research. Henning co-authored numerous journal and conference publications and books on Values-Based Innovation Management, Sustainable Business Model Design, and Gamification for Innovators & Entrepreneurs. As a visiting researcher and professor, he has worked at the University of Chile (Santiago) and Waseda University (Tokyo). Before, he studied psychology, philosophy, and law in Berlin and Tübingen, and received his PhD in Psychology.

Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund
Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund

Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Professor for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Business School, Berlin, Germany, where he holds the Chair for Corporate Sustainability. He is a Research Fellow at ESCP’s SustBusy Research Center and Leuphana University’s Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM). He also was a Research Fellow at the Governing Responsible Business Research Environment at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark. Prior to joining ESCP Business School, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Hamburg and earned a PhD in social sciences and economics from Leuphana University.

Florian’s research and teaching deal with corporate sustainability management, sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, and values-based innovation. As well as publishing numerous journal articles, books, and book chapters on these topics, he is Editorial Board Member at Organisation & Environment and Co-Editor of several journal special issues (e.g., Business & Society, Organisation & Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Int. Journal of Innovation Management, Journal of Business Models). Florian founded as an international research hub with 25 members from more than 10 countries, and he is an active supporter of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.

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