The Impact of Corporate Sustainability Education for Professionals and Organizations

by Nikos Avonlas
May 17, 2016 12:30 PM ET

Although Corporate Sustainability has grown rapidlyover the past years and most executives in various research studies declare that Sustainability is extremely important to their business, few organizations globally have integrated sustainable values into their core strategy and supply chain.

There are many reasons why this is happening. 

One of them is due to the lack of appropriate awareness and education. Sustainability is not yet a core course for the most American or European MBAs, while executives don’t devote much time to professional education in this area since they consider Sustainability or CSR a ‘’soft’’ issue.

Today, sustainable development represents one of the most discussed topics, on a social, environmental and economic level and Corporate Responsibility professionals are increasingly required to upscale their specialized skills and knowledge to address the stakeholders’ needs and thus constitute a competitive advantage for companies and future leaders. This demonstrates a growing need for quality professional education in this field.

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Nikos Avlonas is founder and President  of the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE) a global Sustainability Strategic advisory and Training organization with activities in North America, Europe, MENA and Asia regions. Nikos has been distinguished as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America, an organization dedicated to promoting trustworthy business behavior in 2010.