Social and Digital Sustainability

Succeed With Sustainable Choices

Sustainability in business promotes organizational innovation, enhances risk management, enables sustainable growth, and helps to secure feasible conditions for business in the long term. Sustainability competence has become a crucial part of the basic business competence of every successful company. What sustainability choices should be made in your organization to support growth in a sustainable way? How do you align business and stakeholder goals in a sustainable way? And do you identify the areas that promote sustainability in your own work?

Constantly evolving technologies bring new tools and opportunities for the corporate sustainability work agenda. At the same time, technological developments are contributing to increasing inequality and raising the questions of ethical data usage, ICT's climate impacts, and the accessibility of technologies, among others.

An understanding of social sustainability and its components, as well as factors that undermine human rights, for example, is key to creating an organization’s holistic understanding of sustainability.

In the Social and Digital Sustainability program, we seek views on digital responsibility and look at digitalisation as a phenomenon from the sustainability perspective.

This is a 24-hour live online module in the Sustainable Business program and can also be taken as a stand-alone program.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA program.

Credits from this program are also accepted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) for their Graduate Diploma and Master of Management program. Successful completion of this program will earn participants an equivalent of 5 CU with SUSS.

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World-class facilitated learning sessions designed to accelerate change in the individual, and in the organisation

Learn from leading countries and companies in their sustainability plan and understand how you can align your sustainability target with business goals

Participants will engage in deep discussions exercises to open new ways of thinking


In this program, we seek views on digital responsibility and look at digitalisation as a phenomenon from the sustainability perspective. We address the role of ICT as an enabler of sustainable development and, on the other hand, discuss its impact on climate change. Furthermore, we explore the dimensions and applications of digital ethics. During the second part of the training, we will focus on the basic concepts of social sustainability. We look at what social sustainability is, why it is important, and where the interfaces are between social sustainability and environmental sustainability. In addition, we consider how to map the social impact of entrepreneurship and where to start moving within your own organization.

Digital responsibility from the sustainability perspective
Dimensions and applications of digital ethics
Concepts of social sustainability
Various approaches and tools
Receive ECTS credits to progress academically

Contents and Schedule

After the training, you will be able to look at sustainability through the following themes:

  • ICT, digitalisation and the circular economy, life cycle thinking
  • ICT's carbon footprint
  • Data, ethics, and control
  • Technology ethics, algorithms, and power
  • Social sustainability: what is it and why is it important?
  • Links between social sustainability and environmental sustainability
  • Mapping the social impact of entrepreneurship
  • How can you start your own business?
  • Equality and accessibility



Hadi Ghanbari

Hadi Ghanbari is an Assistant professor of Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business (Finland). Simultaneously, he is a research fellow of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities (Estonia).

Hadi mostly conducts empirical research on sociotechnical aspects of digital innovation, with a focus on information security, Technical Debt, and stakeholders' competencies and behaviour. More recently, he has been studying the role of urban analytics in developing sustainable and resilient digital services. He is especially interested in studying the security and privacy concerns and consequences of such digital innovations for smart city stakeholders.  

Kari Koskinen

Dr. Kari Koskinen is a Postdoctoral researcher of Information Systems at Aalto University School of Business, Finland.

His research focuses on digital platforms and their implications in varying contexts, ranging from corporations to countries in the Global South. He also focuses in his work on ethical issues of digitalization and information systems. Prior to joining academia, Kari held different positions in the IT industry.

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The Early Bird fee of SGD 2,500 (prevailing GST if applicable) is valid until February 28, 2024.

Please contact us for a special fee if two or more people from the same organization are registering for the program.

If you are an Aalto Executive MBA Alumni or an existing student with SUSS, please contact us for a special fee.


Registration is open until March 31, 2024.

Please, register here if you are interested in enrolling in all four sustainability programs.

A special discount is also available when you register for more than one (1) sustainability program.

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