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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.

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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

Benefits

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

Modules

Instructors

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.  

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The Early Bird fee of SGD 2,500 is valid until January 30, 2023.

From January 31, 2023, the program fee is SGD 2,780.

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, please contact us for a special fee.

Registration

Registration is open until March 20, 2023.

The live online sessions are held on the following days:
April 3, 2023 (6.30 – 9.30 pm, UTC+8) 
April 28 – 30, 2023 (2.30 – 9.30 pm, UTC+8) 

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

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