Sustainability Academy

There is no question that a growing number of companies and organizations are adopting CSR and sustainable development principles. And yet, the corresponding ambition and deployment of related strategies often encounter a hurdle in varying and sometimes inadequate levels of understanding of environmental, societal and governance issues.

Education is the most important tool at your disposal to rectify this. Boosting all of your teams’ competencies will not only provide added value to your organization, it will also have a crucial impact on society and the environment. 

What is more, it will help lead to the creation of a larger number of jobs related to sustainability and will contribute to building a better future. For the past 15 years, IMS has been inspiring companies as a federating force around major projects in economic, social and environmental responsibility. Across all our actions, awareness raising and information have been key factors, to which we are now adding training. The Sustainability Academy originated from this powerful background and unique ecosystem of knowledge, expertise, organizations and companies in Luxembourg.


CSR and its stakes

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises – RSE in French), is a concerted effort in which the company integrates not only its economic responsibility but also its environmental and social responsibility. To uphold this responsibility, companies interact in close cooperation with their stakeholders.

CSR is more than a risk management tool. When it is managed proactively and integrated into the company’s strategy it is a source of opportunity as well as a competitive advantage as regards innovation and growth, staff motivation and customer attraction. 

As they aim for a positive impact on society that extends beyond economic benefits, companies that engage in CSR are able to address and respond to societal challenges within their sphere of influence. 
The new environmental and societal order heralds profound changes in companies’ management models. Organizations that wish to be ready to tackle the challenges ahead must now think through the innovative prism of CSR, an engine for growth and agility for companies. 

With the Sustainability Academy, through knowledge, IMS Luxembourg aims to enable companies to respond to the challenges of the rapidly accelerating climate and societal changes. 


Courses offered by the Sustainability Academy are organized, like all the projects led by IMS, around three strategic pillars: 

  • PEOPLE: Topics related to diversity & inclusion, wellbeing in the workplace, human rights, disability...
  • PLANET: Topics related to the carbon neutrality, the circular economy, zero waste…
  • PROSPERITY: Sustainable procurement, the supply chain in a carbon-free world, new accounting procedures, transparency and environmental and societal reporting

Our Sustainability Academy intends to maintain what is and always has been at the heart of our projects, conferences and events: an extremely high level of expertise, quality programs, and original creations. We select speakers and partners who will ensure that you come away with the experience and in-depth understanding that will empower you to implement simply and methodically all the subjects covered in the course. The Sustainability Academy meets the ISO 29993 requirements for learning services provided outside formal education.



The courses are offered in-company, in-person or remotely. Central to the Academy’s development perspectives are the new learning approaches of flipped classes, microlearning and e-learning. Training programs for inter-company courses are also being created.

The Sustainability Academy programme is your programme. Our dynamic content creation is tailored to meet your expectations and your needs, and can also inspire you with new topics. To allow you to go further still, we offer a few key training programs, that we will adapt to suit your particular requirements. 

Courses offered by the Sustainability Academy are organised, like all the projects led by IMS, around three strategic pillars: People, Planet and Prosperity

Here is a first extract, we remain at your disposal to answer your requests and expectations, do not hesitate to contact us, we will send you a more complete programme.


People – Daring to disconnect while teleworking

Pedagogical objectives: To break the isolation by sharing one’s experience as a teleworker, understand the obstacles to disconnection and to change one’s view of it by exploring how teleworking but also technologies have changed the organization of work and management (opportunities and risks) – To assume one's own needs, and accept the disconnection of others by sharing the best practices of organizations in France and abroad that reconcile  work efficiency, respect for the right to disconnect - Experience the concrete benefits of disconnection and letting go through 3 guided meditation experiences 

Duration: 3 hours 30 (Only Available in french)
Target: All audiences and/or Managers

Trainer: Caroline Sauvajol-Rialland


PEOPLE - Regulating your daily cognitive load 

Given the now completely blurred boundaries between our personal and professional lives, our brain can lose its reference points and experience a higher risk of mental overload. Our mental and physical reserves are not limitless: adequate recovery times must accompany our periods of effort. It is difficult however to find the right balance when in constantly demanding environments. 

It therefore becomes essential to implement different rituals and organizational methods. 

This course provides an opportunity to shed a scientific and operational light on the regulation mechanisms of mental overload in the workplace and to understand the source of  the need for recovery, in order to maintain long-term efficiency and wellbeing.

Learning goals: Understanding mental load, the limits of our attention, and mental overload. Identifying the overload factors in one’s daily life and the possibilities of achieving change by applying different work methods. Reducing multitasking and improving concentration. Regulating your connection habits at work and outside the office. Optimising your schedule and time management.

Trainer: Gaetan de Lavilléon


PEOPLE - Preventing sexism in companies and creating a respectful workplace

In the post #MeToo era, sexism and sexual violence are at the heart of the news and have become a powerful stake for companies in terms of image, talent retention and engagement. This complex issue is sometimes a source of conflict in companies, but how can each and every one of us play a part in creating a respectful workplace environment? 

Learning goals: Mastering the different concepts and notions related to gender stereotypes, sexism, and their manifestations in companies - Mastering the legal framework that is specific to the different forms of sexist behaviors and sexual harassment - Understanding your role and mission as a manager / HR / employee in the prevention of sexism – Knowing what to do if you are a victim or a witness, if you are part of HR or a manager (the course is adapted to each target audience) 

TrainerInes Dauvergne ou Soraya Khadir


PLANET - Sustainable food purchase – and food waste

We are all consumers in companies: canteen lunches, coffee breaks, special events. So how do we reconcile the provision of seasonal or local products with a reduction in food waste? 

Learning goals: Understanding the stakes of sustainable food in companies, as regards food safety, supply, food waste and leftovers. With a presentation of practical solutions and methods to implement a sustainable policy of food purchasing that takes into account product origins, distribution, consumption, waste, and cross-sectional approaches.  

TrainerSandrine Grumberg


PLANET - Purchasing sustainable textiles 

Textiles are reportedly responsible for 8% of carbon emissions. In companies, textile purchases relate to uniforms, work outfits, and hand-towels. Their composition, related supply chains and decline in the life cycle are often unknown data. 

Learning goals: Understanding the stakes of textiles in companies, as part of a program of sustainable purchasing, circular economy, or reduction of carbon emissions – Presentation of a methodology to reveal often unknown data – Solutions and best practice.

TrainerSandrine Grumberg


PLANET - Supply chain and human rights objectives

Many countries are currently developing regulations that extend further than the assessment of risks for companies. Supply chains play a critical role in the understanding of issues related to human rights. But can we generalize due diligence? And how?

Learning goals: Understanding and providing context for the role of human rights in supply chains - Mapping the risks and identifying solutions to eliminate or reduce them. 

TrainersSandrine Grumberg and Charlotte Michon


PROSPERITY - Sustainable purchasing

Procurement has become a particularly important issue in the economy of corporate and public institutions, growing from 40% of the turnover in the 1980s to an average of over 65% in Europe, all sectors included. The environmental, social and territorial impacts are now well documented and managed through sustainable, responsible purchasing. 

Learning goals: Understanding the principles and stakes of sustainable/responsible purchasing – Integrating the stakes of sustainable development in Purchasing.

TrainerSandrine Grumberg


PROSPERITY - Disability through the lens of business management  

For companies, diversity can be considered either as an asset or a constraint. If physical diversity is experienced as a constraint, then the company  avoids the topic and refuses to explore any further. If on the other hand the company decides to make it an asset, the stakes are completely different, resulting in many associated advantages, in management terms as well as in economic terms. 

Learning goals: Understanding the impacts of a constrained application, and possibilities for companies when they consider “Disability” as an asset for recruitment, wellbeing, non-discrimination…

TrainerGwenael Berthélemé

Prosperity - Understanding and mapping human rights risks

Risk mapping is the key step in a human rights vigilance approach.

Pedagogical objective: This module aims to explain human rights risk factors and provide some methodological elements to help learners initiate their human rights risk mapping

Trainer: Charlotte Michon



The training programs offered by the Sustainability Academy are very closely connected to their creators and to the privileged relationship that IMS has built and developed throughout the years with these experts, each of whom has extremely high competencies and proven teaching talents.


Charlotte Michon





Sandrine Grumberg





Caroline Sauvajol-Rialland





Gaëtan de Lavilléon





Ines Dauvergne





Gwenanël Berthélemé-Saudreau





Tom Pfeiffer




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