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Swedish Institute Management Programme Asia 2021

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Swedish Institute Management Programme Asia

Application Deadline: March 31st 2021

Are you one of the most ambitious and innovative leaders in your country? Do you want to learn more about sustainable business practices? Do you want to contribute to sustainable development in your country? Through Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Asia you will learn how to transform sustainability into a competitive advantage.

Our planet faces massive economic, social and climate challenges. To combat these, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been set up to define global priorities and aspirations before the year 2030. The business community plays a critical role in the implementation of the SDGs and in creating a better future. As expectations for companies to act on sustainability increase, an appropriate response has become critical for future success and even survival. The world is calling for more responsible and progressive leaders that can take the lead and see opportunities in these challenges. 

The international leadership programme Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) offers you proven tools and knowledge from experts to put sustainability at the heart of your strategy and take your leadership to the next level. The programme is based on Sweden’s prominent position in innovation and sustainable business – and its connection to the global economy. 

To create more impact, SIMP promotes extensive exchange and learning between participants, and facilitates relationship-building and co-creation between businesses and sector organisations in your country.
A core fundament in the programme is for every participant to develop and implement an action-oriented sustainability strategyThe sustainability strategy should be an integral part of your overall business strategy. 

The programme runs online between May – November 2021 with a follow–up session in February 2022. It contains coaching, interactive workshops and lectures, as well as virtual visits to companies and organisations in Sweden. SIMP is a challenging and interactive programme that demands your active participation and contribution. It is not a series of one-way communicated lectures.  


While the responsibility for implementing sustainable business practices lies on each business, the supporting environment also plays an important role. Participants of the SIMP programme will be selected from both businesses and organisations that have a role in promoting and facilitating sustainable business practices. Through dialogue and partnerships between public and private sectors, sustainability solutions will be more effective.

General criteria that apply to all applicants:

  • You must be a citizen and resident of China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam.
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset and a track record of making things happen.
  • You are willing to support and share your experience and knowledge with other participants.
  • You have a proficient command of written and spoken English.
  • No age restriction.

Specific criteria for participants from businesses:

  • You are a:
    – CEO or top manager of a small or medium–sized enterprise, or– A manager of a significant and distinct department of a large enterprise, with its own profit responsibility.
  • You are highly motivated to run your business in a sustainable way, as well as to promote sustainable business practices in your country. 
  • You are willing and capable to drive the implementation of the sustainability strategy throughout the business.

Specific criteria for participants from organisations:

  • You and your organisation have a mandate to develop and promote sustainable business practices in your country – through incentives, support and advice.
  • You are a high–level manager at:
    – A national governmental organisation.
    – Authorities and semi-government organisations and institutions.
    – Relevant civil society organisations, such as NGOs, business associations, and community-  based organisations.
  • You are willing and capable toact as a changemaker, both in your own organisation and at a national level. 


SIMP will give you

  • In-depth knowledge and skills about sustainable business practices. 
  • Capacity and knowledge to lead change and promote sustainable business practices in your own organisation. 
  • Insight into the potential of disruptive technology and innovative design to drive business sustainability. 
  • Customised expert coaching based on your and your organisation’s needs. 
  • Access to relevant representatives from the public and private sector in your region and in Sweden to exchange views, knowledge and experiences.  
  • A unique opportunity of close collaboration and exchange with colleagues at your own level from several other countries, developing strong, long-lasting professional networks.  
  • Access to the global Swedish Institute alumni network. 

Official Website: Swedish Institute Management Programme Asia

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