Italy Senior Manager BDO Italia Adjunct Faculty
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Born in Italy in 1972, Valeria Fazio has worked on sustainability for more than twenty years. Her professional background includes a Master in ‘Rational Choice and Business Ethics’ achieved at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics of Virginia University (USA) under the tutorship of Professor Edward R. Freeman – and a Bachelor Degree in ‘International Sciences’ at Milan University. Senior Manager at BDO Italy since March 2018, where she is responsible for advisory services, business development, R&D activities in the sustainability arena, Valeria worked in DNV GL since 2012 to 2013 as Assessment and Training Manager Italy; then (2014-2018) she covered the position of Sustainability Services Development Manager for the Region Southern Europe where she was also in charge also for R&D activities, working on Sustainable Innovation with multinationals from different industries and some of the major research centers worldwide (i.e.: UN Global Compact; WBCSD). Her professional background includes a long experience in management and strategic consultancy (2005-2012: Principal Consultant at SCS Consulting) and business development at Fondazione Sodalitas (1996-2005), where she also covered the position of ‘national reference point’ for CSR Europe, the European Business-to Business Network operating under the aegis of the European Commission, with more than 200 multinational companies committed on sustainability. Author of more than 30 papers and publications dealing with Sustainability Reporting and Rating, Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Responsibility, Supply Chain Management, since 2011 Valeria has coordinated the ‘Sustainability module’ within the Executive and Global MBA at the Business School of Bologna University Foundation. Since 1995 she has collaborated with some of the major consultancy firms, such as AccountAbility (London) on strategic consultancy in the Sustainability area for both national and multinational companies. Starting from November 2019 Valeria has been appointed member of the Steering Committee of the Forum for the Sustainable Development established by the Ministry of Ecological Transition.


More and more people maintain that it is society’s needs, not just economic ones, which drive markets. The goal of this course is to transfer the concept that a company managed in a sustainable manner, i.e. that integrates elements of a social and environmental nature in the management of the business, will be more effective in the long run in creating value for itself and its surrounding context.

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Every year, our society uses the amount of resources that it takes planet Earth a year and a half to regenerate. This and other global, empirical evidence items bring the topic of sustainability at the center of the economic, political and social debate. Recent studies have shown the way in which a sustainability-oriented management approach adopted by certain companies leads to a medium-long term competitive advantage versus competitors, a success achieved also thanks to the ability to innovate the business model and introduce measuring tools to monitor and manage at best the value creation process. The aim of the course is to start a debate on the possible ways to introduce sustainability policies and practices for companies. In particular, by way of case-studies and traditional lectures, the course will deal with three main topics: Business sustainability and triple bottomline; Sustainability-oriented innovation; Green business models.

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