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Today’s legal advisors must provide informed counsel that meets the demands of 21st-century society and stakeholder capitalism. To do so, advice must go beyond mere technical compliance with existing laws and regulations to consider stakeholder impact, evolving societal expectations, and the landscape of the future.

In partnership with INSEAD, impactvise offers certified training geared towards legal service professionals that are keen to both

understand and lead ESG initiatives.

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This course encourages modern legal professionals to see themselves as positive actors for sustainability, bridging professional influence, creativity, and opportunity with a personal ambition to advance ‘acting for impact’ and sustainability in both law and business.

While not technical legal training, the course emphasizes knowledge and certification for those actioning sustainability internally at their organisation. Most specifically, this course benefits:

  • Lawyers at law firms, who can better position themselves as credible advisors, securing their social license to operate as well as new business and competitive advantages; and 

  • General Counsels and in-house legal departments, who can more effectively shape their company’s ESG agenda and align core strategy to advance their company’s purpose and aims.

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Featuring INSEAD faculty at the forefront of integrating business, strategy, and sustainability, as well as guest lecturers from both multinational enterprises and law firms, this live virtual programme, designed to be compatible with the global footprint and varied schedules of LSPs worldwide, includes:

  • ESG as a societal shift, ESG fundamentals, including in-depth review of core themes and theories, frameworks, regulation, and new economic models

  • Business and management strategy through an ESG lens

  • Exploration of lawyers as business partners, and the competitive advantage of legitimate legal advisory joined to ESG

  • Case work and exchanges with faculty and industry experts to provide real-world experience in providing strategic, impact-oriented counsel for clients and businesses

  • Leadership development (behavioural change, dealing with anxiety, and building resilience)

  • Fireside chats with faculty and practitioners

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With a goal to inspire legal professionals to lead for maximum positive impact, this programme:

  • Fosters a unique learning experience beyond standard technical legal training that enables lawyers to recognise the importance of making choices and dealing with ethical dilemmas arising from ESG

  • Enriches an individual’s understanding of the key emerging ESG/sustainability issues and how they impact business, as a complement to existing legal skills and experience in their relevant areas of practice

  • Encourages the development of legal professionals as business partners, enabling them to present clients with a comprehensive spectrum of options when navigating the ESG transition

  • Illustrates the importance and power of combining professional experience, knowledge, and influence with personal desire to enact positive change

  • Creates a global network of like-minded legal professionals who recognise the power of their privileged position to create meaningful impact for and within the organisations and communities where they work

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N. Craig Smith

Affiliate Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility

The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility

Professor N. Craig Smith has been on the INSEAD faculty for the past ten years as the INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is also the Academic Director of the CSR & Ethics Research Group in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. He was previously on the faculties of London Business School, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School.


  • Subramanian Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD; The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Endowed Chair in Societal Progress 

  • Jaap Winter, Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at INSEAD and Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Behaviour at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

  • Lucie Tepla, Senior Affiliate Professor of Finance at INSEAD • Lite Nartey, Visiting Professor of Strategy at INSEAD 

  • Ron Soonieus, Executive in Residence at INSEAD; Senior Advisor for Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact practice 

  • Atalay Atasu, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD; The Bianca and James Pitt Chair in Environmental Sustainability

  • Narayan Pant, Professor of Management Practice at INSEAD; The Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development

  • Yannick Hausmann, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of impactvise AG, former Group General Counsel of Zurich Insurance Group 

  • Adrian Peyer, Co-Founder of impactvise AG, former General Counsel (Legal Affairs & Operations) and Company Secretary of Zurich Insurance Group

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