Who should attend
The seminar is designed for middle to senior managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability. This may include those in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, environmental management or community investment. A few places are also reserved for delegates from influential NGOs.
We carefully select delegates to ensure appropriate seniority and diversity and deliver a stimulating learning environment in which practitioners can share their knowledge and their questions.
About the course
As ecological, social and economic systems come under increasing pressure the role of sustainability management within large organisations is becoming more complex and more central to business success.
The Sustainability Practitioner Programme enables managers in the private or public sector to influence and guide their organisation in the direction of an integrated approach to sustainability across all functions. The programme is widely regarded as the most effective of its kind.
This programme is designed for middle to senior managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of role of sustainability in future proofing their organisations. Sustainability rests on a simple premise - the inter-connectedness of all things. It requires re-generative thinking. It is something that must become deeply embedded in the day-to-day operations of an organisation to guide it to a different future, particularly in a developing world context.
On completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to do the following:
- Evaluate the impact of current global, economic, social and environmental pressures on their organisations
- Understand the importance of navigating complexity through system-thinking
- Recommend how to align sustainability with the core organisational strategy
- Assess the opportunities for innovation and collaboration with key stakeholders
- Reflect on the values, thinking and practices that need to be developed to be an effective change agent
- Construct a practical action plan (within their sphere of influence) to drive internal change.
There will be exposure to cutting-edge thinking and practice from the faculty and guest contributors.
Delegates will also spend valuable time in small group discussions, where they will start to shape and refine their own strategy and sphere of influence for when they return to their organisation.
Each delegate will be allocated to a syndicate group for the duration of the workshop. This syndicate group is facilitated by a member of faculty and is a place where focused reflection on the ideas that emerge in the workshop can occur.
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