Sustainability Leadership Programme

Register for the Sustainability Leadership Programme

The Sustainability Leadership Programme gives you the skills, confidence and connections for your organisation, community and planet to thrive now and into the future.

Sustainability challenges are high stake and complex and require a special set of skills, including the ability to think systemically and to collaborate and influence across a diverse range of stakeholders and interests. The Sustainability Leadership Programme (SLP) not only gives you the tools to meet your challenges but provides an ongoing network of peers you can lean on for advice and support.

Australasia’s most comprehensive sustainability leadership is designed and delivered by Catapult in partnership with the Sustainable Business Council (SBC). The SBC is a member organisation made up of organisations committed to making significant progress on environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues. SBC members account for over 60% of New Zealand’s GDP.  Your organisation does not need to be a member of the SBC for you to participate in the Sustainability Leadership Programme.

Taster Session

Watch the recording of the online taster session we held in February

Key Benefits

Learn how to diagnose complex sustainability challenges

Build your collaboration skills to engage stakeholders

Learn how to influence key decision-makers

Build fellowship with other senior sustainability change agents

Leave inspired with confidence and courage to drive progress on sustainability


Who is SLP for?

SLP is designed for:

  • Organisational leaders operating at a strategic level and senior managers with accountability for sustainability outcomes.
  • Organisational leaders embedding sustainability into organisational culture and value chains
  • Experienced sustainability leaders implementing sustainability strategies and outcome delivery

SLP is a leadership programme. It is not about learning technical skills for how to deal with sustainability issues.

You will bring a real sustainability challenge facing your organisation or community into the programme.

'Fast-paced concentrated boost of learning. It’s had a significant positive impact on how I work and what I have been able to achieve.'

Alison Howard Head of Sustainability, Meridian Energy

'The material, delivered, with excellence by Catapult, kept me constantly thinking, reflecting, and engaged.'

Leon Jarden Countdown

'It's given me greater self-awareness to my sustainability leadership and tools I could apply straight away, and which I continue to use well after the programme.'

Sam Bridgman, Sustainability Specialist NZ Post

Programme Overview

Blended Format: The programme is a combination of 7 x 2 hour Zoom online workshops, a two-day workshop in Wellington, and small group work (LeaderLabs).

Online Sessions: May 18; June 1, 15 and 29;  August 24; September 7 and 21.

Two-Day Workshop (Wellington): July 27 and 28

LeaderLabs:  You will be part of a peer learning group called a LeaderLab.  There are approximately 13 hours of Leaderlab meetings (online or in person) between workshop sessions.

Time will also be involved applying your learning to a real sustainability challenge facing your organisation. In this way, programme work is real work and complements your day job. Hours required will vary according to the project.

Early bird discount ends 26 February 2021

 – Applications close 31 March 2021 –

Getting Started

  • Secure organisational support before applying
  • Applications close 31 March 2021
  • Selection and notification by 9 April
  • LeaderScope 360-degree feedback (optional) April-May
  • Forming LeaderLabs and first session May
  • Completing pre-work April-May

Online Workshops: Sensemaking

  • What is sustainability leadership?
  • Seeing context and challenges
  • Leadership backbone, styles and resilience
  • Diagnosing sustainability challenges

Two Day Workshop:

  • Connecting
  • Collaborating
  • Co-creating purpose and vision
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Systems change
  • Strategic influencing
  • Networking event

Online Workshops: Embedding

  • Embedding sustainability approaches
  • Storytelling
  • Celebrating accomplishments
Percent of graduates endorse the programme
Percent of participants formed valuable connections with other sustainability leaders
Percent of participants planned a new approach to their sustainability project
Percent of participants are more equipped to advance the sustainability agenda of their organisation
Percent of participants are more able to diagnose sustainability challenges

Read Case Studies About SLP’s Impact

Hear What Alumni Say

Jamie Henry – WasteLine Manager for OCS Ltd

Sharon Manssen – Quality, Environment & Sustainability Manager, NZ Region for Aurecon

Joshua Dorman, Stuff

Katherine Buttar, Auckland Transport

Take your leadership further

We have two great options to extend your learning and development from the Sustainability Leadership Programme.

Additional Coaching Options
Additional Coaching Options

Investing in additional coaching after the programme is a smart option. Additional coaching can help you explore specific aspects of the programme more deeply, help you transfer programme learning back to the workplace and provide you with ongoing support and challenge in your leadership development.

360-Degree Feedback
Leaderscope 360-Degree Feedback Option

Leaderscope is Catapult’s 360-degree feedback tool. It enables you to identify your leadership strengths, areas for improvement and to develop clear learning goals for your participation in the Sustainable Leadership Programme.

Programme  Cost

Earlybird discount fee for applications received by 26 February 2021:

SBC Members: $3,420 (ex GST)

Non-SBC Members: $3,990 (ex GST)

Applications received after 26 February: 

SBC Members: $3,600 (ex GST)

Non-SBC Members: $4,200 (ex GST)

Optional LeaderScope 360°feedback $800 (ex GST)

Optional One-on-One coaching three sessions $1,500 (ex GST)

Programme Dates

Online Workshops: 10am – 12.00pm

May 18; June 1, 15 and 29;  August 24; September 7 and 21.

Two-Day Workshop Wellington

July 27:  9am – 7pm including networking event and refreshments
July 28:  9am – 4.30pm

Register for the Sustainability Leadership Programme

Some Participating Organisations

Below are some organisations who have participated in the Sustainability Leadership Programme