Advance a real sustainability challenge facing your organisation
Collaborate with and influence key stakeholders
Develop a sustainability strategy
Build connections with other sustainability change agents
Gain the capabilities, confidence and courage to drive progress on sustainability
Identify a Sustainability Challenge: Identify a real social, environmental, or economic challenge facing your organisation and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) it relates to (e.g. climate change and SDG 13 climate action). You’ll need this to complete the registration form. This sustainability challenge will be your focus for applying the skills and frameworks in the programme. Many people find their challenge evolves as they journey through SLP. Here is our guide to identifying a sustainability challenge.
Format: The programme is a combination of pre-work, small group work in ‘LeaderLabs’ between workshops, 4 x 2-hour highly interactive online Zoom workshops, a two-day workshop in Wellington (July 2-3), and 2×2-hour online Zoom workshops.
Pre-Work: We carefully curate pre-work to prepare you for each session. We practice a flipped classroom method in which you are exposed to theories and frameworks before each workshop and begin to apply them to your situation. Pre-work is helpfully divided into essential and optional extra readings, videos, and podcasts. We recommend allowing around two hours of preparation for each workshop.
LeaderLabs: You will be part of a small peer learning group called a ‘LeaderLab’. We form groups of 4-5 people based on the commonality of their sustainability challenge while also aiming for diversity of perspectives. There are approximately 8 hours of LeaderLab meetings (online) between workshop sessions.
Online Sessions: 6 x 2-hour online Zoom workshops on Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25, July 23, and August 6. The online workshops use the latest learning methods for engagement. Your programme facilitator will bring theories and frameworks to life and often apply them to the example of climate change, as this is a sustainability challenge impacting all of us. We use an algorithm to work out breakout groups so that you’re in a new group in each online workshop to enable you to make connections across the cohort. Breakout sessions in small groups are designed to support networking with other sustainability change agents and for you to practice facilitating multi-stakeholder groups without formal authority.
Two-Day Workshop: The two-day workshop is a peak experience of the programme. People love the rich and enduring connections made as well as the experiential and inspiring learning environment.
Time Commitment: The total time commitment from April to August is about seven days:
- Two hours for pre-work for each of the six online workshops (1.5 days)
- Four hours for pre-work for the two-day workshop (.5 days)
- 6×2 hours for the online workshops (1.5 days)
- Two-day workshop (2 days)
- 11 hours for LeaderLab group work (1.5 days)
Watch videos of SLP participants talking about why they did SLP and the key benefits so far.
Katy Glenie, Sustainability Manager, Contact Energy
Matthew Barnett, Senior Research Scientist, AgResearch
Hilary West-Reeve, Co-owner & Chief Sustainability Officer, Phoenix Metalman Recycling
Megan Gallagher, Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Business Council
Robert Siveter, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Suncorp
Lorietta Bahr, Sustainability Advisor, Lion
Benjamin Walch, Sustainability Specialist, Abley
Hannah Walsh, Capability Development Lead, Port Marlborough
Philippe Coullomb, Transformation Designer, Openfield
Read Case Studies About SLP’s Impact
'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.'
'The material, delivered, with excellence by Catapult. Kept me constantly thinking, reflecting, and engaged.'
'Given me greater self-awareness to my sustainability leadership and tools I can apply straight away and will use well after the programme.'
‘I now know I don't need to hold all the answers. Collaborating and influencing are key to driving the sustainability agenda forward.’
'Provides a solid foundation and tools for sustainability leaders to progress themselves and sustainability within their business.’
'Given me the tools, confidence and clarity to lead our company towards our net zero carbon goals for the built environment.’
'A must for any leader serious about improving organisational sustainability.’
‘Lots of resources and tools and skilful guidance on how to use them. An effective way of gaining clarity, motivation and skills to deal with sustainability challenges.’
Hear What Alumni Say
Take your leadership further
We have some great options to extend your learning and development from the Sustainability Leadership Programme.
Earlybird discount fee for registrations received by 23 February 2024:
SBC Members: $3,950 (ex GST)
Non-SBC Members: $4,150 (ex GST)
Registrations received after 23 February:
SBC Members: $4,590 (ex GST)
Non-SBC Members: $4,850 (ex GST)
Optional LeaderScope 360°feedback: $950 (ex GST)
Optional One-on-One Coaching: three sessions $1,500 (ex GST)
2024 Programme Dates
Four Online Zoom Workshops: Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25
Two-Day Workshop in Wellington: 2-3 July
2 July: 8:30am registration; 9:00am – 7:00pm including networking event and refreshments
3 July: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Two Online Zoom Workshops: Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
July 23 and August 6
Some Participating Organisations
Below are some organisations who have participated in the Sustainability Leadership Programme