Sustainability Leadership Programme

Dates and pricing for the 2021 programme will be announced in October 2020.

Register for Sustainability Leadership

The Sustainability Leadership Programme gives you leadership skills and tools to make progress on complex sustainability challenges.

Catapult designs and delivers the Sustainability Leadership Programme on behalf of 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.

Who is the Sustainability Leadership Programme for?

Is it right for me?

The Sustainability Leadership Programme is ideal for:

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

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

To be a part of the programme, you must be working on, or about to embark on, a significant sustainability challenge for your organisation, industry, sector, or your community.  Your sustainability challenge can be an environmental, social, or economic.

Sustainability challenges are complex and making progress requires working with others in the wider system. A significant part of this programme is about learning and applying systems leadership to your challenge.

You need to be willing to work with others on the programme and commit to applying what you learn. A strong community is forged which provides an opportunity to make connections and learn from others.

Recommend the programme to others
Gained insights on how to approach sustainability challenges
Planned a new approach to their sustainability project
Inspired with confidence and capability to drive progress on sustainability
Built fellowship with a network of senior sustainability change agents

Hear what alumni from the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Programme have to say about the programme.

Jamie Henry – WasteLine Manager for OCS Ltd

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

Joshua Dorman, Stuff

Katherine Buttar, Auckland Transport

Programme Overview

Workshop Dates

There is a total of four full workshop days. Attending all days is necessary to complete the programme.

Workshop One: Wednesday 6 May 9am – 7:30pm Thursday 7 May 9am – 5pm

Workshop Two: Wednesday 22 July, 9am – 6.30pm

Workshop Three: Wednesday 16 September, 9am – 5pm



Pre-course preparation: 3 hours (more if undertaking LeaderScope 360°)

Networking events: Evenings of 6 May and 22 July

Workshop preparation: 4 hours per workshop

Peer group work: 2 hours a fortnight between workshops.

Outside the workshops, time will be required to apply 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.

Applications Closed 14 February 2020. Contact us about a late registration.

Pre Programme
Ready, Set…

  • Application process
  • Selection
  • Induction
  • Organisational Onboarding
  • Pre-work
  • 360° feedback (option)

Workshop One
Making Sense

  • What is sustainability leadership?
  • Systems thinking
  • Diagnosing challenges
  • Leadership backbone
  • Leadership styles
  • Storytelling: building trust
  • Building resilience
  • Networking event

Workshop Two

  • Co-design mindsets and methods: co-creating solutions with stakeholders
  • Designing experiments, fast prototyping and scaling
  • Leading change
  • Influencing
  • Storytelling for motivating change

Workshop Three
Leading Culture

  • Systems change
  • Embedding sustainability in culture
  • Learning from experiments
  • Storytelling
  • Celebrating accomplishments

Post Programme

  • Transferring learning back to your work
  • Extending leadership development
  • Igniting transformational relationships
  • Alumni

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 objectives for your participation in the Sustainable Leadership Programme.

Programme  Cost

SBC Members: $3,600

Non-SBC Members: $4,200

Earlybird 5% discount fee for applications received by 31 October 2019:

SBC Members: $3,420

Non-SBC Members: $3,990

Optional LeaderScope 360° feedback assessment $800.

Optional coaching three sessions $1,200.

The programme fee is exclusive of GST and covers tuition, learning materials, lunch and the networking event with business leaders.

No refund, transfer to colleagues or future programmes are possible.

Programme Dates

6 – 7 May – Workshop One

22 July – Workshop Two

16 September – Workshop Three

Register for the Sustainability Leadership 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

Participating Organisations

Below are organisations who have participated in the Sustainability Leadership Programme

4Sight Consulting
AA Insurance
AECOM New Zealand Ltd
Air New Zealand
Airways New Zealand
Akina Foundation
Auckland Council
Auckland Transport
CHEP, New Zealand
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch International Airport
Contact Energy
Downer NZ
Energy & Technical Services
Enviro-Mark Solutions
Lyttelton Port Company
Massey University
Mercury NZ Ltd
Meridian Energy
Ngai Tahu Farming
Ngai Tahu Holdings
Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd
NZ Post
Opus International Consultants
Outsourced Client Solutions
Ports of Auckland
Progressive Enterprises Limited
Sustainable Business Council
Tourism Holdings Limited
Toyota New Zealand
Waikato Regional Council