The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is a globally influential centre for developing leadership and solutions
Our aim is to develop leadership and creative solutions to accelerate a just, peaceful, and humanitarian transformation to sustainable development. Our executive education programmes offer actionable insight into innovative, commercially relevant ways to address the convergent global megatrends that impact business such as climate change, sustainability, and the disruptions of the fourth industrial revolution. We help leaders and decision-makers build the leadership capacity and skills to identify systemic risks and opportunities, formulate effective responses and inspire them to take action to lead transformational change.
What we do
Whom we work with
We work with business, government and finance leaders in over 250 organisations including consumer brands, global banks and national governments, attracting more than 1,200 delegates into our programmes. The RBC Young Entrepreneurs Awards, delivered by the Royal Bank of Canada and CSL, help young sustainability entrepreneurs achieve scale for impact.
The magnitude and speed of human activities are altering the planet in unprecedented ways. We are crossing critical planetary boundaries beyond which we risk the future of economic development and the ecosystems we all depend on. At the same time, advancements in technology, policy and science bring unprecedented opportunities to change direction. The decisions we make over the next few years will determine the future of many generations to come.
Systems thinking clarifies what these interconnected changes mean for your organisation, and highlights opportunities that also bring social and environmental benefits. In this executive programme, you will meet top scholars of resilience thinking and sustainability science, and thought leaders within business. Together, we will unleash the potential of your organisation to thrive in a period of transformation.
We connect science to business, to accelerate the transformation towards sustainability. The programme is tailor-made for business leaders to take a deep dive into the megatrends shaping our planet and global economy. You will join world-leading scientists, thought leaders and innovators to explore how to develop your business and lead the way to a sustainable future.
To advance its mission, the University for Sustainability has a critical role to play to help the world respond to a singular challenge: how to provide for as many as nine billion people by 2050 within a finite envelope of land, water and natural resources, whilst adapting to a warmer, less predictable climate.
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainable development challenges.
Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University CSL deepens leaders’ insight and understanding through its executive programmes; builds deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies; and creates opportunities for collaborativeinquiry and action through its Business and Policy Leaders Groups.
The CSL offers an international leadership programmes for senior executives in leadership roles. Our programmes equip leaders with the knowledge, commitment, inspiration and access to a global network, to turn sustainability trends into strategic business decisions. It gives leaders the confidence to respond to key social, economic and environmental priorities by providing a safe space for sharing, innovation and collaboration.
Businesses can unlock significant commercial opportunities by helping to address social, economic and environmental challenges.
Our programmes focus on the successful management of change. It is designed to help businesses reconcile profitability and sustainability. Participants are encouraged to review their business models to set a vision for what success looks like in the future, and help create an enabling framework.
Interactive learning model:
Each seminar takes place across three and a half days with approximately 35 senior executives. Participants begin their engagement in advance of the seminar through tailored conversations, a sustainable business survey and an online introductory course, CSL Online.
The seminars encourage participants to test their assumptions and learn from peers whilst making the most of the experts in the room. Seminars use a combination of lectures, case-study presentations, group discussions, individual reflections, networking and external activities. A series of lightly facilitated small-group conversations help participants reflect on their leadership journey, share challenges and co-create responses.
Our programmes foster a new kind of high-impact sustainability leadership for driving sustainability into the core of your business and mission while improving organisational performance.
Our programmes are for organisations and individual leaders who seek to better understand and explore the opportunity of sustainability. Through our programmes, participants:
As part of the global CSL Network, you will have access to: