5–8 March 2017
Duration and format
Three-day residential seminar
The Mansion Hotel at Werribee Park
The fee is A$7,950 plus GST for delegates for one year. The fee for three years is A$20,000 (years one and two A$7,500; year three A$5,000). There are further incentives available for multiple registrations. Bursaries are available, please contact us to find out more. T&C.
How to apply
Building on the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on climate change, the seminar will explore economic, social and political developments affecting business. Join leading experts to discuss how sustainability issues are shaping regulation, markets and supply chain and how your organisation can manage this changing context.
Influencing over 2,500 leaders from 1,000 organisations in 75 countries
Each seminar involves a senior delegation drawn from a range of functions and sectors, with all delegates selected on the basis of their seniority and sphere of influence and responsibility for decision-making, thereby ensuring a strong peer network.
The learning approach is based on a journey from challenge to opportunity, facilitated by the knowledge provided by our expert faculty of practitioners and academics. In Australia, the faculty is led by Paul Gilding, one of our Fellows, who is a highly respected independent writer, adviser and advocate for sustainability.
How do we deal with participants from the same industry?
The seminars provide a safe space for delegates to share and co-explore challenges and ideas relating to their personal and professional context. All discussions are treated as confidential and are conducted under the Chatham House Rule. For some of the more sensitive conversations, attendees from competing organisations are allocated to different syndicate groups, however, there is nothing to prevent these individuals engaging in active debate and sharing of ideas – in our experience, delegates appreciate the opportunity to interact with their peers on a shared sustainability agenda.
Access cutting-edge research and engage with a global network
The programme gives senior executives the knowledge, confidence and commitment to lead change at an organisational and individual level. With access to the latest research and thinking from the University of Cambridge and leading experts from our network, you will leave the seminar inspired to take leadership and create an enabling environment for sustainable business – identifying new opportunities for investment, innovation and collaboration.
Direct association with the programme and exposure to influential decision-makers within our 6,500-strong alumni network will support your reputation as leaders in business sustainability. Connect with peers and access the latest thinking through our newsletter and social media networks.
World-class faculty and contributors from business, policy and academia
Each programme is facilitated by an expert faculty of business and policy leaders, academics and influential thinkers. The previous seminar included:
- Paul Edwards, Group General Manager Sustainability for Mirvac
- Justine Flynn, co-founder and Director of Brand and People at Thankyou
- Paul Gilding, CISL Fellow
- Dr John Hewson, Chair of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, and former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia
- Karen Hussey is Professor and Deputy Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.
- Dr Simon Longstaff AO is Chief Executive of the St James Ethics Centre.
- Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser
- Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future
- Manita Ray, Australian National Manager, Pollinate Energy
- Paul Ronalds, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children Australia
- Nora Scheinkestel, chairman of Macquarie Atlas Roads Ltd and director of Telstra, Stockland and Macquarie Atlas Roads International
- Professor Will Steffen is a Councillor on the publicly funded Climate Council of Australia
Learn more about our exceptional Fellows and Senior Associates.
How to apply
Approximately 35 delegates are selected to attend each seminar. All nominations are subjected to a robust vetting procedure to achieve the right balance on each seminar between industry sectors and between business, government and NGOs.
Fees, bursaries, terms & conditions
We invite organisations to commit to sending one or more senior representatives for three years, thereby ensuring that the understanding built through the course is seeded throughout the organisation. Organisations making this commitment will become ‘Founding Corporate Members’ of the programme in Australia.
The fee is A$7950 plus GST for delegates for one year. The fee for three years is A$20,000(years one and two A$7,500; year three A$5,000). There are further incentives available for multiple registrations.
A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please .
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