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Sustainability Practitioner Programme

About the Programme

28 Feb–2 March 2016, Diemersfontein, South Africa

As ecological, social and economic systems come under increasing pressure the role of sustainability management within large organisations is becoming more complex and more central to business success.

The Sustainability Practitioner Programme enables managers in the private or public sector to influence and guide their organisation in the direction of an integrated approach to sustainability across all functions.

The programme has been run by our Cape Town office in South Africa since 2004 and is widely regarded as the most effective of its kind.

Delegates will become members of our international alumni network, which engages members through events throughout the year and offers exclusive publications for those wanting to learn more about sustainability and business.


This seminar is designed for managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability. Sustainability is no longer simply a bolt-on to a ‘business-as-usual’ approach, but is something that must become deeply embedded in the day-to-day operations of an organisation.

The seminar will give participants exposure to the critical social and environmental pressures, assessing their impact on organisations, developing systems for responding creatively to them, and how to integrate these systems into their organisation’s operations and strategy. The participants will deepen their thinking with peers and will leave feeling empowered to convey to their executive/line managers the business logic of placing sustainability at the core of strategy.


There will be exposure to cutting-edge thinking and practice from the faculty and guest contributors.

Delegates will also spend valuable time in small group discussions, where they will start to shape and refine their own strategy and sphere of influence for when they return to their organisation.

Each delegate will be allocated to a syndicate group for the duration of the workshop. This syndicate group is facilitated by a member of faculty and is a place where focused reflection on the ideas that emerge in the workshop can take place.

Indicative seminar outline

Indicative seminar outline


Deputy Director, South African Office