edie launches brand new Sustainability Skills Workshop

The sustainability leaders of tomorrow will be able to enhance their existing skills and develop new ones thanks to a brand new edie workshop being launched next year.

The inaugural edie Sustainability Skills Workshop will take place in London on 26 January 2016; offering an interactive day of practical sessions designed to actively enhance the skills required to take the next steps in sustainability careers.

edie content director Will Parsons said: “In a dynamic sector like sustainability, acquiring and honing the right skills and competencies for an ever-changing role is a continuous process. Sustainability managers need a complex set of both hard and soft skills in order to ensure they are on top their game and to effect the change needed in their organisations.

“Crucially, sustainability professionals need finely-tuned management abilities such as influence, persuasion and engagement to bring together the diverse stakeholders they deal with on a daily basis. edie carried out a comprehensive piece of research with more than 1,500 users to find out what they wanted and, when it came to skills, the results were clear: you need help in engaging; help in changing behaviours, help in influencing the board and other stakeholder groups and help in building the business case.

“So, this inaugural Sustainability Skills Workshop has been engineered to address those exact needs; mixing practical hands-on workshops with leadership seminars to help participants acquire, embed and utilise the skills they need to take the next step in their careers.”

Expert speakers

The Sustainability Skills Workshop will feature case studies and open discussions from the sustainability leaders who are already making it happen. Speakers include: –

  • Ben Kellard, head of sustainable business, Forum for the Future
  • David Challis, VP innovation & sustainability, Reckitt Benckiser
  • Paul Crewe, head of sustainability, energy & engineering, Sainsbury’s
  • Dr Phillipa Coan, business psychologist & environmental behaviour change consultant
  • Gareth Williams, energy and environment manager, Northern Rail
  • Susan Stuart, sustainability director, Canon Europe
  • Larry Stubbings, professional coach & actor, Lawrence Stubbings
  • Simon Graham, environmental strategist, Commercial Group
  • Paul Caulfield, assistant professor in responsible and sustainable business, ICCSR Nottingham University Business School
  • Paul Burke, head of the secretariat, Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS)
  • Briony Mathieson, global head of corporate & sustainability communications, Olam International
  • Chris Large, partner, Global Action Plan
  • Kevin O’Neill, ethical policy manager, BBC Worldwide
  • Martin Baxter, chief policy officer, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

The CPD-certified event offers the opportunity to hone existing skills and acquire new ones; to ensure future career development and personal growth. The workshop will encourage interaction and engagement, allowing attendees to apply their new skills to effect change in their own organisations.

Session titles include: –

  • The professional sustainability journey – in conversation with Paul Crewe (Sainsbury’s)
  • Panel discussion: academia vs practical application – converting your skills
  • Getting boardroom buy-in and funding
  • Motivating behaviour change in your company
  • Thinking circular – the skills needed to implement a circular economy

Places are limited to 65 to ensure that attendees have a personalised and bespoke day – so book early to guarantee your place and be part of this exciting new event.

View the full agenda here and view prices and register here.

edie staff


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