edie and Cranfield University launch new Sustainability Leadership Programme
edie has renewed its partnership with Cranfield University to develop a world-class education programme which will equip sustainability professionals with concrete ideas and new abilities to effectively embed sustainability into core business strategy.
The Sustainability Leadership Programme will incorporate a series of interactive training modules to enhance career development and help edie's network of sustainability professionals lead their organisations to sustainable growth.
Beginning in January 2019, the Programme will be made up of six modules which combine academic excellence with first-hand industry experience. The modules, which take the form of intensive one or two-day courses, will be made up of small, focused groups, allowing for an immersive and personal learning experience.
"As sustainability becomes increasingly embedded in core strategy, it has never been more important for senior executives to adopt a leadership position to drive real change," said David Griffiths, publisher - edie portfolio.
"This new professional development programme will help to shape a new approach to business through purpose-driven leadership.”
The idea for the new Sustainability Leadership Programme was borne out of an in-depth sustainability leadership survey carried out by edie and Cranfield University earlier this year, which revealed a need for new training and development opportunities across three key areas: personal leadership, business strategy, and innovation and technology.
Simon Pollard, Cranfield University's pro-vice chancellor at the School of Water, Energy and Environment, said: "Our new Sustainability Leadership Programme supports senior managers as they prepare their organisations for a lower carbon economy. Combining Cranfield’s expertise in management and technology with edie’s clarity of business acumen, the Programme will generate practical insights from hands-on sessions with like-minded leaders and develop the personal competencies for driving change."
Sustainability Leadership Courses
Beginning in January 2019, the Sustainability Leadership Programme will consist of the following courses:
Sustainability Leadership (30-31 January 2019)
Leading a sustainability strategy for your business.
Sustainability Leadership Implementation (course date TBC)
Implementing sustainability into your organisation.
Circular Innovation and Sustainability (6-7 March 2019)
Creating business value from a circular economy.
Maximising Opportunities (14-15 May 2019)
Building the external business case for sustainability.
Business Resilience (12-13 June 2019)
Implementing sustainable business resilience.
Make the internal case for sustainability (4-5 September 2019)
Presenting, reporting and analysis to make the case for sustainability.
Find out more about the Sustainability Leadership Programme and apply to join here.
edie/Cranfield 30-minute online masterclasses
The renewed partnership will also see edie.net run a series of free, online masterclasses, providing a taster of each module of the Sustainability Leadership Programme.
The masterclasses, which will be 30 minutes in length, will be hosted by the course leader for each module, giving participants an insight into some of the key themes that will be explored in much greater detail in the full course.
The first 30-minute masterclass will take place on Thursday 12 July 2018. The masterclass will focus on 'how to lead a sustainability strategy for your business', and will be delivered by Cranfield University's module leader for Managing Corporate Responsibility, Rosina Watson.
Register to watch the first 30-minute masterclass here.