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 the international Cambridge Sustainability Network, which engages members through events throughout the year and exclusive publications for those wanting to learn more about sustainability and business.
Read details about application and fees, and more information for delegates.
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.
Delegates and faculty of the Sustainability Practitioner Programme, 2010
The seminar is designed for middle to senior managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability.
Download a list of previous delegates from 2006–2011.
Elspeth Donovan joined CPSL as Development Director in the South African office in November 2008. She is currently a tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and the Anglo American Advanced Social Management Programme. In South Africa she directs the Sustainability Practitioner programme. From 2003–2006 she was the director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School MBA during which time she introduced sustainability into the core curriculum. She still regularly supervises MBA theses in the broad area of sustainability. From 2006 she was an independent executive education consultant, designing and directing various leadership programmes for companies through the UCT Graduate School of Business. She is on the Board of Christel House South Africa, a privately run school for children from impoverished backgrounds. Elspeth has a BSc and an MBA from University of Cape Town.
Gary is the Deputy Director of CPSL's Cape Town office, having been working on projects with the Cape Town office of CPSL since January 2011. He previously led SustainAbility’s London-based think tank function. Gary has advised several leading companies on how to approach and tackle sustainability challenges, including Coca-Cola, Ford, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, Rio Tinto, A.P. Møller-Maersk and Shell. Previously, Gary spent two years working in WWF’s Global Climate & Energy program, where his main interests were the causes of – and solutions to – the challenges associated with society’s addiction to hydrocarbon fuels. This followed nine years in the oil industry with Mobil and ExxonMobil, spanning diverse roles from Research and Product Development to Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Working across Europe, the US and Asia offered Gary first-hand insight to the strategic and day-to-day sustainability challenges posed by one of the world’s most problematic sectors. Gary is the author of the WWF publication 'Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age'. He regularly contributes articles in the media and speaks at international conferences.
Dirk is based in CPSL's Cape Town office. His responsibilities include the Cambridge Resilience Forum and designing and delivering tailored corporate programmes on risk and innovation. He also serves as faculty for the Cambridge Sustainability Practitioners Programme. At recent conferences he has presented on 'Sustainable Infrastructure Investment', 'Open Innovation' and 'Business and the Common Good'.
Prior to joining CPSL, Dirk worked on a wide range of projects in the construction, film and education industries. This included developing an accredited seminar series on Green Building in 2007 and co-creating the Open Innovation Studio in Cape Town. Dirk was a co-founder and executive director of Brightest Young Minds, a leading youth driven social entrepreneurship initiative, and has chaired three BYM summits. Dirk is a graduate of Stellenbosch University and is currently busy with a Master's Degree in Futures Studies.
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