Sustainability Leadership Programme

Australasia's most comprehensive sustainability leadership course

Climate change, Covid and social inequality are just some of the challenges facing us to create a thriving future. With these issues now central to consumer and investor thinking, now is the time to ensure you have the skills needed to tackle these issues head on.

Our Sustainability Leadership Programme will give you the connections, skills and confidence to make a measurable impact. You will grow as a leader and learn tactics to increase your influence beyond your current role and organisation.

Tailored to the New Zealand market, this business sustainability short course gives you the chance to apply your learning to a real-life challenge your business is facing.

A hands-on, intensive and enjoyable experience, you’ll also gain a network of other sustainability peers to lean on for advice and expertise.

Download a copy of the programme prospectus.

More information and the application form are on Catapult's website here. Applications close 31 March 2022.

Programme overview

The programme is a blended model of face-to-face and online learning, with seven two-hour online workshops and a two-day workshop in Wellington. An important feature of the programme is small group work in ‘LeaderLab’s between sessions.

"Of all the leadership type courses I’ve completed, this one provided the most practical skills-based tools to take back into the business."

Jo Phillips, Senior Product Manager, Vector

Getting Started Online Workshops: Sensemaking (10am-12pm)
  • Securing organisational support before applying
  • Applications close 31 March 2022
  • Selection and notification by 9 April
  • LeaderScope 360-degree feedback (optional) April-May
  • Forming LeaderLabs and first session May
  • Completing pre-work April-May
  • May 17: What is sustainability leadership?
  • May 31: Seeing context and challenges
  • June 14: Leadership backbone, styles and resilience
  • June 28: Diagnosing sustainability challenges
Two Day Workshop in Wellington July 26 and 27: Online Workshops:
  • Influencing
  • Connecting
  • Collaborating
  • Co-creating purpose and vision
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Systems change
  • Strategic influencing
  • Networking event
  • August 23: Embedding sustainability approaches
  • September 2: Storytelling
  • September 20: Celebrating accomplishments

Who should attend?

  • Organisational leaders operating at a strategic level and senior managers with an accountability for sustainability outcomes
  • Organisational leaders embedding sustainability into organisational culture and value chains
  • Experienced sustainability leaders implementing sustainability strategies

Note: the programme does not teach the technical aspects of sustainability (for example, measuring carbon emissions).

The benefits of the programme for the organisation are extensive. It isn’t a one-off training; it’s a lifelong learning with resources that will continue to be relevant as organizations continue on the sustainability journey.

Jennifer Evans, Corporate & Government Affairs Manager, Mondelez New Zealand


The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is a CEO-led membership organisation with over 100 businesses representing more than 28% of GDP and nearly 160,000 full-time jobs.

SBC champions businesses to be at the forefront of environmental and social sustainability by building their capability, creating a community of positive change, and celebrating their leadership and success.


Catapult has been offering Sustainability Leadership programmes to SBC members since 2017. The programmes have received rave reviews. Catapult is a member of SBC and has been unleashing leadership and creating leadership cultures since 1998.

Andrea Thompson is a co-founder of Catapult and the designer and facilitator of SLP. A leadership expert, Andrea has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and facilitation of leadership development programmes. Andrea is a graduate of Harvard University’s Adaptive Leadership programme. She has a passion and recognised expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements to help create meaningful progress on complex challenges such as sustainability and heath.

Find out more

Watch the recording of our online taster here.

Download a copy of the programme prospectus.

Ready to apply?

Applications close 31 March 2022 with early bird rates ending 25 February 2022.

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