“Over 90 percent of business leaders state that sustainability is critical for the future success of their business”
Sustainability will define growth and innovation in the next decades. In 2015, world leaders settled on a new set of global Sustainable Development Goals. The challenges are immense. Creating jobs, sustaining growth and eradicating poverty in a carbon-constrained world demands a restructuring of economic systems and a deeper appreciation of the boundaries of our ecological systems. Participation of all stakeholders in society, from the government to the private sector and civil society, is required if we are to achieve these common goals.
We can therefore not continue to operate business-as-usual. The incorporation of social and environmental stewardship and ethics into organizational practices will now be the key determinant of long-term growth and competitive advantage. Organizations that understand this new trajectory are the ones that will dominate their sectors in the near future.
To operate in this significant paradigm shift requires new leadership thinking. It requires leaders who understand and seize the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development and what this means for their business’ success if they are to thrive for the long term.
In response to this context, the African Sustainability Executive Program (ASEP) aims to enhance the capacity of key decision-makers and executives to implement and turn sustainability initiatives in their organization into drivers of measurable value. The program builds and adds value to the participants’ areas of expertise across all disciplines to enable them to become sustainability champions in their field.
Through attending, participants will:
The program is a 5 day facilitated learning process. The program utilizes case studies and interactive classroom exercises to enhance acquisition of critical thinking and analytical skills that can be applied to deliver business value. The participants will spend valuable time in small group discussions, where they will also start to shape and refine their own strategy and sphere of influence for when they return to their organization.
In addition to inputs from the experienced faculty, participants will benefit from opportunities to engage with a range of guest contributors (drawn from business, non-governmental organizations, academia and government), all of whom are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge and experience.
ASEP is targeted at middle to senior executives from business, government and civil society, and is designed to develop informed, skilled and effective leadership in response to the system pressures and trends affecting the continent.
The cost of the program is Ksh 100,000 and this will cover all learning materials, meals and a certificate upon successful completion of the program.