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Journey towards Sustainable Businesses: Center for Sustainability, ASL Program

  Jan 15, 2016

The United Nations launched a ground-breaking set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, a newly relevant framework to guide businesses strategic priorities and efforts towards society.

This represents a huge opportunity to drive sustainable business, as investors and civil society are increasingly considered to be a positive force for sustainable development and are expected to play an important role in implementing the SDGs. Sustainability that supports core business objectives and creates value in its own right is more important than ever before.

 Strathmore University Center for Sustainability on January 8th 2016, earned membership to world renowned Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. The network supports the implementation of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders in September 2015.

The center will train business executives on sustainable businesses through its first executive program, African Sustainability Leadership Program (ASL), set to kick off on 21st – 23rd March 2016 at Strathmore Business School.  The program has been developed in collaboration with five partners: The UN Global Compact Network Kenya, Safaricom, Unilever and two world-class centers of research and teaching on business and sustainability issues; Cambridge University, London, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. “The next generation of business leadership has got to step up, and find the will and the leadership to take businesses to a new direction and that is the walk towards sustainable businesses which will address the challenges that Africa and the world, are facing,” Prof. Richard Calland, Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership-African Initiative.

The African Sustainability Leadership program will illustrate the business and social value of this new approach, knitted to develop an understanding of environmental, social and governmental issues, and how to align them with a wider business plan, integrating long-term sustainability program with their main strategy. The three-day intensive program will show the participant how to make the case for change in their company’s approach, demonstrating best practice for engaging stakeholders and changing mindsets. They will learn to develop innovative processes, solutions and business models that can make sustainability an integral part of their business.

For information about the program, contact Gregoire Piller, or visit:

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