For Leaders and Decision Makers
Headspring’s online Sustainable Growth program helps corporate leaders understand the fast-changing environmental, social and governance (ESG) context in which they operate. It guides participants in how to design and implement practical and responsible strategies for sustainable development that maximise the benefit for the company and wider society.
The program has a flexible design, which will ensure it is the right learning solution for your business.
Participants are in control of their learning experience and can access live sessions or on-demand.
Through group work, participants apply their skills to solve specific challenges faced by your business.
1. Why Sustainable Growth Matters
The sustainable development programme begins by providing a sense of the dramatic changes that may lie ahead for companies. We introduce our diagnostic tool along with the program structure. Participants will understand key concepts and evolving viewpoints on sustainability issues.
Introducing the big sustainability issues that are changing the business world, the terminology used, and our diagnostic tool.
Selected groups of 5-8 executives analyse which ESG issues are most important in terms of risks and benefits to their own organisation.
2. Know Your Stakeholders
The second session focuses on stakeholder concerns and how they may conflict with other stakeholder pressures. It includes case studies, examples, FT stories and lessons learned around key stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, employees, regulators, media, competitors and shareholders.
Participants will learn how ESG issues affect, and are shaped by stakeholders, especially when different stakeholder interests conflict.
Participants consider how stakeholders relate to their organisation on ESG issues, using realistic worst-case risk scenarios.
3. The Six Pillars of Sustainability
At Headspring we go beyond the traditional three pillars of sustainability (economy, society and environment). The third session will offer an explanation of our six principles of sustainable development followed by in-depth expert commentary on how each principle has been applied in real situations. Participants will learn the foundations of a sustainable ESG strategy why many ESG approaches misfire or fail.
Understand how to manage shareholders and achieve brand alignment. Learn how positive activities can produce negative impacts, and how to deal with different cost-benefit approaches.
Participants consider their own organisation’s current and future ESG activities, and test their effectiveness against Headspring’s six principles and other industry standards.
4. How Businesses and Society Interact
In the fourth session, participants will learn how to determine the relevance and effectiveness of their current ESG activities (as well as that of their peers) and create a clear path to sustainable growth.
Understand the society benefit matrix and see examples of the different types of ESG activities. Learn how business initiatives can be commercially and or socially justifiable.
Participants review their business activities to identify the balance between business and society benefit. They then move on into planning a realistic pathway to optimise the benefits to both.
5. What Kind of Leader Are You?
Sustainable Leadership is a key aspect of this program. In the final session, participants will learn about their role and purpose as a sustainable leader, and the different ways they can make a positive impact on society and business. As part of the final project, they will develop an ESG plan, which can be further developed for the following three months.
Understand why leadership matters when a company develops its ESG vision. Learn from other leaders and understand how their styles have adapted to change.
Participants consider the pre-work self-assessment exercise suggesting what leader type they are, what type they thought they were and what type they want to be.
What Makes it Unique
Delivering deep and current insights into real business-relevant topics, we will help your team stay abreast of technological, political or economic trends as they happen.
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