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.

The Sustainability Leadership Programme (SLP) 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 leadership course gives you the chance to apply your learning to a real-life sustainability 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.

SLP is a leadership programme. It is not about learning technical skills (e.g. measuring carbon emissions) for addressing sustainability.

More information, including a prospectus and the application form, can be found on Catapult’s website here. 

Programme overview

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

  • Securing organisational support before applying
  • Registering for the course by March each year
  • LeaderScope 360-degree feedback (optional)
  • Forming LeaderLabs before first online workshop

Online Workshops: Sensemaking

  • What is sustainability leadership?
  • Seeing context and system
  • Leadership backbone, styles and resilience
  • Diagnosing sustainability challenges

Two Day Workshop in Wellington

  • Connecting
  • Collaborating
  • Co-creating purpose and vision
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Leading systems change
  • Strategic influencing
  • Guest speakers
  • Networking event

Online Workshops: Embedding

  • Embedding and Storytelling
  • Celebrating and extending

 Who should attend?

  • Those with accountability for sustainability outcomes in their organisations at an entry, mid or senior level
  • 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 130 businesses ambitious for a more sustainable New Zealand.

Our members represent more than 41% of GDP and nearly 287,000 full-time jobs. Our network gives members unparalleled influence and the ability to take large-scale collective action.

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.

Ready to apply?

Learn more about the Sustainability Leadership Programme, including upcoming dates and intakes, on the Catapult website.

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