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.

Download a copy of the programme prospectus.

More information and the application form are on Catapult’s website here. Applications close 22 March, 2024.

Free online taster

Join us for a free online taster session on 8 February 2024 (10:00-11:00am), where you will hear from past participants on how SLP has had a positive impact on not only their leadership within their current role and organisation, but also beyond.

There will also be the chance to try out some practical tools to help you on a sustainability challenge you’re facing

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
  • Apply by 23 February 2024 to get an early bird discount
  • Applications close 22 March 2024
  • Selection and notification by 22 March 2024
  • LeaderScope 360-degree feedback (optional) completed April
  • Forming LeaderLabs before first online workshop

Online Workshops:
Sensemaking (10am-12pm)

  • May 14: What is sustainability leadership?
  • May 28: Seeing context and system
  • June 11: Leadership backbone, styles and resilience
  • June 25: Diagnosing sustainability challenges

Two Day Workshop in Wellington:
July 2-3

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

Online Workshops: Embedding (10am-12pm)

  • July 23: Embedding and Storytelling
  • August 6: 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?

Applications close 22 March 2024, with early bird rates ending 23 February 2024.

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