Thematic Focus: New concepts / models for sustainability-driven leadership development and capability building at the level of systems, organizations and individuals.
Over the past few decades, sustainability issues have become progressively more prominent on business and political agendas, shifting from a focus on compliance and reputation management to longer-term risk management and competitive advantage. New business models are emerging in response to the perceived potential for a ‘perfect storm’ of global events - the challenge over the next 20 years of producing 50% more food and energy and 30% more fresh water, whilst simultaneously mitigating and adapting to climate change and a forecast population rise to over 9 billion by 2050.
A number of agencies, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Commission, and the OECD have formulated long-term frameworks and scenarios within which sustainable development at the planetary level may be achieved. Themes such as circular economy, inclusive capitalism, the future of financial markets, the digital revolution, and resilience & adaptation are likely to dominate the international sustainability discourse in the coming years. These themes point to two key recurring ideas: the need for systemic transformation, and the urgency for collective short-term action based on long-term vision and commitment.
The pace and scale at which companies are responding to this agenda varies widely, but awareness of the strategic importance to the long-term sustainability of an enterprise is steadily on the increase.
As a unique thought leadership forum connecting the corporate and academic worlds, the 2014 Colloquium will focus on new insights and approaches to leadership and organizational development which are required to accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.
Profound systemic change will be needed, inspired and delivered by individuals who understand and can navigate the complex opportunities and challenges inherent in this change. The forum will address three fundamental issues:
- What can we learn from corporate sustainability pioneers who have embarked on long-term systemic transformation processes in and with their organizations?
- What needs to change in the current environment for the leaders of sustainability-driven transformation to develop and emerge?
- How can such transformational leadership be facilitated and strengthened, across industries and between private, public and civic sectors, in pursuit of long-term change?
- Are Business Schools adequately equipped to deliver on such a long-term transformative agenda?
We will explore these essential questions through a wide range of dialogues between business pioneers and academic leaders, as well as a selection of new insights and case studies from in-company practice and global scholarship.
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Registration Fees - For Colloquium, Gala Dinner and Doctoral Session
Gala dinner (10 December)
Corporate, Academic & Affiliates