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Sustainability Leadership Programme 

Driving change through education and personal commitment.

Driving sustainability forward in business

Earthwatch has over 20 years’ experience working with businesses to curate and deliver award-winning sustainability leadership programmes across a range of sectors, from financial institutions to multinational corporations. We work with all levels of an organisation and across business divisions to catalyse a shared understanding for the need for a sustainable business and develop individual’s capacity to embed sustainability across their business area.

Our programmes are designed to:

  • Increase participants understanding of global mega trends e.g.
    climate change, and how these changes are impacting businesses
    and the financial sector now and in the future
  • Equip participants with an understanding of the need for a
    sustainable business and realise the commercial value in
    prioritising and embedding long term environmental considerations
    into decision making and strategies
  • Catalyse a shared understanding and purpose around sustainability
    across all levels in an organisation
  • Increase the capability and capacity for participants to embed
    sustainability across their business leading to growth
    opportunities. To support this, we help build a network for
    participants so they can work with colleagues and help each other
  • Ensure corporate values and principles are clearly understood
  • Reconnect participants with nature to inspire action

Key features

Our award-winning programmes are structured on the principle that truly embedded learning comes from combining education with personal experience. We adopt this blend to inform, motivate and drive change within businesses.

We can tailor sessions to ensure outputs are aligned with your business needs. We have extensive experience of delivering these programmes across all levels within an organisation and can also include clients and suppliers.

Key feature include:

  • Sessions from scientists and experts which include data driven insights on key global environmental themes that will shape our future
  • Facilitated sessions to promote reflection, dialogue and an
    understanding of the steps necessary to take action, for example, to transition to a low carbon economy
  • Action planning workshops to identify clear next steps to drive business change
  • Bespoke presentations from visiting speakers which address your business areas and priorities
  • Opportunities to hear and discuss perspectives with a guest speaker from another business
  • Activities in nature based locations so participants step outside their work environment for thought provoking, action orientated


    Case studies

    Unity Trust Bank

    In 2017 and 2019 we worked with Unity Trust Bank to engage their Executive and Relationship Management team to develop their understanding of climate change and its impacts and risks to business.

    Conserving leopards

    We have been working with Shell employees to conserve leopards and monkeys in South Africa. We deliver a results-orientated employee engagement programme, leading to personal and professional development opportunities and increased understanding of global sustainability issues 

    2018 Global Sustainability Champion

    Since taking part in the Sustainability Leadership Programme in 2016 with Earthwatch, James has become a sustainability advocate within the bank. The award recognised his commitment to building knowledge of sustainable finance both within his team, and among clients looking to take advantage of green business opportunities.

    Testing water quality in Bengaluru’s urban lakes

    Taking part in the HSBC Sustainability Programme and participating in Earthwatch research investigating water quality of Bengaluru’s urban lakes prompted him to implement a new green initiative in the office.



    Our programmes create a sense of ownership and responsibility, providing a different perspective for lasting transformation within any business.

    Key outcomes include:

    • Deepened understanding of environmental risks to portfolios and how to mitigate against these risks.
    • Enhanced relationships between your business and clients to identify opportunities across portfolios.
    • Greater understanding of the decisions that have a greater positive impact on the environment and society, whilst supporting clients to meet their objectives.
    • Stimulating participants to use their role to support a transition to an environmentally sustainable model.


    The format below shows a sustainable leadership progamme for the financial sector, with a specific focus on climate change. The environmental themes and duration of the programme can be tailored to suit your business needs. 

    Day one

    • Facilitated discussions to explore key sustainability issues relevant to finance, focusing on climate change 
    • Presentations on the latest forecasts and solutions for a low carbon future 
    • Explore best practice and climate resilient solutions with subject matter experts 
    • Break out sessions to identify future scenarios and how your business can deliver solutions 


    Day two 

    • Workshop with clients/partners to explore how your organisations can lead in environmental sustainability 
    • Collaborative prototyping around sustainable finance products and portfolios 
    • Facilitated action planning to identify, scope and prioritise next steps for developing low carbon financing solutions aligned with business strategy 
    • Allocate key deliverables and timeframes for sharing updates 



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