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Leadership in Business Sustainability

Sustainability requires a company to look both internally and externally to understand their environmental and social impacts. Engaging employees in sustainability is a growing trend with significant business benefits. Many companies are pursuing a variety of different initiatives but have yet to reach a tipping point where sustainability has become embedded into the working systems.

At LEAD India, our 'Leadership in Business Sustainability' is specifically designed for corporates, who wish to redefine and implement the triple bottom line of people, profits and planet. We have so far trained around 400 global managers from HSBC, Standard Chartered bank and member companies of Global Compact Network with the same vision. 

Who is it for?
Mid-Career Professionals including managers, practitioners, decision-makers in the corporate sector 

Key learning

  1. Insightful understanding of responsible leadership, awareness and practice
  2. Enhance commitment to and appreciation of sustainability practices in business
  3. Working in multi-cultural teams and multi-stakeholder groups
  4. Improved delivery of practical business skills and techniques to facilitate more effective performance including:
    1. Ability to innovate to drive business solutions
    2. Project management skills
    3. Analytical skills; ability to analyze options, priorities and make decision that optimizes business results
    4. Strategic thinking, ability to plan for, anticipate and react to changes internally and externally

Next Generation Leadership Programme- HSBC

In 2008, LEAD India with Future Considerations, UK facilitated HSBC’s Next Generation Leadership Programme in India. 102 employees underwent the training. LEAD India through its Fellows network selected 6 locations across India- Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Pench, Seoni, Lakshadweep, Madurai for the  experiential training.  

The training was designed to enable HSBC’s best people to lead high performing teams on real projects, work across cultures, greater understanding of sustainability, explore more effective leadership styles than traditional learning approaches and use breakthrough innovation tools to deliver systemic changes for local communities as well as generate value for different parts of the HSBC business. The ‘learn through doing’ experience brought the leaders  genuine ‘edge of comfort zone’ experiences that added value to their every-day work.

Accelerated Development Leadership Program- HSBC

LEAD India in partnership with Evolve Education UK, facilitated ADLP for the mid-career employees of HSBC India. In April 2016, 32 multi-departmental employees of India operations underwent this Programme.

Specifically designed for the mid-career professionals, from multiple verticals or performing varied functions within the organization, who are seen as the future torchbearers of the company, the training revolves around building leadership for sustainability among employees, by bringing in aspects concerning society and environment.

The team was divided into two sub-teams, who underwent experiential, field-challenge with two different clients Native Konbac Bamboo Products Pvt. Ltd in Goa and Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE), TISS Mumbai. In both the cases, a unique problem was shared, which required strategic planning on the part of both groups.

Bupa L@B Program

Bupa is a global not-for-profit private health company serving 32 million customers in 190 countries across the world. In September, 2016, 30 Bupa employees across multiple verticals, mid-career employees from across the globe, came to India and underwent a leadership program.

As a knowledge partner, LEAD India designed and delivered an experiential field-challenge based program. Status of health care system in India was the underlying theme around which the field challenge was designed. The participants got an experience of the realities of health care services in a developing country, and further, aligned them to the company’s primary objectives and apply their learnings in their own teams at work to bring out the best in all.

The chosen field challenge sites were, Ranchi, in collaboration with Ekjut, an NGO which empowers communities to address new born and maternal health issues using ‘Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)’ approach to engage with local communities to find their own solutions to their own local health issues. The participants were assigned to develop a strategic growth plan to support Ekjut to upscale and expand its work.

Group II worked on their field challenge with Aarogyam, a social enterprise  working in Varanasi, to provide disease specific knowledge training and high quality medicine for the treatment of diarrhoea, pneumonia, anaemia and malnutrition, to Rural Medical Practitioners (RMPs) in the rural areas of seven districts in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It’s parallel objective is also to monitor (and discipline where necessary) if the RMPs dispense antibiotics particularly to children under 5 years of age.

Based on the information collected through extensive interactions and consultations with the Ekjut team, and external stakeholders, the team presented a growth plan, suggesting a new operating model, a set of strategic competencies. Likewise, the team applied their expertise and created a strategic growth plan for Aarogyam, to help create a sustainable business model for the rural health care.

This program is customized to corporate needs and offered round the year, please get in touch with the LEAD India secretariat to know more. 

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