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Sustainable Leadership for a Sustainable Planet

Tuesday 9th November 2021 | 9am to 5pm UK time

initiatives for more sustainable leadership – to benefit your organisation and the planet

During the United Nation's COP26 Summit held in Glasgow in the first two weeks of November 2021, the Scottish Leadership Institute ran a hybrid day at the RBS Conference Centre, Edinburgh focusing on the connection between good leadership practice and our collective ability to attain a more sustainable environment. 

The objective of the day was to get attendees on-line and in-person to dig deeper into how they personally can affect change for the benefit of their organisations and wider society. 

The day was carefully designed to catalyse thinking and aspiration of the attendees, with a series of short provocations from six highly regarded thought-leaders, from Scotland and internationally (see speakers and the recordings of their talks below).


Speakers and presentations

Robert Carr

Member of the Fair Work Convention. Partner, and former Chairman, of Edinburgh law firm Anderson Strathern. A former Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility in Scotland, he is always in search of hotspots where innovation can be encouraged in safe discretionary spaces by people with diverse characteristics, communities can flourish and environmental concerns can be addressed.


Judith Parke

Recently returned from Australia, Judith heads up the WellbeingOutfit in Scotland, an organisation focused on driving business’s performance by focusing on employees wellbeing through building leadership capability and optimising the workplace environment.


Tomas Bjorkman

A former investment banker and founder of the Ekskaret Foundation, that seeks to build a more conscious society through personal development. Bjorkman is a lead player in developing the Inner Development Goals that will support an accelerated achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Åsa Jarskog

CEO of Global Leadership for Sustainable Development and President of the Sweden Africa Chamber, Åsa Jarskog has worked for numerous Multinational Corporations and SME’s worldwide, as well as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and multiple government agencies.


Paul Polman

The radical CEO of Unilever from 2009-2019 and co-founder of Imagine, a foundation that helps companies meet UN global goals for sustainable development.

Andrew Winston

The NY Times best-selling author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot, and co-author with Polman of Net Positive, their new book on ‘How Courageous Companies Thrive By Giving More Than They Take’.


The key part of the day followed these catalysing talks when the attendees both in-person and on-line brought their thinking, challenges and ideas into the open and through an OpenSpace forum expertly facilitated by the team from Connecting Scotland.

Watch Gordon Carmichael introduce the OpenSpace session and his concluding remarks

OpenSpace Discussion Harvest Sheets

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