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Understanding Leadership For Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Seminar Content

This 1.5 day workshop provides a step-by-step guide to Leadership, as per Clause 5 in ISO’s new Annex SL (formerly ISO Guide 83), which sets out a template for the alignment and integration of management systems. The course will enable participants to understand and apply the requirements of Clause 5, including how demonstrate management commitment, design or align policies and designate roles, responsibility and authority. Participants will learn how Clause 5 applies to different management system standards and what best practice leadership for sustainability and social responsibility looks like.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for Compliance Managers, ISO Implementation Team Members, and Management Representatives for Quality, Environment, Occupational Health & Safety, Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

A general understanding of one or more ISO-type management system standard (e.g. ISO 9001:2008/2015 DIS, ISO 14001:2004/2015 CD, OHSAS 18001:2007/ISO 45001:2016 WD) is recommended, but not essential.

Seminar Materials and Certificate

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a Certificate of Completion from Omnex Inc., an Exemplar Global certified training provider.

Seminar Instructor

The course will be presented by Dr Wayne Visser, a globally recognised sustainability expert and Vice President of Sustainability Services for Omnex Inc. See Dr Visser’s biography here.

Seminar Goals

  • Understand the new ISO Annex SL and the specifications of Clause 5 on Leadership.
  • Identify the characteristics of good sustainability leaders, including traits, styles, skills/competencies and knowledge.
  • Assesswhat can make sustainability leaders effective change agents

Seminar Outline

Day one (full day)

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Introduction to the ISO Annex SL framework for a generic management system
    • The new High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards
    • How new Clause numbers apply to ISO 9001:2015 DIS, ISO 14001:2015 CD and ISO 45001:2016 WD
  • Requirements of Clause 5 on Leadership.
    • Leadership and Commitment
    • Quality Policy
    • Organizational Roles, Responsibility and Authority
  • Drivers of Sustainability Leadership
    • Internal and external context
    • Rise and fall of sustainability leaders
  • Characteristics of Sustainability Leaders
    • Traits, Styles, Skills and Knowledge
    • Competency Frameworks
    • Actions of sustainability leaders
  • Breakout Exercise 1: Why Some Sustainability Leaders Rise and Fall: The Case of BP
  • Breakout Exercise 2: Characteristics of Sustainability Leaders: The Case of Unilever

Day Two (half-day)

  • Sustainability Leaders as Change Agents
    • Kotter’s 7 Steps of Change
    • Visser’s 12-Types of Change Matrix
    • Ainger’s Organisational Change Matrix
    • Gladwell Tipping Point Agents: Connectors, Mavens, Salespeople
    • Purpose-Inspired Leadership Types: Experts, Facilitators, Catalysts & Activists
  • Tools and techniques for interview context analysis, including:
    • Employee satisfaction barometers
    • Psychometric testing
    • Internal auditing
    • Role-modelling and storytelling
    • Issue materiality analysis
  • Breakout Exercise 3: The Role of Leadership in Sustainability Change Processes: The Case of Elon Musk

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