Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a programme on ‘Executive Education for Sustainable Leadership’ and selected CEO/Director of the Carbon Consulting Company (CCC), Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne, as one of a small group of global sustainability leaders to attend the programme . The exclusive executive education course focused on organisational design to optimise and accelerate impact for sustainability and innovation, and frameworks to unleash the flow of purpose-driven ideas from inception to scale. With research from Global CEOs on the future of leadership, biological intelligence that can inform leadership, and a variety of real world case stories that bring idea flow to life, the event was highly suited with the prevalence of a climate crisis that requires robust action.
Even though Sri Lanka is a country with minimum carbon emissions, it ranks second in the Global Climate Risk Index, and thus it is apparent that regardless of a country’s respective emissions, the impacts of climate change is felt globally without borders, and urgent action is crucial. This workshop was tailored to provide tools required for problem solving to fit present complex times, and its many challenges.
“Being among such a global group of remarkable sustainability professionals was truly humbling.” remarked Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne, CEO of CCC. “The course itself features some exciting tools and insights from exceptionally talented faculty members that enabled many of us to re-look at many of our day to day issues with fresh eyes. The global outlook on climate change is not favourable – and we only have a very short time to change it. This programme at Harvard has better equipped us all to be agents of that change”
The programme was led by remarkable world-class presenters, including Leith Sharp – Director and Faculty Lead, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Malcolm Preston – former Partner and Global Leader, Sustainability & Climate, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dr. Dayna Baumeister – Co-founder, Biomimicry; Anne-Claire Berg – Global Culture and Engagement Director, Danone; and Mathew Kamakani Lynch – Director of Sustainability Programmes, University of Hawaiʻi.
CCC has been providing integrated sustainability solutions in the South Asian region, primarily focused on sustainability assessments such as Carbon and Water Footprinting and Offsetting/Insetting, Water, Waste & Energy Auditing, Life Cycle Analyses and Biodiversity Assessments for close to a decade. In addition, CCC also provides management and technical consultancy and advisory services on Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Change Management, Supply Chain Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement, GRI/Integrated Reporting, Carbon Offset Development Projects (Voluntary & Regulated Carbon Markets), and International Renewable Energy Certificates (IRECs).