Sustainability, Leadership and Decision Making: Learning from Failures and Successes

Unesco Chair logo ENG 2016An opportunity to share experiences, dialogue, and deepen understanding on core sustainability values and principles.

About this Programme

This programme looks at the kinds of leadership and ethical approaches required to realize the broad sustainability vision that is articulated in the Earth Charter and contribute to the common good. It addresses dilemmas in decision making through the sustainability lenses, and offer an opportunity to share experiences, dialogue, and deepen understanding on core sustainability values and principles. This programme also looks and the new United Nations 2030 Development agenda and collaborative ways to make it a reality.


Senior managers from the public and private sector, local and national government officials, university and educational institution managers.


IMG_4426Based on a participatory and collective learning approach, this programme use a combination of presentations, sharing of experiences, dialogue, role play, and analyses on theory and practices, as well as space for deepening reflection through cases and group exercises.

By taking part in this programme you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of:

1. Deeping perception for forecasting and planning preventive measures: taking on the challenge of reading between the lines.
2. The case of ethical leadership: “nothing is impossible, particularly when it is inevitable”.
3. Brilliant failures and successes: learning from your own and others’ experiences.
4. Creating synergies and complementary objectives: the new challenge of multi-stakeholder, public-private partnerships, coalitions.
5. Integrated multi-stakeholder thinking, acting, and reporting (stakeholder and public accountability): a new paradigm. The G4 Reporting and materiality matrix.
6. Values, governance, accountability, and real (“true”) prices at the core of positive change.
7. The internalization-rate of all natural and social externalities into product prices, company values, and public policies.
8. The financial sector as driver of transformative change.
9. From “accidental pain to systemic gain”.
10. The new United Nations 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter: making it real


Herman_MulderHerman Mulder is a former senior executive vice-president of the ABN AMRO, where he was also the Founder and Chairman of the ABN AMRO Foundation, the initiator of the Equator Principles and Head of Group Risk Management & Sustainability. He is former Chairman of the board of directors of the Global Reporting Initiative and member of the board of the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Mulder worked for many years in the field of finance and business in The Netherlands and also worked in the field of livelihood development finance in India and Brazil, where he gained insights into the global value chain and the positive effects companies can have on people living in lower income countries. He is currently Chairman Board True Price Foundation ( and of the Worldconnectors; member Board NCP-NL; Executive Fellow Duisenberg School of Finance; Advisory Board TEEB; co-leader of the Dutch private sector SDG Charter Coalition.

mirian-vilela-2015Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She is coordinating the newly established UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a visiting professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005.