Budapest, 3 December 2019: BCSD Hungary has completed the sixth edition of its ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program, which gathered 33 participants, all young managers and executives from BCSDH member companies.

Participants learned about ethical operations, strategy and sustainability in a diverse group, not only from recognized experts but also from business leaders, while being able to become deeply acquainted with the mentoring companies.

“In our program, which is unique in Europe, we are looking for solutions to the world’s global challenges. We provide relevant knowledge and an approach that can be immediately integrated into participants’ own companies”, said Zita Szederkényi, Head of the ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program, at the award ceremony.

The program follows the seven principles of ‘The Complex Interpretation of Corporate Sustainability’ Recommendation for Business Leaders. Each ‘professional day’ focuses on the objectives, theoretical background and industry best practice related to one of the seven recommendations:

  • Sustainable Development and the strategic approach
  • Responsible management
  • Ethical operations
  • Respect for human values
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Partnership with stakeholders
  • Transparent operations

 In 2019, the theme of Sustainable Products, Services and Innovation was added.

Sixty mentors per year, including corporate leaders, civil, scientific and industry experts, help participants get acquainted with the sustainability-related opportunities inherent in the business sector from all possible angles.

Participant teams presented their project work to a jury of corporate executives, and short project films were presented at the BCSDH Business Lunch to nearly 170 high-level guests before the awards ceremony.

Over 170 young leaders have now completed the program across the six years.

BCSD Hungary is a partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Global Network, an alliance of more than 60 CEO-led business organizations worldwide. The Network, encompassing some 5,000 companies, is united by a shared commitment to provide business leadership for sustainable development in their respective countries and regions.

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