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


Methodology: based on a participatory and collective learning approach, this programme will 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.

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

Herman 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 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. Over the years she has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses, and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Mirian holds a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Dates: 23-27 May 2016

Tuition: US$1,300* (This tuition fee includes course materials, a field trip, refreshments, lunches and the local transportation).

10% discount for full payment two months in advance of the course and 30% discount for registration and payment for a group of three or more participants.

Limited places available!

Read more about the programme here.