‘Our job isn’t to predict the future, but to shape it.’– Rodney Irwin’s address at the BCSDH Future Leaders Talent Program 10th Anniversary Celebration

Budapest, November 8, 2023 – ‘Educating the heart is as much as important as educating the mind’ – said Rodney Irwin, the COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and leads the WBCSD Education program at the Jubilee Event where approximately 100 alumni members, mentors, and experts celebrated the 10th anniversary of the BCSDH Future Leaders Talent Program. He spoke about the importance of closing the sustainability skills gap.

“In a unique way within the Global Network, we adapted the WBCSD Future Leaders program with the participation of recognized domestic experts and have been continuously developing it since. Today, the Alumni community, comprised of graduate students, has grown to over 300 members, who have become a vital driving force for sustainability transformation,” – said Irén Márta, the Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), in her welcome speech.

At the anniversary event, Rodney Irwin emphasized, “There is a need to transform our systems and ourselves. To achieve this transformation, we need an understanding of sustainable development, the ability to make decisions in a complex and integrated world, innovation, collaboration, resilience, and a learning mindset. The purpose of business is no longer just profit generation but to produce profitable solutions to the problems of people and planet.”


The Future Leaders Talent Program plays a significant role in this transformation. We cannot solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. It is essential to take the time to reflect on who we are, learn from one another, and pursue education and lifelong learning. Systems thinking is critical to ensure we avoid unintended consequences.


“The Talent Program, launched ten years ago, is one of the greatest sources of pride for our organization, the Business Council for Sustainable Development Hungary (BCSDH), as it offers a unique opportunity for participants to become committed leaders in sustainability, capable of addressing the ever-changing challenges of the future,” added Attila Chikán Jr., the President of BCSDH, in his speech.

Rózsai, CEO of KPMG, provided participants with insights into the results of the KPMG CEO Outlook 2023 survey conducted among over 1,300 CEOs of the world’s largest companies. Currently, geopolitics and broader political uncertainty represent the most significant risks to a company’s business success. While dealing with this increasingly uncertain situation, the strategic priorities for business leaders remain the following: technology-digitalization-AI, the ESG framework, and the workforce-talent trio.


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