There is now a real need for responsible company leaders – The participants of the sixth year of the ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program have received their certificates

At the BCSDH Business Lunch the participants of the sixth year of the ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program received their certificates. 

The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary’s (BCSDH) ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program is unique in Europe, and including this year’s 33 participants over 170 young leaders have now completed the program in the six years it has been running.

The participants of the sixth program were young managers and executives from BCSDH member companies, all with very different specializations. Each professional day was hosted by one of the member companies.

The program is unique in Hungary, and even in Europe, as participants can learn about ethical operations, strategy and sustainability in a diverse group, not only from recognized experts but also from practicing 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 practise 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 this year the theme of Sustainable Products, Services and Innovation has been 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 at the September “deepening day”. Short project films were presented at the BCSDH Business Lunch to nearly 170 prestigious guests before the certificate-awarding ceremony.

The seventh year of the ‘Future Leaders’ Talent Program will begin in January 2020. We await applications from our member companies by 8th November.