Winners of the International Geneva Award 2016

Seeking Sustainability Leadership

Jem Bendell – Richard Little  |  International Geneva Award Winners

Published in: The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 60, December 2016


Jem Bendell (University of Geneva / Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, University of Cumbria)

Richard Little (Institute for Leadership and Sustainability,  University of Cumbria)


The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 renewed the international community’s commitment to seeking progress by integrating interests on environment and development. They were launched with a call for more action to secure advances in poverty alleviation, amongst other social goals.

The SDGs coincide with more call for “leadership” to enable progress. Across the UN system and international organisations more generally, it is widely admitted that more leadership is necessary. At a time when concepts and practices of leadership are being discussed more widely in the international community, this article can contribute to the professional development and organisatonal culture within IOs.