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In May 2012 LEAD, in conjunction with partners Emprendia and Future Considerations, delivered the eighth cohort of the Next Generation Leadership Programme (NGDP) for HSBC - one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations.

NGDP is a leadership development programme designed to equip future business leaders with greater knowledge and understanding of sustainability, the opportunities and challenges it brings, and its relevance to their daily working lives. At the same time, NGDP enhances leadership skills, particularly those needed to operate in a global business environment where an ability to understand complex problems is vital.

NGDP 8 was delivered in Argentina from 5-12 May 2012. The programme makes use of experiential learning techniques and the participants learn through addressing a real life challenge in the field and then working on real business project. This year, more than 100 people were involved in the field-based commercial challenges in six locations across the country. Partners included LEAD staff and Fellows as well as local cooperatives, social enterprises and NGOs. The challenges were selected to give participants an understanding of the connections between sustainability and the creation of social value. For example, one team was involved with the El Arca initiative in Mendoza, which works with both producers and consumers in the creation of sustainable, ethical markets.

By the end of the programme the participants had significantly enhanced their knowledge and understanding of sustainability, as well as their personal leadership skills, and felt empowered to be able to promote change in their business which is both profitable and sustainable.