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Thriving through inflection points in sustainability for the food, drink and horticulture industry

Programme Purpose

Accelerating sustainability by aligning boards and executive teams with their organisations to create resilient supply chains, enhanced innovation for growth and distinctive organisations.

Programme Objectives - Accelerating Leadership of Sustainability

In 2012, the Origin Green programme pioneered a pathway for the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry to begin its sustainability journey. We must now elevate the issue of sustainability to a guiding principle for businesses. The Irish food, drink and horticulture industry has called out its senior leadership group as the key force in meeting the challenges facing the industry. Customer demand for sustainability and our national requirement for carbon reduction cannot be dealt with by sustainability professionals working alone and isolated in the organisation. Sustainability must be led from the board and the executive team embedding sustainability into business strategy and investment decisions. Immediate action and the accelerated leadership of sustainability is now an urgent requirement.


Programme Structure

Pre-programme online sessions will be curated to develop participants technical understanding of sustainability and regulatory policies. The programme will consist of three in-person modules, each three days in duration and delivered in UCD Smurfit Executive Development which will entail:

• Discussion and analysis of industry specific case studies.
• Real life problem solving by taking part in a live case study with a company outside the sector.
• Teaching seminars with global thought leaders in the sustainability sector.
• Peer to peer learning by means of immersive discussions with your peers.
• Facilitated discussion and Q&A sessions with industry experts and leaders.

Key Details

Residential Modules & Online Sessions


3 in person modules, Over 7 Days

Taught Modules

€5,400 or €3,250*


Programme Dates

Autumn Intake 2023

Module Description Delivery Dates
Sustainability in a Strategic & Governance Context  Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th September 2023
Transitioning to a Sustainable Business Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th November 2023
Accelerating Sustainable Opportunities Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th January 2024


Tuition Fees

The fees for participation in the Leaders Sustainability Acceleration Programme for verified Origin Green member companies are as follows:

€5,400 per participant


        €3,250 per participant for small companies with a turnover of less than €3.5 million per annum 

The cost per Origin Green verified retailer/food service member is €10,780.  Note: Funding from Bord Bia is not available for these sectors.


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