52 | Developing Leaders Issue 31: 2019 Executive DEVELOPMENT As part of their leadership development program, senior executives from British broadcaster Sky had to complete a business challenge on sustainable livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon, involving first-hand engagement with local government officials, NGOs and indigenous communities. Senior executives at IBM work on strategic projects in emerging markets partnering with NGOs, local government and local communities as part of the IBM Corporate Service Corps leadership development program. At HSBC, senior executives have worked side-by-side with climate scientists at forest research stations to build awareness, emotional connection and commitment to engaging with climate change in their work. The motivation and skill to pursue CEO activism require cultivation and design – leadership development and organization development professionals have a crucial role to play. n A fully referenced version of this article is available if required, please email Matthew Gitsham is Director of the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability and Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School.