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CISL’s portfolio of executive education programmes provides individuals and organisations with a broad range of sustainability leadership and strategy courses which are designed to meet specific business and leadership development needs.

Explore the key features of CISL’s strategic executive education programmes in business and sustainability for senior executives to find a seminar that suits your professional development needs.

  1. How We Work

     

    Through our Executive Programmes, we work with a select group of leaders and senior decision-makers who are in a position to have a significant impact upon their organisations.

    Our business and sustainability courses and programmes support individuals to make informed decisions and to lead change at both an organisational level and within the wider system in which they operate. Our programmes have a strong, strategic focus on the changing global context, on risks and opportunities for business and on effective approaches to developing sustainable business strategies and business processes.

    We draw on expertise from our corporate and strategic partners and from the academic work of the University of Cambridge and other centres of excellence.

  2. Business & Sustainability Programme

     

    The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

    With a 20-year track record, this programme is the leading international senior executive forum for corporate leaders who want to understand the strategic implications of sustainability risks and opportunities for their businesses. The programme exposes delegates to the latest data, emerging industry, policy and civil society perspectives, and to key debates and dilemmas, providing a strong basis to underpin corporate strategy development and decision-making.

    Each seminar involves a senior delegation drawn from a range of geographies, functions and sectors, with all delegates selected on the basis of their seniority and sphere of influence and responsibility for decision-making, thereby ensuring a strong peer network.

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  3. Health and Care Sector

     

    Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector

    This Programme has been developed by CISL and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit to bring together health sector leaders who are involved in large-scale change in their organisation, sector or clinical area. Delegates share the knowledge, policy context and skills necessary to deliver a new form of health service that will be sustainable long-term.

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  4. Sustainability Practitioners

     

    Sustainability Practitioner Programme

    The role of management within large organisations is becoming more complex and understanding sustainability is central to business success. This programme is widely regarded as the most effective of its kind as it is designed to enable sustainability practitioners and managers in the private and public sector to lead transformative change in their organisations.

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  5. Master’s in Sustainability Leadership

     

    Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

    Designed for senior managers and leaders and delivered part-time over two years, this course is the University of Cambridge's postgraduate degree in sustainable business. A combination of leading academics and senior practitioners deliver essential insight, analysis and horizon-scanning of critical social, environmental and economic trends, and help students to research and develop robust strategies to embed sustainability within their organisations. Together, they explore how business, government and civil society are future-proofing themselves and responding to challenges and opportunities to reconcile profitability and sustainable business.

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  6. Postgrad. Certificate in Sustainable Business

     

    Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB)

    PCSB is the University of Cambridge Master’s-level programme in sustainable business. Much more than a sustainable business training course, through a part-time eight-month programme it equips senior and mid-career managers with cutting-edge knowledge and insight to integrate sustainability thinking into business practice. By moving beyond corporate social responsibility training, the course looks at how successful business and sustainable development can be integrated, bringing about positive change.

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  7. Postgrad. Cert. in Sustainable Value Chains

     

    Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC)

    PCSVC is the University of Cambridge Master’s-level programme in sustainable value chains. Our new part-time nine-month programme equips senior and mid-career professionals and managers with the knowledge and practical skills to improve the way in which cross functional teams across organisations and beyond can collaborate and work together to develop appropriate responses to risks and opportunities associated with value chains. It also enhances their ability to build effective relationships, develop the awareness and capacity of colleagues and stakeholders, and influence others across the value chain.

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Key Features of our Programmes

OPEN PROGRAMMES KEY FEATURES
The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP)

TESTIMONIALS: Read what people say about BSP (pdf).

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FOR: Senior executives in mainstream line and operational roles dealing with the international context. Around one-third of places are also reserved for senior representatives from the public sector and NGOs. 

FORMAT: A four-day residential seminar including expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.

GOALS: To help senior leaders understand the scale of change required to address key sustainability challenges, to give them insight into innovative new approaches and responses, and to inspire them to take action.

WHERE and WHEN:
Cambridge: 10–14 November 2014; 28 April–1 May 2015; 9–12 November 2015
São Paulo: 24–27 November 2014
Melbourne: 1–4 March 2015
Cape Town: 12–15 April 2015

COST: £3,950 per person (VAT exempt). The Cape Town seminar is R39 500 plus VAT for local delegates from Southern Africa. This covers seminar costs including learning materials, accommodation and meals. Fees do not include travel costs.
CUSTOMISED PROGRAMMES KEY FEATURES
Customised Programmes

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FOR: Those interested in taking their company or team through a learning process to understand sustainability issues and how they affect the organisation.

FORMAT: Our focus on client needs and objectives ensures that we select the most effective delivery methods to deliver lasting impact. Our recent work with clients ranges from one-day strategy workshops in the UK, to nine-month, Master's-level development programmes delivered in emerging economies to provide opportunities for experiential learning.

GOALS: To raise awareness of key trends affecting organisations, and test strategic thinking on sustainability.

WHERE: Although we do work internationally, most of our programmes are delivered in Cambridge.
SECTOR PROGRAMMES KEY FEATURES
Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector

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FOR: Senior executives working in the health care sector.

FORMAT: A two-day residential seminar including expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.

GOALS: To understand the policy context and solutions necessary to deliver a sustainable health service into the future.

WHERE and WHEN:  Latest seminar: 1–2 May 2014; Cambridge, UK

COST: The fee is £950 for the NHS and public sector applicants and £1,500 for applicants from the private sector. The cost includes all materials and food during the seminar and accommodation for the night of 14 October.
GRADUATE STUDY KEY FEATURES
Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

TESTIMONIALS: Read insights from PCSB alumni into the programme's value.

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FOR: Senior and mid-career professionals and managers with at least three years' experience.

FORMAT: An eight-month accredited programme, comprising three short workshops and three work-based assignments including a collaborative research project.

GOALS: To build professionals' and managers’ appreciation of sustainability issues and how they affect their organisations, while equipping them with practical insights and skills to drive positive change.

WHERE: Cambridge, UK.

WHEN: The 2015 workshops for PCSB 18 will be held on 16–18 March, 27–29 July and 28–30 October. 
Apply here. 

COST: Course fees are £7,150 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the three Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.
Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains

FOR: Senior and mid-career professionals and managers with at least three years' experience.

FORMAT: A nine-month accredited programme, comprising two short workshops and three work-based assignments including a collaborative research project.

GOALS: To build professionals' and managers’ appreciation of sustainability issues, risks and opportunities and to equip them with practical insights and skills to build resilient value chains.

WHERE: Cambridge, UK.

WHEN: The 2015 workshops for PCSVC 2 will be held on 26–29 May and 21–24 September. Apply here. 

COST: Course fees are £7,150 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.
Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

TESTIMONIALS: Read what people say about the Master's. 

 

FOR: Senior and mid-career professionals and managers.

FORMAT: A fully accredited part-time postgraduate degree, comprising four, week-long residential workshops and various remote assignments.

GOALS: To provide current and future leaders with an understanding of urgent challenges, and equip them to respond effectively by making the business case for sustainability in their sector. 

WHERE: Residential workshops take place in Cambridge, UK.

WHEN: Part-time over two years. Workshop dates for Cohort 5 are September 2014; March–Apr 2015; August 2015; Apr 2016. Applications for the MSt 2015–17 are now open. The deadline for applications is Monday 6 April 2015. Please contact masters@cisl.cam.ac.uk if you have any queries about your eligibility.

COST: The Master of Studies costs £8,750 per year (i.e. £17,500 in total). In addition participants pay a College Fee. For the 2015 intake this amount is expected to be £1,480 per year. PCSB alumni since 2007 pay a reduced fee.
PRACTITIONER PROGRAMMES KEY FEATURES
Sustainability Practitioner Programme

Apply Now for the Cambridge Sustainability Practitioner Programme
FOR: Middle to senior managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability.

FORMAT: A three-day residential seminar including expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.

GOALS: To equip participants with a high-level understanding of sustainability as well as exposure to some of the best practical approaches to understanding critical social and environmental pressures, assessing their impact on organisations, developing systems for responding creatively to them, and integrating these systems into their organisation’s operations and strategy. 

WHERE and WHEN:
Diemersfontein, 16–18 March 2015

COST: Diemersfontein: R14 450 +VAT. The fee covers all seminar materials, three nights' accommodation and all meals during the seminar.
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