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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

European Senior Executives Seminar

Most recent seminar: 4–7 November 2013; Brussels, Belgium

Living sustainably with 9 billion?


"The most valuable part of the programme for me was the range of examples of how to move forward and develop solutions, and the networking."
Staffan Haglind, Skanska AB

For two decades, BSP  has been a catalyst for action and change and plays a critical role in raising awareness and understanding at senior executive level for many international companies. In recent years, the programme has been particularly successful in quickly building a deep and comprehensive understanding, as well as endorsement, of sustainability issues in senior executives with limited time and exposure to this agenda. For more sustainability-aware executives, a major benefit is the close interaction with a diverse group of international peers that opens up new thinking and opportunities.

Some of the November participants include the CEOs of Nestlé South Europe and Tata Cleantech Capital, the Chairman of Shell India, the Head of Corporate Affairs at BUPA, the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Linde AG, a Board Member of the Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator and one of the Development Directors from the Forest Stewardship Council in the US.

Expert contributors such as Will Steffen, Executive Director of the ANU Center for Climate Change and an expert on the Anthropocene, Kate Raworth, former senior policy advisor at Oxfam and creator of ‘Doughnut Economics’ and Jack Frost OBE, Managing Director of Johnson-Matthey Fuel Cells will co-deliver a series of interactive sessions on how individuals and organisations are creating an operating context where human needs, socio-economic development, natural capital and ecological boundaries are part of the same definition of success.  


Read some recent testimonials from delegates.

The BSP learning approach is based around dialogue and debate, enriched by expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Small syndicate groups, each led by a member of the Core Faculty, allow delegates to deepen their understanding of the issues and explore the implications for themselves and their organisations.

The Core Faculty

The Core Faculty consists of business leaders, academics and other influential thinkers with a personal commitment to sustainable development, and who, by virtue of their track record and experience, are credible witnesses for the business case for sustainable development.

They are experienced facilitators who contribute to and encourage debate and discussion during the seminar and guide delegates in group work, focus workshops and syndicate sessions. 

The 2013 European Seminar Faculty

Will DayWill Day, Fellow of CISL

Will is a former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). His current roles include: Fellow of CISL, Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to pursue the Millennium Development goal for water and sanitation in the poorest parts of the world, and Sustainability Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He also recently joined British Land's CR Panel. Until October 2012 he was Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Photograph of Sandrine Dixson-DeclèveSandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, EU Office

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the Director of CISL's EU office in Brussels and The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group, and is a faculty member of our Executive Programmes. Sandrine is an international expert with over 25 years' experience in environmental, sustainability, climate, and energy policy and implementation, She ran the EMEA office of a leading energy consultancy and has been the personal advisor to major chemical and energy companies, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and international organisations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, and USAID. She sits on the advisory board of a large African oil company, is the Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform, a member of the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and a member of CISL’s Right Value for Externalities Advisory Committee.

Read an article by Sandrine for the Guardian Professional Network: 'Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra'.

Jack FrostDr Jack Frost

Fuel Cells are a non-polluting, low or zero carbon power source for phones, laptops, buildings, buses and cars. Jack has chaired the Government's Environmental Innovation Advisory Group, served as a Board Member of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, is a member of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force and is on the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. He is also on the Board of the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Vehicles and Fuel Cells and is Johnson Matthey's representative on The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change working group and the London Climate Change Agency. He received his BSc and then PhD from the University of Exeter, and worked at major scientific research facilities in France, Britain and the USA before taking up a lectureship at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Jack then moved to British Petroleum where he spent 9 years leading different areas of BP's industrial research and development in catalysis. In 1993 he joined Johnson Matthey as Technology Manager. He was appointed Director, JM Fuel Cells; the company created fuel cells as a separate business in January 2000.

Ylva LindbergYlva Lindberg, Founder and Managing Director, SIGLA

Ylva is the founder and managing director of SIGLA, a boutique consultancy on the role of business in society. She works with listed and state owned companies in identifying risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental challenges, including on leadership programmes, strategy and innovation. Ylva has fifteen years business experience, including as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, marketing manager at Orkla, and equity analyst at KLP Asset Management. Her expertise is in strategy, corporate responsibility and marketing in Scandinavia and Russia. Ylva has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and speaks Russian and English fluently, in addition to her native Norwegian and Swedish. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator in both national and international conferences. Ylva is a member of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, one of the world's largest investment funds. She is also a board member of WWF-Norway.


The 2013 European Seminar Contributors

Alejandro LitovskyAlejandro Litovsky, Co-Founder and Director, Earth Security Initiative

Alejandro Litovsky is founder and director of the Earth Security Initiative, which catalyses international partnerships to increase peace and the security of people and the planet's resources. Previously he created the Innovation Lab at Volans Ventures in London and his work helped social entrepreneurs scale up the impact of their work through cross-sector partnerships in countries like India, Tanzania and Brazil. In 2010, the Royal Society of the Arts in London awarded him a fellowship for his work advancing social innovation.

Pascal MittermaierPascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability for EMEA, Lend Lease

Pascal joined Lend Lease in October 2010 as Head of Sustainability for EMEA. In this role, he is responsible for the region’s overall sustainability strategy and implementation across the major business areas, including retail assets, development projects, and construction activities. Building on Lend Lease’s strong environmental and community track record, Pascal and his team help ensure that energy, carbon, waste, and water strategies are maximised; that buildings and infrastructure are developed to the latest, highest environmental performance standards; and that Lend Lease continues driving innovative community programmes.

Andrew Montague-FullerAndrew Montague-Fuller, Programme Manager

Andrew joined CISL in January 2013 as a Programme Manager for the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. He is working closely with companies to address the impacts of ecosystem and natural capital loss and degradation on their business, their customers and wider society, and helping to stimulate new ways of thinking through collaboratories, workshops and partnerships with businesses. Prior to joining CISL, Andrew worked in BP for 23 years where he held a wide range of commercial, financial and strategy development roles in businesses which included oil trading, exploration & production, gas & power and refining & marketing as well as the corporate centre. Andrew comes from a farming background, gained a MA in Economics from Cambridge University and holds FSA and Corporate Treasury qualifications.

Kate RaworthKate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Senior Associate, CISL

Kate is the creator of Oxfam's doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. Her research focuses on rethinking economic development in the face of planetary boundaries and extreme social inequalities. Kate was previously a co-author of UNDP’s Human Development Report, and a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, based in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Zanzibar. She has written extensively for journals, print and web media.

Will SteffenProfessor Will Steffen, Earth System scientist, Australia National University, Canberra and Senior Associate, CISL

Professor Steffen is an Earth System scientist and was the founding Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change Institute. He served on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) of the Australian Government in 2010–11, and is a Climate Councillor. From 1998 to mid-2004, he served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a guest researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change.

Abbaye de la Ramée

Abbaye de la Ramée
"Excellent choice for this seminar. Beautiful and interesting surroundings, great and warm hosts."
Mario Abreu, Tetrapak

Accommodation and Facilities

Châteauform is a tailor made venue dedicated to meetings, conferences and team-building, located 45 minutes from Brussels. By combining the resources of the Convent and La Ferme, L’Abbaye de La Ramée can accommodate 110 seminar participants in residence

Since its creation in 1996 Châteauform, has actively engaged in sustainable environmental management and among other activities, provides fresh seasonal produce, grown on-site and sourced from local farmers for all meals (e.g. cheese, wine and poultry), increasing the freshness of all dishes served and minimising carbon footprint.

Location and Map

By car: download a map.

By train, the Brussels-Midi Station is 45 minutes away.

By plane, Zaventem Airport (Brussels) is 30 minutes away; Charleroi Airport is 50 minutes away.

Contact Details

Abbaye de la Ramée
Rue de l’abbaye 19
1370 Jodoigne (Jauchelette)
Tel: :+ 44 (0)7531 54 58 77

 HRH The Prince of Wales and BSP delegates

"I have over-achieved my objectives. This is an outstanding leadership programme."
Supply Chain Director, food & beverage company

Who Should Apply?

Seminars are primarily intended for business leaders and corporate senior executives who operate at a strategic level within their organisation.

How to Apply for BSP

Acceptance on to The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme is by application and selection only.

All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each seminar in terms of geographical spread, industry sector and area of expertise.

Apply for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme.

Please note that once in progress you cannot save the application form for later completion; you will need to complete it in one sitting, so try and ensure that you have all required information with you.

Nominate a Colleague

If you have a colleague or friend who you feel would be interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please email us at or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850.

Fees for the regional seminars

The fee covers all seminar costs including documentation, learning materials, accommodation and meals, plus three-year membership of the global and local alumni networks. The fee does not cover travel expenses.

Payments are in principle non-refundable, although substitutions may be possible.

Brussels Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Cambridge (UK) Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Discounts for the Cambridge (UK) seminar

  • Group delegation discount: for three delegates from the same organisation attending the same Cambridge (UK) seminar, the third delegate pays half price. Saving: £1,975.

  • Three-year discount: we invite organisations to commit to sending one (or more) delegate for three years running to Cambridge (UK) seminars. The fee for the three years is £10,530 (years one and two at £3,950 per place; year three at £2,630 per place). Saving: £1,320.

  • BSP partner discount: five seminar places per year over a three-year period, this includes one half-scholarship place to an NGO of your choice each year. Delegates are to attend the same Cambridge (UK) seminar. Each year, the organisation will pay for three delegate places at the full rate, one delegate place at £1,975 (50% discount) and one half-scholarship place at £1,975 (50% discount). The half-scholarship place will be in your company’s name and is to be awarded to a non-for-profit organisation nominated or approved by your company. Saving: £10,770.

All nominations for seminar places will be subject to the Programme’s selection process to ensure the appropriate level of seniority at the BSP seminars.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more.

Cape Town Seminar

The fee for delegates domiciled in Africa is R39 500 (+ VAT for South African delegates) and for overseas delegates £3,950.

Melbourne Seminar

We invite organisations to commit to sending one or more senior representatives for three years, thereby ensuring that the understanding built by the course is seeded throughout the organisation. Organisations making this commitment will become ‘Founding Corporate Members’ of the Programme in Australia.

The fee is A$7950 plus GST for delegates for one year. The fee for three years is A$20,000 (years one and two A$7,500; year three A$5,000). There are further incentives available for multiple registrations.

São Paulo Seminar

The fee for local delegates from Brazil is R$11,850 and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates. 


A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. Companies nominating three or more participants per seminar are entitled to a group discount. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please email us at

Seminar Style

The Seminar has been designed to be highly intensive and participatory, with a minimum of formal lectures and the maximum opportunity for dialogue, debate and analysis.

Plenary Presentations

Plenary presentations are generally limited to between 20 and 30 minutes, leaving ample time for questions and general discussion.


Delegates choose from a variety of workshop topics on offer, led by a Core Faculty member and/or a delegate or guest contributor. The workshops are designed to provide delegates with concrete ideas to take back into the workplace.

Syndicate Sessions

Delegates gather regularly in small syndicate groups, each facilitated by a Core Faculty member who will work with the group throughout the Seminar. These sessions allow delegates to tackle key issues in greater depth and analyse themes in relation to their own experience. They also prepare delegates for later sessions in the Programme, ensuring that they are in a position to make maximum use of the presentations and discussion that follow.

Each delegate will be asked to introduce themselves in the first syndicate session. You will be asked to describe your role and responsibilities within your organisation, and any key achievements/challenges within the organisation with regard to sustainable development. Discussion will then lead on to each delegate's key expectations of the Seminar.

Advance Preparation

In advance of each Seminar, delegates are asked to read a small selection of briefing materials. Links to these materials will be provided on your Seminar web page and you will also be sent an email with full details.

Seminar Materials

Seminar papers and presentations, speeches and workshops will be made available on the Programme’s password-protected Alumni Network website after the seminar. Paper copies will not be provided unless specifically requested at the Seminar.

Dress Requirements

In order to encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere, participants are welcome to wear casual dress rather than formal business attire.


A photographer will be present during the conference. If you wish to have the use of your photo restricted in any way, please notify us.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptance on to a Programme

Acceptance on to a programme is by application and selection only. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each programme in terms of geographical spread, industry sector, and area of expertise.

Delegate Participation

The CISL seminar/workshop process involves group work which can be disrupted by the absence of a delegate from any part of the event. Participants are therefore required to be in residence on-site throughout the programme and be able to attend all sessions.

Membership of the Cambridge Sustainability Network is also conditional upon full attendance.

Applying for a Visa to Attend a Seminar

Please note that all programme participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, should one be required. CISL can provide an official invitation letter for the programme in order to facilitate the obtaining of a visa specifically for the dates on which the programme takes place. If you will require this, please contact us no less than four weeks prior to the programme date.


Programme places are to be guaranteed with a purchase order number or credit card details. Invoices are payable within 30 days of invoice date.


On certain programmes, a limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from developing or emerging economies, or from the public sector or NGOs who would otherwise be unable to participate.


In the event that a delegate wishes to cancel after he/she has been accepted on to the seminar, he/she shall be liable to the University for the fee unless the place can be refilled. Substitutions are not automatic; each proposed substitution must be reviewed by the Selection Panel. If you wish to cancel and we are unable to fill your place, fees will not be refunded. However, a 25% discount on a place at a subsequent seminar will be offered, subject to availability of places.

Accompanying Spouses/Wider Participation

Unfortunately it is not possible to cater for accompanying spouses or other guests. The seminars are very intensive, and numbers of participants restricted, thus only delegates and speakers may attend the sessions.


In the event of non-payment, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to programme events.

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Sarah Hayward, Project Manager

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