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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Cambridge (UK) Senior Executives Seminar

Next seminars: 28 April–1 May 2015; 9–12 November 2015, Cambridge, UK

Delegates from the April 2014 seminar discuss the programme

"This is a fantastic programme! An eye-opener and it certainly will change my approach towards earth and society, my work and the effect the company seeks in its way to achieve its optimum business targets."
Senior Legal Counsel, Petronas, BSP November 2013

The Cambridge November 2014 seminar will bring together senior executives from a broad range of industries to explore the global challenges facing them, the strategic implications for their businesses, and how, as leaders, they can engage with those challenges to ensure a resilient, profitable business.

About the latest seminar

The 20th anniversary seminar in April 2014 welcomed 37 senior executives, representing some 19 different nationalities across all major industries with companies from Google Labs, Petronas and Jones Lang LaSalle to Nestlé, SAB Miller and RBS.

The seminar showed that the planet, society and the economy are undergoing a period of unprecedented change, and in many cases, disruption. Looking at sustainable consumption, low carbon growth and new business models today to demographic shifts, technological disruptions and industry re-inventions tomorrow, business leaders examined how the operating context for business is changing and how significant preparedness is to value creation and resilience. 

"An essential experience for leaders in the modern world."

Prof Will Steffen, the Earth system scientist, gave evidence of the profound changes in natural cycles and the stability of the global climate with implications for societies and economies around the world. Social scientists and experts such as Kate Raworth and Tony Juniper helped participants explore how the changing social tensions and declining natural resources interface with climate, food, water and energy security to create new needs and expectations. Paul Gilding, Jill Duggan and Tom Burke discussed how the energy and climate paradox is creating market disruptions and major transformations in our industrial systems, some of which are already underway as in the example of the European utility sector and the global car industry.

Participants discussed and tested some of the ambitious collaborations and new business models that are emerging in response, such as the DSM’s innovation strategy and Marks and Spencer’s engagement model and the new accounting mechanisms being used to value natural capital and the cost of carbon emissions.

The seminar gave participants a unique opportunity to experience some of Cambridge’s highlights, with a reception and dinner at the majestic King’s College Chapel and a historical dinner discussion at Peterhouse, Cambridge’s oldest College founded in 1284.

The final day challenged participants to develop a collaborative sustainable innovation project and put their learning and business acumen to the test for the Cambridge debate.

Participants will re-engage in 6 months’ time to check progress on their ambition and commitments. 

"An enlightening experience: the course does not feed you with solutions but forces you to think of where the greatest impact could be."

Download the flyer for the Cambridge November 2014 Senior Executives Seminar.

Download the summary of the Cambridge April 2014 Seminar.

Download the article on the 20th anniversary of BSP: Celebrating two decades of shaping business leadership for sustainability.

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For more information, please contact our team.

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.

Expert Contributors 

The programme experience includes access to global leaders in business and sustainability; the November 2014 seminar will include:

Dr Nancy BockenDr Nancy Bocken, University of Cambridge

Dr Nancy Bocken is a passionate academic with a reputation for designing and delivering research that has a real impact on the way businesses operate. She is Lead Researcher at the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, at the University of Cambridge. She is leading collaborative research projects with Imperial College London and Cranfield University and has been supervising and teaching at CISL, the Cambridge Department of Engineering and Judge Business School. Her main areas of interest are sustainable business models, innovation for sustainability, scaling up sustainable businesses and closing the “idea–action” gap. Interwoven with her academic work, Nancy regularly advises a range of organisations across sectors and continents, such as Unilever, Prudential, Marks and Spencer and Toyota, and various sustainability start-up initiatives. Nancy has held positions in the logistics, banking and consulting sectors. Originally from the Netherlands, she has lived and worked in France, the United Kingdom and the USA. Nancy holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As a Fellow at CISL, Nancy is involved in supervision and teaching at the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, and the development and delivery of new course content and new specialised and accredited programmes such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains. In 2013 Nancy was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she was lecturing on the Corporate Environmental Strategy course at Yale, while continuing her work on sustainable business models.

Read more about Dr Nancy Bocken.

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).

Ian EllisonIan Ellison, Sustainability Manager with Jaguar Land Rover, Vehicle Engineering

Ian is Sustainability Manager with Jaguar Land Rover, Vehicle Engineering. This role includes managing key vehicle sustainability attributes such as energy management, light-weighting and environmental lifecycle impacts (including: supply chain, closed-loop materials management, lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and end of life) throughout the product development process. Ian was previously Corporate Responsibility Director for a European JV in the Aerospace and Defence sector. This role encompassed sustainability issues including sustainable development, climate change, eco-efficiency, sustainable procurement, CR reporting, health, safety and environmental management across Europe. Previous roles with the company included Strategic Change Director and Head of Systems & Strategy. Ian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Other previous experience includes work in the software, electronics and automotive sectors. Ian is a CISL alumnus of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, the Climate Leadership Programme and The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme.

Gerritt HeynsGerritt Heyns, Co-founder of Osmosis Investment Management

Gerrit is a co-founder of Osmosis Investment Management. He is an active commentator in the global sustainability community. He was named as one of the top 50 people influencing global finance in 2013 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prior to forming Osmosis in 2009, Gerrit spent more than 20 years in the Far East and Russia building and managing emerging market equity businesses for global investment banks including Troika Dialog, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers and Kleinwort Benson. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (LSU) in Finance and a Master’s degree (Glasgow) in International Finance.

Philippe JoubertPhilippe Joubert, Former President of Alstom

Philippe began his career in the banking industry in Brazil and Wall Street, New York. He then joined the Alstom Group in Brazil in 1986 and became Country President for the Group in 1992. In 2000, he joined the Executive Committee of Alstom as Executive Vice President and became President of the Transmission and Distribution sector and President of Power Sector, a business of 12 billion Euros, with 47,000 employees in 60 countries. In 2011, he was appointed by the Board Deputy CEO of the Group in charge of the Strategy, Sustainability and International Network of Alstom, a Group of 94,000 employees in 100 countries with 21 billion Euros sales. He left this position in 2012, and was appointed Senior Advisor to the Alstom Chairman and CEO. He joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) as Senior Advisor and Managing Director in charge of Energy and Climate area, Electric Utilities sector. He is also an advisor for Urban Infrastructure and Mobility initiatives. He is Executive Chair of Global Electricity Initiative, a common venture of World Energy Council, WBCSD and Global Sustainability Electricity Partnership. He chairs The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group in Brussels and sits on the Advisory Board of CISL.

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.

David RiceDavid Rice, Fellow, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

David is an independent adviser on the social and environmental impacts of business. He joined BP in 1979 as a research geophysicist and in his 27 years there held positions as an exploration and production geophysicist, Head of Basin Modelling, Head of Geoscience Training, Exploration Manager in China, commercial analyst, strategic planner, and political adviser. In 1998 he was appointed Director, Policy Unit, and Chief of Staff for global Government and Public Affairs, and the BP Group Policy Adviser on Development Issues. He instigated for BP a number of relationships with NGOs and helped develop and implement policies with respect to climate change, human rights, indigenous people, HIV, social investment, and more. He was an initiator of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for the oil, gas and mining industry. Since leaving BP in 2006, David has worked with companies, NGOs and academics on social and environmental issues. He is Chairman of the Azerbaijan Social Review Commission, an independent body funded by BP which includes leading Azerbaijani NGOs and international human rights lawyers, established to monitor the social impacts of BP’s oil and gas activities in Azerbaijan.

Read David's personal view on working with CISL.

Dr Emily ShuckburghDr Emily Shuckburgh, Head of the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Emily is Head of the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey. She is a climate science expert and since 2010 has been a scientific advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. Her research group at BAS studies the polar oceans and their connections with global climate and sea level rise. She is an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a member of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science.

Photograph of James StaceyJames Stacey, Partner, Earth Capital Partners LLP

James's 20-year career has been in mergers & acquisitions, finance, corporate strategy and management consulting, with a focus towards environment / sustainability commercial risk and opportunity. James is currently a Partner at the sustainable infrastructure and private equity asset manager, Earth Capital Partners LLP (ECP), which focuses on investment in renewable energy, clean technology and forestry. Prior to ECP, James was Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered (FTSE15 international bank), responsible for the sustainable business strategy, including the launch of new products and revenue lines; environment / sustainability risk management (credit & reputation / brand); and Government relations. Previously, James was Head of KPMG's UK Sustainability Consulting Practice and earlier, KPMG's Environment Transaction Services (M&A), where he led a business advising a range of corporate, public sector, private equity and IPO clients.

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.

Aleksi TukiainenAleksi Tukiainen, Programme Director at Cambridge University Eco Racing

Aleksi is the Programme Director at Cambridge University Eco Racing (The Royal Academy of Engineering) which builds and races solar powered cars. I am currently directing the group towards the World Solar Challenge 2015. Aleksi has also co-founded of Cambridge Applied Research Ltd, a technical start-up incubator within the Cambridge engineering environment, which finds and helps establish technically focused start-up companies. Aleksi is currently undertaking a Master in Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Madingley Hall

Accommodation and Facilities

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The Sixteenth-century Madingley Hall was rented by Queen Victoria in the 1860s as a residence for the then Prince of Wales when he was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. Madingley Hall is set in landscaped grounds of over seven acres.

All bedrooms have en suite facilities and are equipped with telephones and internet connections but there are no alarm clocks or hairdryers so you may wish to bring your own. Please note that Madingley Hall does not accept payment by AMEX or Diners Card.

Meals will be served in the historic dining room, and the main sessions will be held in the Saloon. There is a common room, where newspapers are provided, and a bar-lounge. Office facilities are available, including a fax and message service.

Directions to Madingley

Travelling by Rail

Frequent, fast trains run to Cambridge from London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street and there are good cross-country links from many other parts of the UK. Cambridge Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.

Travelling by Coach

National Express run regular coach services from London Victoria and other destinations to the Cambridge Bus Station on Drummer Street. There are also regular coach services to London airports. Cambridge Bus Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.

Travelling by Car

Madingley Hall is situated 3 miles west of Cambridge, and is easily accessible from the M11, the A14 and the A1. By car, central London is about 90 minutes away.

From the North (via A1): leave the A14 for Dry Drayton, just after Bar Hill. In Dry Drayton, turn left just before the church. At the T-junction in Madingley turn right. After 100 yards, the Hall is on the left.

From Newmarket and the East (via A14): leave the Cambridge northern by-pass on the slip-road leading to the M11/A1307/A14 –signed Huntingdon A14. Immediately after re-joining the A14 fork left for Madingley village. Pass the Three Horseshoes public house on the left. After 100 yards find the Hall gates on the right, opposite a left turn to Cambridge.

From the South (via M11): leave M11 at junction 13 signed Bedford & Cambridge (A428/A1303). Turn left towards Bedford (A428). 250 yards on, turn right into Madingley. In just over a mile come to a T-junction with the Hall gates in front.

From the West (via A428): after the Dry Drayton-Hardwick roundabout, the single carriageway becomes a dual carriageway. Half a mile on, take the slip road on the left signed Cambridge and Madingley. At the roundabout turn left for Madingley. The Hall gates are on the left, opposite the road signposted for Cambridge.


There is ample car-parking space at the Hall. Cars may be left in front of the main Hall during registration, but should then be taken to the car park.

Travelling by Air

The nearest airport is London Stansted, 30 minutes from Cambridge by car, with many services to many UK and European destinations. It is connected to Cambridge by a good rail link. Regular bus services operate between Cambridge and Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports. Cambridge is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.


Download maps to Madingley Hall.

Further Information and Contact Details

Madingley Hall
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0)1954 280280 (Main Switchboard)
Fax: +44 (0)1954 280290 (Main Switchboard)

Further information can be found on the Madingley Hall website.

 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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