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.
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.
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.
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Download the article on the 20th anniversary of BSP: Celebrating two decades of shaping business leadership for sustainability.
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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 seminar was led by an expert team of contributors including:
David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include reliable computation with unreliable hardware, and communication systems for the disabled. He's written a textbook on 'Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms' (2003, Cambridge). He's currently writing another free book on 'Sustainable Energy – without the hot air'.
Antonio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EDP – Energias de Portugal in 2006. Prior to this he was Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication for Portugal’s 16th Constitutional Government, Chairman of the Portuguese Energy Association (APE), member of the Trilateral Commission, Vice-Chairman of the Portuguese Industrial Association (AIP) and Chairman of the General Supervisory Board of Ambelis. His rich career history also includes being a government representative to the EU working group for trans-European network development, Executive Chairman of Galp Energia and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petrogal, Gás de Portugal, Transgás and Transgás-Atlântico.
Jeremy Wilson is Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, responsible for engagement at Board or ExCo level with Barclays’ major corporate and institutional customers in the development of new business and maintenance of key relationships, for Barclays representation on industry initiatives, and as a representative of the financial services sector on global and regional industry bodies.
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.
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.
Carmel McQuaid was appointed Head of Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer’s in 2013. Prior to this she was Climate Change Manager, where her key areas of focus were defining what it means to be a truly sustainable retailer, integrating Plan A into products, working with farming supply base and supporting delivery of the business’ climate change commitments. Prior to M&S she worked as a consultant in manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability for PA Consulting working across a range of industries from aerospace to consumer products. She started her career as a chemical engineer working for National Starch in Germany and the UK.
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).
Fokko is Head Corporate Sustainability at DSM and Program Director of the Global Public Private Partnership DSM – United Nations World Food Programme. He is also the DSM liaison with the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Since 1988, Fokko has worked at DSM in HRM, Logistics, Marketing & Sales and Change Program Management. Fokko has worked on Business Development in South America, where he started Engineering Plastics activities in Brazil. He led the DSM Antibiotic activities in Cairo, Egypt, after which he returned to Europe to work in Schaffhausen, Switzerland as HR director. He has a degree in Psychology enhanced by several courses in the field of Marketing and Management.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Forum for the Future. He is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000–2009), and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. Jonathon is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984–90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980–83); chairman of UNED-UK (1993–96); chairman of Sustainability South West (1999–2001); Trustee of WWF UK (1991–2005), and Board member of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999–2008).
Paul is an independent writer and corporate adviser and has been on the CISL Faculty since 2002. As a CISL Fellow, Paul is exploring our capacity to transform the global economy at sufficient speed and scale to keep warming below the agreed 2 degree target. Over nearly four decades in sustainability he has been CEO of a range of innovative NGOs and companies including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He has worked with the CEOs and executives of leading companies including DuPont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford. His book “The Great Disruption” has been widely acclaimed, including in the New York Times where Tom Friedman concluded, "ignore Gilding at your peril".
Tom is currently a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London. He is also the Founder Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism and Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, ENDS. Tom previously was Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999–2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991–7 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982–91.
Jill Duggan joined Doosan Power Systems’ Executive Committee as Policy Director in 2011 after working in the public sector on climate and energy policy for many years. Her previous experience includes heading the cross government UK policy team for the 2008–12 phase of the EU Emissions Trading System and as Head of International Emissions Trading and Linking for the UK. More recently she was a visiting Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC, and spent a year working with the European Commission DG Climate Action. Jill has been an advisor for the Western Climate Initiative in North America and has spent much time explaining UK and European climate and energy policy to other governments including giving expert testimony to a Congressional Committee in the US.
The Møller Centre is situated within the beautiful grounds of Churchill College and was formally opened in 1992 by Her Majesty, Queen Ingrid of Denmark. The Centre was built with a generous donation by the A.P. Møller & Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation with a vision to bring together academia and industry. Mr Møller believed that, with access to the full educational and research resources of the University of Cambridge, the Centre would be able to offer the highest standard of executive education to leaders and aspiring leaders. In keeping with the Maersk shipping connection, The Møller Centre is built in the shape of a ship.
All bedrooms at The Møller Centre are of authentic contemporary Danish design and are furnished with iconic Hans J. Wegner furniture. All bedrooms are double, en suite, with the majority of rooms overlook the grounds of Churchill College, a peaceful haven in today’s modern world. Cambridge city centre, with its stunning architecture and unique history, is only a short walk away.
All bedrooms come with tea/coffee-making facilities, mini bar with fresh milk, iron, hairdryer, laptop safe and flat-screen digital TV. Bedrooms also have international plug adapters, quality linen, dressing gowns and complimentary toiletries provided. All rooms have complimentary wireless broadband (30Mb download speed) and provide extra large work areas for laptops and documents.
Evening meals will be taken off-site in historic colleges across Cambridge.
Guests of The Møller Centre have access to a range of leisure opportunities. These include tennis, croquet, use of the Centre's bicycles and access to the on-site private gym with both strength and cardio equipment.
All guests have access to the Tower Lounge Bar which boasts some of the finest views across Cambridge's historic skyline.
Wheelchair access is available throughout. A hearing induction loop and sonic alert pillows are available on request.
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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.
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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.
The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.
Discounts for the Cambridge (UK) seminar
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.
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The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R34 950 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.
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.
The fee for local delegates from Brazil is R$11,850 and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates. We are currently offering overseas delegates who book early a 5% discount (early bird discount).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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