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CISL in the Press: 2014

August 1: Financial Times

Financial Times

An opportunity for innovation rather than a challenge.

Polly Courtice, Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Director, Christoph Loch, dean of the Cambridge Judge Business School and Emily Shuckburgh, Head of Open Oceans at the British Antarctic Survey, reflect on the role business schools have in translating the implications of sustainability.

July 22: CISL to develop business hub to test a new Natural Capital Protocol

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Companies are to have the opportunity to be part of a market-led development of a new Natural Capital Protocol. CISL, working on the Protocol within an IUCN-led consortium, is inviting companies in its network to help test the Protocol.

July 22: Business Green

Government confirms fourth carbon budget.
Business Green

Eliot Whittington, Director of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group welcomed the Government's move, stating this has removed some of the uncertainty facing businesses wanting to invest in a growing low carbon UK economy.

July 22: Businesses welcome government keeping ambition on carbon cuts

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The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group today welcomed the news that the government would stick to its commitment to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2027, as indicated by the UK’s Fourth Carbon Budget.

July 2: Australia's ABC Radio National Rural News

ABC Rural

Andrew Montague-Fuller, lead author of our Natural Capital Leaders Platform Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report, talks about its findings to Australia’s ABC Rural (4m 12s). The report  projects a land shortage of about two million hectares by 2030.

June 25: fundsforNGOs: Grants and Resources for Sustainability

fundsforNGOs

Unilever, in partnership with CISL, invites young people with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges to enter the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2014.

June 25: The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report features widely in the media

The Telegraph

The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report on the Natural Capital Leaders Platform page is featured widely: on the BBC, the Telegraph, the Scottish Herald, Energy Live News, Farmers’ Guardian, Farmers’ Weekly, Agriland, ClickGreen, World BulletinIndustry Leaders Magazine and the Cambridge Evening News, among others.

June 25: Two million hectare shortfall in UK land possible by 2030, study finds

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Cambridge-hosted industry platform calls for joint action plan with government. Read more about The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report on the Natural Capital Leaders Platform page. 

June 24: Climate change risk for investments, although growth opportunities exist

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Finance sector groups have published a guide to the IPCC’s findings on the physical, economic, and regulatory impacts of climate change.

June 24: Global banks collaborate with consumer goods companies to promote sustainable production of agricultural commodities

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June 19: 20 years celebrated of one of the world’s most prominent sustainability education programmes

HRH The Prince of Wales hosting the 20th Anniversary Reunion for BSP

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On June 11, 150 alumni from The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme (BSP) convened at St James's Palace in London at a reunion hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the programme.

BSP was established by The Prince of Wales and the University of Cambridge and has a track record of transformative impact on delegates and their organisations.

June 18: Washington Post with Bloomberg

Washington Post with Bloomberg

EU Needs Low Carbon Energy Union, Ministers’ Advisory Panel Says

The Advisory Council I of the Green Growth Platform has released a report pointing to the benefits of a low carbon union. This respected group of advisors from esteemed international organisations, some members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and academic experts makes a number of recommendations to Ministers and their governments in the run up to the European Council energy security discussions next week. It is one output from a series of different advisory group discussions. 

June 18: CISL wins Silver at Green Impact Awards

CISL staff accepting their Silver Green Impact Award

CISL staff are presented with their award by NUS ethical and environment manager Jamie Agombar who won the Guardian University Award for Inspiring Leader 2014.

As well as our Silver Award overall, CISL won a special award for "best environmental improvement” for our vegetable garden.

June 18: A Low Carbon Energy Union is the answer to energy security and climate challenges

Download the press release. Expert group offers advice to ministers ahead of European Council.

June 17: Climate change threatens ski and beach resorts, reefs and ecotourism

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The tourism industry will be severely impacted by climate change, according to a new report from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), the Cambridge Judge Business School and the European Climate Foundation, which summarises the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

June 13: Business Green

Business Green

Corporate leaders demand EU climate ambition to help tackle energy security

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group wrote to President Barroso, President Van Rompuy, Commissioners and EU ministers to urge them to adopt a linked up approach between Europe’s energy security, decarbonisation and industrial goals so as to ensure energy independence and leave behind a legacy of low carbon economic development, and greater competitiveness, jobs, and growth. 

June 12: Building industry holds important key to effectively addressing climate change

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A new briefing based on IPCC AR5 published today shows that stronger building codes will strengthen resilience and reduce emissions. The report distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report and reveals how buildings around the world will play a critical part of any global low carbon future.

June 9: ESRC launches The Nexus Network to foster new connections across food, energy, water and the environment

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June 5: Energy & Environment Management

Energy & Environment Management

Sink or swim report says co-operation is key to managing water risk.

A Financial Times letter penned by the Chair of CISL’s Investment Leaders Group, emphasises the critical link between investor rigour and the success of the green bond market. Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, highlights the need for investors to be rigorous in demanding proof of the environmental benefits of investments. Welcoming the green bond principles, Mr Zaouati argues that engagement by responsible investors will strengthen the integrity of the market and build trust between savers, businesses and financial markets.

June 5: Financial Times

Financial Times

Investor rigour key to green bonds success (subscription required).

A Financial Times letter penned by the Chair of CISL’s Investment Leaders Group, emphasises the critical link between investor rigour and the success of the green bond market. Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, highlights the need for investors to be rigorous in demanding proof of the environmental benefits of investments. Welcoming the green bond principles, Mr Zaouati argues that engagement by responsible investors will strengthen the integrity of the market and build trust between savers, businesses and financial markets.

June 3: Guardian Sustainable Business, water hub

Water financing models: the time to sink or swim is now.

Dr Gemma Cranston, Programme Manager describes how a report from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership suggests new, collaborative models for financing water, but who will lead the change?

June 3: Cross-sectoral co-operation key to managing water risk, report finds

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June 2: Guardian Sustainable Business, supply chain hub

Arab-Israeli olive oil business promotes peace and cultural understanding. 

Sindyanna of Galilee invests 100% of its profits in promoting organic farming, educating women and healing cultural wounds. Sindyanna's business model has real potential to help in other fragile and conflict-torn areas, according to Elspeth Donovan, deputy director of the CISL's South African office.

June 2: Planning advice for integrated water management

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May 28: Seafood industry under threat from climate change and ocean acidification – global reduction of CO2 emissions required to safeguard future

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A new briefing issued today distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report and reveals the growing threat of climate change and acidification to marine resources. The briefing is published jointly by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Judge Business School and is supported by the European Climate Foundation.

May 22: Leading investment institutions make the case for responsibility

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May 19: Guardian Sustainable Business, In focus: sustainable business education

Are business schools failing to teach sustainability? Business schools are key to mainstreaming sustainability but it's often absent, or seen as a bolt-on, to management training. Why is this and what can be done? In this podcast, Polly Courtice, Director, CISL, is among the panel of experts discussing whether business schools are lagging behind on integrating sustainability in their curricula.

May 9: Blue & Green Tomorrow

Enlightened business: 20 years of the Cambridge Business and Sustainability Programme.

Focus on The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme (BSP), which has run seminars across the world for the past 20 years – from Cambridge to Cape Town, Melbourne to São Paulo – educating business leaders on the challenges and opportunities that sustainability represents.

May 2: BBC News Business

Can tech deliver a sustainable future for Planet Earth? 

Mike Peirce, Director of Strategy and Communications at CISL contributes to this feature on the theme of sustainability, examining the main challenges facing businesses and asking whether technology – which some would say got us into this mess in the first place – can help get us out.

April 30: The ENDS Report interview

The ENDS Report

Creating value in business (subscription). 

Polly Courtice, director of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, reflects on how The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme has evolved and what’s in store for the future.

April 25: Guardian Sustainable Business blog

Kingfisher CEO: don't underestimate impact of climate change on business.

Sir Ian Cheshire urges business to sign a communique aimed at negotiators meeting in Paris next year to thrash out a new binding climate deal. Sir Ian Cheshire is group chief executive to the world's third largest home improvement retail Group, Kingfisher. He is also chairs the British Retail Consortium and The Prince of Wales's UK Corporate Leaders Group.

April 25: Nature Climate Change

Nature Climate Change

Water stewardship in the twenty-first century.

Anglian Water have been working with CISL over the past five years via the Natural Capital Leaders Platform to develop a collaborative approach to water stewardship. The latest stage of this work investigates the opportunities for the development of multi-sector water resource management plans and an integrated approach to new water resource infrastructure.

April 25: Scientific American

Scientific American

Water stewardship in the twenty-first century.

Anglian Water have been working with CISL over the past five years via the Natural Capital Leaders Platform to develop a collaborative approach to water stewardship. The latest stage of this work investigates the opportunities for the development of multi-sector water resource management plans and an integrated approach to new water resource infrastructure.

April 25: Water risks in the private sector

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The commentaries in this Focus are the result of a water collaboration facilitated by the Natural Capital Leaders Platform.

April 24: Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineeering

Chemical engineers to support ‘Trillion Tonne Communiqué’. 

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has given its support to The Trillion Tonne Communiqué — a global call to arms from organisations who take the science of climate change seriously and demand a proactive policy response. The Communiqué has been produced by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG).

April 17: StockMarketWire

Stock Market Wire

ITM Power has signed up to The Trillion Tonne Communiqué following the publication yesterday of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. 

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué has been developed by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, a group of UK, EU and international progressive businesses who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change.

April 15: The Trillion Tonne Communiqué launch secures excellent media coverage

The latest call for action from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders GroupThe Trillion Tonne Communiqué, has drawn considerable media interest. Within 24 hours of launch, twelve different news websites referenced the statement, including BloombergBusiness GreenGuardian Environment and The Hill. Social media also buzzed with mentions of The Communiqué. The website also received 4,000 visits in one day. On Twitter the #TrillionTonne was tweeted by many users to a combined audience of more than 100,000 followers. The various LinkedIn groups, on which The Communiqué was posted, put it in front of another 800,000 people. Businesses are continuing to sign up, with over 120 signatories showing their support.

April 13: ClickGreen

Click Green

All the global reaction to the latest IPCC climate change report.

Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, today welcomed the third part of the 5th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), Mitigation of Climate Change. 

Read our sector-specific summaries of the latest climate science for the business community.

April 13: IPCC report ‘a wake up call’ says The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

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April 9: Guardian Sustainable Business blog

Corporate lobbying on climate change: silence is not neutrality.

For companies to be transparent on their position on climate change, they must be clear, consistent, and constructive. Groups like CISL's Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group help members develop positions, sign letters and meet directly with legislators, joining with others to make climate policy asks.

April 8: Governments urged to ensure ‘trillionth tonne’ of carbon is never emitted.

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Governments must put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon, according to a statement from leading global businesses today. Failure to limit the stock of carbon in the atmosphere carries risks of disruptive climate impacts that will grow increasingly serious as the stock grows.

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, co-ordinated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, has so far been signed by 70 companies from 5 continents, including major multinationals. Visit The Communiqué website.

April 8: Climate Change Policy & Practice, IISD reporting services

IISD

Corporate Leaders Call for Capping Emissions in ‘Trillion Tonne Communiqué’.

Seventy companies from five continents, co-ordinated by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, have urged governments to put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of over a trillion tonnes of carbon.

April 7: Deutsche Bank Responsibility

Deutsche Bank Responsibility

Banking innovation for sustainable supply chains: Deutsche Bank working with consumer goods companies to help reduce deforestation.

Through the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI), Deutsche Bank together with other international financial institutions are working to help the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) achieve their goal of zero net deforestation.

March 31: Business leaders urge action in response to latest scientific report on climate change

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March 6: UK Chief Executives urge PM to end uncertainty over carbon budget

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7 January–28 March: The Rural Futures Programme

The Rural Futures Programme core team with The Duke of Cambridge. From left to right: Professor Chris Gilligan, Professor Phil Allmendinger, The Duke of Cambridge, Professor Ian Hodge, Polly Courtice, Professor Bill Adams, James Beresford

The Rural Futures Programme core team with The Duke of Cambridge. From left to right: Professor Chris Gilligan, Professor Phil Allmendinger, The Duke of Cambridge, Professor Ian Hodge, Polly Courtice, Professor Bill Adams, James Beresford. 

The Duke of Cambridge undertook a ten-week bespoke programme in rural management organised by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, in collaboration with the Departments of Land Economy, Geography and Plant Sciences.

The executive education programme of seminars, lectures and meetings drew on the strengths of more than 45 academics across the University, and included contributions from a number of non-University experts, as well as site visits including farms, companies and sites of environmental significance. The programme, which ran from early January until the end of March 2014, was designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom.

Find out more on the BBC News website.

March 13: Trade Finance Magazine

Trade Finance

Planting the seeds of supply chain revolution (subscription required).

Read more on the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) page.

March 4: Energy Live News

Energy Live News

Ministers urge EU to back climate goals.

The Green Growth Group, which includes the UK, Germany, France and Italy, is calling for renewables and energy efficiency to play a significant role in the EU’s energy mix and for a 27% EU-wide renewables target provided it is non-binding at national level.

March 3: European Green Growth Summit

Press coverage of the European Green Growth Summit II (pdf).

The Green Growth Platform held its second Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Summit brought together EU Energy, Climate and Economics Ministers, EU Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament, business leaders, investors and renowned economists to discuss jobs, growth and competitiveness and recent analysis undertaken by the Green Growth Platform.

March 3: Reuters

Reuters

Thirteen ministers urge EU to agree green energy goals in March.

The Green Growth Group of 15 countries, including the 13 who issued the statement, says climate policy need not be an enemy to competitiveness. 

February 28: Climate Action Programme

Climate Action Programme

Unilever and University of Cambridge launch landmark Sustainability Programme. 

A unique partnership between Unilever and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is exploring how sustainability challenges can drive business growth.

February 14: Guardian Sustainable Business, social impact hub

Experiential learning aims to close gap between big business and social good.

Can working in the Mumbai slums or with Mexican litter pickers provide leaders with epiphany moments about responsible business, or is it simply 'poverty porn'? Organisers and participants of learning programmes certainly think so. They describe powerful epiphany moments and the subsequent impact of personal transformational on organisational transformation. Like the BP refinery manager who went back after a week's Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership course on global issues (the Business & Sustainability Programme) and built a windfarm to power his refinery.

February 11: edieEnergy

edieEnergy

The Prince of Wales' Business Sustainability Programme nears 20th anniversary.

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP), established by HRH The Prince of Wales and the University of Cambridge, will mark its 20th anniversary in April this year, making it one of the world's longest running business and sustainability executive education forums.

January 31: Guardian Sustainable Business, finance hub

Extreme weather is a reality – the insurance industry must adapt.

Partnerships, sustainable repair in communities, and innovative services will help insurers respond to climate change. ClimateWise, a partnership of insurers, brokers and risk modellers, includes more than 40 insurance companies and organisations globally that are working together to reduce the risks of climate change.

January 31: Winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize for 2014 Announced

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Read more about the Awards.

January 27: Trade & Export Finance

Trade & Export Finance

Sustainable commodity finance gains momentum.

The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) has set out trade financing solutions aimed at increasing sustainability in the commodity trade sector, in a report entitled 'Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit'.

January 24: Trade & Forfaiting Review

Trade & Forfaiting Review

Green LCs the future says Barclays Corporate Banking vice chair.

The biggest buyers of soft commodities, representing US$3trn of procurement power, are backing a client-led initiative to use letters of credit (LCs) to clear deforestation from supply chains. A proposal by the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) aims to use LCs to ensure sustainable sourcing through the supply chain.

January 22: Celebrating two decades of shaping business leadership for sustainability

Download the press release. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme (BSP).

January 22: Business leaders urge Europe to keep up ambition on climate

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