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Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel IIIStability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?

October 2014

Since the financial crisis of 2008, banking regulators have increasingly been enacting policies and regulations to target environmental risks, especially in some of the major fast-growth economies. Recognising the growing momentum behind this trend, the BEI, in partnership with UNEP FI and with support from Bloomberg, decided to initiate an independent process to look at these issues and the ways in which regulators worldwide might respond to them.

The resulting study, authored by Professor Kern Alexander, CISL Fellow and Chair in Law and Finance at the University of Zurich, assesses the links between systemic environmental risks and financial stability. It offers insights into how some members of the Basel Committee are already acting on these links. Opportunities for international coordination and collaboration on these approaches are suggested.

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The Climate has ChangedThe Climate has Changed, a new report by We Mean Business

September 2014

This new report by We Mean Business shows that companies can be confident that creating a low carbon strategy makes good business sense. A group of companies identified in this report are demonstrating bold leadership on climate action driven by the risks and opportunities they know climate change will bring to their businesses.

We Mean Business is a coalition of organisations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. These businesses recognise that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, they have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyse bold climate action by all and promote smart policy frameworks.

The Corporate Leaders Group is a founding partner of We Mean Business.

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Better Growth, Better ClimateBusiness briefing on the New Climate Economy

September 2014

A short and relevant summary of the recently launched New Climate Economy synthesis report has been released by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

The succinct briefing is prepared with a business audience in mind and highlights the key points of the report: that the next 15 years are crucial, there are major opportunities for economic systems such as cities, land use, and energy, and that economic growth and action on climate change can be achieved together.

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BEI 2014 ReportBanking Environment Initiative Forum 2014 Conference Report

September 2014

Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins led a group of representatives of global banks meeting in Hong Kong on June 24, 2014 to explore ways that banks can work with companies to promote sustainable means of production, starting with agricultural commodities.

The Forum laid the groundwork for the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) to broaden its remit by including more financial institutions and companies in its working groups, and intensifying its engagement in Asia.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Extractive & Primary Industries

June 2014
Implications for Primary & Extractive Industries

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. 

Climate change impacts on the extractives and primary industries sectors are wide ranging and may affect aspects of exploration, extraction, and production of industrial commodities. This briefing explores the challenges and opportunities climate change poses to the extractives and primary industries sector.  

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The Best Use of UK Agricultural LandNatural Capital Leaders Platform: The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land

June 2014

The demands on UK agricultural land are escalating. Meeting the needs of a growing population, providing greater food and energy security, increasing woodland coverage and offering better environmental protection are just some of these demands. But where will this land be found?

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has launched a report that has engaged industry in a review of the demand and supply of UK agricultural land use and potential responses. The report was produced in collaboration with Asda, Sainsbury’s, Nestlé, AB Agri, Yara, BASF, BOCM Pauls, Volac and the NFU and CLA. The aim was to understand the amount of additional land needed and provide a simple, clear vision for UK agricultural land use and a set of principles to guide future decision-making. The report also quantifies a number of ‘supply-side’ measures that could help meet this additional demand, including improving yields and reducing food waste, while also highlighting the need to understand how much land can be used for multiple purposes. But it warns that these initiatives may not be sufficient to close the gap, in which case difficult choices will need to be made.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Investors and Financial Institutions

June 2014
Implicatiosn for Investors & Financial Institutions

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. 

Investors and financial institutions are, and will continue to be, exposed to risks and opportunities as a result of climate change. This briefing reviews how climate change is relevant to all investors and financial institutions, and gives an overview of the implications.    

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Report to Ministers on Energy SecurityGreen Growth Platform: Advisory Council I: Report to Ministers on Energy Security and the 2030 Climate & Energy Package

June 2014

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.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Energy

June 2014
Implications for Energy

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. 

The energy industry is both a contributor to climate change and a sector that climate change will severely impact. This briefing explores the challenges and opportunities climate change and related policies pose to the energy sector.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Tourism

June 2014

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

The tourism industry faces profound impacts from climate change – impacts that are already being felt. It represents one of the world’s largest industries, accounting for some 9% of global GDP and generates 27 more than $6 trillion in revenues each year. This briefing reviews how climate change is already impacting the tourism industry and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Buildings

June 2014

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. 

In 2010, the world's buildings accounted for 34% of global final energy use and 24% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Global final energy use in buildings, and related emissions, could double or even triple by 2050. This briefing explores the challenges and opportunities climate change poses to the building sector.   

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Agriculture

June 2014
Implications for Agriculture

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

The effects of climate change on crop and food production are already evident in several regions of the world, with negative impacts of climate trends more common than positive ones. This briefing explores the specific trends that will affect the agricultural sector.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Defence

June 2014

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

Climate change intensifies existing pressures and brings new challenges to global peace and security. Societies’ responses to climate impacts may exceed the global or regional capacity to manage those responses peacefully. This briefing reviews the ways climate change is challenging global security and the role the military can play in addressing that challenge.   

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Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investmentNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment

3 June 2014

On 3 June 2014, the Natural Capital Leaders Platform launched a report at The Royal Society, London, that has been developed with business and government partners. The report examines new water strategies recognising the value of water to different sectors. Working collectively with other sectors to finance new water infrastructure is the most efficient way to reduce both short- and long-term risks to water security. This report details four innovative financial models that each offer a new approach to achieving multi-sector water investments.

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Planning Advice for Integrated Water ManagementNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Planning Advice for Integrated Water Management

2 June 2014

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform, with support from industry and other stakeholders, has published an Advice Note that provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management so that water is no longer considered a nuisance or a challenge, but a benefit to business, government and communities. Over 30 case studies of best practice, drawn from across the water sector, support the Advice Note.

Download the Water Planning Advice Note.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Cities

May 2014

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

Urban centres account for more than half of the world's population, most of its economic activity and the majority of energy-related emissions. This briefing explores the roles cities will play in the fight against climate change.

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IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Fisheries & Aquaculture

May 2014

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

The oceans are vital for production of food from fisheries and aquaculture, but their ability to provide this service is sensitive to climate change and associated ocean acidification. This briefing explores the challenges and opportunities climate change poses to fisheries and aquaculture.  

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Investment Leaders Group: The Value of Responsible InvestmentInvestment Leaders Group Report

The Value of Responsible Investment: The moral, financial and economic case for action

May 2014

Investors are uniquely placed to support economic activity that enhances the environment, sustains livelihoods and contributes to economic stability. And with thousands of signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, support for these values has never been stronger. There imperative now is to convert ambition into effective investment practice. 

The Investment Leaders Group (ILG) was created to help shift the investment chain towards responsible, long-term value creation, such that sustainability is delivered as an outcome of the investment process alongside satisfactory, long-term investment returns.

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Linking Landscapes and LivelihoodsNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Linking Landscapes and Livelihoods Framework Overview

April 2014

The Linking Landscapes & Livelihoods assessment framework explores potential challenges companies may experience in engaging with smallholders, identifies options for responding to challenges and finally explores possible means for measuring the impact of these responses.

A series of in-depth interviews were carried out in the summer of 2013, across the business operations of companies and with key external stakeholders, to collect information on current business practice and the decision-making points which impact on smallholder engagement. These interviews informed the development of the framework.

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The Corporate Climate Communiqués since 2007
The Corporate Climate Communiqués

Since 2007 the CLG has created Communiqués which set out the business case for an ambitious, robust, effective and equitable UN climate framework and offers a progressive global consensus on the shape of an agreement. 

The Carbon Price Communiqué

November 2012

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué (2104) is a global call to arms from businesses who take the science of climate change seriously and are demanding a proactive policy response.

Read The Trillion Tonne Communiqué. 

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The Carbon Price Communiqué (2012) made the case for setting a price on carbon emissions as one of the main building blocks of an effective and ambitious climate change policy framework.

Read The Carbon Price Communiqué.

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The 2°C Challenge Communiqué (2011) called on governments to break the deadlock in the international negotiations and take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate resilient economy.

Read The 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change (2010) made it clear that the case for a comprehensive international framework to tackle climate change still stood after Copenhagen, and that the need for action was increasingly urgent. The signatories urged governments to redouble their efforts to achieve this framework and also to take necessary and appropriate mitigation actions in parallel with such efforts.

Read The Cancun Communiqué.

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change (2009) was signed by over 950 companies from 60 countries including the US, EU, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, India, China, Korea and South Africa; ranging from the world’s largest companies and best known brands, to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Read The Copenhagen Communiqué.

The Poznań Communiqué (2008) was launched by the CLG ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland. The Poznań Communiqué set out the key elements of an international deal on climate change and was endorsed by the business leaders of over 140 companies worldwide.

Read The Poznań Communiqué.

The Bali Communiqué (2007) was published by the CLG to governments gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. CEOs from over 140 global companies signed The Bali Communiqué and it was published in a centre-page spread in the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune on the eve of the conference. It was an unprecedented move by business and received significant worldwide media attention.

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BEI Sustainable Shipment Letter of CreditThe Banking Environment Initiative’s Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit: A financing solution to incentivise sustainable commodity trade

24 January 2014

The Chief Executives of the world’s biggest buyers of agricultural commodities have, through the Consumer Goods Forum, made public commitments to transforming supply chain practices such that by 2020, their palm oil, soy, pulp and paper and beef supply chains will be helping to achieve zero net deforestation. To deliver this goal, these companies have set deadlines by which they will be procuring only commodities that were produced in line with certain sustainability standards. The banking industry, through the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI), has been working with these companies to establish what aligning banking services with this major client-led transformation would look like in practice.

CISL has authored this paper to describe a documentary trade finance solution that has been developed through our convening of a group of of leading commodity buyers, trading houses, international trade finance banks, development banks, trade finance industry bodies and international NGOs. The paper details the simple means by which internationally recognised sustainability standards associated with individual commodities can be integrated into Letters of Credit (LCs) that support the international trade of commodities.

By allowing trade finance banks to differentiate between ‘Sustainable Shipments’ and conventional ones, the paper subsequently considers how banks might incentivise the growth in trade of sustainably-produced commodities.

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Sustainable Mobility: Vehicle lightweightingSustainable Mobility: Vehicle Lightweighting

December 2013

This is the first report from CISL’s collaboration with Mirova, the responsible investment arm of Natixis Asset Management. Drawing on research insight from the University of Cambridge and CISL’s industry networks, the study focuses on the lightweighting of passenger vehicles, including the potential application of advanced high strength steel, carbon fibre composites, aluminium and magnesium.

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Natural Performance Metrics Selection FrameworkNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Performance – Metrics Selection Framework

December 2013

This report has been created to explain the importance of natural capital metrics, the key elements in choosing an informative set of metrics to monitor and CISL’s development of a practical, web-based tool to help companies think through their metrics selection decisions. This report also highlights the value of context based metrics in decision making processes.

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EValuATe Listening to BusinessNatural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Listening to Business

November 2013

Listening to Business forms a part of the E.Valu.A.Te suite of resources and exemplifies some of the business motivations and drivers, as well as the barriers to assess environmental externalities. This ensured that E.Valu.A.Te delivered a tool that met those needs.

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EValuATe Practical GuideNatural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Practical Guide

November 2013

E.Valu.A.Te: The Practical Guide forms a part of a suite of resources, including an online Tool. The Practical Guide provides the technical background and additional information to assist the use of the online Tool.

The Practical Guide also describes the necessary steps of the scoping phase that needs to be completed before the actual assessment (with the online Tool) can be undertaken. In addition, it explains what externalities are and why they are relevant to assess.

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SABMiller SummaryNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Summary of SABMiller Case Study: The (Sustainable) Business Case for Natural Capital Valuation

November 2013

Working closely with the Natural Capital Leaders Platform and academics co-funded by the Valuing Nature Network, SABMiller developed its own valuation study, using a bottom-up approach. This study undertook a valuation of the environmental externalities of SABMiller’s procurement of malting barley in Rajasthan, India.

Download the Summary of SABMiller Case Study: The (Sustainable) Business Case for Natural Capital Valuation.

SABMiller Case StudySABMiller Case Study – Academic paper: Assessing the externalities of SABMiller's barley extension program in Rajasthan

November 2013

The origin of this working paper lies in a case study prepared for the Valuing Nature Network (VNN) “Valuing Externalities in a Business Context” project, run by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership with funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

This report examines the externalities associated with the increased production of malting barley for a brewery in Rajasthan, India. The company has been working with independent small-scale farmers to increase yields through better crop management and increased adoption of new barley varieties that are more beneficial to the brewing process than the feed barley which has traditionally been grown in Rajasthan. The environmental externalities associated with farm operations are described and quantified, using information from farm extension worker focus groups as well as publicly available data. Four crop growing scenarios are developed for a typical 2.8 ha farm.

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Building Resilient CitiesBuilding climate-resilient cities: ClimateWise publishes priorities, planning framework and toolkit

November 2013

Urban resilience against the weather effects of climate change is an imperative of the insurance industry. It reduces losses, promotes insurability, and presents opportunities for innovative risk transfer and insurance solutions to help manage climate risk. Insurers’ knowledge of risk management enables them to propel thinking on urban resilience forward, and identify ways to reduce climate risks.

In November 2013, three practical documents were published which form the output from this process. These three documents form the output of a workshop series on building urban resilience, involving insurers and city stakeholders in the U.S. and Canada.

- A concise Summary Report, which distils the key priorities that emerged from the workshop series for collaborative action between key urban resiliency stakeholders to build climate resilience in cities.

- A second, more detailed report “Building Resilient Cities: From Risk Assessment to Redevelopment” explains, in much greater detail, one of the core concepts developed through our workshop series.

A third document which contains the workshop materials including templates and graphics that were used to facilitate each of the workshops in the series.

Science Report: Action, Trends & Implications for Business

September 2013

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

This briefing is based on the IPCC Working Group 1 and summarises the physical science basis of climate and its projected impacts.

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IPCC AR5 Overview: Implications for Business

September 2013
Climate: Everyone's Business

The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate.

This briefing serves as an overview document explaining the process of compiling AR5 and the relevance to business.

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ClimateWise Thought Leadership Issue 4ClimateWise Thought Leadership: A one in ten chance: As risk experts do insurers really communicate risk effectively? Exploring how the perception of risk affects customer responses to climate risk

July 2013

How risk is perceived is key to whether people take action to manage risk. Advertisers use insights from behavioural science all the time but it is not often considered when looking at responses to unexpected events. Insurers who are able to effectively communicate risk will be better able to promote desirable risk behaviours.

In this article for ClimateWise's Thought Leadership series, Ian Foy, Former Chief Executive Officer, Equity Red Star looks at how insurers can connect with customers to drive change and encourage changes in their behaviour – even when they lack personal and emotional connection to major events and trends.

Download the ClimateWise Thought Leadership Article Series, Issue Four (pdf).

Infographics: Collaboration in water management: the power of partnershipSustainable Water Stewardship, in partnership with Anglian Water and the Guardian: 'Water Water Everywhere, encouraging collaboration and building partnerships'

July/August 2013

Following the success of the innovative interactive roundtable Guardian Sustainable Business event held in partnership with Anglian Water on 10 July 2013, the Guardian published a series of articles and infographics in print and online as part of their ‘In Focus’ sequence. The articles outline our approach for collaborative business action to address the paradoxical combination of increasingly frequent flooding and growing pressure on over-consumed water resources. 

Download the infographics 'Water Water Everywhere, encouraging collaboration and building partnerships' :Infographic 1Infographic 2.

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Solutions to water stress and scarcity should be collective.

Why collaboration in water management matters for business. 

Water resource management needs to be tackled collaboratively.

Measuring, managing and reducing GHG emissions from internal air travelMeasuring, managing and reducing GHG emissions from internal air travel

April 2013

The  Professional Services Sustainability Initiative (PSSI) is a unique consortium of leaders from professional services firms to encourage and deliver tangible steps towards a sustainable future. Its sub-group on Internal Air Travel was set up to look into the measuring, management and reporting of internal air travel in the professional services sector. It was conceived of and launched by professional services executives in 2012. The group leverages the professional services’ expertise to better understand, communicate and act on their GHG emissions resulting from business internal air travel. The PSSI’s Secretariat is provided by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

This report was written by Doug Crawford-Brown, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) at the University of Cambridge. It is based on research and data compiled by CISL and the members of the sub-group on Internal Air Travel from the PSSI Working Group. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by colleagues from KPMG (Markus Herz-Chairman, Gemma King); Accenture (Camilla Dreier); Capgemini (James Robey); Deloitte (Nick Robinson; Simon Booth); PwC (Bridget Jackson, Jon Hampson).

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Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through CollaborationSustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration

April 2013

This Natural Capital Sustainable Water Stewardship Collaboratory report recommends the next steps for business and government to better manage water resources. It is the culmination of the current phase of our collaboratory which brought together forward-thinking organisations, government and communities to explore better ways of managing and valuing water by pioneering and exploring innovative approaches.

Download Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration (pdf).

ClimateWise Thought Leadership: The role of insurers in strengthening business resilience to climate riskClimateWise Thought Leadership: The role of insurers in strengthening business resilience to climate risk

February 2013

Kunio Ishihara, Chairman of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Japan's leading general insurance company, has written for ClimateWise's Thought Leadership series. His article discusses the role of insurers in supply chain resilience, and where climate change poses particular threats to these supply chains across Asian markets.

Download ClimateWise Thought Leadership Article Series, Issue Three.

Polly Courtice: The critical link: strategy and sustainability in leadership developmentPolly Courtice: The critical link: strategy and sustainability in leadership development

January 2013

Successfully embedding sustainability principles in corporate practice ultimately requires those principles to be embedded into leadership and management development processes. But first, sustainability has to be integrated into organisational vision and strategy. How are leaders developing the insight and understanding to achieve this? In this article, Polly Courtice, CISL’s Director, explores how a new type of leadership development is required if we are to achieve change at the scale and pace required.

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Mike Peirce: Introduction: The Future in PracticeMike Peirce: Introduction – The Future in Practice

January 2013

The question of how far leaders can envisage or influence the future has never been so hotly debated. In this Introduction to The State of Sustainability: The Future in PracticeMike Peirce, CISL’s Director of Strategy and Communications explains the concept behind this thought leadership report, and offers a brief introduction to each of its chapters.

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SoSL 2012: Jørgen RandersProfessor Jorgen Randers: 2052: A global forecast for the next forty years

December 2012

After four decades of campaigning for sustainability, world-famous economist Professor Jorgen Randers has ‘gazed into the crystal ball’ to review the effectiveness of his life’s work, and to predict what the next forty years will bring. In this article, he presents the conclusions he reached in his new book.

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Jeremy Grantham: Living on a finite planet (where no-one likes to hear bad news)Jeremy Grantham: Living on a finite planet (where no-one likes to hear bad news)

December 2012

Jeremy Grantham is co-founder of GMO LLC, where his Quarterly Newsletter to clients has gained wide renown as a crucial source of investment advice. In this adapted version of his high-profile lecture to delegates at The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme 2012, he describes how he came to realise that we are facing a paradigm shift, and the limits of traditional economics.

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SoSL: Pavan SukhdevPavan Sukhdev: Can today’s corporations deliver tomorrow’s economy?

December 2012

Here Pavan Sukhdev, founder of GIST Advisory, career banker, and leader of UNEP’s landmark The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project, argues that within the next decade we need a new corporate paradigm to meet the challenges of delivering a green and equitable economy. He proposes four ‘planks’ to this new model for Corporation 2020 – which is also the title of his new book, published in October 2012.

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève: Leadership: creating the space to actSandrine Dixson-Declève: Leadership: creating the space to act

December 2012

In this piece, Director of CISL’s EU office Sandrine Dixson-Declève outlines the current status of sustainability issues among the corridors of power in the EU, including the regional challenge of Central & Eastern European integration. With many political leaders preoccupied by the Eurozone crisis, she argues that now is the time for business to take a lead role, deploying its influence to create the space for policymakers to act.

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José Lopez: Keeping nature’s balance sheet in balanceJosé Lopez: Keeping nature’s balance sheet in balance

December 2012

Nestlé turns nearly one per cent of the world’s total agricultural output into food and beverages for the average consumer. In this piece José Lopez, VP for Operations at Nestlé S.A., outlines why our treatment of natural resources is a concern to the company, and his determination to find a way to integrate business planning and the preservation of what Nestlé’s business is based upon. Nestlé is a CISL Strategic Partner and a member of the Natural Capital Leaders Platform.

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Carlos Fadigas: Business as part of the solutionCarlos Fadigas: Business as part of the solution

December 2012

Braskem is one of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies and a pioneer of ‘green’ polyethylene, and part of the Brazilian group Empresas Pelo Clima – a member of the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action. In this article, Braskem's CEO Carlos Fadigas describes his vision of sustainability integrated into core business objectives, and why he believes this does not mean an end to competition. Only with the participation of the economic mainstream can we achieve results on the scale required.

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Hard limits – flexible strategiesMike Brown: Hard limits – flexible strategies

December 2012

Mike Brown is Chief Executive of Nedbank, one of South Africa’s major banks, which is engaged with much of CISL’s sustainability leadership work in South Africa. Here he describes the personal impact of learning about the ‘2°C limit’; why he feels this ‘hard’ technical and ethical limit may be just what’s needed; and how our creativity and innovation across business and government must match the very inflexibility of this goal.

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The political economy of ecosystem servicesDr Bhaskar Vira: The political economy of ecosystem services

December 2012

Cambridge geographer Bhaskar Vira, a key contributor to CISL’s work on Valuing Externalities, introduces us to the political economy of ecosystems services – the complex social and political questions behind attempts to set a value on natural resources. Who gains, who loses in choices over nature conservation? Without asking these questions, we will miss out on just and equitable, not to mention realistic and sustainable, solutions. Interview by Wayne Visser.

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SoSL: Julian AllwoodDr Julian Allwood: Sustainable materials: with both eyes open

December 2012

Dr Julian Allwood, Reader in Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a frequent contributor to CISL’s sustainability training programmes, is convinced that energy efficiencies in production will not be enough to reach the UK’s carbon emissions targets. Instead, he explains that we need a new approach to material efficiency – ‘Sustainable materials, with both eyes open’ – as well as a new vision of product lifecycles if we are to build a sustainable future.

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Professor Chris Gilligan: A ‘doubly-green’ revolutionProfessor Chris Gilligan: A ‘doubly-green’ revolution

December 2012

In this interview, Professor of Mathematical Biology and Chair of CISL's Management Board Chris Gilligan explains that, as the world’s most productive arable land is already in use, the only way we can hope to enhance crop outputs to feed a growing population will be through improved responses to pests and disease. The mathematical toolkit developed by his Cambridge team, coupled with insights from the social sciences and humanities, aims to provide policymakers with the tools they need to make informed and timely decisions on this crucial issue. Interview by Wayne Visser.

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Dr David Reiner: Perspectives on carbon capture and storageDr David Reiner: Perspectives on carbon capture and storage

December 2012

Dr Reiner, a regular contributor to CISL’s executive programmes and business platforms, explains in this interview what we can learn from the controversies surrounding carbon dioxide capture and storage. His explorations of the views of different environmentalists, and the way politicians and the energy industry communicate with the public, reveal challenges both for the ‘green’ movement, and for the whole of society as we try to establish trust and consensus in the face of climate change. Interview by Wayne Visser and Francesca Raphaely.

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David Buckland: A simple and undeniable truthDavid Buckland: A simple and undeniable truth

December 2012

David Buckland is the creator and director of Cape Farewell, which works with artists and scientists on a cultural response to climate change, and which has provided the stunning images for The State of Sustainability Leadership. In this article he explains the history of Cape Farewell, and why the arts have a vital role to play in driving humankind’s response to the climate challenge.

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The Carbon Price CommuniquéThe Carbon Price Communiqué

November 2012

The Carbon Price Communiqué makes the case for setting a price on carbon emissions as one of the main building blocks of an effective and ambitious climate change policy framework.

With this document business leaders are reiterating the value of a strong carbon price as a tool that if designed properly, can work along with other complementary policies to deliver carbon emissions reductions proportionate with the scale of the climate challenge.

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ClimateWise CCS ReportClimateWise: New study could remove an obstacle to carbon capture and storage

November 2012

A new study from ClimateWise could remove an obstacle to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), but risk sharing with government is still required. The 'Managing Liabilities of European Carbon Capture & Storage' risk-management study identifies the potential to remove a barrier to the development of CCS technology at scale in Europe, paving the way for more effective action to prevent climate change. The proposal put forward addresses the problem of unlimited liability associated with the risk of leakage of carbon dioxide from storage sites.

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Read the Summary for Decision-makers (12 pages).

ClimateWise Fifth Year ReviewClimateWise Principles: Fifth Independent Review, 2012

2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the ClimateWise initiative. Since its establishment members have made significant progress towards understanding and responding to the risks and opportunities posed by climate change. The group continues to play a clear leadership role for the wider insurance industry.

The fifth Annual Review, independently conducted by PwC, shows that in 2011/12 members achieved record compliance of 92% with the core ClimateWise Principles. Of particular note were advances in research and data for modelling risk, increased engagement with policymakers, and the development of new products and services.

Read the fifth Annual Review Executive Summary.

Visit the ClimateWise website to download the full report.

Banking Environment Initiative Forum 2012 Conference ReportBanking Environment Initiative Forum 2012 Conference Report

November 2012

This report shares the highlights from the inaugural Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) Forum held in London in November 2012. In particular, the report focuses on the work of the two major bank–corporate partnerships being driven by the BEI on clean energy and soft commodities. The report also hosts all the presentations and video addresses given on the day, including, a powerful keynote presentation from Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Market Transformation, WWF and an opening address from HRH The Prince of Wales, our Patron.

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Banking Environment Initiative (BEI), 2012, An Options Approach to Unlocking Investment in Clean EnergyBanking Environment Initiative (BEI), 2012, An Options Approach to Unlocking Investment in Clean Energy

A group of six Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) banks and six energy companies argue in this paper that using traditional investment valuation models is not always the best approach for valuing clean energy investments. The group concludes that when uncertain future market or policy conditions would have unequal impacts on investment performance, valuation models that explicitly value the fact that clean energy investments give energy companies the option to adapt to changing market or policy conditions may be more appropriate.

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Natural Convergence: Integrating Business and Government Strategies to Manage Natural CapitalNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Convergence: Integrating Business and Government Strategies to Manage Natural Capital

September 2012

Between December 2011 and July 2012 two groups of diverse business leaders from across the UK wood and timber industry value chains met with policymakers and academics.

They explored how business manages its impacts and dependencies on natural capital through procurement and how this relates to the way government influences natural capital through land use policy. This report represents the output of these processes.

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ClimateWise Thought Leaders 2ClimateWise Thought Leadership: The value of ecosystem resilience to insurers

June 2012

To coincide with the Rio+20 conference, Ian Kirk, CEO of Santam Group wrote for the ClimateWise Thought Leadership series on the value of ecosystem resilience to insurers. He also discussed the idea of insurance as a global connector, and the industry's role as a global contributor to socio-economic well-being.

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The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea PlantationNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea Plantation

June 2012

The Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea Plantation is the first in a series of Natural Capital Business Case Studies, and looks at the Kericho tea industry, which lies within Kenya’s most important water catchment.

Each study profiles the work of companies that recognise the importance of impacts on natural capital and take steps to mitigate them, providing inspiration, guidance and learning for companies looking to follow suit.

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Down to ZeroDown to Zero: Joint Public–Private Low Carbon Procurement Compacts, Invitation to Suppliers

May 2012

The CLG and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have joined forces to bring together major public and private sector customers in Procurement Compacts for new, 'low to zero carbon' goods and services. These Compacts demonstrate to potential suppliers that there is a substantial and organised market demand for cost-effective, low carbon transport and catering, and for heat and power from renewable biomethane. By sending a clear direction of travel message to suppliers and by demonstrating real demand, this joint public–private sector initiative aims to create market opportunities for innovating companies and help to generate growth and jobs in the low carbon economy.

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ClimateWise Thought Leaders 1ClimateWise Thought Leadership: Moving beyond the uncertainty of climate change risk

April 2012

In this inaugural issue,ClimateWise Chairman John Coomber sets out three new opportunities for insurers and insurance brokers to think about:

1. Providing coverage for today's most vulnerable communities to reach new customers
2. Measuring horizon risk to avoid risks becoming “unaffordable”
3. Partnering in mitigation programmes to identify opportunities from inevitable change in sectors such as energy

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Natural Capital Leadership CompactNatural Capital Leadership Compact

March 2012

With growing business interest in the management of natural capital over the last year, members of the Natural Capital Leaders Platform have developed a ground-breaking 'Natural Capital Leadership Compact'. This is a business statement of intent that also urges international governments to commit to a global policy framework on the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources.

The Compact has been fed into the UN Rio+20 policy-making processes and is currently generating significant interest among companies with recognised global brands who want to show their support for its bold business commitments. The Leadership Compact is based on the outcomes of practical collaboration within the Platform over the last 18 months to identify innovative business solutions that address natural capital challenges globally.

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Terry A'Hearn

February 2012

Terry A'Hearn, Senior Associate, discusses regulatory reform and the need for a revolution in regulation for resilience.

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Professor Richard Calland: Good COP, Bad COP

December 2011

Professor Richard Calland, CISL Senior Associate, introduces his thought leadership piece on Good COP, Bad COP, and explains his perspective on the recent negotiations.

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Cover image of the State of Sustainability LeadershipA Journey of a Thousand Miles: The State of Sustainability Leadership

1 December 2011

This publication brings together academic, business, practitioner and educational perspectives on present-day sustainability leadership. It includes an account of CISL's experience spanning two decades and a host of international perspectives; articles from leading academics and faculty from our courses; and up-to-date outlooks on the key sustainability leaders of 2011 and today's most influential books and films on business sustainability leadership

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HurricaneHow do we protect growth in a world of ‘new normals’?

21 November 2011

An opinion piece by John Coomber, ClimateWise Chairman and former CEO of Swiss Re

Insurers can help to forge and promote solutions by using our industry’s core expertise to better understand and communicate climate risks and to manage those risks down to an acceptable level.

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The 2°C Challenge CommuniquéThe 2°C Challenge Communiqué

October 2011

The 2°C Challenge Communiqué called on governments to break the deadlock in the international negotiations and take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate resilient economy.

The Communiqué noted that, if governments fail to act, they "risk permanent damage to their credibility", but the right action would "secure a low carbon-emission economy that is more resilient, more efficient and less vulnerable to global shocks". The 2°C Challenge Communiqué had over 400 signatories based in over 40 countries.

Read The 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

Download a list of Signatories to The 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

Jane Nelson: What is corporate sustainability leadership?

October 2011

Jane Nelson, CISL Senior Associate and Founder Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, talks about three levels of corporate sustainability leadership and highlights a few pioneers.

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Wind turbineA Logical Framework for Climate Leadership or The Logic of a Carbon Budget

October 2011

An opinion piece by Mike Brown, Chief Executive, Nedbank Group; Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, AngloGold Ashanti. Both are members of the South African Corporate Leaders Group.

The primary challenge of the UN climate negotiations is to come up with a globally fair, ambitious and binding agreement to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions and thereby avoid condemning future generations to dangerous and potentially catastrophic levels of climate change. Despite the complexity we think it is possible and important to simplify the climate policy landscape.

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Seize the Day: A Call to Action for UK Climate LeadershipSeize the Day: A Call to Action for UK Climate Leadership

29 June 2011

On 29 June 2011, the CLG launched a new report into Government policy, calling for stronger action on climate leadership. Seize the Day reflects the member companies' belief that the UK Government has set the right goals for the economy, but must dramatically step up action to deliver these goals.

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Cover image of Sustainable Water StewardshipSustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward

June 2011

Sustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward was a significant sector event, held in November 2010 with the support of Anglian Water. This publication provides an overview of the meeting’s discussion and its outcomes. It includes a set of imaginative proposals from Tim O’Riordan, Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, which provide a signpost for future work, highlighting innovative ways to address the challenges of sustainable water stewardship and proposing next steps for collaborative action.

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Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Business Narratives ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Business Narratives Report

June 2011

After several iterations, a narrative for a wide multi-sector business audience The Value of Environmental Infrastructure – Business Briefing has been created. This narrative has been further developed and has produced a specific CEO briefing document, Valuing Natural Capital – CEO Briefing for use in the boardroom to make the case for action. These briefings are collected together in the Building a Leadership Narrative for Business report, which is now publicly available to download.

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Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Business Risks and Opportunities ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Business Risks and Opportunities Report

June 2011

The collaboratory has released the report Understanding and Managing the Business Risks and Opportunities, which sets out a toolkit to help business understand the natural capital risks and opportunities. Exploratory scenarios have been developed to interrogate the landscape of risk and to investigate the interconnections between aspects of current and future practice, technology and policy.

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Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Resilient Value Chains ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Resilient Value Chains Report

June 2011

Proposing a shift from demand-led consumption to a ‘supply-constrained’ approach, the Building Resilient Value Chains Within the Limits of Natural Capital report highlights the importance of developing a new framework for purchasing decisions which incorporate the cost of externalities.


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Cambridge Natural Capital Programme resilient value chains case studiesNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Resilient Value Chains Case Studies Report

June 2011

This report contains case studies provided by collaboratory members that illustrate how value chain interventions can be aligned with the demands and opportunities that drive natural resource use, and demonstrates the value of collaboration and cooperation between organisations and across sectors.



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Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Naural Capital Investment ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Investment Report

June 2011

The culmination of the study is the Increasing Mainstream Investor Understanding of Natural Capital report. The report summarises insights from the investment community and recommended leverage action points for action. These are coupled with detailed evidence from the interviews.



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Cambridge Natural Capital Programme increasing mainstream investor understanding of natural capital: Part B: EvidenceNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Investment Report B: Evidence

June 2011

This report delves deeper into the risks and opportunities highlighted in the Natural Capital Investment Report. It highlights Natural Capital risk and exposure in the financial sector, provides a gap / opportunity analysis in decision-making within the mainstream investment community, and a gives a synopsis of interviews conducted with members of the finance community.

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Download the Increasing Mainstream Investor Understanding of Natural Capital Part B: Evidence report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Summary Report 2011Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Summary Report for Phase 1

May 2011

The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, a major business-led programme addressing the impacts of natural capital loss and degradation on business and wider society, has released a suite of major reports focusing on four key areas identified by business in its first year of work. This Summary report for Phase 1 brings together the most important  points.

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Image of an electric bike shop in ChinaThe South African Government’s Green Paper Fails to Address Climate Change Challenges

April 2011

An opinion piece by Professor Jorgen Randers

A discussion of the South African Green Paper on Climate Change.

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Cover image of Sustainability Leadership – a Force for ChangeSustainability Leadership – a Force for Change

November 2010

A thought piece by CISL, November 2010. According to a recent survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) 93% of  member CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s future success. Furthermore, 96% believe that sustainability issues should be fully integrated into the strategy and operations of a company. This begs a question: what does this mean for those in leadership positions? And is ‘sustainability leadership’ different from leadership elsewhere?

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The Cancun CommuniquéThe Cancun Communiqué

November 2010

The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change made it clear that the case for a comprehensive international framework to tackle climate change still stood after Copenhagen, and that the need for action was increasingly urgent. The signatories urged governments to redouble their efforts to achieve this framework and also to take necessary and appropriate mitigation actions in parallel with such efforts. The Cancun Communiqué secured the support of over 400 companies based in 36 countries.

Read The Cancun Communiqué.

Download a list of Signatories to The Cancun Communiqué.

Cover image of West Africa: the climate of changeWest Africa: the climate of change

November 2010

The report, West Africa: the climate of change, discusses climate change impacts, awareness and preparedness across West Africa. Published in November 2010, it was researched with Green Actors in West Africa and written by postgraduate student Rosie Robison and CISL Development Director Ruth Findlay Brooks.

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Cover image of the BSP London Lecture 2010, given by Jeff ImmeltBSP London Lecture, delivered by Jeff Immelt

28 October 2010

Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric, delivered the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) on 28 October, 2010. Mr Immelt addressed over 300 members of the CSN, including CEOs, chairmen, senior executives and policy makers. Mr Immelt communicated the important role of developing new energy technologies that not only address environmental problems, but also create jobs, improve efficiencies and deliver genuine economic value.

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Cover image of Towards a Sustainable EconomyTowards a Sustainable Economy

October 2010

In October 2010, a new publication from the ‘Next Economy Initiative’ was launched: Towards a Sustainable Economy, Business Leadership & UK Government Policy. The publication, authored by Founder Director of Forum for the Future, Jonathon Porritt, explores how business, working with government, can speed up the rate of change towards a sustainable low carbon economy.

Low Carbon CompendiumLow Carbon Compendium

1 June 2010

This report, by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, demonstrates how the activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low climate risk economy. Profiles and examples of the activities and climate projects are given for each of the member CLG companies featured, including their carbon reduction goals and how these are being met.

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Photograph of a wind turbineReturn Characteristics of Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment

June 2010

An opinion piece by James Stacey, CISL Senior Associate and Partner at Earth Capital Partners

The past few years have seen increased questioning of appropriate asset allocations for long term investors, such as pension funds. A recognition has emerged that real assets (be it “pure” real estate or wider infrastructure investing) have a critical and more significant role to play in pension fund portfolio construction, whilst simultaneously the evolution of SRI (and related themes) into Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) investing has reinforced a longer term perspective.

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Chevening PublicationChevening Fellowships Economics of Climate Change: A Global Perspective

1 June 2010

The Chevening programme is the British Government’s flagship scholarship and fellowship scheme. The Chevening Fellowships Programme on the Economics of Climate Change has been run over the last three years by CISL. Over these years we have welcomed 36 Chevening Fellows from around the world to Cambridge for three months at a time. This publication brings together fifteen essays from some of the Fellows.

Photograph of a log pileProduct Stewardship Overload!

May 2010

An opinion piece by Professor Alan Knight OBE, CISL Senior Associate

Why we should create a coordinated toolbox from the existing clutter of product stewardship, labelling and certification schemes. There needs to be a fresh look at product stewardship. We should take a toolbox approach, assessing the issues where stewardship is part of the solution, and designing the optimum portfolio of schemes without unnecessary duplication or gaps.

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Cover image of The Top 50 Sustainability BooksThe Top 50 Sustainability Books

December 2009

This unique title draws together in one volume some of the best thinking to date on the pressing social, environmental and ethical challenges we face as a society. These are the Top 50 Sustainability Books as voted for by the Cambridge Sustainability Network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world. In addition to profiles of all 50 titles, many of the authors share their most recent reflections on the state of the world and the on-going attempts by business, government and civil society to create a more sustainable future. 

The Top 50 Sustainability Books was written by Wayne Visser on behalf CISL. Published by Greenleaf (December 2009).

Download the chapter "When Corporations Rule the World" by David C. Korten (1995)

Download the list of the Top 50 Sustainability Books

Cover image of Catalysing low carbon growth in developing economiesCatalysing Low Carbon Growth in Developing Economies

October 2009

This report by The P8 Group, ClimateWise, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners explores how public finance mechanisms could scale up private sector investment to support low carbon growth in developing countries. The report was launched at the 2009 Global Roundtable of the UNEP Finance Initiative.

Cover image of The Global State of Sustainable InsuranceThe Global State of Sustainable Insurance

October 2009

This report examines the long-term economic health and resilience of the insurance industry and how material ESG factors must be systematically integrated into underwriting guidelines and product development, and other core insurance processes such as investment management, claims management and sales & marketing. It articulates the insurance industry's assessment that the societal response to managing the global, long-term and systemic risks posed by many ESG factors is underdeveloped.

The Copenhagen CommuniquéThe Copenhagen Communiqué

September 2009

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change was signed by over 950 companies from 60 countries including the US, EU, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, India, China, Korea and South Africa; ranging from the world’s largest companies and best known brands, to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

It represented a truly remarkable consensus from the world’s most senior corporate leaders on the business case for a robust, effective and equitable deal in UN Climate Framework.

Read The Copenhagen Communiqué.

Download a list of Signatories to The Copenhagen Communiqué.

Cover image of Landmarks for SustainabilityLandmarks for Sustainability: Events and Initiatives that Changed the World

1 April 2009

Landmarks for Sustainability is a high impact, quick reference guide to many of the most critical events and initiatives that have shaped our world, and the sustainable development agenda, over the past 20 years and more. These include high profile historic events – like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Rio Earth Summit, the anti-globalisation protests in Seattle and Genoa and the collapse of Enron – as well as more subtle but no less important developments, such as trends in fair trade, ethical codes and sustainable investment.  

Written by Wayne Visser, Senior Associate of CISL. Published by Greenleaf (April 2009).

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TCM publication coverTransformational Change Model: Achieving a Low Climate Risk Economy

February 2009

CISL has identified the need to develop a transformational change model (TCM) which provides a draft framework for action to achieve a low climate risk economy. Business leaders recognise that although they may have a vision of where they want their particular company to be in the future, they lack clear frameworks to support them in reaching those objectives. The TCM is designed to inform a wider policy debate about sustainability transformation.

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Download the Summary for Business Leaders and Policy Makers  

Cover image of Carbon management guideCarbon Management: A Practical Guide for Suppliers

2009

Based on their own practical experience, a taskforce of eight leading companies worked with CISL and Business in the Community to produce a groundbreaking guide to carbon management for suppliers. The guide sets out practical tools and strategic advice which suppliers require in order to compete, regardless of size.

Leading the Challenge on Climate ChangeLeading the Challenge on Climate Change

2009

CISL worked with members of the World Travel and Tourism Council to create a dialogue to increase understanding of the impact of climate change. WTTC members chose to focus on five key themes in sustainability to achieve their vision:

  • Accountability and responsibilty;
  • Local community sustainable growth and capacity building;
  • Educating customers and stakeholders;
  • Greening supply chains;
  • Innovation, capital investment and infrastructure.

 

The report Leading the Challenge on Climate Change highlights a commitment to ten action points within these key areas.

The Poznań CommuniquéThe Poznań Communiqué

December 2008

The Poznań Communiqué was launched by the CLG ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland. The Poznań Communiqué set out the key elements of an international deal on climate change and was endorsed by the business leaders of over 140 companies worldwide.

This statement went into greater depth than the Bali Communiqué and represented an impressive coming together of the international business community, including some of the biggest companies from around the world.

Read The Poznań Communiqué.

Download a list of Signatories to The Poznań Communiqué.

Cover image of Finding the WayFinding the Way

July 2008

This publication brings together a selection of case studies from CISL alumni, drawing particularly on alumni of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, and designed to help leaders understand the sustainability challenges and address some of the potential responses to them. The cases are grouped using the Five Capitals Model. Developed by Forum for the Future and widely used in CISL’s programmes, the model is one way of describing the stocks and flows of resources (natural, social, human, financial and manufactured) as they relate to a sustainable society and economy.

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Cover Image of Smart Business ToolboxSmart Business

June 2008

SCP provides a major platform for innovation that reaches into all corners of business activity. Its emphasis on finding ways to achieve more with less opens new avenues to improved performance, competitive advantage and stronger reputation. The primer is all about opportunity. It encourages business to look outside its natural boundaries and probe wider markets for better ways of meeting customer needs.

Cover image of Decentralised EnergyDecentralised Energy

February 2008

Through its working group on energy transformation, the Taskforce has investigated how, by taking a strategic approach to energy use, resource efficiency and waste management, companies can integrate sustainable consumption and production into their business model. It has focused specifically on the role that decentralised (distributed) energy can play.

Cover image of Mobility 2020Mobility 2020

2008

Today, the car is at the heart of personal mobility, offering us independence and our own space – at the price of congestion, pollutants and a rising contribution to climate change. Can we do things better? Industry and the public need to work together to achieve a low carbon future. The Business Taskforce has developed a road map to trigger change and guide us to Mobility 2020.

The Bali CommuniquéThe Bali Communiqué

November 2007

In 2007, the CLG published a Communiqué to governments gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. CEOs from over 140 global companies signed The Bali Communiqué and it was published in a centre-page spread in the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune on the eve of the conference. It was an unprecedented move by business and received significant worldwide media attention.

Read The Bali Communiqué

Download a list of Signatories to The Bali Communiqué

Cover image of the Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference GuideCambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide, 2nd Edition

May 2007

The Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide is designed to give leaders an introduction to climate change and the complexities associated with it. The four broad themes are: The Science of Climate Change; The Economics and Technology of Climate Change; Policy Responses to Climate Change; and Business Responses to Climate Change.

Download the Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide.

The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme London Lecture 2007BSP London Lecture 2007, delivered by H. Lee Scott Jr

1 February 2007

H. Lee Scott Jr, then Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, delivered the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) on 1 February, 2007. Mr Scott Jr was invited to speak following earlier remarks in 2005 in which he described the ‘wake-up call’ of Hurricane Katrina and set out how Wal-Mart intended to address the whole subject of sustainability. Mr Scott Jr outlined the company’s Sustainability 360° approach and emphasised the commercial opportunities from engaging with environmental issues: "Being a good steward of the environment and being profitable are not mutually exclusive. They are one and the same."

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Cover Image of Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Business PrimerSustainable Consumption and Production: A Business Primer

January 2007

SCP provides a major platform for innovation that reaches into all corners of business activity. Its emphasis on finding ways to achieve more with less opens new avenues to improved performance, competitive advantage and stronger reputation. The primer is all about opportunity. It encourages business to look outside its natural boundaries and probe wider markets for better ways of meeting customer needs.

Cover image of The Sustainable Economy DialogueThe Sustainable Economy Dialogue

2006

An analysis of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme’s Sustainable Economy Dialogue. The report contains the results of discussions by 350 senior business leaders who were asked to define the fundamental objective of a good economy, to examine current failings, and to explore ways in which the business community might contribute to remedying these. The report also contains opinion pieces by members of the BSP core faculty.

Cover of Driving success: Human resources and sustainable developmentDriving success: Human resources and sustainable development

1 June 2005

CISL has produced two functional briefings examining the personal and commercial opportunities arising from sustainability issues. Produced in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, each briefing provides insight into how a sustainability perspective affects particular business functions.

This briefing has been designed for HR managers and people with responsibilities for recruitment, performance evaluation and training and development. It focuses on the issue of sustainable development – a term which many HR managers have become accustomed to hearing alongside jargon such as stakeholder engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Cover of Driving success: Marketing and sustainable developmentDriving success: Marketing and sustainable development

1 June 2005

CISL has produced two functional briefings examining the personal and commercial opportunities arising from sustainability issues. Produced in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, each briefing provides insight into how a sustainability perspective affects particular business functions.

The Marketing briefing is designed for marketing managers and people with responsibilities for communications, brand management and new product development. It focuses on the issue of sustainable development, a term which many marketers have become accustomed to hearing alongside jargon such as stakeholder engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Cover image of Facing the FutureFacing the Future

2004

This collection of contributions from 35 leading thinkers and practitioners associated with the Programme was published to launch the second decade of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP). It focuses on engaging the world of business in a reflective, challenging conversation about its pivotal role in shaping humanity's future and furthering sustainable development.

The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme London Lecture 2004BSP London Lecture 2004, delivered by UK Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP

14 September 2004

The UK Prime Minister at the time, the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, delivered the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) on 14 September, 2004. This lecture marked the tenth anniversary of the Business & Sustainability Programme, and welcoming Mr Blair, HRH The Prince of Wales affirmed the importance of political commitment to the sustainability agenda: "Achieving sustainable development is a task for the whole of society. Each sector, and particularly the business community, will need to play its part in that process, but the one absolutely essential ingredient – without which we can’t hope to, or even begin to, make progress, especially, and crucially, in the two areas of climate change and the protection of future fish stocks – is political commitment." Mr Blair called on business to take a leadership role, emphasising that: "British scientists, innovators and business people can lead the world in ways to grow and develop sustainably."

Following the London Lecture, a group of business leaders was convened by CISL and formed The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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Cover image of Helping People LearnHelping People Learn

1 September 2004

Helping People Learn is designed to equip practitioners with the theoretical background they need to understand recent research and thinking on the subject of learning. It analyses how learning can be supported, accelerated and directed towards an organisation's strategic needs, and investigates the role played by the culture of the organisation and the motivation, learning styles and attitudes of employees. The report was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Order Helping People Learn from CIPD

Cover image of The World in ContextThe World in Context

1 April 2003

The World in Context: Beyond the Business Case for Sustainable Development is an essay by Jonathon Porritt, Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future and former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme London Lecture 2001BSP London Lecture 2001, delivered by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

15 March 2001

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, delivered the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme on 15 March, 2001. The lecture, on the topic of Healthy People, Healthy Planet, affirmed the powerful relationships between health, environment, economics and society. "Global warming, air and water pollution, biological and chemical pollutants in the food chain: all have an impact on health. Environment and health are both inextricably linked to development." Following her speech, Commissioner Margot Wallstrom commended Gro Harlem Brundtland’s landmark report of 1987 on sustainable development, and concluded by calling for the creation of a clear vision for change: "I am convinced that vision and cleverness are fundamental ingredients of a successful strategy for sustainable development."

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