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Strategy and implementation: Supporting strategic breakthroughs – building business capacity for action

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) helps executive teams to test and refine their strategy and business models, identify key operational challenges, and build organisational capacity and resilience.

Drawing on our unique network of business practitioners and Cambridge researchers, we support companies with a blend of market insight, business analysis, strategic workshops and executive development programmes.

Our work


Our work with leading international companies makes a direct contribution to CISL’s Rewiring the Economy ten-year plan:


Our clients

We work closely with leading international companies that are seeking to make a strategic breakthrough on the sustainability agenda.

We typically engage directly with executive management teams or via a board-level mandate.

Old Mutual Group – a strategy for responsible business

Over the last four years, CISL has worked with Old Mutual to support the development of its strategy for responsible business.

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Unilever Awards – inspiring and equipping young sustainability entrepreneurs

Unilever’s approach to making sustainable living commonplace, its Sustainable Living Plan, has made it one of the most recognised businesses in the field of sustainability.

The Plan includes a particular focus on the potential of young people as an agent of change, and the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards in partnership with CISL are one significant way in which the company is seeking to inspire action.

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Our experience

Our initiatives build on the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)'s distinctive experience in convening action-focused business platforms and designing and delivering executive education programmes for senior leaders.

Our team combines sectoral and thematic expertise across sustainable finance, low carbon transformation and natural resource security, as well as experience in approaches to strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, capacity building and organisational change.