skip to primary navigationskip to content

The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme


Upcoming seminars

Cambridge: 19–22 November 2017, 2225 April 2018 or 47 November 2018

Cape Town: 11–14 June 2017

Melbourne: 4–7 March 2018 

Zapallar, Chile: 24–27 October 2017

Duration and format

Three-day residential seminar


  • The Cambridge fee is £4,500 inclusive of course fees, accommodation, activities and meals.
  • Company agreements are available for organisations sending multiple delegates.
  • Please refer to the international seminar pages for overseas costs.

Selection criteria

  • Appropriate seniority of position
  • Typically more than 15 years' experience
  • A high level of proficiency in the English language is required for maximum value, participation and enjoyment of the programme
  • Ability to pay the fees, or to identify a sponsoring institution

How to apply

Submit your application or get in touch to nominate a colleague who meets the above criteria.


Leading companies and investors accept the end of ‘business as usual’ 

Growing demand for limited resources, changing socio-economic conditions and climate instability are creating unmet challenges and new opportunities. But with forward thinking, new business models and new types of leadership, many companies are seeing the commercial benefits of a sustainable business.


Why apply?

Translate complex sustainability trends into business implications and decisions

The three-day residential Business & Sustainability Programme gives senior executives the knowledge and techniques to address key sustainability challenges in a practical way. Delivered internationally for a global perspective, delegates leave the course with the inspiration, understanding and confidence to redefine and respond to major social, economic and environmental priorities.

Designed to encourage participation, each programme uses a combination of lectures, case study presentations, group discussions and individual reflections. These techniques offer maximum opportunity for sharing, innovation and collaboration and give delegates concrete ideas to take back to the workplace.

Read about our seminars in Cambridge, Cape Town and Melbourne.

Read testimonials from our delegates.


Who should attend?

Leading companies including Astra Zeneca, Kingfisher, Nestlé, IKEA, Skanska, Tetra Pak and Unilever, as well as government agencies and development banks, use the programme to provide strategic context and support the leadership development of senior staff.

Each seminar accepts approximately 35 delegates from a range of geographies, functions and industries, to enhance peer-learning and collaboration. All nominations are subjected to a robust vetting procedure to ensure delegates build diverse, international networks and foster ideas that cross traditional boundaries.

Business leaders operating at a strategic level

Business delegates include company directors and senior unit leaders responsible for areas such as strategy, brand and marketing, operations, finance, external affairs, innovation and resources. A few places are also allocated to senior sustainability leaders.

Decision-makers from public sector, international agencies and NGOs

The programme is also highly relevant for leaders from the public sector, city authorities and international agencies. Previous attendees have included senior officials from Environment Protection Agencies, Treasury and International departments, directors from the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and UN agencies, and senior leaders from environmental and humanitarian NGOs.

Read a list of previous delegates. 


Who delivers the programme?

Cutting-edge research from the University of Cambridge and world-class contributors from business, policy and academia

Combining academic excellence, industry expertise and influential thinking for over 20 years, the programme is designed and delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Delegates are led by expert faculty and contributors with a proven track record of working with organisations to respond strategically to sustainability challenges. During the seminar, they encourage debate and discussion, guide group work, workshops and syndicate sessions, and help delegates develop their thinking and approach as sustainable business leaders.

Learn more about our exceptional Fellows and Senior Associates.


How to apply

If you have a colleague or friend who you feel would be suitable and interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850.

To apply for the seminar please complete the application form.

Please note that you will need to complete the online application form in one sitting, so please ensure that you have all required information with you.


Fees, bursaries, terms and conditions

The Cambridge programme consists of the course fee of £3,950 (VAT-exempt), which includes tuition, learning materials and one license for BSP Online, and £550 to cover full accommodation, meals, the gala dinner, extra-curricular activities and membership of the alumni network. Fees vary depending on the location of the seminar. Please read the Cape Town and Melbourne pages for local charges. We display the programme fee in two parts to facilitate organisations using different arrangements for training and accommodation costs. Please note that both components are non-optional.

A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please email us. Please note we require applicants to offer a minimum of match funding (50 per cent) when applying for bursaries.

Company agreements are also available for organisations sending multiple delegates. to discuss rates.



| T: +44 (0)1223 768845


"An extraordinary, well-structured and facilitated programme. A rollercoaster of emotions culminating in a clear plan on how to take this forward and make a difference."

Gary Bull, Head of Finance and Business Performance: Procurement, SABMiller

Share this

Who are our delegates?