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Employer benefits and support

Designed specifically for those working in full-time employment, with a schedule that can be completed alongside day-to-day business activities, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership graduate programmes have been designed to offer content that is directly transferable to business.

Participants are actively encouraged to apply insights from each programme, bringing immediate value to organisations from the very first workshop, in the form of innovative thinking, improved engagement, and practical business impact.

Innovative thinking

  • Attendees engage openly with innovators from business and leading academic thinkers to critique and explore the latest thinking in strategic responses to sustainability challenges.

  • The strong emphasis on peer-based supported learning amongst the high calibre of students provides a unique space for ideas to form and take shape before implementation by the organisation.

  • Cohorts represent a diverse range of industries, geographies and operational functions, reflecting the interconnected global economy. Insight into different economies, regions and sectors provides participants with the ability to help their organisation identify new ways of responding to complex challenges and the potential for new business opportunities.

Improved engagement

  • Access to the latest knowledge from research and industry best practice allows participants to approach their work with confidence.

  • Students are equipped to become effective change agents within their organisational contexts, providing them with a language to engage with customers and investors, as well as strategies to secure internal engagement.

  • As such, the potential for wider engagement and development within the organisation is considerable, maximising the returns from the initial investment in a participant.

Business impact

  • Assignments are specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to focus on transferable practical solutions, with the purpose of enhancing business value for their organisation, alongside increasing their value to society.

  • Participants determine the focus of their individual assignments, receiving personalised support from expert industry and academic tutors. Employer involvement in the assignment process ensures that relevant projects are being addressed, enhancing the transfer of expertise into the organisation and effectively receiving bespoke consultancy.

  • Decision-making is enhanced, as participants’ awareness of critical issues and risks is improved, and innovative thinking applied to ensure future business activity is resilient and responsible.

Building a business case

If you are seeking support from your employer it may be helpful to prepare the following:

  • Undertake a skills gap analysis – think through where you currently fit in your organisation and how the course will enhance the contribution you make.

  • Match your objectives in undertaking the programme to those of your organisation by using the curriculum content listed on our webpages.

  • Demonstrate how attendance at the course and the increased knowledge gained could benefit your organisation.

  • Share the detailed alumni testimonials as past students illustrate how the programmes have bought value for them and their organisations.

  • Consider a strategic issue facing the organisation that you could research in more detail for the assignments – this ensures a project of direct relevance to you and results in a valuable piece of internal consultancy work for your organisation.

Recent organisations represented include:

AkzoNobel Johnson Matthey plc
Asian Development Bank Jones Lang LaSalle
BAE Systems Lloyds Banking Group
Birmingham City Council Mars
BNP Paribas NHS National Services Scotland
BP International Panasonic Europe
BSkyB Pret a Manger
BT Group Pick 'n' Pay
Cafédirect Rand Merchant Bank
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Sir Robert McAlpine
Diageo Tesco plc
EDF Energy Unilever
Fairtrade International W.K. Kellogg Foundation
GlaxoSmithKline Zurich International Life
Jaguar Land Rover