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Sustainability Leadership Labs

The Labs offer a deep dive into topics which have been shaped around four key themes; operationalising sustainability, innovation, leadership and finance. Upcoming topics include:

In search of impact: Measuring and communicating your contribution to the SDGs: 89 May 2017

Explore how companies and investors can better understand, quantify and report on the social and environmental impact. The next workshop, inspired by the work of CISL and the Investment Leaders Group, will encourage dialogue between the two communities to help foster a shared approach to communicating about businesses’ contribution to the SDGs.

Business Model Innovation: 1718 October 2017

Discover the innovative approaches and new business models to help your business thrive. Learn how your business can use innovation to become more resilient, contribute to social development and unlock competitive advantage.

Embedding Natural Capital: 2021 November 2017

Develop the tools required to assess current sustainability practices, and create action plans to implement change. The next workshop will focus on understanding natural resources.

Duration, format and location

Two-day residential seminars; Cambridge, UK


Each course fee is £1,250. Discounts are available for multiple delegates, NGOs and self-funded individuals.

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.


Responding to topical sustainability trends in a practical way

These two-day immersive workshops will help you tackle emerging opportunities for a more sustainable business. With access to cutting-edge insight and best practice, you will continue your professional development, collaborate with practitioners and network with peers – with real application to your organisation.

Shaped around four key themes; operationalising sustainability, sustainable innovation, sustainability leadership and sustainable finance, each workshop will provide a deep dive into topics such as life cycle analysis, big data, sustainable investment, employee buy-in and vision, environmental impact assessment and frugal innovation.

Future topics will be decided based on emerging trends and delegate demand. We welcome your suggestions and encourage you to get in touch if you would like to recommend course content or discuss further.

Read about our previous Labs or to find out more.

Why should I apply?

Deliver business impact

The workshop is committed to delivering action-based learning. Participants are invited to submit a case study about their organisation which may be discussed during workshop exercises. The course will also include structured planning sessions for all participants to reflect on their learning, develop an action plan and articulate this plan to peers for constructive feedback. As a result, you will return to your organisation with a clear direction of how to create leading-edge responses to sustainability opportunities and challenges.

Find out how other attendees have used the workshop to deliver business impact.

Network with nearly 8,000 global sustainability leaders

Having attended the workshop you will join a network of nearly 8,000 global sustainability leaders and benefit from access the latest thinking and action, the space to debate ideas and share experience, and the chance to collaborate and influence change.

Benefit from our actionable learning approach

The workshops use a collaborative and innovative learning approach with a strong emphasis on sharing real-life experiences and best-practice case studies. Attendees are encouraged to co-create sustainability solutions using creative problem-solving techniques and develop action plans to become effective change agents. There will be ample opportunities for discussion and debate, building on the knowledge and expertise of peers, academics and expert practitioners.

Continue your professional development

We welcome you to join the Lab as a standalone CPD course or sign up for multiple as part of your long-term development. You can also use your attendance as credit towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip).

The PG Dip offers a ‘deep dive’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context. Equivalent to two-thirds of a Master’s, the PG Dip is worth 120 CATS points and provides an academically rigoruous but practically focused alternative route to the full Master’s programme.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business.

Application and fees

To apply for a Lab, please complete the online application form. If you have any questions, please .

Selection criteria

Applicants should be committed to using learning from the Labs to lead or influence change within the business context and should been proficient in the English language. We also ask that applicants have completed a previous programme at CISL or hold a sustainability position with significant work experience in sustainability.

In some cases non-alumni who are not in sustainability roles will be accepted on a Lab at the discretion of the Lab Director and dependent on the applicant’s experience, interests and motivation for attending.


Our long history of running professional development courses has shown that there is an increased value to organisations when they send multiple participants to share the learning experience. To facilitate this, we offer organisations a substantial discount when they send more than one participant.

Rate per participant*

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* In addition, all participants will pay a further £250 for one night's accommodation and subsistence during the Lab. The fee does not include travel costs.

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