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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) 

We are an impact-led institute within the University of Cambridge that activates leadership globally to transform economies for people, nature and climate. Through our global network and hubs in Cambridge, Cape Town and Brussels, we work with leaders and innovators across business, finance and government to accelerate action for a sustainable future.  

Trusted since 1988 for our rigour and pioneering commitment to learning and collaboration, we create safe spaces to challenge and support those with the power to act. 


Our impact

CISL’s priority impact areas for systemic transformation – Future Place, Future Economy and Future Lives - pave the way for bold action and regenerative leadership for people, nature and climate.  

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Our global Network

Our global network of over 30,000 leaders and innovators takes individual, collaborative and collective action to accelerate transformation for sustainable societies and economies.  

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News and resources

News on CISL's latest work and insights on approaches that have the potential to deliver transformational change towards a sustainable economy.

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Who we work with and why

Our multi-stakeholder approach engages influential individuals alongside businesses, governments, financial institutions and civil society representatives, focusing on their shared potential to rewire economic, social and environmental systems.

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Latest news

CISL delivers keynote on the leadership we need now at the 3rd Business and Society Symposium

21 June 2024

21 June 2024 - On the 21 st May, Foresight's Director of Leadership and Culture, Gillian Secrett, and CISL Fellow, Zoë Arden delivered the keynote at the 3rd Business and Society symposium organised by UCB (Veronique Toully, Charline Desmecht) and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Bruno van Pottelsberghe and Estelle Cantillon).

CISL’s CEO Lindsay Hooper, and Chief Systems Change Officer, Eliot Whittington, discussed the necessary roadmaps for net zero at Reuters Responsible Business Europe 2024 Conference

13 June 2024

13 June 2024 - CISL spoke on two panels focused on the essential role of businesses in the transition to net zero.

International Operations

We have offices in Cambridge, Brussels and South Africa, and delivery partners in Beijing, Melbourne and the UAE.