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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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International Operations

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

Latest news

Takeaways from Climate Week NYC and UNGA

27 September 2023

28 September 2023 - From September 17th to 22nd, government officials, corporate executives and civil society leaders from around the world came together in New York for extensive discussions at the UN on sustainability, international affairs and the road to COP28.

Supporting Young Climate Innovators and Entrepreneurs: The Lifeline Our Planet Needs

29 August 2023

29/08/2023 - CISL to support UNICEF and global leading innovation accelerators in launching Under-30 Climate Innovators Shaping the Future Initiative (the Initiative) .