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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.

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Latest news

Three Young Innovators from CISL’s Canopy Incubator Are Taking Their Breakthrough Climate Solutions To COP28

28 November 2023

27 November 2023 - The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has worked with UNICEF on Innovation30, an Initiative Calling For Critical Investment in Sourcing and Scaling Youth-led Climate Innovations from Across the Globe.

New research shows world’s most climate vulnerable countries could lose over 100% of GDP in 2024 from disasters that are insurable

22 November 2023

21 November 2023 - New research from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), with risk analysis from global insurance group Howden, demonstrates the transformative economic efficiency of risk-sharing systems to provide vulnerable countries with financial security from climate related disasters.