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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

30 years of impact

20 February 2024

22 February 2024 – As we celebrate 30 years of CISL’s flagship executive education programme, the Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP), we are keen to share some updates to how the programme will be delivered in 2024.

New analysis shows a $1.8 trillion gap to fund the transition to low carbon economies in Africa

25 January 2024

30 January 2024 - The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) latest research shows that Africa’s ambitious climate commitments are significantly underfunded, with the 2030 deadline to meet promises fast approaching. The report Financing Africa’s Low Carbon Transition finds that tailor-made...

International Operations

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