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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

His Majesty The King is retaining the Royal Patronage of CISL

24 May 2024

24 May 2024 - CISL is honoured that King Charles will continue as its Royal Founding Patron, building on a great relationship.

Author and Professor Chris Marquis delivers lunchtime seminar on business action

23 May 2024

23 May 2024 - The author launched his new book on challenging the foundations of corporate assumptions at CISL today. Chris Marquis today delivered a special lunchtime seminar to University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership staff and local Network members. Chris discussed his new book, “The Profiteers...

International Operations

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