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Our mission is to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges.

We are an institution within the University of Cambridge

Across complex and connected issues, we challenge, inform and support leaders from business and policy to deliver change towards sustainability.

We help influential individuals, major organisations and whole sectors develop strategies that reconcile profitability and sustainability and to work collaboratively with their peers not only to develop solutions to shared challenges but also catalyse real systems change. 

Our work

International locations

We have offices in CambridgeBrussels and Cape Town, and delivery partners in Beijing and Melbourne.

Working with multinational businesses, multilateral agencies and national governments, we deliver projects on the ground in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

We have a strategic focus on extending our work with business and governments in China, Latin America and across Africa.


Our Management Board appoints its Advisory Board to give advice on long-term strategy and to act as a sounding board on further developments.

Royal Founding Patron 

HRH The Prince of Wales is our Royal Founding Patron and has inspired and supported many of our initiatives. 

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12 September 2018 – Leading CEOs back calls from The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group for ambitious targets to inspire transition to a low-carbon economy.

Bottled water and soft drinks producers drive plan to eliminate plastic packaging waste from their sectors by 2030

Sep 05, 2018

6 September 2018 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a group of leading bottled water and soft drink manufacturers have launched a report today at the House of Commons, which sets out an ambitious roadmap to eliminate plastic packaging waste from the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030.

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