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The future of sustainable business: Reflections from 30 sustainability leaders

December 2018 – In a period of urgent environmental and social challenges, it's clear that business as usual cannot deliver the required response at the pace and scale required to achieve a positive impact. This working paper highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses during periods of change, outlining the leadership required to deliver positive actions.

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10 lessons for embedding sustainability across the business

18 December 2018 – Sue Garrard, CISL Senior associate and Unilever’s former EVP Sustainable Business, was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring progress against its 70-plus time bound targets. Here she provides 10 lessons for embedding sustainability across the business

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Rewiring leadership: The future we want, the leadership we need

March 2018 – Businesses face unprecedented change from social and environmental challenges, technical innovation and business model innovation. There is growing public expectation and a commercial case for businesses to shape and lead the change we need for a better future – not just adapt to it. This report outlines the Cambridge Impact Leadership Model, informed by CISL’s work with over 8,000 leaders. It describes how to develop the leadership we need to deliver value for business, society and the environment.

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How to develop leadership for the new global economy

5 March 2018 – Lindsay Hooper, CISL’s Executive Director, Education, reflects on the need for businesses to make social value the benchmark for performance. In order for companies to respond to increasing existential challenges and economic shifts driven by the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', Lindsay makes the case for purpose-driven leadership to deliver the ambitious transformation we need if our global economy – and planet – are to survive and thrive.

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HR teams critical in enabling business to lead change in the new global economy, finds new report from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

5 March 2018 – Businesses need to develop leadership to respond to the unprecedented changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to a new report from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Highlighting the important role of HR and L&D teams, the report sets out a framework for leadership development that delivers value for business, society and the environment.

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Cambridge Impact Leadership Model

The Cambridge Impact Leadership Model describes the leadership we need to deliver value for business, society and the environment.

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Vector: taking leadership, taking action and not just talking about it

1 February 2018 – Simon Mackenzie, Group CEO of Vector, New Zealand's largest distributor of electricity and gas, describes how CISL has helped to build leadership and embed sustainability across his organisation – from deepening the understanding of its leaders on the sustainability agenda to helping its board set a strategy to help Vector become a long-term, sustainable business that all staff understand and subscribe to.

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8 business and sustainability trends that will define 2018

January 2018 – In this trends briefing, you’ll find the condensed views and predictions of more than 40 Directors, Fellows, and Senior Associates affiliated to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), supported by a survey of the wider CISL global Network of over 8,000 senior leaders and leading practitioners representing every industry on every continent.

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