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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

We organise and enable collective leadership and action to transform economies, systems and sectors. Our collaborations shape new norms, narratives, policies and markets, supporting leading networks and institutions around the world.


CISL-convened sustainability leadership groups

CISL has pioneered partnerships between business & finance leaders, policy-makers and academics to help unlock the economic change required to deliver the safe and sustainable economy of the future and achieve the goals of critical international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Business leadership for a sustainable economy

Corporate Leaders Groups (UK and Europe)

Membership group  of  businesses committed to supporting the transformation to competitive, sustainable, inclusive economies that will deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through exchange of evidence-based ideas and influential discussions with policymakers and peers, the Corporate Leaders Groups advocate for robust business and policy solutions to the environmental and sustainability challenges facing our planet.

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Corporate Leaders Network

Global network bringing together business groups representing more than 450 companies across the globe.

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Taskforce for Climate Neutral and Circular Materials and Products

Brings together companies committed to using climate neutral and sustainable materials, raising awareness about the need for measures to help decarbonise materials.

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Business and Nature

CISL collaborates with companies to identify what the ecological crisis means for their businesses and take steps to transform their operations and strategies. We provide the structured path that businesses need to establish sustainability solutions and create momentum at scale.

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Financial system transformation

Centre for Sustainable Finance

Through a unique combination of deep industry collaboration, high-calibre research, and exceptional education programmes, the Centre for Sustainable Finance (CSF) helps financial institutions to play a leading role in building a more sustainable economy. Working with over 50 global financial institutions across banking, insurance and investment, CSF provides the insight needed to challenge current assumptions and lead change.

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ClimateWise (insurance)

comprises leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and industry service providers who share a commitment to reducing the impact of climate change on society.

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Banking Environment Initiative

a group of global banks committed to pioneering actionable pathways towards a sustainable economy.

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Investment Leaders Group

Leading investment managers and asset owners with over $9 trillion under management working to help shift the investment chain towards responsible, long-term value creation.

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Sector level transformation

Aviation Impact Accelerator

The AIA is an international group of practitioners and academics convened by the University of Cambridge. Benefitting from its ability to draw from a multi-disciplinary range of expertise, it develops interactive, evidence-based models, simulations, and visualisations. This provides tools for decision-makers and the wider engaged public to understand the pathways to net zero flight.

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Fashion Pact

CISL’s partnership with The Fashion Pact and Conservation International, Textile Exchange and the Science Based Targets Network which provides an introduction to science-based targets for nature, helping fashion, apparel, and textile organisations enable an equitable and nature positive future.

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Water catchment management

CISL convened the Catchment Leadership Network, which aims to gather commitment and action for a multisector approach to catchment management.

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Multisector alliances

Multi-stakeholder alliances

We are part of multiple networks and alliances, enabling us to expand the reach and impact of our work, giving us valuable insight and influence into national and international debates as well as opportunities to raise political, policy and market ambition and to contribute to effective international solutions.

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