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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Richard Burrett is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Earth Capital, a sustainability focused investment group. He is an Independent Non-Exec Director of Triodos Bank UK (a leader in sustainable banking) and a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security group.


As a Fellow of CISL he has worked with a range of international companies at Board and Senior Executive level as well as tutoring on the MST. He has been a Board Member of Forest Trends, a Washington-based organisation promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation. Richard has had over 40 years working in international banking and finance. At ABN AMRO he was involved in the development of the Equator Principles, creating a market recognised standard for the management of environmental and social risk within project financing before becoming Global Head of Sustainability. He was Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) from 2010 to 2012 working with banks, insurers, and investors to bring about systemic change in finance to support a sustainable world. He was a FMO (Dutch Development Bank) nominated non-exec Director of Union Bank of Nigeria PLC from 2013 to 2022. He holds a BA in Modern Languages and MBA, both from Durham, and a Masters in Social Innovation from Cambridge University. His work and research interests are focussed on sustainable finance and business approaches.

Richard Burrett
Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital