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In September 2020 we delivered the inaugural virtual Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme with outstanding feedback. In order to deliver an effective remote programme and recognising the practical limitations of screen-based engagement, the event was extended across five days with delegates involved in rich discussion, analytical exercises and interactive debate.

We intend to recommence in person delivery in 2021, subject to guidance from the UK government and the University of Cambridge.

We are also running a second virtual seminar 7-11 June 2021.



7-11 June 2021 (virtual seminar)

7-10 November 2021      

Duration and format

Three and half day residential seminar/five-day part-time virtual seminar 


The next residential seminar will take place at the Møller Centre, Cambridge.


  • The residential Cambridge fee for 2021 remains at £4500. Fees are inclusive of course fees, accommodation, activities and meals.
  • Bursaries and company agreements are available. please to find out more.

Selection criteria

  • Appropriate seniority of position
  • Typically more than 15 years' experience
  • A high level of proficiency in the English language – this is important so as to derive maximum value, participation and enjoyment from the programme
  • Ability to pay the fees, or to identify a sponsoring institution

How to apply

Submit your application or get in touch to  who meets the above criteria and we will share materials with you to forward on. 


The Business & Sustainability Programme, Cambridge

The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme is an international leadership programme for senior executives in leadership roles. With a 26-year history, it has over 3,200 alumni from more than 1,500 organisations.

The programme equips leaders with the knowledge, commitment and inspiration to turn sustainability trends into strategic business decisions.

It gives leaders the knowledge and techniques to redefine and respond to their social, economic and environmental priorities by providing a safe space for sharing, innovation and collaboration.

See a list of previous delegates.


Programme benefits

The programme is designed for organisations and individual leaders who seek to better understand and explore the opportunity of sustainability.

Participants in the programme can:

  • gain a critical understanding of the key social, economic, environmental and market trends and identify implications for the business and priorities for action
  • learn with leaders across different sectors from around the world in a safe space for sharing, innovation and collaboration
  • engage with the latest research and thought leadership from the University of Cambridge and influential experts
  • strengthen leadership skills for a changing context aligned with a sustainable economy
  • leave inspired, with the knowledge and confidence to drive change for sustainable business
  • join a valuable network of international leaders from business, government and civil society.

Programme participants go on to join the CISL Network of nearly 16,000 senior leaders and leading practitioners from around the world. Members enjoy access to alumni events including keynote lectures and gala dinners, they are invited to join our private LinkedIn group, and receive regular updates on international sustainability developments, with the opportunity to contribute to innovative research.




How the programme is delivered

We intend to recommence in person delivery in 2021, subject to guidance from national and local government and the University of Cambridge.

Participants begin their engagement ahead of the seminar through tailored conversations, a sustainable business survey and an optional two-hour, self-paced online introductory course, Sustainability Essentials.

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, case-study presentations, group discussions, individual reflections and networking opportunities. Small-group conversations help participants reflect on their leadership journey, test their assumptions, share challenges , learn from peers and co-create responses.


Key themes

The need for effective business leadership

In the context of global trends such as food, water and energy security, social equity, consumption and the circular economy, supply chain resilience, sustainable finance and investment and climate change

The framework for sustainable outcomes

Including the Sustainable Development Goals, the wider regulatory market, and technological shifts and disruptions and the business risks and opportunities they create

The case for a sustainable business approach

Touching the organisational purpose, its role in working with customers, investors, and policymakers, and the commercial case for sustainability

The way to ‘operationalise’ sustainability

Setting strategies, exploring new business models, and building capacity to create shared value

The role of individual leadership

Framing a vision for a sustainable business, the priorities for change and bringing others on board


World-class faculty and contributors from business, policy and academia

Each programme is facilitated by an expert faculty of business and policy leaders, academics and influential thinkers, which have previously included: 

Enos Ned BandaEnos Ned Banda

Enos is CEO of Anergi, a 100% African-owned power company, which serves over 30 million people across five countries. In addition to the electricity sector, Enos has senior experience in law and investment banking.clients.


Louise EllisonLouise Ellison

Louise Ellison is the Group Head of Sustainability at Hammerson plc. She leads a team responsible for establishing and delivering Hammerson’s sustainability programme, Positive Places across their property portfolios in the UK, France and Ireland.

Will Day

Will Day

For the last 10 years, Will has been Sustainability Advisor to PwC UK. In this role he works regularly with senior staff at Board and Executive team level of global and large national companies, and governments around the world. He is a CISL Fellow.


Ylva LindbergYlva Lindberg

Ylva is the founder and managing director of SIGLA, a boutique consultancy on the role of business in society. She works with listed and state owned companies in identifying risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental challenges, including on leadership programmes, strategy and innovation.

TonyJuniperTony Juniper

Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England and a Fellow with CISL. Before Joining Natural England he was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of the Wildlife Trusts.

  Anna Easton

Anna Easton

Anna is Global Head of Social Impact at Dentsu Aegis Network and a senior associate at the CISL. Anna works at the intersect of strategy, communications and sustainability helping organisations embed purpose at the heart of everything they do.

Munish DattaMunish Datta

Munish Datta is Head of Membership & Insight, UK Green Building Council & Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Previously, he led Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A).




How do we deal with participants from the same industry?

The seminars provide a safe space for delegates to share and co-explore challenges and ideas relating to their personal and professional context. All discussions are treated as confidential and are conducted under the Chatham House Rule. For some of the more sensitive conversations, attendees from competing organisations are allocated to different syndicate groups, however, there is nothing to prevent these individuals engaging in active debate and sharing of ideas – in our experience, delegates appreciate the opportunity to interact with their peers on a shared sustainability agenda.


How to apply

Approximately 35 delegates are selected to attend each seminar. All nominations are subject to a robust vetting procedure to achieve the right balance on each seminar between industry sectors and between business, government and NGOs.

Submit your application or get in touch to  who meets the above criteria and we will share materials with you to forward on.

Please note that you will need to complete the online application form in one sitting, so please ensure that you have all required information with you.


Fees, bursaries, terms and conditions

The residential programme fee is £4,500 (VAT-exempt), which includes tuition, learning materials, accommodation, activities, meals and membership of our alumni Network. 

Our long history of running professional development courses has shown that there is an increased value to your organisation when you send multiple employees. To facilitate this, we offer organisations a reduced rate when sending four or more delegates to an individual seminar or across multiple seminars or years. Please to discuss in more detail.

A limited number of bursaries are also available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please .

Download the terms and conditions.

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Alice Spencer, Programme Director


"This has given me the space to think about the big issues and reflect back in my own organisation – what could we be doing more of, less of, and certainly how can we engage not only our own people but our customers as well?"

Chris Moss, Customer & Marketing Director, B&Q


“Thought-provoking, challenging and provides a real roadmap to understanding the issues as well as the solution."

Peter Chamley, Chair, Global Infrastructure Practice, Arup Group Ltd


"This programme is fantastic in giving the broadest global overview possible on all areas of sustainability, and to be honest, business."

Chris Foy, CEO, Equity Insurance

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