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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Virtual programme

Following its’ successful introduction in 2020, the virtual seminar has now become an important staple of the global suite of BSP Programmes, breaking down barriers to accessing education and achieving 92% overall satisfaction amongst delegates.

The programme has been redesigned specifically for an online audience, underpinned by a bespoke, interactive virtual classroom that provides a learning environment to explore concepts offline and network with peers. The daily live sessions take place each morning for 5 days and combine provocations from expert contributors with break-out analysis of challenges and opportunities, 1-2-1 peer learning, group work, overnight ‘critical questions’ and a virtual Cambridge debate.

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain global systems, pressures and trends (including population growth, climate change and social cohesion);
  2. Analyse the implications of the changing global context on industrial sectors and on their specific organisation, applying systems level thinking;
  3. Examine how individuals, businesses, industries and policymakers can create opportunities to enable systems level change;
  4. Explore key factors that have enabled sustainable business models and the different approaches taken in identifying and delivering new opportunities;
  5. Evaluate the kind of leadership required to manage rapid and disruptive change, and in turn to influence this type of change to move the dial from incremental to transformational.



"Really excellent. World class contributors and world class learning environment."

"This course fired the gun on my personal race to accelerate our transition to a sustainable world. I feel better equipped to know where to focus and much better supported with a strong network created. 10 years to make a difference. Ready, steady..."

"I feel more emboldened and equipped to raise the leadership bar at Exec, Board and Industry levels."

"We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it."

"Thank you CISL for helping to develop me to play a greater role in Sustainability leadership."

"A lifetime experience of packing your suitcase with the right content, network, inspiration and encouragement."

"The programme well-exceeded my expectations in content, quality of speakers, quality of participants and logistics of being run virtually. It was a truly inspirational week and I leave feeling energised about the impact we can make."


Our recent delegates 

  • UK Client Development Director, ARCADIS (global design, engineering and management consulting company)
  • Procurement Director EMEA, Interface Europe (global manufacturer of commercial flooring)
  • Strategy Director, Department for International Development (UK Government dept. for administering overseas aid)
  • Global Brand and Sustainability Director, Costa Coffee (British coffeehouse chain, subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company)
  • Global Director Advisory & Assessment Services, DNV GL (international accredited registrar and classification society)
  • Industry Solution Manager, Microsoft Limited (multinational technology company)
  • Global Managing Director Smart Materials, Croda International plc (British speciality chemicals company)
  • General Counsel, Interconnector UK Limited (owner and operator natural gas pipeline between UK and Europe)
  • Head of Public Affairs, International Operations, Zoetis (world's largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock)

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Alice Spencer

Alice Spencer, Global Programme Director


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