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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Due to restrictions around social distancing and international travel, we migrated the 2020 Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programmes online. In September 2020 we delivered the inaugural virtual seminar with outstanding feedback. We will continue to offer virtual seminars as part of the portfolio with next virtual seminar scheduled for 7 – 11 June 2021.

We also intend to recommence in person delivery in 2021, subject to guidance from national and local government and the University of Cambridge. The next residential programme is scheduled to take place in Cambridge from Sunday 7 November - Wednesday 10 November 2021. We also intend to run face-to-face seminars in Melbourne and Cape Town in November and December 2021.

For further details on seminar dates and pricing, please click through to the relevant course page (links below).

 

An international programme for senior executives in leadership roles in its 27th year


Our series of Business & Sustainability Programme seminars, held around the world since 1994 have become a global benchmark for sustainability leadership education, amassing a network of over 3,300 alumni from more than 1,500 organisations. 

Each residential seminar takes place across four days. The virtual seminars taking place across five days the format encourages participation through a combination of lectures, case study presentations, group discussions and individual reflections, giving delegates concrete ideas to take back to their organisations.

 

Cambridge backsCambridge, UK

7 – 10 November 2021

24 – 27 April 2022

Cape town table mountainCape Town, South Africa

5 – 8 December 2021

melbourne princess bridgeMelbourne, Australia

28 November – 1 December 2021

6 – 9 March 2022

SingaporeSingapore 

3 – 6 April 2022 

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Virtual seminarVirtual Seminars

7 – 11 June 2021


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The global steering committee

The global steering committee brings together a group of senior-level peers from across business, academia, policy and sustainability to share thoughts and discuss trends that are affecting senior decision-makers. The  goal of the steering committee is to ensure that the core curriculum of the programme is cutting-edge and globally applicable. The steering committee includes the following people: 

Anton CartwrightAnton Cartwright

Economist, African Centre for Cities

Will DayWill Day

Sustainability Advisor, PwC UK

Elspeth DonovanElspeth Donovan

Deputy Director, CISL South Africa Office

Jane FaragoJane Farago

Manager, EY Australia

Lindsay HooperLindsay Hooper

Executive Director, Education, CISL

Philippe JoubertPhilippe Joubert

CEO, Earth on Board

Tony JuniperTony Juniper CBE

Chair, Natural England

Alan KnightDr Alan Knight OBE

GM Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal

Ylva LindbergYlva Lindberg

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Communication at Norfund

Anna LungleyAnna Lungley

Chief Sustainability Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network

Bob ScholesBob Scholes

Professor of Systems Ecology, University of Witwatersrand


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who delivers the programme?


World-class contributors from business, policy and academia

Combining academic excellence, industry expertise and influential thinking for 30 years, the programme is designed and delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Delegates are led by expert faculty and contributors with a proven track record of working with organisations to respond strategically to sustainability challenges. During the seminar, they encourage debate and discussion, guide group work, workshops and syndicate sessions, and help delegates develop their thinking and approach as sustainable business leaders.

Additionally, we draw on a range of experts to deliver and contribute to the programme. Previously, these have included:

Learn more about our exceptional Fellows and Senior Associates.

 

Who should attend?


Each seminar includes a mix of carefully selected senior executives from a range of geographies and industries, to enhance peer-learning and collaboration.

Leading companies as well as government agencies and development banks use the programme to provide strategic context and support the leadership development of senior staff.

Business leaders operating at a strategic level

Business delegates include company directors and business unit leaders responsible for areas such as strategy, brand and marketing, operations, finance, external affairs, innovation and resources. A few places are also allocated to senior sustainability leaders.

Recent attendees have included decision makers from leading companies such as ABN AMRO, Anglo American, Bank of Communications (HK), Hammerson, Heathrow Airport, IKEA, JLL, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Nestlé SA, PETRONAS, P&G, SABIC, Tata Group, and Tetra Pak.

"CISL provides access to a treasure trove of information, perspective and inspiration to energize the progress on sustainability that we critically need. The quality of content and teaching is outstanding."

Martin Riant, Group President, Procter & Gamble

Decision-makers from public sector, international agencies and civil society

The programme is also highly relevant for leaders from the public sector, city authorities and international agencies who benefit from interacting with peers from the private sector as well as from increasing their understanding of global issues and trends.

Recent attendees have included senior officials from Environment Protection Agencies, the Treasury and International departments, directors from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and various UN agencies, and senior leaders from environmental and humanitarian NGOs.

Read a list of previous delegates. 

 Please refer to the international seminar pages for participant profiles

 

Selection criteria


  • Appropriate senior level position, typically for more than 15 years
  • A high level of proficiency in the English language is required for maximum value, participation and enjoyment of the programme
  • Ability to pay the fees, or to identify a sponsoring institution

 

Why apply?


Understand key challenges and explore the opportunity of sustainability

The programme is designed to give senior executives the knowledge and techniques to address key sustainability challenges in a practical way.

Participants are encouraged to review their current business models and set a vision for what success looks like in the future, leaving the course with the inspiration, understanding and confidence to define and respond to pressing social, economic and environmental priorities.

Read about our seminars in Cambridge (UK), Cape Town (South Africa) and Melbourne (Australia).

Read testimonials from our delegates.

 

 

How to apply


To apply for the seminar please complete the application formPlease 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.

If you have a colleague who you feel would be suitable and interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please  or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850 and we can share materials for you to pass on.

All nominations are subjected to a robust vetting procedure to ensure delegates build diverse, international networks and foster ideas that cross traditional boundaries.

Contact

Alice Spencer

Alice Spencer, Global Programme Director

Who are our delegates?

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