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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Businesses are operating in an increasingly volatile and uncertain context, one that is affected by social, environmental and economic change. CISL’s education programmes help organisations anticipate and respond to these changes, finding ways to benefit society and the environment while building commercial value. 

Drawing on over three decades of experience in sustainability education, and our vast network of experts from business, finance, policy and academia, we offer both ready-made and bespoke education pathways for learners across your organisation. 

Delivering your learning vision

Our clients choose to upskill with CISL to develop core sustainability skills within their teams, unlocking innovation, and supporting their existing and future business challenges. Our digital learning courses are designed for:

  1. Organisations and individuals looking to deliver impact within and beyond their business through skills development.
  2. Organisations looking to build a both a foundational understanding of sustainable practices in specific teams or across their organisation, or those looking to develop deeper knowledge focused on their job function, industry sector or leadership. 
  3. Learners looking to build the tools and frameworks to respond to sustainability challenges and, in turn, influence their organisation’s success by implementing sustainable strategies


How we can help

If you are an organisation seeking to develop and engage colleagues across the business, our online courses provide learners with expert insight, high levels of interactivity and a supported learning experience to achieve measurable outcomes. .



6-8 Week Courses

Through tutor-led online learning, learners build their insight, capability and peer network with these interactive supported learning experiences.


Self Paced Courses

Through our 6-8 hour self-paced online-learning courses, you can harness CISL’s cross-sector expertise, proven frameworks, and industry foresight.


Blended Learning

Our bespoke sustainability courses equip organisations with the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop a shared vision and organisational response.



Benefits to your organisation

  1. Share a fundamental understanding of key global issues, and in turn help your organisation to innovate
  2. Create strategies that focus on building commercial value and long-term resilience across your organisation
  3. Enable your staff to deliver change in their role to deliver business-wide impact
  4. Support you to understand the change required within your sector

Benefits to your learners

  1. Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online. and in your own time.  
  2. Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education, with clear learning objectives and outcomes
  3. Benefit from ongoing learning opportunities, both online and face to face, to support professional development
  4. Learners build a personal action plan to implement a sustainable approach within their sphere of influence


Latest courses

Sustainable Business Foundations

This 6-8 hour, self-paced online course supports professional development, innovation and leadership across your organisation.

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Business and Social Justice

For those wanting to deepen their understanding of the structural roots
of social injustice and how business can
lead the way to transformational change.

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Governance for a Sustainable Future
Our Future

For professionals seeking to unleash transformative change by leading with sustainability-aligned decision-making.

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Meet the subject matter experts

These online learning courses have been created in collaboration with leading sustainability experts from across a range of sectors, regions and areas of expertise, led by a Course Convenor and lead Subject Matter Expert. Hear from some of our Course Convenors below.

"Businesses today cannot deliver sustainability through a small team of specialists, it needs to be integrated into the core of the business, in every function. We are equipping people within organisations to take sustainability and apply it to their own roles, so the individual can thrive and the business as a whole can thrive."

Oliver Dudok Van Heel
Course Convenor and Subject Matter Expert, Sustainable Business Foundations


"Financial institutions and the countries, companies, and households that they support are facing into a whole host of environmental and social risks, but also opportunities. It is incumbent upon these institutions to get ahead of these trends and understand the commercial implications for the organisation, and how they can start responding proactively..."

Thomas Vergunst
Course Convenor and Subject Matter Expert, Sustainable Finance Foundations: Banking, Investment and Insurance




Ready for your next steps

To find out how we support organisational transformation.

To speak to a member of the team about upskilling your organisation. 

To trial one of CISL's self-paced courses for a small group


Next steps

To find out how we support organisational transformation.

To speak to a member of the team about upskilling your organisation. 

To trial one of CISL's self-paced courses for a small group