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Embedding Natural Capital

Develop the tools required to assess current sustainability practices, and create action plans to implement change. This workshop will focus on understanding natural resources.


20–21 November 2017

Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar; Cambridge, UK


The course fee is £700 to £2,250, including accommodation and meals (see fees table). Lower fees are available for multiple delegates or Labs, not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals. 

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.


Sustainability Leadership Labs

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems. Open to all our alumni and senior industry practitioners, these two-day sustainability workshops held four times per year in Cambridge, are an opportunity for professional development, co-creation and networking – all with real application to your company or organisational situation.

Read more about the Sustainability Leadership Labs, and details about fees and applications.


The challenge

It is common practice for businesses to perform sustainability reporting for corporate and regulatory purposes; however, businesses that want to be more progressive, create competitive advantage, and demonstrate their positive impacts on the environment are going beyond corporate reporting and using natural capital approaches to leverage business opportunities and inform decisions.


Embedding natural capital

Within the theme of operationalising sustainability, this two-day professional development programme will give you the opportunity to understand how to identify and assess natural capital, create an effective natural capital strategy, and understand the natural capital risks and opportunities for your business.

The focus of our forthcoming Lab is the systematic use of data and decision tools that provide businesses with insight into their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The workshop will explore how businesses can review the impact of their operations and supply chains on natural capital to achieve a better informed strategy, commercial savings through increased efficiency, and a language with which to communicate benefits to external audiences.

Who should attend?

Sustainability practitioners, asset managers, HSE managers, CEOs, and supply chain and procurement professionals will all benefit from attendance at the workshop.


Learn from industry thought leaders

The Lab will feature interactive sessions and case studies, and leverage the latest thinking from business leaders participating in CISL’s Natural Capital Impact Group. Previous speakers include:

Confirmed speakers at this Lab include:

  • Ian Ellison, Chief Engineer – Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Laura Plant, Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant, PWC
  • Dr Stephanie Hime, Director, Little Blue Research
  • Tony Juniper, CBE, Fellow, CISL
  • Chris Plester, Senior Sustainability Adviser, National Grid
  • Lizzie Rendell, Environmental Advisor, Skanska
  • James Spurgeon, Director, Sustain Value

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker is Paul Murphy, CEO, Jordans and Ryvita Company. This lecture, on Monday 20 November, is open to CISL Network members. Please see our events page for more information and to register for a place.

Benefits of attending

This workshop will stretch your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation with case studies. You will gain access to the CISL’s international network of sustainability leaders and will learn how to:

  • systematically review your business activities to identify natural capital risks and opportunities
  • measure and value natural capital
  • engage stakeholders within your business and supply chain more effectively
  • embed natural capital knowledge into your day-to-day operations and decision-making
  • gain a competitive edge by communicating your natural capital insights and progress to stakeholders.

Participants will leave the Lab empowered to take action within their business and leverage natural capital approaches. They will have a clearer view of their path towards delivering their sustainability goals.

"Very informative, stimulating and an excellent networking opportunity."

John Midgley, Principal Geoscientist & Operations Geologist, Energy Geoscience


Participant-led case studies

Before the Lab, participants will be invited to volunteer their organisation as a case example for exercises, resulting in a huge benefit to their business from thinking through a particular challenge or opportunity with like-minded individuals, supported by experts.


Interested in this sustainability short course?

Apply for the Lab or to find out more.