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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Our latest thought leadership and research aims to inform and equip decision makers across business, finance and policy to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy. 

Unhedgeable risk: How climate change sentiment impacts investment

10 November 2015

November 2015 – This report analyses how shifts in market sentiment induced by awareness of future climate risks could impact global financial markets in the short term.

Banking and Sustainability: Time for Convergence

14 September 2015

September 2015 – A policy briefing on the links between financial stability and environmental sustainability.

Better partnerships: Understanding and increasing the impact of private sector cooperative initiatives

21 August 2015

August 2015 – This report, jointly authored by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainablity Leadership and Ecofys, analyses five cooperative initiatives involving the private sector and identifies their emissions reduction potential. The potential emission reductions from the top five initiatives are significant – at current ambition levels estimated emission reductions could reach 200 MtCO2e.

Insurance regulation for sustainable development: Protecting human rights against climate risks and natural hazards

10 July 2015

July 2015 – This report analyses the role of insurance regulation in protecting the basic human rights of life, livelihood and shelter against natural hazards and climate risk. Effective insurance regulation facilitates access to insurance (both traditional and alternative) as a means to increase communities’ resilience, fulfil related human rights duties of state and non-state actors and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

10 years of Carbon Pricing in Europe – A business perspective

8 July 2015

July 2015 – This report, commissioned by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, was produced to mark the ten-year anniversary of the EU Emissions Trading System. It is based on a series of interviews with companies covered by this cornerstone climate policy who have made notable progress to reduce their carbon emissions during its lifetime.

Rewiring the Economy: Ten tasks, ten years

23 June 2015

July 2015, Updated November 2017 – Rewiring the Economy is CISL’s ten-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy. It is built on ten interconnected tasks, delivered by leaders across business, government and finance. Rewiring shows how these tasks can be tackled co-operatively to build an economy that encourages sustainable business practices, delivering the social and environmental progress demanded by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Policy brief: Insurance regulation for sustainable development

16 June 2015

POLICY BRIEF Insurance regulation for sustainable development Protecting human rights against climate risk and natural hazards Climate risks and natural hazards are a growing threat to the basic human rights of life, livelihood and shelter in communities worldwide. In 2013 alone, three times as...

Effective regulation for mutual and co-operative insurers can help protect human rights against natural hazards

8 June 2015

May 2015 – Effective insurance regulation promotes financial inclusion and supports people’s basic rights of life, livelihood and shelter. Disruptive insurance regulation, or no regulation at all, deprives the poorest people in our world from this protection. Mutual and co-operative providers of microinsurance are very aware of the sharp reality that inclusive insurance, insurance that reaches all strata of our societies, can only thrive with adequate regulation.

Financing the Global Low Carbon Transition

21 May 2015

22 May 2015 – Over the next 15 years, approximately $93 trillion will be needed for investment in low carbon infrastructure across the world. Success would mean mobilising more private capital behind public goals, delivering economic growth and putting us on the path to a net-zero emissions global economy. This paper makes a series of recommendations to achieve this goal.

Should investment in Africa consider sustainability?

11 May 2015

August 2015 – A comparison between South African and Chinese business experiences. This exploratory working paper considers how foreign investment by Chinese companies could be used to promote strategic leadership around sustainability in South Africa.


Adele Williams, Director of Communications  

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