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Vector: taking leadership, taking action and not just talking about it

1 February 2018 – Simon Mackenzie, Group CEO of Vector, New Zealand's largest distributor of electricity and gas, describes how CISL has helped to build leadership and embed sustainability across his organisation – from deepening the understanding of its leaders on the sustainability agenda to helping its board set a strategy to help Vector become a long-term, sustainable business that all staff understand and subscribe to.

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Improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers throughout the tea supply chain: a PCSVC student’s story

1 February 2018 – Richard Bond, Global Senior Manager for Sustainability at Mars Drinks, describes the impact of studying CISL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains. He reflects on how the course improved his communication skills, deepened his knowledge and passion for sustainability, provided a more strategic outlook and planted an idea that led to a partnership which is now helping to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Kenya.

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10 takeaways from Europe’s landmark sustainable finance plan

31 January 2018 – Andrew Voysey, Director, Sustainable Finance at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainabiity Leadership (CISL) discusses the ten most striking features of The European Commission‘s report by its High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, published today. CISL was the only academic institution to be appointed to HLEG.

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From St Paul’s to Singapore - an architectural education

25 January 2018 – Jason Pomeroy, award-winning architect and author, reflects on the impact of studying CISL’s Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master's. Now at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda, Jason discusses how the course gave him greater appreciation and understanding of different built-environment agendas, allowing him to be more influential in the boardroom and also provided a vehicle for him to develop his academic skills.

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It makes business sense to understand sustainability

29 November 2017 – Over the past two years, Hammerson Plc has sent seven of its senior management team on The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, run by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Louise Ellison, Group Head of Sustainability, explains how the course helps its leaders understand and respond to current sustainability challenges, and stresses the importance for all senior teams to understand the implications of sustainability for their business.

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Decoding the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem

29 November 2017 – Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge, articulates the entrepreneurial ecosystem which makes Cambridge such fertile ground for new ideas and innovations to flourish.

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Why it's time for banks to take a fresh look at fintechs

14 November 2017 – Andrew Voysey, Director of Sustainable Finance at CISL discusses why it's time for banks to take a fresh look at fintechs.

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Facing uncertain future, fossil fuel workers want retraining in renewables

7 November 2017 – Andrew Voysey, Director of Sustainable Finance at CISL discusses why fossil fuel workers are retraining in renewables and what this transition means for the economy.

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Framing natural capital assessment in the right way for business

17 October 2017 – Dr Mike Sharman, outlines the growing case for businesses to understand their impact and dependencies on nature.

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In search of a different perspective on sustainability

9 October 2017 – Hussein Sefian, Head of Strategy and Strategic Investments at BNP Paribas Global Markets, recently attended the 18th South African Senior Executives’ Seminar of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme in Cape Town hoping to gain a broader perspective on emerging markets’ challenges. Elspeth Donovan, Deputy Director of the South African office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Cape Town, spoke to Hussein about his experiences on the programme and what he gained.

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Gnarly sustainability challenges and smart solutions

15 August 2017 – In this guest blog, CISL alumnus Jon Z Bentley shares a very personal reflection on his work leading IBM’s innovation programme with clients across water, energy and the environment.

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New tools and analysis from CISL published in G20 report to help financial firms manage climate risk

11 July 2017 – For two years CISL has been a knowledge partner of the G20 Green Finance Study Group, with the resulting report, 'Enhancing Environmental Risk Assessment in Financial Decision-making', published at the end of the G20 summit. Kajetan Czyz, Programme Director, Sustainable Finance at CISL, discusses how the tools in the report aim to help financial firms carry out environmental risk analysis more effectively.

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Five ways to mainstream green finance now

11 July 2017 – How can the financial industry aid climate-related financial disclosures, enhance environmental risk analysis, and make better use of publicly available environmental data to analyse financial risk and inform decision-making on future investments, asks Dr Nina Seega, CISL Research Consultant and co-author of the G20 Green Finance Study Group’s background paper on Enhancing Environmental Risk Assessment in Financial Decision Making.

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Company Boards cannot trust that someone else will manage their climate risk exposure

29 June 2017 – Well-run companies stand to benefit from the additional attention investors and their regulators are paying to climate change risk management. Boards must understand the strategic nature of the issue and not delegate it to environmental specialists, says Lindsay Hooper, Executive Director, Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Countries and regions seizing low carbon opportunities are best positioned for a brighter future

2 June 2017 – Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director, Policy, and Deputy Director, Corporate Leaders Group, discusses how the Paris Climate Agreement, and the overall commitment to address climate change it represents, is still alive and well, despite US withdrawal from the Agreement.

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Innovating for sustainability

25 May 2017 – Alasdair Marks, Corporate Adviser at Business in the Community (BITC) discusses how organisations need to innovate in order to be sustainable. Alasdair recently attended a Sustainable Leadership Lab, focusing on sustainable innovation. These two-day immersion sessions are designed to co-create workable, practical solutions to key current and future constraints to ‘business as usual’ that increase business resilience, promote social development and/or access new markets.

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How I learned to overcome sustainability hurdles

18 May 2017 – Chris Bellamy was working as the lead engineer for customer-focused innovation at Jaguar Land Rover when he joined the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) in August 2015. Jaguar Land Rover selected him to take part in the course because of his interest in sustainability and embedding its principles in the luxury car market.

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The boundaries of sustainable design innovation and how I challenged them: A look back at the impact of the IDBE

12 April 2017 – Adrian Campbell, founder and director of sustainable building design company changebuilding, discusses how the interdisciplinary working techniques and sustainability concepts he was taught to consider on the IDBE became integral to his working practice.

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Postgraduate training in sustainability: a unique opportunity for working professionals

Dr Kayla Friedman, Programme Manager at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, describes the benefits of the range of accredited postgraduate courses on offer in sustainable business and sustainable value chains.

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The African experience: Business models and Sustainable Development Goals

Elisa Moscolin, Sustainability and CSR Manager, Santander UK discusses how, as part of our Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, she explored theories of how to embed sustainability within business practice, concluding that a set of common themes helped facilitate companies’ success in this area.

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How Jaguar Land Rover ditched traditional supply chain thinking to create a closed loop value chain

As part of our Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains, Paul Cassell, Vehicle Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, evaluated the REALCAR project: a closed-loop value chain collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis, Innovate UK and other partners, with the aim of introducing more closed-loop aluminium into Jaguar Land Rover cars.

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The power of storytelling for business engagement on sustainability

Former SustainAbility Director Zoë Arden was a Master’s student at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership from 2012–2014. In this blog, she explains how the Master’s programme helped her embrace her communications credentials and appreciate the power of storytelling.

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Leveraging the Master’s experience and the Cambridge network in the academic world

David Disi was a Master’s student at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership from 2012–2014. In this blog, he reflects on his experience in Cambridge and how learning about sustainability influenced his career path. David is currently an executive doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

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Leadership for sustainability: Where is the hope?

September 2015 – As another academic year commences, Dr Louise Drake, Deputy Course Director for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership, reflects on the challenges and rewards of learning to be a sustainability leader.

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Creating value from uncertainty

18 August 2015 – Simon Davis, Agriculture and Sustainability Development Manager, NSF International, attended our inaugural Sustainability Leadership Lab, which focused on how organisations can innovate their business model in order to generate and deliver opportunities for sustainable value creation. The intensive two-day Labs are designed to be truly beneficial to the organisations represented, with participants able to put forward case studies which are then focused on during the Lab.

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