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Trustees should prioritise climate risk

15 October 2018 – The facts speak for themselves and must be acted on – trustees need to prioritise climate risk says Andrew Voysey, CISL’s Director for Sustainable Finance.

IPCC Report: Watershed moment for climate action calls for strong leadership from EU

15 October 2018 – Eliot Whittington, Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, discusses the critical findings and implications of the latest IPCC Special Report.

Immediate, collaborative action required to achieve a zero plastic packaging waste future

3 October 2018 – Following the successful launch of the "Towards Sustainable Packaging" report, author Beverley Cornaby contemplates the scale of what has been achieved so far in the fight to eliminate plastic waste, and what must be implemented in order to continue to drive change.

Mentoring young entrepreneurs: but what does mentoring mean?

24 May 2018 – CISL Fellow Dr Nicky Dee and Senior Associate Lisa Smith have been involved with the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards since they began in 2013. As well as being leading faculty members of the Accelerator Programme, Nicky and Lisa have worked closely with previous winners to provide ongoing mentoring for them and their businesses.

Celebrating and supporting sustainability innovators with the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019 are open for applications until 30 June. The Awards are designed to support and celebrate young entrepreneurs.

Transforming lives through clean, green cooking energy

21 May 2018 – Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership describes how the lives of community in rural Kenya will be improved through a strategic collaboration between a global corporation, a leading university and a technology company.

Problem solving: The sustainable way of thinking

2 May 2018 – Vincent Triesschijn, Director of Sustainable Investments at ABN AMRO Bank, reflects on the development of the sustainability agenda and his own progress as a sustainability leader since studying CISL’s Master’s in Sustainability Leadership.

The IDBE Master's: Instilling a confidence for my future

1 May 2018 – Gary Cass, Regional Operations Manager for Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd explains how studying the CISL’s Master of Studies in The Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) has catalysed his career.

Sustainability: A decade of change

25 April 2018 – Wouter van Tol, the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at Huhtamaki, reflects on a decade of change in the world of sustainability; the big trends, lessons learned and how companies can show leadership to tackle today’s biggest challenges

Why pesticide bans are too simplistic to solve the pollination deficit

13 April 2018 – Dr Gemma Cranston, Director, Natural Capital, CISL makes the case for leadership group of companies committed to safeguarding pollinators. She calls for tangible action from business that provides positive outcomes for the spectrum of pollinators and benefits to corporate supply chains.

Investments - and investors - must change for finance to be truly 'sustainable'

9 April 2018 – Roelie van Wijk-Russchen, Chair of the Investment Leaders Group and Global Head of Responsible Business and Public Affairs, Aegon Asset Management, reflects on the role of investors in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. She welcomes the EU Commission’s Action Plan which focuses on how to create a sustainable finance system, by identifying projects that improve Europe's competitiveness, the wellbeing of its citizens and its transition to a more equitable, sustainable world.

How can businesses move faster and smarter on plastic waste?

28 March 2018 – As concern about plastic waste increases and the need for business action mounts, Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, reflects on how UK companies can move faster and smarter to address the issue. He makes the case for an ambitious roadmap to help companies work together in navigating an increasingly crowded landscape, to deliver system-wide changes in policy, public engagement and innovation that deliver the solution to our plastic waste problem.

Blog: Why the EU’s first post-Brexit budget must prioritise investment in climate action

7 March 2018 – Reflecting on the next EU budget post-Brexit, Eliot Whittington of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, explains why now is the time for the EU to show leadership and unity to drive climate action and make a net-zero carbon economy the new normal.

A lesson in good design: the Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

5 March 2018 – CISL’s Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) delivers high-quality interdisciplinary part-time education for built environment professionals from around the world. For over 20 years, the IDBE has been instrumental in developing the skills that help individual professionals learn how to work better together. As the new IDBE course director, Kayla Friedman shares her passion for the built environment, her vision for achieving sustainable and resilient design and how she aims to contribute to the legacy of the course.

How to develop leadership for the new global economy

5 March 2018 – Lindsay Hooper, CISL’s Executive Director, Education, reflects on the need for businesses to make social value the benchmark for performance. In order for companies to respond to increasing existential challenges and economic shifts driven by the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', Lindsay makes the case for purpose-driven leadership to deliver the ambitious transformation we need if our global economy – and planet – are to survive and thrive.

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.

Improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers throughout the tea supply chain: a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains student’s story

1 February 2018 – Richard Bond, Global Senior Manager for Sustainability at Lavazza Professional (formerly Mars Drinks), describes how studying CISL’s PCSVC improved his communication and leadership skills – and planted an idea that is helping to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Kenya.

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.

An architectural education from CISL’s Master's in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

25 January 2018 – Now a leader at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda, award-winning architect Jason Pomeroy discusses how the course allowed him to be more influential in the boardroom and gave him greater appreciation and understanding of different built-environment agendas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains help me learn to overcome sustainability hurdles

18 May 2017 – Chris Bellamy, former Product Creation Engineer at Jaguar Landrover was selected by the company to take part in CISL’s PCSVC, which led him to champion sustainability and learn how to embed sustainability principles in the luxury car market.

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.

How the UK is contributing to sustainable business models in China | 看英国如何助力中国可持续商业模式

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.

Premiums 4 Good: redefining the role of insurance in society

Learning how to integrate the Sustainability Development Goals through the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

23 January 2017 – Elisa Moscolin, Sustainability and CSR Manager, examines how the PCSB helped her to integrate the SDGs into Safaricom’s business framework, helping to transform the lives of its 23 million customers in Africa.

Sustainability in corporate India: Still a work in progress

How can business foster justice in times of rapid change?

The case for responsible investment

Climate change: Now’s the time to look outside, to take action within

China looks to green its import of agricultural commodities

The G20’s race to green the financial system | G20走向绿色金融系统的征程

It's time for financial institutions to get serious on climate risk

Louisiana floods highlight the protection gap

Five ways for businesses to integrate sustainable practice into their operations and strategy

Making business sense of natural capital

Needed now more than ever: Leadership for Change

Don’t panic – the end of DECC could be good news

Are we on track with SDGs?

Why Colombia and why now?

Quo vadis, impact?

Management in the Age of the Anthropocene

Biodiversity, a business priority?

Business supports green growth platform in Pacific Alliance region

What would a bright future for the steel industry look like?

China prominent in global gear shift on how ‘environmental risk’ is incorporated into financing decisions

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.

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.

Beyond our stores: tackling natural capital challenges in the cotton industry

Jaguar Land Rover and Novelis: committed to collaboration for a closed-loop value chain

From commitments to action: Preparing the dairy industry for its role stewarding natural capital

How Davos power brokers can start tackling major environmental risks

Climate change sentiment – a risk to investment portfolios in the short term

Why we should stop talking about 'human capital'

L’Appel de Paris: holding each other to account after COP21

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.

Lessons from Storm Desmond: How the natural environment can help mitigate flooding risks

After COP21: Achieving a zero carbon economy

Taking the Paris Agreement home to Europe

A strong climate deal is good for the planet and great for business

COP21: Making history

Why doesn’t soil get the same attention as climate change?

Climate change and the insurance industry: the legacy of 2015

How to secure sustainable supplies of cotton?

Supporting China with a more human-centred and environmental approach to urbanisation

Why business innovation will help build a new climate economy

Unhedgeable risk: How climate change sentiment impacts investment

Corporate Leaders Group asks finance ministers to support a robust climate agreement

Fostering sustainability leadership for over a quarter of a century

Is business ready to account for natural capital?

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.

Words matter in the Paris climate agreement

What if consumers took matters into their own hands?

#100daysToParis Q&A with ACCIONA

Technologies are key tools in the battle against climate change

The nebulous nexus – collaboration is key to ensure COP21 is a success

Skanska's Journey to Deep Green™ – a 2 degree solution

Russia - the dark horse of the climate negotiations?

100 days to COP21: Why should business take impactful action on climate change?

Better together: How the private sector can scale up ambition to plug the emissions gap

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.

Australia’s inadequate climate pledge: hopes for increased ambition rest on an international agreement in Paris

A call for a systemic, positive and collective response to climate risk by the insurance industry

Rethinking insurance for sustainable development

EU ETS: Business ambition and commitment is key to success

Realising the New Climate Economy: Better together

We need to rewire the economy

Rewiring our economy to combat climate change and poverty

Climate change – an economic issue


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