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Financing climate adaptation: what’s next?

6 July 2018 – Miroslav Petkov, Director in S&P Global Ratings' Sustainable Finance Team, considers the possible growth of climate adaptation financing in the face of increasingly adverse environmental conditions.

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"There is nothing so practical as a good theory."

16 July 2018 – Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy describes The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Programme which will bring together leading companies and academics to tackle sustainability challenges through cross-disciplinary research.

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Water: let’s address the source of the problem together

1 August 2018 – In the aftermath of the summer's global heatwave on Earth Overshoot Day, Dr Gemma Cranston reflects on the urgent need to preserve the UK's water supplies.

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The drive to net zero emissions should be the next space race

8 August 2018 – With a month to go to the Global Climate Action Summit, Eliot Whittington reflects on the innovation and competition that can emerge from the accelerated pursuit of a net zero emission economy.

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A profound change in design ideology: the impact of studying the IDBE Master’s

18 September 2018 – Tony Ip reflects on the lasting impact of studying the Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) and the need for a visionary approach and a global perspective to drive change within the built environment.

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Asking the right questions, unlocking the possibilities

27 September 2018 – Paloma Lopez, Global Strategy Lead for Kellogg’s Masterbrand on finding clarity of purpose and a new beginning through studying CISL’s Master’s in Sustainability Leadership.

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Stepping outside your comfort zone: the positive impact of the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership

22 October 2018 – Shameela Soobramoney, Senior Manager: Group Strategy & Sustainability at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, reflects on the impact of studying the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership and how developing a deep understanding of the sustainability agenda helped her to integrate it in a meaningful and persuasive way into her own corporate sphere of influence.

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Staying ahead of the curve: a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma student’s journey

25 October – Dr Carole Anne Wilkinson, of the Global Fabrics Sustainability Team at W.L. Gore & Associates, reflects on her experiences and the benefits of studying both the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Sustainable Business, and attending multiple Leadership Labs with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

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“I signed up for a course and left with a new network.”

Helen McTaggart, Senior Sustainability Manager at Amazon reflects on how undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in 2015 enabled her to strengthen her professional network. PCSVC is now offered as an elective stream of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business.

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The woman making childbirth safer for thousands

7 November 2018 – According to the World Health Organisation, a woman dies in childbirth in Nigeria every ten minutes. Adepeju Jaiyeoba, winner of The Prince of Wales Prize at Unilever’s Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018, is changing the story.

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We need a radical shift in how we collaborate for the sake of the planet

3 December 2018 – We have the power to change, take collective ownership and shift the built environment towards sustainable development, argues Dr Kayla Friedman, Course Director for the Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment. We just need to seize it.

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Only an integrated approach to the global climate and conservation crises will be sufficient

12 December 2018 – Tony Juniper, Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns, WWF-UK and CISL Fellow, reflects on the need to integrate climate action into our approach to food system and conservation efforts in order to achieve net zero by 2050.

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Climate change liability risk vastly underestimated by businesses

12 December 2018 – This opinion piece is based on a speech Alice Garton, Senior Lawyer and Head of Climate Programme, ClientEarth, gave to the European Refining and Technology Conference in November 2018. It highlights the need for business leaders to understand the full potential of liability risk – alongside the more often discussed ‘physical risks’ and ‘transition risks’ – in driving the transition to a net zero economy.

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Will oil and gas companies survive action on climate change?

12 December 2018 – Paul Gilding, environmental author and CISL Fellow, questions the future of the oil and gas industry in light of the major economic transformations required to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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How can companies use their lobbying to drive a net zero future?

12 December 2018 – Dylan Tanner, Executive Director and Co-Founder of InfluenceMap on the need for the companies to use their lobbying for good and drive change at the pace and scale required for a net zero future.

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A holistic approach to a global problem

13 December 2018 – Andrew Phillips MA FCA, Rural Director of Finance for the Duchy of Cornwall, reflects on his time spent studying with CISL, and the impact of attaining both a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) and the Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership on his personal outlook and professional career.

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How climate action is transforming the very fabric of business

18 December 2018 – Karl Henrik Sundström is CEO of StoraEnso, a provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood construction and paper and member of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. Here he reflects on the need for governments to publicly commit to net zero carbon emissions to lay down the indicators of success for businesses.

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10 lessons for embedding sustainability across the business

18 December 2018 – Sue Garrard, CISL Senior associate and Unilever’s former EVP Sustainable Business, was responsible for leading and embedding the company’s ambitious USLP (the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan) into the business and ensuring progress against its 70-plus time bound targets. Here she provides 10 lessons for embedding sustainability across the business

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Foresight, guidance and valuable insights

22 January 2019 – Natasha Walji, Sector Lead for Telco, Government, Entertainment & Technology at Google Canada, on forcing change, elevating the sustainability agenda and becoming a leader through her experience on CISL’s Master's in Sustainability Leadership.

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How can we achieve high-impact leadership? The role of experiential learning.

25 January 2019 – CISL Fellow Zoë Arden discusses the power of personal experiences in igniting commitment towards meaningful change, and shares key steps individuals can take to identify issues and lead action towards a strong sustainability agenda within their organisation.

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

Applications are now open for the 2020 intake for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, as well as the postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Sustainable Business. Alexandra Brunner, Senior Project Manager at CISL, reflects upon 10 years of delivering the unique Master's course.

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Moving country and career to drive sustainable change

20 February 2019 – Ana Holden-Peters, Sustainability Lead at Bakkafrost, reflects on the profound impact of studying CISL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, which led her to focus on her own purpose as a sustainability leader and change her career path

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Finance’s shifting focus from risks to solutions

26 February 2019 – Kajetan Czyz, Programme Director, Sustainable Finance, reflects on four decades of progress in the field of sustainable finance, which is entering a new phase of maturity. He describes CISL’s recent work in developing practical solutions for investors, banks and insurance companies to proactively encourage, create and exploit the opportunities inherent in the shift towards a sustainable economy.

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Educating for a sustainable economy: The role of business in delivering SDG 4

7 March 2019 – Climate change poses an education challenge for the global business community, argues Paul Begley, Director, Customised Programmes at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Reflections on being inspired and learning at the heart of sustainability action

3 October 2019 – Katerina Fragos, Manager of Sustainability and Climate Change at P&G Canada on the personal values and professional insights gained through studying CISL’s Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership.

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Carbon neutrality by 2050 makes sense

8 May 2019 – To stay within the boundaries of the Paris Agreement, Europe needs to accelerate efforts to achieve a carbon neutral future and put climate change at the top of the EU agenda. Frank van der Vloed highlights five key steps that are critical for businesses to make the transition.

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Climate progress is key to reinvigorate European project

23 May 2019 – If the EU is to regain trust and achieve a renewed social contract, the most progressive response to the climate crisis must be at the core of its new mission, writes Martin Porter, Executive Chair in Brussels, The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Five common challenges faced by social entrepreneurs

CISL Faculty Dr Nicky Dee and Lisa Smith have been involved with the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards since the Awards began in 2013. As well as being lead faculty for the accelerator programme, Nicky and Lisa work closely with every winner to provide mentoring for them and their businesses. Here Nicky shares her insights into the challenges facing young innovators seeking to use their initiatives to create positive change.

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Our shifting view of business

30 May – In the first of his blog series, Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy, CISL, considers the evolution of business perspectives and responsibilities - and the role of leadership in delivering sustainable, future-fit strategies.

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More of the same simply isn't enough

28 June 2019 – Dame Polly Courtice reveals how one of the world's leading hubs for green business thinking is preparing for the next phase of rapid corporate transformation

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10 questions to ask when aligning purpose and strategy

28 June – Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy, CISL, explores the challenges of aligning purpose and strategy with the transition that is required to enable a business to succeed into the future.

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Staying true to purpose: how individuals can drive transformative change in business and beyond

31 July 2019 – Following the launch of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's new Centres to accelerate the transformation to a sustainable economy, Alice Spencer reflects on her experiences delivering executive education programmes for senior leaders tasked with driving these transformations.

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The Climate Breakthrough

October 2019 – Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, considers how our growing understanding of climate change must translate into an urgent and inclusive transformation of the global economy.

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Product sustainability myth-busting

30 October 2019 – As applications open for the Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Sustainable Business, Programme Manager Emma Fromberg debunks the myths hampering the development of sustainable products.

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Entrepreneurs and SMEs; the new game changers for a sustainable future

28 November 2019 – Eithne George, Programme Director for CISL's new Accelerator, explains why the bright ideas of today need a leg up to become the sustainability solutions of tomorrow.

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New perspectives and new career

9 December 2019 – James McGregor, Chief Sustainability Innovator and Founder of the Blue Tribe Company, discusses his sustainability journey and the profound impact that CISL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) had on his career path.

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Climate change: Will action come in time and will it be enough?

2 December 2019 – Bruce Haase, Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership shares business and finance insights from a climate risk event on South Africa’s transition to a sustainable future

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From technophobe to award-winning entrepreneur

10 December 2019 – This year, the winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize is Emmanuel Emodek, whose initiative ChapChap offers a digital platform enabling small businesses in Africa to oversee their finances and manage their accounts.

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Focusing on social sustainability and changing my life trajectory

21 January 2020 – Mike Rogerson is a chartered accountant with a decade of experience working in finance and operational management across three continents. He shares his experience of studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains, and how his time with CISL nurtured his interest in social sustainability and led him to pursue a PhD focusing on corporate accountability.

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Becoming an agent for positive change: Studying for the MSt in Sustainability Leadership

18 December 2019 – Elena Vydrine, Head of Portfolio Management and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Integration at Ryedale reflects on how studying for the Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership impacted her career in the finance sector.

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Taking a strategic approach towards nature: why 2020 could be the year of business and nature

Dr Gemma Cranston, Director of our Business and Nature team, suggests that a new international framework to restore nature could change the landscape for business everywhere. No company should arrive at the end of the year without having stopped to think about what the ecological crisis means for their business.

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A driver for positive change

24 February 2020 – Galina Parmenter, part of the Global Sustainability Team at fashion retailer C&A, reflects on how studying for CISL’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip) helped advance her role as a sustainability professional.

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From the frontlines of climate change

29 January 2020 – Having spent the first days of the new decade escaping the smoke of Australia's devastating bushfires, Amelia Moulis assesses the potential for business leadership to drive climate action in this critical year.

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Altering perceptions and unlocking abilities: Studying for the IDBE

29 January 2020 – Dr Jenni Barrett discusses how she applied a social psychology perspective to built environment design collaboration following her Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) which led to an academic career and the foundation of coLAB, a consultancy specialising in training and research for the construction industry.

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Knowledge, motivation and mindset: How the IDBE Master’s opened doors and broadened my horizons

11 March 2020 – Andrew Martin works in the Major Bridges International department of consultant COWI A/S in Denmark. He looks back upon the impact that his time studying for the Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) had in empowering him to develop an interest in sustainability in parallel with his established career in bridges and civil engineering.

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The power of a network for built environment professionals

30 March 2020 – A wide, interdisciplinary network enables professionals from across the built environment sector to hone their skills and competencies, whilst stimulating new ideas, approaches and innovations, according to Dr Kayla Friedman, Course Director for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Master's and Postgraduate Certificate.

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Nature can still become central to the world's thinking in 2020

14 April 2020 – As resilience takes more prominence post-coronavirus, restoring nature will be of utmost importance, argues Dr Gemma Cranston, Director, Business and Nature at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

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The future we want requires leaders who can communicate for influence and impact

6 May 2020 – Zoë Arden, CISL Fellow and Course Convenor on the new Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course, discusses the need for leaders who listen first, show humility and use communication to influence and accelerate social and environmental change.

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Could supermarkets become the new superheroes by helping to build community resilience?

7 May 2020 – Prince of Wales Fellow Caroline Lee considers the role of the food retail sector in supporting communities through the Covid-19 crisis, and looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities supermarkets and grocers may continue to face.

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First-class graduate education in a Covid-19 world

7 May 2020 – Dr Louise Drake, Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Course Director for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership, reflects on the success of delivering CISL's graduate courses in a virtual format, and the acceleration of CISL’s digital capabilities that have opened up new opportunities for teaching and learning to deliver the future we want.

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The six trends transforming finance for a sustainable economy

28 May 2020 – Alice Chapple, Course Convenor on the new Sustainable Finance online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), explores the trends that are emerging in the world of finance, from the need to manage climate change risk, to responsible investment and harnessing big data.

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Human activity on the planet has deafened us to messages from nature. The pandemic has caused a pause in the noise. But will we listen?

June 2020 – As Covid-19 recovery plans are developed, Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), reflects upon the need for a new contract to be negotiated between business, government and society. One that is built not just upon the resilience of our businesses and financial systems, but of the societies and nature upon whom we unequivocally depend.

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Building the future - a picture of the new climate leadership

30 September 2020 – A new form of corporate climate leadership is emerging characterised by clear ambition, concrete action, compelling advocacy, and firm accountability, writes Eliot Whittington of the Corporate Leaders Group

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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are vital to UK decarbonisation – how do we meaningfully engage them?

8 October 2020 – Beverley Cornaby, Senior Programme Manager in the Policy Team at CISL reflects on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can help shift the UK economy towards net zero by 2050.

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Fatima might just get us out of this mess (she just doesn’t know it yet)

30 October 2020 – In her latest blog, Dr Louise Drake reflects on the contributions of the arts and humanities to leadership, making the case that society must continue to value the academic disciplines that nurture diversity in how we see, process and engage with the world around us.

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The shifting expectations of business: aligning strategy, business model and culture with a sustainable purpose

November 2020 – As businesses look to transition from ‘rescue’ to ‘recovery’ now is a good time to clarify their role in delivering a resilient, low carbon, and fundamentally sustainable economy, says CISL's Director of Business Strategy Ben Kellard. How can organisations ensure that they have aligned their purpose and strategy with the transition ahead?

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As climate change continues to wreak havoc, the world needs leaders who can inspire us all

27 November 2020 – These are uncertain times to be a leader, particularly if you are in an organisation that wishes to help shape a positive future. So what can be done to have an impact? CISL Fellow Zoë Arden explores the leadership qualities and actions needed to successfully navigate today's volatile environment.

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