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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


26 March 2019 – Can the global economy withstand the pressures of new demands created by climate change? This was the question put to the keynote panel at The Economist Sustainability Summit 2019.

Dame Polly Courtice DBE, LVO, was Founder Director of the University of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (1989–2021). She is now Emeritus Director and Senior Ambassador, CISL.

Polly Courtice, CISL's founder Director joined the keynote panel at The Economist summit alongside speakers from the European Commission and Veris Environmental Finance to discuss the ways in which the sustainability efforts of business, policy and government leaders interact, and the biggest obstacles to progress that they face.  

She highlighted the positive changes that have been made by leaders so far, saying: 

Being able to show that you are generating environmental and social value, as well as economic value, often requires tackling the biggest problems at board level. Most board members are enlightened on this and can now see the writing on the wall. Whether it is regulation that will drive them there, or the fact that their supply chains are absolutely hurting, or that it’s what their consumers and investors are demanding, the mindsets of leaders are being changed to recognise that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option. The challenge now is getting there fast enough.

Visit CISL's Leadership Hub to access our latest resources and thought leadership to help your company lead change in the new global economy.

Photo credit: edie newsroom, 22 March 2019.


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