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Regulation for resilience – a regulatory revolution for sustainability

February 2012 - How can we create a truly sustainable economy? We believe one essential way is to create a radically new regulatory paradigm for the 21st century. Traditional 20th century regulation has had its day, and a revolution is needed. The goal posts have moved, and we need to reinvent our regulatory systems accordingly. In the 21st century, societies will need to regulate for resilience.

Climate negotiations at the edge: good cop, bad cop

Dec 2011 – Professor Richard Calland, Director (interim), Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership South Africa Office, introduces his thought leadership piece on Good COP, Bad COP, and explains his perspective on the recent negotiations.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles: The State of Sustainability Leadership

December 2011 – CPSL asked the members of our alumni network to tell us which leaders had caught their attention over the past year. You will find through this publication a selection of these leaders, who come from business, government and civil society.

Jane Nelson: What is corporate sustainability leadership?

October 2011 – ‘Business as usual’ is totally inadequate to meet this challenge. So too is incremental change at the margin. Transformational or systemic change is necessary, and in its absence our shared prosperity and stability are at risk.

A Logical Framework for Climate Leadership

October 2011 – An opinion piece by Mike Brown, Chief Executive, Nedbank Group; Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, AngloGold Ashanti. Both are members of the South African Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. The UN climate change negotiations that South Africa is soon to host (28 November to 9 December in Durban) can seem rather confusing. They cover very complex political and scientific territory on which international negotiators have been trying for no less than 17 years to reach agreement.

Seize the Day: A Call to Action for UK Climate Leadership

June 2011 - This is the critical time. The decisions made in this parliament will either set the UK firmly on the path to a low-carbon economy or send us well off track. The UK leads the world in ambitious targets to tackle climate change. We are the first country in the world to extend legally binding targets well into the 2020s. We have the opportunity to transform our economy and lead the world down a path of green growth, well-managed climate risks and decarbonisation. The opportunity must be seized now, or else we risk missing out on new markets and locking in high-carbon, maladapted investments.

The South African Government’s Green Paper Fails to Address Climate Change Challenges

April 2011 – An opinion piece by Professor Jørgen Randers. The deadline for commentary on the government's green paper on climate change recently closed with many commentators agreeing that it is a vague document that does not present a sufficiently detailed or coherent plan for addressing the looming challenges of climate change.

Sustainability Leadership – a Force for Change

November 2010 – According to a recent survey of 766 United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) member CEO’s, 93% of CEOs see sustainability as important to their company’s future success. Furthermore, 96% believe that sustainability issues should be fully integrated into the strategy and operations of a company (up from 72% in 2007).

Sir Ian Cheshire: Don't fear sustainability

February 2011 – Sustainability: it needn’t send a ripple of fear through the boardroom! An opinion piece by Sir Ian Cheshire, former Group CEO, Kingfisher plc

West Africa: the climate of change

November 2010 – The Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) is working with a number of partners to develop a West African Climate Leaders Programme.

Towards a Sustainable Economy

October 2010 – A new publication from the ‘Next Economy Initiative’ is launched: Towards a Sustainable Economy, Business Leadership & UK Government Policy.

Low Carbon Compendium

September 2011 – The purpose of this report is to demonstrate how the activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low climate risk economy. Profiles and examples of the activities and climate projects are given for each of the member The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) companies featured, including their carbon reduction goals and how these are being met.

Return Characteristics of Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment

June 2010 – The past few years have seen increased questioning of appropriate asset allocations for long term investors, such as pension funds. The CPSL P8 process is one example, highlighting the significance of climate change to long term investment decision making.

Chevening Fellowships Economics of Climate Change: A Global Perspective

June 2010 – The Chevening programme is the British Government’s flagship scholarship and fellowship scheme. Its overall purpose is to build a long-term network of future friends of the UK in senior positions who will help to support delivery of the FCO’s (Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s) Strategic Framework.

Product Stewardship Overload!

May 2010 – While organic food labelling started in the 1960s, it was the timber debate that first triggered the idea of product stewardship. In the late 1980s, growing recognition of the loss of tropical rainforests led to the creation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which delivered the closest solution: to provide an economic incentive for the sustainable harvesting of forests.

Transformational Change Model: Achieving a Low Climate Risk Economy

February 2009 – the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has identified the need to develop a transformational change model (TCM) which provides a draft framework for action to achieve a low climate risk economy.

Carbon Management: A Practical Guide for Suppliers

2009 – Carbon management: a practical guide for suppliers is a step-by-step carbon management guide for companies who supply retailers and other major corporations. It helps them respond to increasing requests from their customers for information about carbon management. It also shows how effective carbon management can cut costs and bring other business benefits.

Leading the Challenge on Climate Change

2009 – Many leaders from our industry have harnessed the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. Sustainable development strategies, ecoplanning and responsible operations are becoming commonplace. This report offers a shared vision for our industry which aims to build on the work already underway and to guide the progressive development of new business models decoupling growth from increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Finding the Way

July 2008 - We are living in extraordinary times. The foundations of our economic and human development are being challenged by the force of nature. The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ continues to widen and it is clear that the legitimate aspirations of most of humanity, if pursued through carbon intensive economies and under the current model of development, offer prospects only of further human suffering and environmental destruction.

Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide, 2nd Edition

May 2007 – The Cambridge Climate Leaders Reference Guide is designed to give leaders an introduction to climate change and the complexities associated with it. The four broad themes are: The Science of Climate Change, The Economics and Technology of Climate Change, Policy Responses to Climate Change; and Business Responses to Climate Change.

Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Business Primer

January 2007 – Business innovation and enterprise provide the fuel for economic growth, employment and social progress. Through increased choice, and the availability of affordable products and services, business plays an essential role in helping people improve their lives.

The Sustainable Economy Dialogue

2006 – An analysis of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme’s Sustainable Economy Dialogue.

Driving success: Human resources and sustainable development

June 2005 – This briefing has been designed for HR managers and people with responsibilities for recruitment, performance evaluation and training and development.

Driving success: Marketing and sustainable development

June 2005 – This briefing has been designed for marketing managers and people with responsibilities for communications, brand management and new product development.

Facing the Future

2004 – A collection of contributions from 35 leading thinkers and practitioners associated with The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP)

The World in Context

April 2003 – Sustainable development will remain by far the biggest challenge all the way through to the end of this century. If we get it right, the genius and technological virtuosity of the human species will enable us to fashion elegant, regenerative and genuinely sustainable ways of meeting human needs and aspirations. If we get it wrong, the consequences could indeed be dire.

BSP London Lecture 2001, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

15 March 2001 – The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, delivered the London Lecture of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme on 15 March, 2001. The lecture, on the topic of Healthy People, Healthy Planet, affirmed the powerful relationships between health, environment, economics and society.

The Global State of Sustainable Insurance

October 2009 – This report examines the long-term economic health and resilience of the insurance industry and how material ESG factors must be systematically integrated into underwriting guidelines and product development, and other core insurance processes such as investment management, claims management and sales & marketing.

Smart Business

June 2008 – Smart business sustainable solutions for changing times. Business has got the message: sustainability has strategic implications for future competitiveness and success. And smart businesses are looking to sustainability to help transform products and services and unlock new opportunities for growth and profitability.

Decentralised Energy

February 2008 - Decentralised Energy business opportunity in resource efficiency and carbon management. The Business Taskforce on Sustainable Consumption and Production was convened by Defra and DTI (now BERR) to bring forward proposals on how to help companies adopt more sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP) in ways that boost competitiveness and contribute to economic growth.

Mobility 2020

2008 – Today, the car is at the heart of personal mobility, offering us independence and our own space – at the price of congestion, pollutants and a rising contribution to climate change. Can we do things better?

The Top 50 Sustainability Books

December 2009 – This unique title draws together in one volume some of the best thinking to date on the pressing social, environmental and ethical challenges we face as a society.

Landmarks for Sustainability: Events and Initiatives that Changed the World

1 April 2009 – Landmarks for Sustainability is a high impact, quick reference guide to many of the most critical events and initiatives that have shaped our world, and the sustainable development agenda, over the past 20 years and more.

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