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Accelerating the transition to a sustainable economy in a post-Covid world: what has changed, what have we learned, and what can business do now?

18 December 2020

December 2020 – The landscape of business has been radically transformed. Discussions about business action on sustainability are now taking place against a Covid-shaped backdrop of geopolitical and economic shifts, growing – and increasingly visible – inequality, heightened awareness of systemic flaws and human vulnerability, and societal fractures and polarisation. In addition, many businesses are operating in regions with high levels of government, corporate and private debt and growing levels of unemployment.

What have we learned from 2020?

16 December 2020

18 December 2020 – Lindsay Hooper, CISL’s Executive Director, Education, asks what learnings we can take from this tumultuous year in order to lay the foundations for the future we want.

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

25 November 2020

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?

Leading with a sustainable purpose: Leaders’ insights for the development, alignment and integration of a sustainable corporate purpose

25 November 2020

November 2020 – This report from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) distils shared insights into how four leading multinational companies developed, aligned and integrated a purpose and strategy to transition to a sustainable economy.

New report sets out ten principles required for business to deliver a sustainable purpose

25 November 2020

26 November 2020 – A new report from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) captures insights from leading companies to highlight practices to integrate a sustainable purpose into organisations.

Bakkafrost - Navigating choppy waters: working with nature to produce sustainable salmon

2 November 2020

This interview was conducted by CISL’s Director of Strategy Programmes, Paul Begley, with Bakkafrost’s Chief Executive Officer, Regin Jacobsen and the Group Sustainability Lead, Ana Holden-Peters. Each year, Bakkafrost produces c.57,000 tonnes of gutted salmon, making it one of the world’s largest...

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

30 October 2020

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.

Exploring the multiple contributions of the arts and humanities to leadership

28 October 2020

October 2020 – This working paper summarises three emerging narratives about the distinctive contribution of the arts and humanities to leadership.

Advancing Leadership webinar series

27 February 2020

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) hosted a series of ‘Advancing Leadership’ webinars between March and May 2020. See which sessions cater to your development needs and access the recordings below.

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

31 July 2019

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.