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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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Rewiring the Economy is CISL’s ten-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy.

It has a simple logic: six sustainability ambitions to be delivered by three economic actors (business, government and finance) via ten interconnected tasks.

Rewiring the Economy starts from the principle that the economy can and should be delivering the outcomes demanded by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By working together as partners, three key actors in the economy – business, government and finance – are identified to take responsibility for achieving this aim. A set of ten interconnected tasks are offered to guide the structural and cultural changes that will be necessary in the economy to do this.

The plan is a strategic compass bearing for business, government and finance leaders around the world. We hope it will inspire new collaborations and enable fundamental change in how the global economy is harnessed for social and environmental good.

Read the report: Rewiring the Economy: Ten tasks, ten years



 Measure the right things, set the right targets

 Use fiscal policy to correct externalities

 Drive socially useful innovation

 Ensure capital acts for the long term

 Price capital according to the true costs of business activities

 Innovate financial structures to better serve sustainable business

 Set a bold ambition, and innovate to deliver greater value

 Broaden the measurement and disclosure framework

 Grow the capability and incentives to act

 Harness communications for positive change