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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The Future of Boards

Boards are facing growing pressure and scrutiny by investors, regulators and markets. This comes as the businesses they lead face new disclosure requirements and performance expectations about how they manage climate and nature-related risks and their impact upon society. These changes, together with fundamental debates about the role and purpose of business in society, create an opportunity for a reappraisal of the entire purpose and structure of the board. This hub offers thought leadership, research and education programmes to help boards navigate this changing context, fundamentally rethink the role of business in society and the economy, and rewire their approach to governance and leadership to drive the necessary transformations to ensure that their businesses can thrive in the long term.


What we do

Our experience working with leaders over 30 years shows that with the right leadership, learning culture and interventions we can enable boards to lead with purpose, driving long term value creation for the societies and economies in which they operate, and engaging strategically to address systemic barriers to aligning purpose and profit . Our global leadership programmes are designed to help boards understand the challenges to business, governance, and leadership as usual and to build insight and alignment to lead the necessary transformations. Our thought leadership and research focus not only on what boards and good governance will need to look like in future, but on identifying that it will take to achieve change at individual, organisational and systemic levels so that businesses of the future are led in ways that profitably deliver benefits to people and protect our nature and climate. 


CISL Board Education Programmes

CISL board programme to help boards make better decisions for
long term performance.

Board Leadership blog series

CISL blog series exploring the importance of board leadership and what is required of future boards.


Future of Boards research project

CISL Practitioner research project, funded by DLA piper, offering practical evidence-based insights and recommendations to support boards and the business they lead.

Unleashing the Sustainable Business

CISL report series which examines an alternative, purpose-driven approach to business and reviews the governance needed to enable business to align with sustainability


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Rewiring leadership

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Centre for Business Transformation

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