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Mother Nature: sharpening our mind to the challenge ahead

28 March 2022

28 March 2022 - Dr Gemma Cranston, CISL’s Director for Business and Nature, reflects on the crucial role of nature, signals of positive change and the need for businesses, financiers and policy makers to align to deliver a nature-positive future.

Decision-making in a nature positive world: Accelerating the adoption of nature-based solutions

18 March 2022

21 March 2022 - Tom Divney, Business Engagement Consultant for the CISL Centre for Business Transformation, and CISL’s Dr Gemma Cranston, Director, Business & Nature, Centre for Business Transformation, explain how the new diagnostic tool, Decision-making in a nature positive world, accelerates the understanding and adoption of nature-based solutions in organisations.

Decision-making in a nature positive world

23 February 2022

15 March 2022 – CISL has published a diagnostic tool designed to advance organisational understanding of nature-based solutions projects and accelerate their adoption and implementation within companies.

Nature-related financial risks

24 January 2022

What are nature-related financial risks? Leading companies recognise that a prosperous business relies upon nature and the ecosystem services it provides. They also recognise that the ‘E’ in ‘ESG’ is about protecting our biodiversity and natural capital, as well as our climate, and that the two are...

Payments for Net Zero: How the payments industry can contribute to the transition to a net zero economy

28 October 2021

28 October 2021 - This business briefing explores the potential role and opportunities for payments networks in the transition to a net zero economy.

The Nature COP in Kunming opens today – a further step towards nature-positive targets for businesses

7 October 2021

11 October 2021 - Catherine Weller, from CISL’s Business & Nature team, explores expectations as the first part of the Kunming Nature COP gets underway and explains why business should be active in demanding clear and ambitious targets.

Nature Positive Hub

20 September 2021

The case for nature positive action Nature underpins the functioning of society and the economy, but our ecosystems and the life they support are in crisis. The crisis is urgent and the rate of species decline is getting worse. Human action is the cause of this crisis. It is also the only solution...

Enhancing Biodiversity in Europe’s Oilseed and Cereal Industries

27 July 2021

August 2021 - A new report from University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Biodiversify examines what private sector actors in the oilseed and cereal industry can do to conserve biodiversity on arable farmland in Europe to ultimately inspire them to take action towards best practice. The aim of this work funded by an ADM Cares grant to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability leadership was to examine the question: What can private sector actors in the oilseed and cereal industries do to conserve biodiversity on arable farmland in Europe?

Centre for Business Transformation

4 June 2021

Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy Ben leads CISL’s business strategy advisory work. He has a passion for shaping organisational purpose and strategies that unlock people’s desire to improve their own and others wellbeing, while sustaining the environmental systems the organisation relies...

New guidance provides business with a framework to value biodiversity

29 September 2020

29 September 2020 – Biodiversity is increasingly recognised for its role in building resilience against climate change, in supporting communities and livelihoods, and for its essential role in underpinning society and the economy. The Capitals Coalition and Cambridge Conservation Initiative today launched guidance, developed with input from CISL, that will enable businesses and financial institutions to put the value of biodiversity at the heart of decision making.