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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership



Our practitioner-based sustainability reports, briefings and case studies highlight some of the best examples of sustainability leadership that have emerged over the past few years and explore new ideas and approaches that have the potential to deliver transformational change.

Competitive Sustainability Index: New Metrics for EU Competitiveness for an Economy in Transition

8 December 2022

8 December 2022 - The publication of the first edition of the Competitive Sustainability Index (CSI) has been welcomed by Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy, as a ground-breaking new approach to measuring the EU’s competitive sustainability performance, the EU’s strategy for global leadership in the sustainability transition.

CISL’s COP15 Briefing: Putting nature, wellbeing, and resilience at the heart of a new economic model

2 December 2022

7 December - Joint actions from governments, business, and finance are urgently needed to reset our relationship with nature, and the United Nation’s COP15 conference in Montreal is a pivotal opportunity to set a bold pathway. In its new COP15 Briefing, CISL presents three recommendations for driving nature-positive transformation. The briefing also highlights 15 practical steps that governments, business, and finance should take in this transformation journey.

CISL’s five-point plan for COP27

31 October 2022

1 November 2022 - Our new COP27 briefing paper urges wealthy countries to meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement to deliver agreed climate finance and mobilise further funds to support decarbonisation and adaptation of economically poorer countries. In the build up to COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the Institute has released a set of detailed asks collated from its work with leading businesses and financial institutions across climate change and nature regeneration, and business sustainability. The analysis also highlights the role of the private sector in reducing national and international emissions and supporting country adaptation to a changing climate.

Supermarkets and community well-being: Developing a framework to guide investment, implementation, and impact of community actions.

26 October 2022

26 October 2022 - Supermarkets’ status as a lynchpin in communities was highlighted in the emergency response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Can we to look towards supermarkets as ‘anchor organisations’ becoming more strategic contributors to the wellbeing of their surrounding communities?

Net Zero Business Transformation - A framework for accelerating change in an era of turbulence and complexity

3 October 2022

3 October 2022 – CISL has published a new report to help companies achieve their net zero goals by taking a whole system approach to net zero transformation. The report, which builds on CISL’s Target Net Zero Framework, aims to help sustainability practitioners engage their C-Suite on systems change.

Integrating climate and nature: The rationale for financial institutions

26 September 2022

27 September 2022 – Building on the nature-related financial risks collaboration between the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) and Investment Leaders Group (ILG), CISL has published a new report detailing the importance of an integrated approach to addressing environmental challenges, encompassing climate and other nature-related issues.

Investing in quality jobs for a just transition

13 September 2022

22 September - Building on the ILG's Sustainable Investment Framework, the group have published two reports exploring the key concepts, initiatives, and investment impacts on decent work. This paves the way for the development of a simple, robust, and transparent metric for investors to measure and report both the quantitative and qualitative information about their investment impacts on decent work.

Pathways to e-mobility in Uganda: an evidence-based approach to transition

11 August 2022

26 August 2022 - Intended to support policymakers, this policy brief from Dr Gabriel Okello and Dr Jake Reynolds seeks to improve understanding of the state of e-mobility in Uganda and how best to achieve the transition to low-pollution transportation. Drawing on the collaborative research conducted as part of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship in Air Quality and NCDs, supported by AstraZeneca, the brief offers recommendations for those looking to facilitate a holistic, just and sustainable transition to e-mobility in Uganda.

Decision Making in a Nature-Positive World: Nature-based Solutions for sectors

4 July 2022

7 July 2022 – CISL has published four sector-specific business briefings that outline the challenges and actions needed to implement nature-based solutions projects. The sectors include: Water, Finance, Food and Beverage, and Built Environment and Linear Infrastructure.

Modelling it all: Secondary Perils in a warming world

27 June 2022

29 June 2022 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) ClimateWise has published a new white paper on secondary perils.


Adele Wiliams

Adele Williams, Director of Communications  

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