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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.

The path to net zero: how SMEs can lead the way​

21 February 2023

22 February 2023 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), supported by Intuit and the We Mean Business Coalition (WMBC), spoke to 15 SMEs who have taken steps to decarbonise their business to share insight on the path to Net Zero for small and medium enterprises.

The ClimateWise Principles Independent Review for 2022

20 January 2023

23 January 2023 – The ClimateWise Principles Independent Review for 2022 sees scores continue to increase across the membership.

Financial innovation for SME net zero transition: Role of banks and buyers

6 January 2023

17 January 2023 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), We Mean Business Coalition (WMB) and the SME Climate Hub have published a new report highlighting the role of commercial banks and multi-national corporations in helping small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) reach net zero.

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.

Driving impact for a sustainable economy

24 November 2022

November 2022 - CISL’s first annual review takes a holistic approach in reviewing the impact of CISL’s work over the past year through its education programmes, research, policy engagement and outreach with startups & SMEs. It shows the progress made through our engagement with leaders and organisations across business, government and finance in helping to achieve net zero, protect and restore nature, and build inclusive and resilient societies

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.


Adele Wiliams

Adele Williams, Director of Communications  

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