skip to primary navigationskip to content

8 sustainability trends driving business in 2017

February 2017 – This 2017 trends briefing from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) highlights the key developments that business leaders need to anticipate and respond to.

Download the briefing

The sustainability trends briefing explores:

  • the implications of the Paris Agreement on governments and industry
  • the need to rewire the global economy to ensure the future of our planet and species
  • the increase of cities and states taking the lead in sustainable developments
  • rising social inequality and disengagement following  the uneven distribution of costs and benefits of global economic growth and industrial innovation
  • innovative disruption and business opportunities (including cross-industry collaboration).

In this briefing, CISL and online education company GetSmarter identify some of the sustainability trends business leaders need to know in order to drive meaningful change that will lead to a more sustainable global economy.

CISL and GetSmarter have also collaborated to offer an online short course in Business Sustainability Management. The course gives working professionals the tools to argue for, strategise and implement sustainable business practices. Additionally, successful completion of the course grants students access to a global network of like-minded sustainability professionals and business leaders.


Please refer to this review as University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2017). 8 sustainability trends driving business in 2017. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Do you have the skills required to respond to global sustainability trends? Find out more about the Business Sustainability Management online course.


Published: February 2017

Share this


The opinions expressed here are those of CISL and do not represent an official position of any of its individual business partners or clients.