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Developing Leaders for the Future: Integrating sustainability into mainstream leadership programmes

This report presents a summary of CISL’s research into the integration of sustainability into mainstream leadership programmes, and highlights some of its key findings.

DevelopingLeadersBy Polly Courtice, Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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Over past few decades, sustainability issues have become progressively more prominent on the business agenda, shifting from a focus on compliance and reputation management to longer term risk management and competitive advantage.

New business models are now emerging in response to the perceived potential for a ‘perfect storm’ of global events – the challenge over the next 20 years of producing 50 per cent more food and energy and 30 per cent more fresh water, whilst simultaneously mitigating and adapting to climate change.

This report presents a summary of CISL’s research into the integration of sustainability into mainstream leadership programmes, and highlights some of its key findings.

This research was made possible by funding from The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS). Dr Maarten Van der Kamp conducted many of the interviews and prepared an early draft of this report. We would like to thank the 17 respondents from the participating companies for their time and their open and frank contributions.

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Courtice, P., 2013, Developing Leaders for the Future: integrating sustainability into mainstream leadership programmes

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Published: May 2013

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