Cambridge Institute For Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a world leader in building the capacity of business leaders and other decision makers to respond to critical societal challenges. Transformational changes to the way we operate and behave will be vital to allow future generations the same quality of life and opportunities that we have and, in an increasingly resource-constrained world, to enable business to fulfil and shape its primary obligation of delivering value to its shareholders.

CISL is at the leading edge in this work through its leaders groups and executive programmes around the world. Our SeminarsLeaders Groups and Collaboratories focus on Climate Change and Energy, Sustainability Strategy, Social Markets, Sustainable Cities, and Ecosystems & Natural Capital.

In April 2010, CISL launched its major new programme on Natural Capital, which has two aims. First, to build a deeper understanding among senior decision-makers in business and government of the real value of the services provided by ecosystems and natural capital, and the need for new policy frameworks and business practices to protect, maintain and enhance them. Second, to develop practical actions in relation to these vital resources that promote the well-being of current and future generations, and address risks and opportunities around issues such as licence to operate, reputation, security of supply and access to resources. Actions focus on bringing together business and government to work to sustain the natural resource base (biological and mineral) of the global economy, and also identifying fundamental system shifts to build greater food security in ways that are economically, ecologically and socially sustainable, and steps to realise this outcome.