Embedding Natural Capital

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership


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Who should attend

This two-day short course is designed for mid- to senior-level professionals working in strategy, sustainability, HSE, supply chain and procurement, and stakeholder engagement.

About the course

This two-day professional development programme will help you identify and assess natural capital risks and opportunities. You will explore how to review the impact of your operations and supply chains on natural capital and create a better-informed strategy for your business.

Businesses seeking to be more progressive, create competitive advantage and demonstrate their positive impacts on the environment are going beyond corporate reporting and using natural capital approaches to leverage business opportunities and inform decisions.

Participants in this two-day Lab will discover approaches that provide businesses with insight into their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The enabling environment needed for businesses to successfully implement these approaches will be explored, including the need for supportive policy and financial incentives.

The course will demonstrate:

  • How businesses can review the impacts of their operations and supply chains on natural capital
  • How they can achieve a future proofed strategy and commercial savings through increased efficiency
  • How they develop a language with which to communicate benefits to external audiences.

Business and nature at CISL

Current upward trends for consumption, population and economic growth across the globe are placing enormous pressure on natural resources, including water, biodiversity, soil and carbon, and the resulting impact on the environment looks set to increase at an alarming rate. This creates long-term risks to business, consumers and wider society who depend on the Earth's natural resource base. Through its Business and Nature team, CISL is working collaboratively with companies to determine how they can sustain the natural world and its resources through their strategies and operating practices.

Benefits of attending

The Lab will be highly interactive and will include insights from academics and industry leaders. Participants will work with peers over the course of the two days to:

  • explore the enabling environment required to align natural capital within business decision making
  • systematically review business activities to identify natural capital risks and opportunities
  • align critical natural capital impacts and dependencies with corporate strategies
  • measure and value natural capital
  • engage stakeholders within the business and supply chain more effectively
  • embed natural capital knowledge into day to day operations and decision making.

Participants will leave the Lab empowered to take action within their business and leverage natural capital approaches. They will have a clearer view of their path towards delivering their sustainability goals.

Participant-led case studies

Before the Lab, participants will be invited to volunteer their organisation as a case example for exercises. This offers a benefit to their business from thinking through a particular challenge or opportunity with like-minded individuals, supported by experts.

Sustainability Leadership Labs

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems. Open to all our alumni and senior industry practitioners, these two-day sustainability workshops held four times per year in Cambridge, are an opportunity for professional development, co-creation and networking – all with real application to your company or organisational situation.


Julia Baker

Research Interests My main interests are the use of integrated conservation and development (ICD) to achieve protected area conservation through poverty alleviation. This includes understanding how people use natural resources for livelihood and wellbeing needs, and the role of governance in biod...

Stephanie Hime

Stephanie is the founder and managing director of Little Blue Research, Ltd. a company that helps clients measure and value their social and environmental impacts. Stephanie is an experienced environmental professional with an in-depth knowledge of environmental economics, the measurement of soci...

Paul Silcock

Paul Silcock is a Director and Co-founder of Cumulus Consultants. He has a degree in Land Economy (MA (Hons)) and is qualified as a rural practice Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), agricultural valuer (FAAV), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management a...

James Spurgeon

James is an environmental economist with 25 years experience as a consultant undertaking natural capital assessments and valuations for clients around the world. In 2011 he established Sustain Value, a network based consultancy providing expert support to businesses and financial institutions on...

Chris Brown

Chris is the Sustainable Business Director at ASDA. Previous to this, Chris worked in Government before joining the Meat and Livestock Commission as Beef Strategy Manager. He moved into retail as Agriculture Technologist with Marks and Spencer before Asda as Agriculture Development Manager with a...

Justin DeKoszmovszky

Justin is an impact-driven strategy professional with nearly 20 years’ experience working across start-up social enterprises to multi-national corporations to improve commercial results with a more social approach and social approaches with a more commercial focus. Biography Justin started his ca...

Gemma Cranston

Gemma is the Director of the Business and Nature team, collaborating with companies to identify strategic approaches to address their dependencies and impacts on nature. She is leading a team who are looking to amplify business support for ambitious global action on reversing nature loss, articul...

Helen Crowley

Dr. Helen Crowley is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at the French company Kering. In this role she advises and supports Kering’s portfolio of luxury brands to implement best practices in sustainability. Specifically, she focuses on developing innovative approaches for raw material so...

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