Non-Executive Director Programme

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership

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Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership


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About the course

Designed in collaboration with Earth on Board, specifically for the needs of non-executive directors, this intensive residential seminar draws on the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s 25 years of experience in building leadership capability.

The seminar explores the purpose of boards today, and the specific strategic issues that global challenges pose, providing a safe space for individual learning, expert guidance and exchange among peers.

It equips non-executive directors to challenge and guide management, form strategic responses for your company, and establish priority actions for the board, in relation to sustainability trends.

Reasons to attend

Increase awareness and insight

Examine the scale and urgency of the sustainability challenge and the links to the Board’s responsibilities, focusing on trends of greatest relevance to the company’s strategic contexts.

Understand implications for the business model and for the fiduciary responsibility of Board Directors

Understand critical risks, reporting and disclosure requirements, and potential business opportunities, and identify priority implications for your agendas.

Align governance and focus

Informed by examples of leadership from companies worldwide, review your Board’s current approach and capacity for action, including the time you spend on this agenda. We help you to identify and assess progress on priority actions for the Board.

Structure engagement with the management

Become better equipped to challenge and guide your executive team, helping it to integrate sustainability into business strategy.

Engage with the latest research and thought leadership from the University of Cambridge and international experts.

Our Non-executive Director Programme offers a unique opportunity for directors to explore social and environmental challenges with local and global authorities.

Designed to encourage participation, the seminar is highly interactive and combines high-impact presentations, group discussion and exchange with peers. These techniques offer maximum opportunity for sharing, innovation and collaboration and give attendees concrete ideas to take back to the workplace.


Paul Gilding

Paul Gilding has spent 40 years trying to change the world, doing everything he can think of. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, campaigned on human rights, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Green...

Philippe Joubert

Philippe Joubert is Founder and CEO of Earth on Board, an ecosystem of leading sustainability actors - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership; WBCSD; CDP; We Mean Business; Client Earth and The B Team - dedicated to informing and helping Boards to put sustainability at the centre of th...

Will Steffen

Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resili...

Sarah Barker

Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Lawyers and and non-executive director at Emergency Services & State Super. Sarah’s work on fiduciary duties and climate change has won numerous awards.

Alice Spencer

Alice joined CISL in 2017 and is responsible for developing and delivering customised executive education programmes for senior leaders. She is also responsible for delivering CISL’s annual series of programmes in Australia and for the Cambridge Earth on Board programme, which equips non-executiv...

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