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Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership

The Plastics Challenge: A Business Opportunity (Sustainability Leadership Labs)

Dec 2—3, 2019
2 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 2250 ≈USD 2733
GBP 1125 per day

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Responding to topical sustainability trends in a practical way

These two-day immersive workshops will help you tackle emerging opportunities for a more sustainable business. With access to cutting-edge insight and best practice, you will continue your professional development, collaborate with practitioners and network with peers – with real application to your organisation.

Shaped primarily around two key themes; circular economy and leadership, each workshop will provide a deep dive into topics such as life cycle analysis, big data, sustainable investment, employee buy-in and vision, environmental impact assessment and frugal innovation.

Future topics will be decided based on emerging trends and delegate demand. We welcome your suggestions and encourage you to get in touch if you would like to recommend course content or discuss further.

Why should I apply?

Deliver business impact

The workshop is committed to delivering action-based learning. Participants are invited to submit a case study about their organisation which may be discussed during workshop exercises. The course will also include structured planning sessions for all participants to reflect on their learning, develop an action plan and articulate this plan to peers for constructive feedback. As a result, you will return to your organisation with a clear direction of how to create leading-edge responses to sustainability opportunities and challenges.

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership

Embedding Natural Capital (Sustainability Leadership Labs)

Next dates

Feb 27—28, 2020
2 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 2250 ≈USD 2733
GBP 1125 per day


Develop the tools required to assess current sustainability practices, and create action plans to implement change. The next workshop will focus on understanding natural resources.

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.

The challenge

It is common practice for businesses to perform sustainability reporting for corporate and regulatory purposes; however, businesses that want 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.

Embedding natural capital

Within the theme of operationalising sustainability, this two-day professional development programme provides the opportunity to understand how to identify and assess natural capital, create an effective natural capital strategy, and understand the natural capital risks and opportunities for your business.

The focus of the Lab is the systematic use of data and decision tools that provide businesses with insight into their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The workshop explores how businesses can review the impact of their operations and supply chains on natural capital to achieve a better informed strategy, commercial savings through increased efficiency, and a language with which to communicate benefits to external audiences.

Benefits of attending

This workshop stretches your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation with case studies. Attendees gain access to the CISL’s international network of sustainability leaders and learn how to:

  • systematically review your business activities to identify natural capital risks and opportunities
  • measure and value natural capital
  • engage stakeholders within your business and supply chain more effectively
  • embed natural capital knowledge into your day-to-day operations and decision-making
  • gain a competitive edge by communicating your natural capital insights and progress to stakeholders.

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

Who should attend

Sustainability practitioners, asset managers, HSE managers, and supply chain and procurement professionals will all benefit from attending the Embedding Natural Capital workshop.


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