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About the course
An international programme for senior executives in leadership roles Our series of Business & Sustainability Programme seminars, held around the world, have been delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership for over 20 years, and have become a global benchmark for sustainability leadership education.
Each residential seminar takes place across three and a half days, and encourages participation through a combination of lectures, case study presentations, group discussions and individual reflections – giving delegates concrete ideas to take back to the workplace.
Understand key challenges and explore the opportunity of sustainability
The programme is designed to give senior executives the knowledge and techniques to address key sustainability challenges in a practical way.
Participants are encouraged to review their current business models and set a vision for what success looks like in the future, leaving the course with the inspiration, understanding and confidence to define and respond to pressing social, economic and environmental priorities.
Who delivers the programme?
Word-class contributors from business, policy and academia
Combining academic excellence, industry expertise and influential thinking for over 20 years, the programme is designed and delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Delegates are led by expert faculty and contributors with a proven track record of working with organisations to respond strategically to sustainability challenges. During the seminar, they encourage debate and discussion, guide group work, workshops and syndicate sessions, and help delegates develop their thinking and approach as sustainable business leaders.
Who should attend
Each seminar includes a mix of carefully selected senior executives from a range of geographies and industries, to enhance peer-learning and collaboration.
Leading companies including AstraZeneca, Royal Bank of Scotland, Unilever, Tetra Pak, Anglo American, Nestlé SA, Skanska SA, Google Labs and B&Q plc, as well as government agencies and development banks, use our programme to provide strategic context and support the leadership development of senior staff.
Business leaders operating at a strategic level
Business delegates include company directors and senior unit leaders responsible for areas such as strategy, brand and marketing, operations, finance, external affairs, innovation and resources. A few places are also allocated to senior sustainability leaders.
Decision-makers from public sector, international agencies and NGOs
The programme is also highly relevant for leaders from the public sector, city authorities and international agencies. Previous attendees have included senior officials from Environment Protection Agencies, Treasury and International departments, directors from the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and UN agencies, and senior leaders from environmental and humanitarian NGOs.