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.
About the course
Our series of Business & Sustainability Programme seminars, held around the world, have been delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and have become a global benchmark for sustainability leadership education. With over 3,200 alumni from more than 1,500 organisations, we celebrate 25 years of the programme this year.
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.
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 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...
Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England and a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Before Joining Natural England he was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of the Wildli...
James is an environment and sustainability professional with 23 years’ experience in commercially focused roles in private equity, banking and consulting. His experience covers a breadth of sectors and geographies.James is currently a Partner at ERM, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy...
Will is a Sustainability Advisor to PwC. He brings a wide range of experience from 25 years working with NGO relief and development organisations. As an independent consultant, and as Special Advisor to UNDP, he has helped facilitate cross sector engagement between government, companies and civil...
Bob is a Professor of Systems Ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a systems ecologist with a particular interest in the savannas of Africa. He trained under Prof Brian Walker at the University of the Witwatersrand and Prof Pedro Sanchez at North Carolina State University and has...
Anna works at the intersect of strategy, communications and sustainability helping organisations embed purpose at the heart of everything they do. Anna has a proven track record of identifying and driving the development of strategic business opportunities that match the capabilities of the busin...
Fokko is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability and Public Private Partnerships at Royal DSM. Biography: Fokko is also the Royal DSM liaison with the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Royal DSM is a Life Science & Material Science company, inv...
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