Comprehensive course analysis
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...
Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser. Her current board roles include Mirvac, Citibank, CoverMore, Transurban and Virgin Australia Biography Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement...
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...
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations including some o...
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.
Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. The GBCA’s role is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment and has achieved over 2,500 certification with rating tool Green Star. Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainabi...
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