CASE 23 SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP
OF IT Y E S R I DG IV E UN AMBR C
In the twenty years since the launch of their Business and Sustainability Programme, the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) has focused on building strategic leadership capacity within the business and policy making communities to tackle critical global challenges. The organisation’s mission is to deepen leaders’ understanding of the social, environmental, and economic context in which they operate, and to help them to respond in ways that benefit their organisations and society as a whole. As such, CISL is explicitly aligned with the university’s mission to promote teaching at the highest international levels of excellence, as well as its vision and strategy for lifelong learning. Bold and effective leadership from business, delivered in partnership with government and wider society, offers a potent means of tackling our most serious social and environmental crises. CISL works with senior executives to inform their individual leadership strategies, as well as their organisations’ decision-making . It also builds on the unique resources of the University of Cambridge to define and develop more sustainable economic and political systems.
DIFFICULTY OF IMPLEMENTATION
UNIVERSITIES AS CATALYSTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY