On the anniversary of CPSL’s 25 years, the BSP Cambridge seminar brought together 38 international leaders from around the world to explore the changing role of business, policy and markets. A select group of participants from industry, government and civil society discussed the implications and opportunities in the transition to a sustainable economy.
Guided by a world-class faculty and leading experts such as Will Steffen, Executive Director of the Australian National University Climate Change Institute, Cambridge academics and industry practitioners from DSM, H&M, Novartis, and M&S, delegates will deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues, evaluate the impact on their industries and value chains and draw practical responses for their organisations and individual roles.
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The BSP learning approach is based around dialogue and debate, enriched by expert contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Small syndicate groups, each led by a member of the Core Faculty, allow delegates to deepen their understanding of the issues and explore the implications for themselves and their organisations.
The Core Faculty consists of business leaders, academics and other influential thinkers with a personal commitment to sustainable development, and who, by virtue of their track record and experience, are credible witnesses for the business case for sustainable development.
They are experienced facilitators who contribute to and encourage debate and discussion during the seminar and guide delegates in group work, focus workshops and syndicate sessions.
Fiona was Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation and Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, responsible for Health Improvement and Inequalities. She has completed a secondment to PricewaterhouseCoopers and is now an independent adviser. She is an experienced international adviser, board member, lecturer, consultant, trustee and clinician. Fiona leads programmes on health and sustainability, and publishes on the subject. She is an International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and a visiting Professor at University College London, Brunel University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Enos is a South African entrepreneur and investment banker who is founder and CEO of the Freetel Group of Companies. Freetel focuses on fund management, portfolio investments and investment and transaction advice. Enos has served as chairman of the South African National Electricity Regulator and Chairman of the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit of the SA Government. He is admitted to the New York law bar, and he is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. Enos is a member of the Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel and the Chairman of the company's budget committee, and is on the Board of Supergroup.
Will Day is a former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). His current roles include Fellow of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to pursue the Millennium Development goal for water and sanitation in the poorest parts of the world, recently and Sustainability Adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He also recently joined British Land's CR Panel. Until October 2012 he was Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Paul is an independent writer, corporate adviser and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. He has been an activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years and is recognised as an authority on sustainability and business. He has worked with the CEOs and executives of leading companies including globally with Dupont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford. He was CEO of a range of innovative NGOs and companies including Greenpeace International, ECOS Corporation and Easy Being Green. He served on the board of a number of non-profit groups. “The Great Disruption” was published globally and widely acclaimed in the New York Times where Tom Friedman concluded, "ignore Gilding at your peril".
James's 20-year career has been in mergers & acquisitions, finance, corporate strategy and management consulting, with a focus towards environment / sustainability commercial risk and opportunity. James is currently a Partner at the sustainable infrastructure and private equity asset manager, Earth Capital Partners LLP (ECP), which focuses on investment in renewable energy, clean technology and forestry. Prior to ECP, James was Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered (FTSE15 international bank), responsible for the sustainable business strategy, including the launch of new products and revenue lines; environment / sustainability risk management (credit & reputation / brand); and Government relations. Previously, James was Head of KPMG's UK Sustainability Consulting Practice and earlier, KPMG's Environment Transaction Services (M&A), where he led a business advising a range of corporate, public sector, private equity and IPO clients.
The seminar was led by an expert team of contributors including:
Professor Tim Benton is a leading researcher on the relationship between agriculture and the environment, and is based at the University of Leeds. A recent focus of his work is understanding the way agriculture impacts upon biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides, and from this how to manage agricultural landscapes in a sustainable way. Tim holds the role as 'Champion' for the UK’s Global Food Security programme, which co-ordinates public funders of research in the UK in this area. The partners include UK Government (DfID, International Development, DEFRA, Environment and Rural Affairs, Health, BIS, Business, Innovation & Skills) and Research Councils.
Tobias has held several different positions within H&M’s CSR-department since 2000. He was responsible for the implementation of H&M´s code of conduct among its suppliers in and outside Dhaka Bangladesh. He was the regional CSR Manager, first based in New Delhi India as responsible for South Asia. He moved to Hong Kong covering new markets such as China, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Tobias is back at the CSR-department at the head office in charge of internal and external relations related to CSR as well as medium to long term CSR-projects.
Dr Michael Fuerst is Manager, Corporate Citizenship at Novartis AG. He has been at Novartis since 2005, having been responsible for the development and management of a behavioural-based integrity management programme. He is also in charge of a variety of corporate citizenship projects from a strategic and operational perspective. His work has recently focused on social business initiatives that are aligned with the strategic priorities of Novartis and with the needs of underserved patient communities. Michael publishes regularly about integrity management and corporate citizenship, and in 2006 he was awarded with the German Max Weber Price for Business Ethics.
A former professional athlete and executive in an oil company, Marc Le Menestrel is a decision scientist who works on rational behavior, the foundations of measurement and ethical business. He is especially interested in the articulation of economic values with subjective values such as ethical values, aesthetic feelings, cultural tastes or spiritual concerns. Marc holds a PhD from INSEAD. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business of University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and Visiting Professor of Ethics at the Social Innovation Center of INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).
Carmel McQuaid works in the central Plan A team at Marks and Spencer. Her key areas of focus are defining what it means to be a truly sustainable retailer, integrating Plan A into products, working with farming supply base and supporting delivery of the business’ climate change commitments. Prior to M&S she worked as a consultant in manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability for PA Consulting working across a range of industries from aerospace to consumer products. She started her career as a chemical engineer working for National Starch in Germany and the UK.
Pascal joined Lend Lease in October 2010 as Head of Sustainability for EMEA. In this role, he is responsible for the region’s overall sustainability strategy and implementation across the major business areas, including retail assets, development projects, and construction activities. Building on Lend Lease’s strong environmental and community track record, Pascal and his team help ensure that energy, carbon, waste, and water strategies are maximised; that buildings and infrastructure are developed to the latest, highest environmental performance standards; and that Lend Lease continues driving innovative community programmes.
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti is the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change. Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he spent 37 years in the Royal Navy, operating globally but principally in the Middle East. As a Rear Admiral, he was Commander UK Maritime Forces before commanding the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he was responsible for the postgraduate education of officers. His final appointment in the Royal Navy was as the UK Government’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy, working to address the security implications of a changing climate and the impact on resource availability.
Derry Newman recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Solarcentury – the UK’s leading solar energy company. Prior to Solarcentury Derry worked in Sony Europe, responsible for considerable transformational change in the rapidly evolving and competitive arena of consumer electronics. He was appointed Managing Director, Sony United Kingdom in 2004. Prior to Sony, he was Director, Operations, EMEA for Motorola Inc. He is a Non-Executive Director of SolarAid, a not for profit organisation. SolarAid/Sunny Money implements solar energy and lighting projects in the most needy communities in Africa and has the goal to eliminate domestic kerosene lanterns.
Fredric Petit has 20 years’ experience with DSM – the Life Science and Materials Science company. He is Director, Sustainability with the Engineering Plastics group; a global player in (bio-based) polyamides and polyesters serving the electrical and electronics, automotive, flexible food packaging and consumer goods industries. Before this role, Mr. Petit was the Global Business Director and General Product Manager for the (co-) polyester product lines Arnitel TPC and Arnite PET & PBT.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Forum for the Future. He is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000–2009), and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme. He is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984–90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980–83); chairman of UNED-UK (1993–96); chairman of Sustainability South West (1999–2001); Trustee of WWF UK (1991–2005), and Board member of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999–2008).
Kate Raworth is Senior Researcher at Oxfam, and author of Oxfam’s Discussion Paper 'A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut'? Her research focuses on rethinking economic development in the face of planetary boundaries and extreme social inequalities. She is also a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Kate was previously a co-author of UNDP’s Human Development Report, and a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, in the Ministry of Trade, Zanzibar. She has two degrees in Economics from Oxford University, and has written extensively for journals, print media, and online.
Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a Fellow of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge and Head of the Open Oceans research group at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She is a climate science expert who has worked previously in France (Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris) and in the US (MIT). Her research group at BAS studies the polar oceans and their connections with global climate and sea-level rise. She is an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and a member of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science. Since 2010 she has been a scientific advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group.
Professor Will Steffen is a climate and global change researcher at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. He served on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) in 2010-11, and is a Climate Commissioner. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a guest researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change.
The Sixteenth-century Madingley Hall was rented by Queen Victoria in the 1860s as a residence for the then Prince of Wales when he was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. Madingley Hall is set in landscaped grounds of over seven acres.
All bedrooms have en suite facilities and are equipped with telephones and internet connections but there are no alarm clocks or hairdryers so you may wish to bring your own. Please note that Madingley Hall does not accept payment by AMEX or Diners Card. Meals will be served in the historic dining room, and the main sessions will be held in the Saloon. There is a common room, where newspapers are provided, and a bar-lounge. Office facilities are available, including a fax and message service.
Travelling by Rail Frequent, fast trains run to Cambridge from London's King's Cross and Liverpool Street and there are good cross-country links from many other parts of the UK. Cambridge Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi. Travelling by Coach National Express run regular coach services from London Victoria and other destinations to the Cambridge Bus Station on Drummer Street. There are also regular coach services to London airports. Cambridge Bus Station is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi. Travelling by Car Madingley Hall is situated 3 miles west of Cambridge, and is easily accessible from the M11, the A14 and the A1. By car, central London is about 90 minutes away. From the North (via A1): leave the A14 for Dry Drayton, just after Bar Hill. In Dry Drayton, turn left just before the church. At the T-junction in Madingley turn right. After 100 yards, the Hall is on the left. From Newmarket and the East (via A14): leave the Cambridge northern by-pass on the slip-road leading to the M11/A1307/A14 –signed Huntingdon A14. Immediately after re-joining the A14 fork left for Madingley village. Pass the Three Horseshoes public house on the left. After 100 yards find the Hall gates on the right, opposite a left turn to Cambridge. From the South (via M11): leave M11 at junction 13 signed Bedford & Cambridge (A428/A1303). Turn left towards Bedford (A428). 250 yards on, turn right into Madingley. In just over a mile come to a T-junction with the Hall gates in front. From the West (via A428): after the Dry Drayton-Hardwick roundabout, the single carriageway becomes a dual carriageway. Half a mile on, take the slip road on the left signed Cambridge and Madingley. At the roundabout turn left for Madingley. The Hall gates are on the left, opposite the road signposted for Cambridge. Parking There is ample car-parking space at the Hall. Cars may be left in front of the main Hall during registration, but should then be taken to the car park. Travelling by Air The nearest airport is London Stansted, 30 minutes from Cambridge by car, with many services to many UK and European destinations. It is connected to Cambridge by a good rail link. Regular bus services operate between Cambridge and Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports. Cambridge is 20 minutes from Madingley Hall by taxi.
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Acceptance on to The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme is by application and selection only.
All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each seminar in terms of geographical spread, industry sector and area of expertise.
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Please note that once in progress you cannot save the application form for later completion; you will need to complete it in one sitting, so try and ensure that you have all required information with you.
If you have a colleague or friend who you feel would be interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org: or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850.
The fee covers all seminar costs including documentation, learning materials, accommodation and meals, plus three-year membership of the global and local alumni networks. The fee does not cover travel expenses.
Payments are in principle non-refundable, although substitutions may be possible.
The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.
The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R34 950 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.
The fee for local delegates from Brazil is R$11,850 and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.
The fee is A$7950 plus GST for delegates.
A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. Companies nominating three or more participants per seminar are entitled to a group discount. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please email us at email@example.com.
The Seminar has been designed to be highly intensive and participatory, with a minimum of formal lectures and the maximum opportunity for dialogue, debate and analysis.
Plenary presentations are generally limited to between 20 and 30 minutes, leaving ample time for questions and general discussion.
Delegates choose from a variety of workshop topics on offer, led by a Core Faculty member and/or a delegate or guest contributor. The workshops are designed to provide delegates with concrete ideas to take back into the workplace.
Delegates gather regularly in small syndicate groups, each facilitated by a Core Faculty member who will work with the group throughout the Seminar. These sessions allow delegates to tackle key issues in greater depth and analyse themes in relation to their own experience. They also prepare delegates for later sessions in the Programme, ensuring that they are in a position to make maximum use of the presentations and discussion that follow.
Each delegate will be asked to introduce themselves in the first syndicate session. You will be asked to describe your role and responsibilities within your organisation, and any key achievements/challenges within the organisation with regard to sustainable development. Discussion will then lead on to each delegate's key expectations of the Seminar.
In advance of each Seminar, delegates are asked to read a small selection of briefing materials. Links to these materials will be provided on your Seminar web page and you will also be sent an email with full details.
Seminar papers and presentations, speeches and workshops will be made available on the Programme’s password-protected Alumni Network website after the seminar. Paper copies will not be provided unless specifically requested at the Seminar.
In order to encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere, participants are welcome to wear casual dress rather than formal business attire.
A photographer will be present during the conference. If you wish to have the use of your photo restricted in any way, please notify us.
Acceptance on to a programme is by application and selection only. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each programme in terms of geographical spread, industry sector, and area of expertise.
The CPSL seminar/workshop process involves group work which can be disrupted by the absence of a delegate from any part of the event. Participants are therefore required to be in residence on-site throughout the programme and be able to attend all sessions.
Membership of the Cambridge Sustainability Network is also conditional upon full attendance.
Please note that all programme participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, should one be required. CPSL can provide an official invitation letter for the programme in order to facilitate the obtaining of a visa specifically for the dates on which the programme takes place. If you will require this, please contact us no less than four weeks prior to the programme date.
Programme places are to be guaranteed with a purchase order number or credit card details. Invoices are payable within 30 days of invoice date.
On certain programmes, a limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from developing or emerging economies, or from the public sector or NGOs who would otherwise be unable to participate.
In the event that a delegate wishes to cancel after he/she has been accepted on to the seminar, he/she shall be liable to the University for the fee unless the place can be refilled. Substitutions are not automatic; each proposed substitution must be reviewed by the Selection Panel. If you wish to cancel and we are unable to fill your place, fees will not be refunded. However, a 25% discount on a place at a subsequent seminar will be offered, subject to availability of places.
Unfortunately it is not possible to cater for accompanying spouses or other guests. The seminars are very intensive, and numbers of participants restricted, thus only delegates and speakers may attend the sessions.
In the event of non-payment, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to programme events.
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