Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership launches new Business Transformation Group

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has established a new collaborative leadership group of forward-looking international businesses to help companies set a truly sustainable business path across key areas such as nature, climate, circular economy and inequality.

The Business Transformation Group, which includes Croda, dentsu international, Ingka Group (IKEA), and Majid Al Futtaim, will co-create and apply new thinking on inclusive, nature-positive, circular, net zero and resilient business strategies and models and this will inform the tools and new approaches to lead the corporate sector in meeting these ambitions.

Aris Vrettos, Director of CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation said:

Business leadership and transformation are critical to support the transition to a climate neutral, nature positive and socially inclusive economy. We look forward to working as a group to achieve our mission in demonstrating what a sustainable business looks like and helping companies to implement the organisational transformation necessary to deliver it.”

Phil Ruxton, Chief Sustainability Officer at Croda said:

“It is a privilege to represent Croda as part of the CISL Business Transformation Group, and I am excited to be part of such a visionary initiative. We believe that we can make a positive impact by sharing the experience of our journey to become the most sustainable supplier of innovative ingredients, as well as taking the opportunity to learn from other members of the Group. No one organisation can achieve ambitious sustainability impacts alone, we are better when we work and learn together!”

Anna Lungley, Chief Sustainability Officer, dentsu international, said:

“Society is facing some of its greatest challenges. The transition towards a climate neutral, nature positive and inclusive economy will require business model, and sector-wide, transformation. Business and brands have no choice but to respond. But whilst we now understand the challenge, we don’t yet have all the answers. The Business Transformation Group will bring together organisations with the data, insights, creativity and innovation to co-create, design and test scalable approaches to accelerate the transition to more sustainable business models”.

Håkan Nordkvist, Innovation and Development Manager, Ingka Group (IKEA) said:

“We are in the decade of action for securing a sustainable future for humanity. We know that radical collaboration is the only way to transform into a sustainable business and create a sustainable economy. We therefore look forward to working with CISL, the other founding members of the Business Transformation Group and all other organisations that want to collaborate with us.”

Ibrahim Al Zubi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim, said:

“We truly believe that collaboration is key to reaching our sustainability goals. The Business Transformation Group will be a great platform to exchange knowledge, best practices and challenge the status-quo. CISL has been at the forefront of sustainability upskilling and capacity building across various sectors, which enable organisations to grow and change. At Majid Al Futtaim, we are thrilled and proud to be among the very first organisations to join the coalition.”

For over three decades the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has built individual and organisational leadership capacity and capabilities, and created industry-leading collaborations, to catalyse change and accelerate the path to a sustainable economy. CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation develops new thinking and solutions to enable business to play a transformative role towards a sustainable economy.

Visit CISL’s Centre for Business Transformation to explore more of our work helping companies set truly sustainable business path across key areas such as nature, climate, circular economy and inequality.

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