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The Future of Boards project, in collaboration with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

“There is a polycrisis going on. A kind of perfect storm.”

Boards are under increasing pressure from stakeholders about their impact on climate, nature and social issues, and to consider how those issues impact their businesses.

Our two-year collaboration with CISL reveals evidence-based insights into the trends affecting boards and changes in board practice. It combines interviews with board directors and key stakeholders across the world with a review of existing academic and practitioner research.

The research will support boards and their businesses. It focuses on practical recommendations on how boards can be fit to thrive in a more sustainable future.

The project has two phases.

Phase 1 explores the evolving and emerging trends in board practices and capabilities, and the related legislative contexts. The final report in this phase, The Future of Boards, Final Report: Summary and Synthesis – Phase 1, provides an overview of three preceding reports.

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Foundation and Methodology

Phase 1: Part 1
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Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Sustainability

Phase 1: Part 2
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Board Practice, Membership and Stakeholder engagement

Phase 1: Part 3
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Final Report: Summary and Synthesis

Phase 1: Part 4
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Phase 2 will take a closer look at the key findings from Phase 1. It’ll give recommendations for how boards can succeed in the complex and uncertain operating environment they face, and how to better align their approach with sustainability outcomes.

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About CISL

CISL partners with business and governments to develop leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. They aim to achieve net zero, protect and restore nature, and build inclusive and resilient societies. For over three decades they have built the leadership capacity and capabilities of individuals and organisations, and created industry-leading collaborations, to catalyse change and accelerate the path to a sustainable economy. Their interdisciplinary research engagement builds the evidence base for practical action. Read more here