Boards face growing pressure from stakeholders on how the businesses they lead are managing climate and nature-related risks, and their impact on society. This increased scrutiny from investors, regulators and markets comes as the businesses Boards lead face new disclosure requirements and performance expectations on these issues.

To date, there has been inadequate attention paid to the barriers to board performance that is fit for the future. To achieve this, we need to understand the enabling conditions and approaches that are most likely to accelerate improved performance.

Bridging the gap

A new, two-year collaboration between DLA Piper and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) will seek to bridge this gap, bringing increased insight and rigour to mapping barriers as well as to identifying the most promising solutions and enablers of progress. Combining a review of existing academic and practitioner research with consultations with board directors and key stakeholders in a range of jurisdictions.

The project will result in practical, evidence-based, internationally relevant insights and recommendations, designed to support boards and the business they lead. It will focus broadly on the future of boards, considering how boards can lead the necessary transformation to align their purpose, commercial strategy and response to global challenges with the achievement of a thriving future for all.

Get involved

To help shape the research we invite participation in a short survey which seeks to identify emerging trends in board practice.

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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.

Key contacts

JP Douglas-Henry
Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Managing Director, Sustainability and Resilience
Natasha Luther-Jones
Natasha Luther-Jones

International Head, Sustainability & ESG
Alex Tamlyn
Alex Tamlyn

Sustainability and ESG Lead, Boardroom Advisory