Rewiring the Economy: Ten tasks, ten years

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Despite many business leaders engaging with their peers, politicians and policymakers to turn sustainability ambition into practice, inequality is still rising, ecosystems are being degraded, resources depleted and greenhouse gas levels are climbing. These trends are detrimental to environments, communities, businesses and long-term economic performance.

For economies to overcome these challenges there is a clear need to tilt operating conditions in favour of sustainable business practice.

Rewiring the Economy: Ten tasks, ten years is the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL)’s ten-year plan to lay the foundations of a sustainable economy. It is built on ten interconnected tasks, delivered by three key groups of leaders: government, finance and business. These tasks are not unique to the plan. Rather, Rewiring the Economy shows how they can be tackled co-operatively over the next decade to create an economy that encourages sustainable business practices and delivers positive outcomes for people and societies.

Clearly these fundamental tasks will need to be sensitive to very different institutional and geographic contexts around the world. It is our ambition to work with leaders from across our global network to explore how best to reflect this, through our focus areas of leadership development, business model innovation, sustainable finance and a just transition to a low carbon economy. Beyond our network, we would like the plan to become a strategic compass bearing for businesses, governments and finance leaders around the world, inspiring new collaborations and enabling a fundamental change in how the global economy is harnessed for social and environmental good.

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Please refer to this report as University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2015, July; updated 2016, June). Rewiring the Economy: Ten tasks, ten years. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.