Stockholm (NordSIP) – the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) announced a new three-year partnership with Chanel, the French luxury brand, to provide tailored sustainability education programmes, innovative operational projects, and scholarships focused on driving greater inclusion.
Drawing on the expertise of the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Manufacturing, the Cambridge Judge Business School and Cambridge Zero, its climate change initiative, the partnership will focus on sustainability solutions including how reducing carbon emissions.
“For over 800 years, the University of Cambridge has been at the forefront of driving change. CISL has an unrivalled track record of building leadership capability, advancing knowledge and delivering real-world solutions,” Clare Shine, Director and CEO of CISL explains. “This is a really important partnership with Chanel that can generate long-term benefits at global scale. Many of the solutions required for truly sustainable economies and societies do not yet exist, are not commercially viable or are not yet fully scalable. We believe that this bold research-backed initiative will help Chanel in its ongoing efforts to shape the future of luxury, inform leadership and best practices, and inspire responsible businesses around the world,” Shine adds.
Regarding the sustainability leadership education programme, the Chanel-CISL partnership will focus on professional development on sustainability topics is critical to drive change. CISL will structure a customised education programme for Chanel management and key operational teams to raise awareness and deepen knowledge on diverse topics ranging from biodiversity and climate change to the use of materials and resources.
The second of the partnership’s three main streams of work will focus on a series of three innovation “sprints”, each lasting up to 18 months and bringing together Cambridge University expertise to accelerate innovation within Chanel on business challenges. CISL will then bring together a pool of experts to help accelerate innovative ideas and prototype solutions for direct application within Chanel. Lastly, Chanel will also sponsor individuals from under-represented backgrounds to join CISL’s Masters in Sustainability Leadership programme over the next three years.
“Sustainability is one of the critical challenges facing our society today and a key strategic priority for Chanel. We are delighted to partner with one of the world’s most prestigious universities and academic institutes,” Andrea d’Avack, Chief Sustainability Officer at Chanel, says. “This new partnership reflects key pillars of our business transformation: from research and insights that deepen our understanding to finding tangible solutions that positively impact our supply chain and wider communities. This is underpinned by educational initiatives that will help to embed a sustainability mindset to accelerate change,” d’Avack concludes.