What we do
Our purpose is to build a community of non-executive directors and equip them to lead crucial UK boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change. Our members are helping ensure their companies are fit for the future and that global net zero ambitions are transformed into robust plans and measurable action.
To help them do this, our programmes are designed so our members can engage with the topics and areas that are relevant to them. This includes events, workshops, toolkits and other content designed for those who are just starting to engage with climate change in their boardroom, as well as more in-depth activities for those who are more experienced.
Through these programmes we offer learning opportunities, access to expertise, tailored knowledge and connections with peers.
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Chair of John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions and Polar Capital Technology Trust
Chair of HSBC plc
Chair of Domestic & General and The White Company
Chair of Janus Henderson plc
Chair of Babcock
Chair of London Stock Exchange Group plc
In 2019 Chapter Zero was set up by a group of non-executive directors (NEDs) who recognised that they have a role in making sure their businesses respond to the risks and opportunities created by climate change. They could see that NEDs hold a unique position with the potential to make this happen, but to do so need relevant information tailored to their role in business. They decided to found Chapter Zero and build a community of NEDs who were equipped, ready and prepared to act.
As they were coming together in the UK, the World Economic Forum was publishing its report on ‘How to set up effective climate governance on corporate boards’. The report contains eight principles and guiding questions for boards to address to embed climate governance in their business. With a shared view on the importance of the board’s role when it comes to addressing climate change, a fruitful partnership has followed.
Chapter Zero was developed with the support of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement, University of Cambridge. In 2020 Chapter Zero received philanthropic funding and employed a permanent team of staff. Chapter Zero is a not-for-profit business wholly owned by Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
A global network
Chapter Zero is the UK Chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative – developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – and has shared its experience with new and emerging directors’ climate forums around the world. Together, the CGI Chapters are supporting NEDs around the world to help address climate considerations in the boardroom.
The full list of Chapters can be found here.