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Good governance

This topic covers:
  • the essential aspects of good governance in driving climate action
  • the board’s role and responsibility in navigating climate challenges
  • the importance of board composition and evaluation
  • and how climate-aligned remuneration can help meet climate goals and prompt meaningful change within an organization.  

Blog articles

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Blog | 13 Jul 2023

Executive pay and climate change

The key question explored in this Institute of Directors blog is: are we asking the right questions on executive remuneration?

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Blog | 12 Jun 2023

How the GC Empowers the Board to Govern the Green Wave

This discussion looks at the GC’s position to empower the board to integrate climate into its strategic decisions, financial and business model planning, operational execution and risk considerations in order to effectively govern against greenwashing.

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Blog | 6 Mar 2023

Best practices in climate transition governance

In this Institute of Directors blog, Tina Mavraki, climate and ESG governance advisor, looks at best practices in climate transition governance.

Case studies

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Case study | 20 Apr 2023

British Land: Making sustainability central to business decision-making

This Climate Governance Initiative case study looks at how sustainability is shaping the way industry leader British Land does business.


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Collaboration with Freshfields
Explainer | 19 Sep 2023

Legal considerations for transition planning: Legacy business and risks

Chapter Zero partnered with Freshfields and the Centre for Climate Engagement in 2023 to explore key climate-related legal questions with non-executive directors from across the UK, especially in the context of transition planning. Below is a summary of the first session, which focused on legacy business and risks.

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Explainer | 3 Aug 2023

Primer on climate change

The Climate Governance Initiative has published the third edition of the Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations. Produced with the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative and covering 31 countries and the EU, it outlines the general climate obligations for board directors.

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Explainer | 1 Jan 2023

A legal duty to act

The Climate Change Committee explains a legal duty to act on climate change and The Climate Change Act 2008.


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Report | 30 Aug 2023

Climate action and remuneration: A pocket guide for remuneration committees

Executive remuneration is a pivotal tool for driving climate action. Our latest guide for non-executives, "Climate action and remuneration: A pocket guide for remuneration committees", delves into the critical intersection of executive pay structures and climate goals, providing actionable insights for chairs and members of remuneration committees.

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Report | 7 Feb 2023

Global corporate governance trends for 2023: A Russell Reynolds report

For the eighth consecutive year, RRA interviewed dozens of experts to identify the governance trends that will affect boards in 2023.

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Report | 1 Jan 2022

2022 UK Spencer Stuart Board Index

Now in its 27th edition, the 2022 UK Spencer Stuart Board Index is a comprehensive review of board composition and governance practice in the largest 150 companies in the FTSE rankings, providing a valuable perspective on the health of boardrooms during 2021–2022.


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Toolkit | 13 Jun 2023

Executive compensation guidebook for climate transition: 2023 addendum

In 2021, the Climate Governance Initiative, in collaboration with WTW, published the Executive Compensation Guidebook for Climate Transition. This instructive guide explored how to drive climate strategy by meaningfully embedding it within executive compensation frameworks. this addendum is intended to be read in conjunction with the original Guidebook.

Toolkit | 22 Mar 2022

Board Toolkit

The Chapter Zero Board Toolkit is designed to help non-executive directors (NEDs) ensure their businesses have the strategic plans in place to respond to climate change.

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Toolkit | 1 Dec 2021

Audit Committee climate reporting checklist: From PwC

PWC's checklist on climate reporting for audit committees.


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Collaboration with Deloitte Academy
Video | 30 Jun 2021

Watch: Remuneration Committee: A further focus on climate and ESG

Companies are increasingly incorporating ESG and climate measures under executive incentive plans. This creates a number of challenges for remuneration committees including setting appropriate targets, measuring and verifying progress and communicating the strategy with relevant stakeholders.

Collaboration with Fidelio
Video | 31 Mar 2021

Watch: Lessons from the Chair: a decade of climate risk and opportunity with Richard Gillingwater

In partnership with Fidelio, watch Richard Gillingwater reflect on his tenure as SSE Chair, discuss the key challenges and offer advice to boards and chairs as they navigate the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

Collaboration with Deloitte Academy
Video | 16 Sep 2020

Watch: Climate Change Response - the Impact on the Audit and Risk Committee

Chapter Zero in collaboration with Deloitte's webinar on the climate change impact on the audit and risk committee.