The Business Case

The board role in climate action

This topic helps you to understand:
  • the critical role of boards in driving climate action
  • the business case for addressing climate risks and opportunities for economic growth through innovation
  • and the vital responsibility of NEDs and boards in steering the transition through governance with robust oversight and effective reporting.  

Blog articles

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Blog | 30 Jun 2023

Mary Ethna Black: Inspiration and the power of positive stories

In the third blog of her seven-part series on being a climate-active non-executive director, Chapter Zero Fellow Dr Mary Ethna Black looks at inspiration and the power of positive stories.

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Blog | 1 Nov 2022

A devilish duality: How CEOs can square resilience with net-zero promises

Amid turbulence on the path to net zero, leaders will have to be much nimbler to balance resilience with an energy future that is secure, affordable, and clean. McKinsey explores five actions that can help.

Blog | 26 Apr 2022

Keeping good company: Chapter Zero reaches 2,000 members

As Chapter Zero passes the 2,000-member mark, Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Board, reflects on what makes Chapter Zero unique and why this moment is so significant.

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Case study | 25 Apr 2022

The Chairperson’s insights into climate action

The Chairperson’s Insights into Climate Action provides a summary of highlights from interviews with 16 members of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Chairpersons on the topic of climate action.


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Collaboration with Freshfields
Explainer | 13 Feb 2024

Legal considerations for transition planning: Strategic climate planning

Chapter Zero has partnered with Freshfields and the Centre for Climate Engagement to explore climate-related legal questions with non-executive directors from across the UK. The series began in September 2023 with a session providing an overview of the interaction between climate change, legal issues and business, and then focusing on legacy risks to companies, including litigation, and how they can be mitigated. Below is a summary of the second session which explored the landscape of legal issues that organisations face in daily operations and when implementing climate strategy, identifying key legal considerations at the forefront of transition planning.

Collaboration with McKinsey & Company
Explainer | 21 Sep 2023

Moving boards to action

In 2023, Chapter Zero partnered with McKinsey for a three-part event series that explored the impact non-executive directors (NEDs) can have in the boardroom to help their organisations achieve net zero. The second session, held on 21 September, explored how non-executive directors can navigate the net zero transition to shape and implement credible climate strategies. We have summarised below the key takeaways of this event.

Legal risks of climate inaction
Collaboration with White & Case
Explainer | 14 Jun 2023

Legal risks of climate inaction

Chapter Zero and White & Case held a session for non-executive directors (NEDs) in May 2023 offering practical advice and insights on the key legal duties and obligations of NEDs in relation to climate change. Here are the key takeaways.


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News | 2 Nov 2021

COP26: Climate Governance Initiative rallies board directors

Boards must put climate transition at the heart of corporate strategy, says the Climate Governance Initiative – an international network of more than 100,000 board directors that includes Chapter Zero.

News | 28 Oct 2021

Ambition to action: our FT series finale

It’s time to make net zero a reality – with COP26 imminent the conversation is turning from ambition to action. We focus on the power of the boardroom in the finale of our Financial Times advert series.

News | 7 Oct 2021

Our Financial Times #netzero series

To tackle climate change every business needs a net zero plan. Our advert series highlights the role of the board in making this happen.


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Report | 13 Dec 2021

Changing the climate in the Boardroom

Boards are committed to addressing climate change, but knowledge and experience gaps in the boardroom may impact ability to drive future change according to this report from INSEAD and Heidrick & Struggles.

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Report | 18 May 2020

How can boards deliver net zero carbon business strategy?

A briefing prepared for members of Chapter Zero by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership with Earth on Board.

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Report | 17 Jan 2019

How should corporate boards respond to climate change?

The World Economic Forum released a guide to help corporate boards drive climate governance effectively. This was developed in collaboration with PwC and consultation with over 50 board members and corporate executives.


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Video | 20 Jan 2022

Watch: Seizing the business opportunities of net zero

This event discussed the wealth of business opportunities involved in the transition to net zero, from those created by scientific and technological developments and innovating with new business models, to building strategic partnerships and finding routes to new markets. A conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at Cambridge University and Simon Carter, CEO of British Land.

Collaboration with ICAEW
Video | 19 Oct 2021

Watch: Boardroom blind spots: are you addressing climate risk?

In this interactive Q&A, attendees had the chance to get practical advice for the boardroom on their climate-related questions. Catch up on the questions that were raised and the advice the panel gave. This event was organised by ICAEW in collaboration with Chapter Zero during the ICAEW Climate Summit.

Collaboration with Centre for Climate Engagement
Video | 19 May 2021

Watch: The role of the board, energy transition and the harder-to-abate sectors

Lord Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of leaders from across the energy landscape committed to achieving net zero by 2050. In this conversation, Emily Farnworth drew on his expertise to explore the role of non-executive directors in driving the low carbon transition especially in sectors where emissions are high and reducing them is particularly hard.