Our July Bulletin provides the latest information on climate change for boards, and the opportunity to register for Chapter Zero events


Trending in July


New ratings system for investors to tackle climate crisis         
CDP has launched a temperature ratings system to give investors a clear, science-based standard for taking and measuring action towards a sustainable economy and reducing the temperature of their portfolios and products.

Apple announces 2030 net-zero target
The tech company has pledged to be ‘carbon neutral’ throughout its entire business, manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle by 2030. Read more here.

BlackRock continues to challenge companies on climate
In a recent report, the $6.5 trillion firm said it had identified 244 companies during the 2020 annual proxy season that weren’t doing enough to either prepare for a warming planet or inform their investors about the risks to their operations from climate change. BlackRock will continue to vote against directors if they fail to make significant progress.Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, also recently spoke about the fundamental reshaping of finance and what comes next for sustainability in light of the current COVID crisis.

395 million new jobs by 2030 if businesses prioritise nature
The Future of Nature and Business, released as part of The World Economic Forum’s New Nature Economy series, provides practical insights for shifting towards a nature-positive economy and finds that nature-positive solutions will create $10.1 trillion in business opportunity.


Website re-launch & resources

We have made a number of changes to the Chapter Zero website, including: a new library of recorded webinars for viewing on demand; a resources hub that collates climate change material from regulators, experts and other content creators; tools to help develop climate strategies and assess where your companies are on the net-zero transition; and events organised by topic to make them easier to navigate.
Be sure to take a look: www.chapterzero.org.uk

Click here for an easy to use summary of recent third-party climate thought leadership publications, which can also be viewed in our resources hub.


Register for our upcoming webinars


The journey to sustainability
Jul 27, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM BST (webinar)
In collaboration with Russell Reynolds Associates
Register here

Sustainability is a leadership imperative. This virtual event will discuss sustainability in the post-COVID world, the key-pillars for companies embarking on their own sustainability journey and how to move from rhetoric to practice, and ‘sustainable leadership’ characteristics.

Russell Reynolds Associates’ Catarina Abrantes will be joined by: Federico Tonetti, Group Safety & Sustainability Director at Compass Group; Irena Spazzapan, Partner at SystemIQ; Jim Rowan, CEO at Dyson Group, and Susan Hooper, Chapter Zero steering group member and NED on the boards of Uber UK, The Rank Group plc and Affinity Water.


How policies and regulation are evolving to respond to the climate crisis
Aug 5, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST (webinar)
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Workshop no.2 of the series created by HSBC and Chapter Zero, exploring how board directors can better oversee their companies’ climate transition strategies. This session will look at the response from policymakers and regulators to the climate challenge.


Protecting enterprise value: supply chain resilience in the climate emergency
Aug 27, 2020 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

Boards everywhere are future-proofing operations, and the supply chain is a critical element. Join this 1.5 hour virtual workshop for twenty non-executive directors, who will explore how their boards can identify and respond to the risks and opportunities that climate change presents.
Rosalyn Schofield will discuss her experience tackling the climate challenge at Associated British Foods. This event will be particularly useful for board members in the food and fashion sectors.

Disclosure: status quo and roadmap ahead
Sept 1, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

The third workshop in the climate transition series for board directors, created by HSBC and Chapter Zero, focusing on disclosure.

The role of the Remuneration Committee Chair / defining KPIs for the ‘E’ in ESG
Sept 2, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

Hosted by Fidelio and Chapter Zero, this webinar will explore the role of the Remuneration Committee in translating carbon and environmental targets into meaningful KPIs.
The panel will include: Pauline van der Meer Mohr, Remuneration Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director, HSBC Holdings plc; Julie Baddeley, Steering GroupChair, Chapter Zero, and Senior Independent Director & Remuneration Committee Chair, Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd; and Gillian Karran-Cumberlege (moderator), Co-Founder, Fidelio Partners, and Steering Group member, Chapter Zero


Transitioning to a sustainable, zero carbon economy & the evolving implications for corporate governance
Sept 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

An insight into the evolving expectations of boards to navigate transformational change across the economy and society, in collaboration with CISL.


Climate change and the duty of care
Sept 10, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM BST (webinar)
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During the webinar hosted by Clyde & Co in collaboration with Chapter Zero, legal experts will discuss the shifting risks and responsibilities for Directors and Officers.  Taking into account the pre-existing worldwide trend towards more litigation and regulatory risk for individual Directors and Officers, this webinar will highlight what Directors and Officers need to consider to “build back better” post-COVID-19, while facing increasing scrutiny in relation to assessment and disclosure of climate change risks and their management of short and long-term impacts of those risks on their company’s strategy and performance.


Stepping up the climate change response: the impact on the Audit and Risk Committee agenda
Sept 16, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM BST (webinar)
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Chapter Zero is delighted to invite Audit and Risk Committee Chairs to discuss updates on climate-related reporting requirements, the expectations of the investor and the external audit procedures to plan for.


Assess climate-related risks and opportunities in your business, now and in the future – scenario planning workshop
Sept 17, 2020 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM BST (webinar)
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The workshop will show how to identify climate impacts and develop scenarios that illustrate potential risks and opportunities, translating these into changes in company value and cash flow.


Climate related risks in the financial services sector
Sept 21, 2020 | 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

PwC, along with industry leaders and regulators, will be discussing the implications of the regulatory developments surrounding climate change, the emerging risk landscape and the opportunities available to those willing to embrace the challenge.


Scenario analysis and stress-testing
Sept 29, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST (webinar)
Register here

The fourth installment in the climate transition series for board directors organised by HSBC and Chapter Zero, with a focus on scenario analysis.


Click here to view our full event programme for 2020. Our events are for Chapter Zero members only. If you forward our communications to executive colleagues, please make them aware that our events are designed for chairs and non-executive directors.

Chapter Zero media on demand


The business response to the climate challenge: Part 2

Chapter Zero and Willis Towers Watson held a webinar that explored how boards can build back better in the aftermath of COVID-19. This panel answers some of the many questions asked at the session.

Click here to watch Louise Ellison, Group Head of Sustainability at Hammerson plc, Susan Hooper, Chapter Zero Steering Group member, and Rowan Douglas, Head of the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson respond to these questions. You can also catch-up on Part 1 here.


On the climate journey: Chapter Zero talks ESG with Alex Hindson

Alex Hindson, Chief Risk Officer at Argo Group, shares the approach Argo have taken to ensure climate change is being addressed across the business and the steps taken to implement the organisation’s sustainability strategy.

Alex also discusses the important role of the board in the success of this strategy, including Argo non-executive and Chapter Zero member, Kate Nealon. View the short film here.


The Impact of Climate Change on Financial Institutions (Session 1)

The first in the webinar series hosted with HSBC, which looks at how directors can better oversee their companies’ climate transition strategies.

Daniel Klier, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at HSBC, Karina Litvack, Non-executive Director at Eni and Chapter Zero Steering Group member, and Stephanie Maier, Director, Responsible Investment at HSBC, share their insights. Watch it here.


Responding to climate risks: perspectives from the board

As part of GARP’s Climate Risk Podcast series, Chapter Zero Chair Julie Baddeley gives a board perspective on how climate change will affect firms in the real economy. Listen here.

Our recently launched Climate Change Strategy and Action toolkit, mentioned in the podcast, is available to download.


Addressing climate change as a NED in the boardroom

Chapter Zero Steering Group member, Susan Hooper, spoke to Better Boards about the importance of influencing as a non-executive director to address climate change.

Listen to the session and more of the Better Boards Podcast Series here.


Membership update and board moves

As we enter our second year, Chapter Zero has built a membership of more than 900 members. 47 of the companies in the FTSE 100 have at least one Chapter Zero board member, with members on 144 boards in the FTSE 350 more broadly.

Please let us know of any changes to your board appointments so that our records are kept up to date by emailing climate@chapterzero.org.uk