The latest events and updates to stay informed
on the climate challenge in the boardroom

 



Our next chapter

 

The succession of net zero announcements at New York Climate Week show that the momentum to tackle climate change is picking up pace. The momentum behind Chapter Zero is growing too, as we reached 1,000 members this month.

As the community continues to grow we want to make sure that we’re providing members with opportunities to connect to each other. Our new programme of member-only discussion groups will start later this year with a session designed for RemCo Chairs and Committee members. Further sessions will be rolled out in 2021.

If you’d like to take part, please let us know what questions or subjects you’d like to tackle.



Chapter Zero events

Webinar: Improving companies’ readiness for Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures
7 October | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM BST | Register

A discussion on how to improve a company’s readiness to meet the TCFD recommendations, and an opportunity to learn more about the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent consultation on climate disclosure requirements for premium-listed companies in the UK.

 

Webinar: Managing physical and transition climate risk
12 October | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST | Register 

The final workshop in the series in partnership with HSBC, looking at how board directors can better oversee their companies’ climate transition strategies. These sessions specifically address the needs of Non-Executive Directors of banks and (re)-insurance companies.

 

Workshop: Climate leadership in a net zero world
4 November | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST | Register

This session, led by experts from the Carbon Trust, will set out the steps to achieving corporate climate leadership by explaining key concepts such as science-based targets, net zero and carbon neutrality. It will introduce a proven framework to help NEDs understand how to incorporate climate change into strategies and define an achievable roadmap for their organisations.

 

Webinar: Climate change transition risk – interactive scenario
12 November | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM BST | Register

Join this debate as a member of the board of a fictional company grappling with real-time strategic questions the board must address, if it is to navigate a world that is transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The feedback from the equivalent session in February on physical risks suggests that it was one of the highlights of our spring timetable.

 

Click here to view our full event programme for 2020.
Our events are for Chapter Zero members only.

 



Trending in September

New York Climate Week

New York Climate Week saw a succession of net zero commitments from business and governments. The week started with Prince Charles calling for “swift and immediate action” on climate change, who also introduced a six-point plan to address it.

BP set a target to be net zero by 2050 and Walmart committed to reach net zero emissions by 2040 without relying on carbon offsets, while Unilever provided further insight into their commitment to achieve net zero emissions from all products by 2039.

But the big news story of the week was the promise from President Xi Jinping, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, that China would reach net zero emissions by 2060.

Corporates asked to prove net-zero alignment

In a recent letter sent to corporates, investor group Climate Action 100+ announced its intention to create a benchmark tracking corporate alignment with the transition to net-zero by 2050, incorporating over 30 indicators to ensure clarity as to which companies are acting on climate change as a business critical issue and embracing a net-zero future. The initiative involves 500+ investors and represents $47trn in assets.

How finance can power a sustainable future

September saw the launch of WWF’s new film Our planet: too big to fail, which directly addresses the finance sector and its role in tackling the climate crisis and presents solutions for building a thriving, more resilient economy in the wake of the pandemic.

 


Chapter Zero media on demand

The role of the Remuneration Committee Chair: defining KPIs for the ‘E’ in ESG

Fidelio and Chapter Zero explore the role of the Remuneration Committee in translating carbon and environmental targets into meaningful KPIs. Watch the webinar and also read Fidelio’s insights on the topic.

Disclosure: Status quo and roadmap ahead

The latest webinar in the series hosted by HSBC for NEDs in financial services, which you can watch here and also download the slide deck used.

 

Climate change and the duty of care

Legal experts at Clyde & Co discuss the shifting risks and responsibilities for Directors and Officers. Watch it here.

 

Carney on net zero: are you in or out ?

Read the report based on a webinar discussion in June, in which Mark Carney and others explore the whole-economy net-zero transition ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next year.

 

Protecting enterprise value: supply chain resilience in the climate emergency

An executive summary of this webinar on supply chain resilience, including the key insights shared and questions to ask at board level.

 

 

Click here to view our repository of webinars available to watch on demand.

 



Update: Membership portal

The Chapter Zero team have been making some changes to the website to enable members to manage their membership more effectively. The changes will equip you with your own login details to track event attendance, access member-only content and keep your board profiles up to date. More updates to follow soon.



Goal 13 Impact Platform

Watch the launch of the Platform’s new report at the CBI’s Achieving Net-Zero Conference, which outlines how companies are managing the transition to a low-carbon, resilient future and highlights the insights collected from the first wave of interviews with 100 companies.



Resources available to you

Chapter Zero curates the latest in thought-leadership on the topic of climate change and the impact on your business. Click here for an easy to use summary of the most recent publications from third parties which have also been added to our website resources repository.

This month’s resources include ICGN Viewpoint: Board of Directors and Climate Change, consumer research showing climate change is still perceived as the most pressing problem of our time, and a new techUK report on making the UK a digital clean tech leader.



ESG alignment survey

Willis Towers Watson’s new board survey will help you to understand the current state and aspirations related to the adoption of ESG Goals, and provide an opportunity to research the current and future connection between ESG and executive pay. To take part, click here.



Membership update and board moves

50 of the companies in the FTSE 100 have at least one Chapter Zero board member, with members on 151 boards across the FTSE 350.

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