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Climate Governance Initiative Global Summit

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The Climate Governance Initiative Global Summit is from 23-26 March 2021, convening board members, regulators, experts, academia and other corporate governance leaders.

The program is designed to enable non-executive directors with the knowledge and resources necessary to steer their companies towards a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

The Climate Governance Initiative community is composed of non-executive directors and experts, organized in national chapters, whose purpose is to promote the adoption of the World Economic Forum’s Principles for Effective Climate Governance. They aim to do so by mobilizing, educating and equipping non-executive directors with the skills and knowledge necessary to address climate change at the board level.

Find out more about two key sessions below, a video recording of which will be added to the page once they have taken place.

To access the summit programme and to register, visit here.

The Evolving Role of Boards in relation to Corporate Climate Action

23 March | 15:00 CET (60 minutes)

Synopsis

Climate change is shaping a new reality, creating risks and opportunities for business in a diverse number of ways. Around the world boards are being challenged to future-proof business and help build resilient economies as we transition to net zero.

The opening session of the virtual summit will hear from company chairs who are influencing their board’s adoption of an integrated, strategic approach to corporate climate action, as well as experts in financial markets seeking to create conditions that protect enterprise value.

Moderator: Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, Centre for Global Public Goods and Member of Managing Board at the World Economic Forum

Panellists confirmed:

  • Al Gore, Former US Vice President, Co-Founder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management and Non-executive Director, Apple
  • Angeles Garcia-Poveda, Chair, Legrand
  • Claudio Descalzi, CEO, Eni
  • Leslie F. Seidman, Non-Executive Director of Moody’s Corp, General Electric and Former Chair of FASB
  • Roberto Marques, CEO and Executive Chair, Natura & Co

For the opening session registration, click here.

Closing session: Net Zero: Collaboration is essential to future-proof business

26 March | 15:00 CET (60 minutes)

COP26 in November 2021 is where governments are expected to strengthen their national contributions under the Paris Agreement and where industry and business will come together to drive ambitious climate outcomes that will help achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 or sooner. It will send a resounding signal on the need to accelerate the business models, policy solutions, financing, innovations and green demand signals needed to trigger a systems shift towards a more inclusive and resilient economy.

We will hear from the high-level climate champions, board members and corporate executives about the business of the future, how boards have responded to the climate challenge and the importance of public private collaboration.

Moderator: Emily Farnworth, Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change Engagement, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Panellists confirmed:

  • Claudia Sender Ramirez, Board Member, LafargeHolcim
  • Emma Marcegaglia, Chair, B20
  • Mark Tucker, Chair, HSBC Holdings plc.
  • Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action
  • Punit Renjen, Global CEO, Deloitte

For the closing session registration, click here.

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