In a statement released today, the CGI points to warnings from Mark Carney and others that the climate crisis poses the ‘single greatest threat to global financial stability’ and urges board directors to rapidly skill up in order to confront the climate emergency.

Set up in association with the World Economic Forum in 2019, the Climate Governance Initiative network represents over 100,000 board directors across more than 20 major economies, with the capability to influence trillions of dollars of capital through the companies they serve.

The statement notes that the impact of the climate crisis ‘will be felt by all companies, posing major short, medium and long-term risks and requiring boards to put climate change at the heart of their strategy, risk management and disclosure processes.’

It calls on board directors to ‘play a part in the global response to climate change’, emphasising the critical role of board directors in the transition to a net-zero future.

Karina Litvack, Chairman of the Climate Governance Initiative said:  

“We welcome the fact that growing numbers of directors around the world have understood the gravity of the climate crisis and have committed to taking a leadership role in improving climate governance on their boards. We represent an important new wave of climate champions who have significant influence, and we are ready to step up to accelerate the pace of change needed to deliver a net-zero economy in our lifetime.”

The Climate Governance Initiative statement states that ‘now is a crucial time for boards to be engaging with the impacts of climate change and making long-term plans for the future. This includes ensuring that their business strategy is resilient in a zero emissions future and the executive team has the skills to deliver it.’  The Climate Governance Initiative gives board directors the skills they need to advocate for their companies to accelerate their net-zero journey, by drawing on the eight Climate Governance Principles published by the World Economic Forum.

Local director networks that make up the Climate Governance Initiative, known as Chapters, are ‘building a community of climate conscious directors who are committed to developing the skills, processes and understanding necessary for them to fulfil their fiduciary duties in the long-term service of their organisations.’


Read the full statement here:

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Supporting Chapters and Chapter Hosts

Australian Institute of Company Directors, host of Climate Governance Initiative Australia

Chapter Zero Brazil

Chapter Zero Brussels

Chapter Zero Canada

Institute of Corporate Directors, host of Chapter Zero Canada

Chapter Zero Chile

Chapter Zero France

Climate Governance Initiative Germany

Chapter Zero Italy

Climate Governance Malaysia

Chapter Zero México

Boards Impact Forum

Chapter Zero Poland

Responsible Business Forum, host of Chapter Zero Poland

Chapter Zero Romania

Asociatia Administratorilor Independenti, host of Chapter Zero Romania

Climate Governance Initiative Russia

Climate Governance Singapore

Chapter Zero Switzerland

Chapter Zero, the UK Chapter

Centre for Climate Engagement, host of Chapter Zero, the UK Chapter

National Association of Corporate Directors, host of the US Chapter

Additional Supporters

African Corporate Governance Network

Cercle des Administrateurs

European Confederation of Directors Associations

Institute of Corporate Directors, Malaysia

Institute of Directors, India

Institute of Directors, Kenya

Institute of Directors, New Zealand

Institute of Directors, South Africa

Institut Français des Administratrices et des Administrateurs engagés, France

Myanmar Institute of Directors

Singapore Institute of Directors

Swiss Institute of Directors

Vietnamese Institute of Directors