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Chapter Zero and the Institute of Directors form new climate action partnership

02 Dec 2021

Chapter Zero, the UK directors’ climate forum, and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have formed a new partnership to ensure that board directors across the UK are equipped to lead crucial boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change.

Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Board, Chapter Zero, said:

“It was again clear at COP26 that businesses must continue to take the lead in keeping the goal of 1.5 alive. Non-executive directors (NEDs) will have a vital role to play in that.   

“We are delighted to join forces with the IoD, in supporting its members to take action on climate change. The IoD will join with Chapter Zero’s existing partners including the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the Carbon Trust, in helping to ensure that directors of UK companies of all sizes are ready for the net zero transition.”

Jonathan Geldart, the Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:

“It is vital that directors are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to combat climate change – working together as a business community will make an enormous difference to our economy and society. We can drive the solution forward and now is the time to grasp the opportunity in front of us to lead sustainable organisations. We are delighted to be working with Chapter Zero to ensure that companies are implementing the actions required to meet net zero ambitions.”

Chapter Zero is building a community of non-executive directors and equipping them to lead crucial UK boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change. Established in 2019 by a group of non-executives, Chapter Zero has 1,800+ members, with members on the boards of 60% of FTSE100 companies. It offers members tailored events, toolkits, and a peer network to draw on for experience, inspiration and ideas.

The Institute of Directors is a non-party political organisation with approximately 20,000 members. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, professional services to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies. As part of its Royal Charter, the IoD is tasked with promoting "for the public benefit high levels of skill, knowledge, professional competence and integrity on the part of directors".

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