Business Schools for Climate Leadership: Uniting for the planet’s future

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Launching a practical toolkit for business leaders

Eight leading business schools have joined together to acknowledge the climate crisis and collaborate to support business leaders who will act to address the climate emergency. As agents of change and the catalysts for thought leadership in tomorrow’s business leaders, the founding members of Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) recognise their role in driving and accelerating business activities towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

BS4CL has put together this digital toolkit to help business leaders pose key questions and assess their readiness to act effectively to tackle this planetary emergency.

The first four chapters take an ‘outside in’ perspective, asking where a climate constrained world is heading and what it means for business. Attention to these topics will shed light on where opportunities lie to have a positive impact and where the vulnerabilities that will be further exposed by climate change lurk.

The final four chapters take an ‘inside out’ perspective and ask whether companies’ business strategy and capabilities can be leveraged or need to be altered to meet the challenges of climate action.

This initial collaboration focuses on eight topics:

  1. Climate change and inequality (INSEAD)

  2. Decarbonising business (HEC Paris)

  3. Global strategy in a world transformed: Business strategy and geopolitics (IESE Business School)

  4. Technology and innovation: transition to a green economy from a business perspective (IE Business School)

  5. Business transformation and climate change (The International Institute for Management Development)

  6. Risk management and the green energy transition (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

  7. Climate change and nature, what business needs to know (Cambridge Judge)

  8. Climate standards and enterprise value (London Business School)

This panel marks the release of a BS4CL toolkit, launched live at the Sustainable Innovation Forum hosted by Climate Action on the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 26 in Glasgow, sponsored by InTent.

Moderator: Peter Tufano, Former Dean, Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford

Panellists:

  • Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Concepción Galdón, Lead of IE Sustainable Impact Teaching & Research at IE’s Sustainability Office
  • Knut Haanaes, Professor of Strategy and Lundin Chair Professor of Sustainability, IMD
  • Mike Rosenberg, Professor of the Practice of Management of Strategic Management, IESE Business School

Find out more about BS4CL.