Leadership in a Climate Emergency

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Mobilise your business to take action

About the programme

It is clear. We are in a time of Climate Emergency. The scale and pace of climate change threatens the business status quo.

This programme is for senior executives who recognise the need for change within their business and are looking for guidance on how to best activate it. 

It uniquely combines the academic expertise and research of two leading University of Oxford institutions:

We are currently researching formats to deliver this programme online in the coming academic year. Please register your interest using the button above to be kept up to date of developments.


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This programme will equip you with the tools to develop a Climate Emergency action plan for your business.

  • How to declare a climate emergency
  • Action plan for your business
  • Balancing fiduciary duty to shareholders with climate risks
  • Legal requirements
  • Frameworks, case studies and strategies
  • Latest science
  • Peer learning across sectors and regions

Who should participate?

Senior leaders who can activate strategic change.

The programme is ideal for teams of two-to-three senior executives and could potentially include:

  • Senior executive eg CEO, CFO
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Board member

We are also keen to receive individual applications from senior executives who can influence the strategy of the organisation or business unit.

Participants will complete certain sessions in small groups. For these sessions each group will be paired with a 'youth voice' from our MBA community to help provide the next generation's perspective.

Companies that have taken action on climate have higher returns. I think that most CEOs now know that the only way to stay profitable is to change.

Paul Polman

Former Unilever CEO and Chair of the Saïd Business School Board

How to apply

Apply online

To find out more please contact:

Richard Hunt, Head of Engagement and Development 
+44 (0)7795 617288 
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford

Steve Brewster, Associate Director, Executive Education 
+44 (0)7545 507606
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment