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Building an international movement of business leadership groups for a low carbon economy

Over the past decade, many countries have seen the emergence of groups of business leaders working to create the political space for government action in support of low carbon societies. These groups have seen the need for co-ordination across the economy, both to ensure that potential risks are managed and to allow business to grasp the opportunities that this transition could hold. In 2010, a network was formed among these groups, the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN). During the initial phase of this network the secretariats of these groups began to work in partnership, believing there to be immense potential in supporting and cooperating with each other on this agenda.

This capacity-building network has now developed to represent a powerful platform for 'home-grown', autonomous, national, cross-sector business groupings to collaborate and to advocate clear and strong policy measures to deliver a prosperous, low carbon economy, both within key countries and internationally.

This growing network currently represents established and emerging business groups in Brazil, Chile, Germany, EU, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Turkey, the US and the UK.

Previous members have also included Hungary, Mexico, Singapore, and South Africa.

The University of Cambridge is delighted to be hosting the secretariat for this network in its initial phase of development.