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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

9 July 2019 – This knowledge hub includes thought leadership from European business leaders to help the next generation of EU decision-makers take action to deliver a prosperous, innovative, climate neutral economy.


To deliver the unprecedented economic transformation required for a prosperous, resilient and climate neutral economy, the EU will need to develop a new economic strategy; a strategy that ensures we are on track to end Europe’s contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest.

The decisions taken by the European Parliament and Commission during their five year term of the institutions will be critical. Businesses recognise the opportunity the transition to a net zero emission economy will bring: new markets and business opportunities, high-skilled jobs in dynamic new industries, cleaner air, healthier lifestyles, and a more sustainable natural environment.

This knowledge hub captures the work of the Corporate Leaders Groups and other leading businesses in demonstrating why this agenda is crucial and achievable.


Aiming for zero

NewAgendaEurope.jpgWe stand ready to work with the new European institutions and have laid out our key priorities on ambition, energy, industry, land and investment.

Business leadership for a net zero economy 

Net zero.pngHear from business leaders why they are aiming for a net zero future by 2050.

Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation

We are helping to develop high impact systemic solutions to drive policy and industrial change towards a sustainable economy.

CEOs call on EU to aim for zero

Our business leaders have called on the EU Heads of State to signal a new economic direction towards net zero by 2050.

Step Up Now 

Inspiring actions for a prosperous Europe from 51 cities, regions, businesses and investors stepping up for the climate.

Green Growth Partnership

We work with ministers from EU governments and the EU Parliament to discuss and debate how to transition to a zero carbon economy.




Why are CLG companies aiming for zero?

"Businesses have a responsibility to take action that will help address climate change, and many of us are already doing so. But we need to accelerate progress. A European strategy to deliver Net Zero Emissions by 2050 is essential to signal the direction and speed of travel that is necessary to achieve the 1.5 degree ambition set out in the Paris Agreement." 

Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

"A net zero vision by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement is the most viable way to collectively combat global warming. Ambitious long-term targets encourage investments and innovations that future proof our assets and attract customers." 

Karl Henrik Sundstöm, CEO, Stora Enso

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Who we are

CISL’s Corporate Leaders Groups bring together business leaders committed to supporting the transformation to competitive, sustainable, inclusive economies that will deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through exchange of evidence-based ideas and influential discussions with policymakers and peers, the Corporate Leaders Groups advocate for robust business and policy solutions to the environmental and sustainability challenges facing our planet.

The Corporate Leaders Groups’ members are progressive industry leaders, coming from a range of sectors including energy, transport, retail and consumer goods, communication, finance, infrastructure and the built environment. Together we have headquarters across the UK and EU member states but with influence and presence in every region of the world.

The Corporate Leaders Groups are convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a globally influential Institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.

CLG Europe works closely with policymakers and our business peers to achieve this globally and in the EU. We are a founding partner of the We Mean Business coalition, which works with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. Here is a summary of business action across the EU