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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy


Since 2010, the UK and European Corporate Leaders Groups (CLGs) have developed relationships with a number of business groups around the world. These groups have seen the need for co-ordination across the economy, both to ensure potential risks are managed, and to allow business to grasp the opportunities that this transition to a low carbon society could hold. Collaborations have included with the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership (J-CLP), CLG Chile, Foundation 2°, BCSD Portugal, the CER Sustainable Business Network Slovenia, the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Entreprises pour l'Environnement, The Haga Initiative, The Spanish Green Growth Group, and more.

By linking these business networks working on climate change, the CLGs are able to share best practice, enable collaboration and provide strategic support to increase impact, both within member countries and internationally.

In 2022, the CLGs are seeking to formally re-establish the collaboration with these business groups through reactivating the ‘Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action’ (CLN) and supporting the creation of new corporate leaders groups globally building on the format of the existing CLGs to create a strengthened network of corporate leaders’ groups.

Previous members of the CLN are reinvited to join where their mission and strategies align.


Read the latest thought leadership by the CLN


How the CLN works

The Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN) is convened and coordinated by a secretariat within CISL’s Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation.

Once re-established, the CLN will:

  • convene meetings at least quarterly between CLN members.
  • provide insight and thought leadership on global policy issues relevant for business, producing at least two outputs per year to support CLN members; initial outputs will likely focus on the energy transition and sustainability-related disclosure standards
  • Enable collaboration and raise the profile of the actions of members at key global moments, including at the COP, by running events and supporting through media presence and messaging
  • Be supported by an expert advisory panel consisting of academics from both the University of Cambridge and the institutes hosting other members of the CLN, and climate experts. Expertise will be sought in key areas of climate policy, including the energy transition, the just transition, green finance, carbon markets, industry, transport and the built environment, amongst others
  • Be supported by a small group of high-profile voluntarily appointed strategic advisors who can provide expert guidance, help build the profile of the group globally and support in country activities
  • Catalyse the creation of new progressive national business groups in target countries (see below for approach to identifying countries) that would become members of the reactivated network.



CER is Slovenia's first and largest Sustainable Business Network, with more than 100 members from different sectors, promoting ambitious business action to achieve a net zero economy as quickly as possible. It is based on the belief that climate change and globalisation challenges require new solutions, partnerships, and new ways of working together.


CLG Chile was formed in 2009, after a visit from His Majesty King Charles III, and due to the joint management of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Chile, the British Embassy and the British Chilean Chamber of Commerce. CLG Chile members are committed to playing a leading role in driving a just transition to a low-carbon economy, by changing their own business models and sectors and by promoting change in a broader economic and political context.


CLG Europe aims to be the leading cross-sectoral business voice convened across the EU in support of a climate neutral economy. CLG Europe develops credible, ambitious positions amongst its membership and deploys effective strategic communications to engage with the highest levels of policy audiences. CLG Europe is diverse in its membership and representative of Europe in both geography and sector, welcoming the innovative talent of SMEs as well as leading established companies. The group works closely with policymakers – particularly the Green Growth Group of EU climate and environment ministers, and supportive Members of the European Parliament through its Green Growth Partnership.


The UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK) is a cross-sector business membership group that provides a strong voice to support UK leadership, nationally and internationally, for the transition to a climate neutral, nature positive and socially inclusive economy. Established in 2005, under the leadership of the former HRH The Prince of Wales, it has helped reshape the consensus amongst the UK business community in support of climate action and sat at the core of a growing community of business action in Europe and around the world.


The Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JCLP) is a coalition of Japanese companies who hold the firm belief that economic prosperity and sustainability go hand in hand. JCLP's core activities include communicating business trends in low carbon energy; intelligence gathering and analysis on global and Japan trends relating to the intersection of climate change and business; and convening business collaboration on climate change issues.


Net Zero Pakistan is a national collaboration between private sector companies, public institutions, and sectoral experts to deliver the goal of net zero carbon for Pakistan by 2050. Some of the key achievements of Net Zero Pakistan are as follows:

  • Accredited as an official Accelerator for the UN’s Race to Zero campaign
  • Onboarded 26 large-scale companies in Pakistan as signatories to the coalition, representing approximately 30% of Pakistan’s total exports
  • Trained 100+ employees of companies on GHG accounting and SBTi in partnership with CDP, South Pole, GHGMI, and more 


Perú Sostenible, a non-profit organization that serves as Peru's main business network for sustainable development and global network partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This organization seeks engages companies in their role as change agents to promote sustainable development in Peru. This is encouraged by: connecting them with global sustainability platforms, business leaders networks and the  social and environmental entrepreneurship ecosystem in Peru; helping transform their business models with programs and tools to enhance their ESG practices ; and giving visibility to best business examples and practices that promote and advance towards Peru's sustainable development. Transversally, in alliance with the United Nations, Peru Sostenible activates businesses in multi-sectorial spaces to develop solutions  around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


How to become a member

The CLN is primarily open to business groups and experts (as described above) who are committed to supporting the purpose of increasing political and business ambition towards achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C, aiming for 1.5°C, in their own national context.

Members of the CLN should be:

  • Willing to share experience on bringing the voice of business to support increased political ambition towards meeting or increasing their government’s climate targets
  • Support collaborative action to raise the profile of the group at key global moments
  • Able to join regular meetings to share updates, hear from relevant speakers and plan coordinated activities
  • Supportive of and encourage their members to join the Race to Zero campaign
  • To submit your interest to join, business groups should email



Convened by the UK and European Corporate Leaders Groups (CLGs) between 2010 and 2015, the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN) provided a platform for regular contacts and collaboration on the international agenda. It represented established and emerging groups, as well as strong partnerships in: Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the US and UK (those groups in bold are still active in their countries today, albeit they are no longer connected to the CLN).

While active, key international outputs from the CLN included the Corporate Climate Communiqués which set out a concise business case and progressive global consensus on the shape of an international climate agreement and on the national policy needed for countries to deliver on the global goal.

The CLGs have been maintaining informal links with the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership (J-CLP) and CLG Chile, and collaborate on ad-hoc activities, including around the annual UNFCCC COPs.


Watch the relaunch event at COP27

The CLN was relaunched at COP27 with a panel event titled 'Strengthening global collaboration on business climate advocacy'. The event aimed to launch a reactivated global Corporate Leaders Network for climate action focused on catalysing business advocacy on climate policy at a national level and bringing together key policy and NGO stakeholders with contributors from international business networks across the world. A drinks reception open to all participants followed directly after the event in the dedicated area of the WMBC Pavilion.