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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy
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One of the main roles of the Corporate Leaders Group is to develop and document insights from the business community that can help support stronger climate action. These outputs underpin many of the key milestones achieved by the CLG over time.

The Corporate Leaders Groups' work covers a range of topics, and the current priority areas are highlighted below. Further themes and categories can be found in the right-hand column.


Key themes


Latest thought leadership

Event: 'Accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality through business and political action - A CEE region perspective', Thursday 16 June, 14.00-16.00 CET

19 May 2022

Register for our virtual event: ‘Accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality through business and political action – A CEE region perspective’ On behalf of CLG Europe in association with Change for the Better. Thursday, 16 June 14.00-16.00 CEST (online).

CLG Europe’s rapid response to the REPowerEU Plan

18 May 2022

18 May 2022 - The European Commission has today (Wednesday May 18) released its REPowerEU Plan and supporting documents to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels in response to the invasion of Ukraine and fast forward the green transition. CLG Europe welcomes the increased ambition and momentum on renewables and energy efficiency. However, the business leaders group underlines that new investment must be focused on the green transition, rather than new gas infrastructure.

More than 150 business leaders call on EU to strengthen energy security by accelerating green transition

4 May 2022

11 May 2022 - As the Russian invasion of Ukraine is about to enter its twelfth week, more than 150 businesses including Microsoft, Unilever, H&M, Signify and Iberdrola, urge the EU to strengthen Europe’s energy security and resilience by accelerating the green transition.

Workday joins CISL’s European Corporate Leaders Group to support progress towards net zero

20 April 2022

22 April 2022 - Workday has joined the European Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe) convened by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in support of a climate neutral economy. The enterprise cloud applications provider will join the group as an Affiliate Member.

Corporate Leaders Groups top InfluenceMap ranking on climate policy engagement

14 April 2022

20 April 2022 - InfluenceMap has recently launched an interactive platform tracking influencing efforts of companies and industry associations on key files within the EU Green Deal’s landmark initiative of the ‘Fit for 55’ package. The Corporate Leaders Groups were awarded an “A” ranking for their ongoing policy engagement for climate action, topping the industrial association list.

Blog: Net Zero in troubled times: our route to a strong and resilient economy

1 April 2022

1 April 2022 - Eliot Whittington, Director of the Corporate Leaders Groups, considers why it is more important than ever that we stay on track for net zero, to create strong and resilient economies around the world.

Blog: Reading the Renovation Wave

28 March 2022

29 March 2022 - Reading the Renovation Wave: a blog from Mirella Vitale, SVP Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs at ROCKWOOL Group

High-level event: ‘Building a Circular & Climate Neutral Economy: Reaction to the March Circular Economy Package’ On behalf of CLG Europe’s Materials and Products Taskforce. 1 April.

21 March 2022

This high-level webinar event gathers reactions from key players to the release of the Circular Economy Package I on 30th March on topics including the Sustainable Products Initiative, Textile strategy, Right to repair and Construction.

Amazon joins CISL’s UK and European Corporate Leaders Groups to support progress towards net zero

18 March 2022

21 March 2022 - Amazon has joined the UK and European Corporate Leaders Groups (CLG UK and CLG Europe) convened by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in support of a sustainable and climate neutral economy.

CLG Europe has elected its Chair and Vice-Chair

17 March 2022

In February 2022, Harry Verhaar, Vice President at Signify was re-elected as Chair of CLG Europe and Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Global Director of Climate Change and Alliances at Iberdrola was elected as Vice- Chair. In their role as Chair and Vice-Chair, Harry and Gonzalo will advise on the strategic development of CLG Europe and help to represent the interests and concerns of the group’s business leaders.