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November 2014: Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership Symposium

The Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership* will be hosting an international symposium on ‘competitiveness in the era of climate change: risk management and opportunities for growth’, in November 2014. The event will bring together prominent economic leaders and business players who recognise climate change is one of the biggest economic and corporate management risks of the future, but who also see it as a business opportunity. The symposium will introduce the international audience to the latest trends related to the economic risks of climate change, such as the recently released Risky Business and New Climate Economy reports. Discussions will also focus on effective policies for climate change and industrial competitiveness, as well as a defining a path for Japan to take in the coming decades.

*The Japan-CLP is a business coalition that aims to spearhead the transition to a sustainable low-carbon society, recognising that such a transition will provide business opportunities. It was set up on 30 July 2009 as a unique Japanese business coalition to urge the industrial community to develop a sound sense of urgency on the issue of climate change and to initiate more proactive actions.

4 December, 2013, Japan

Japan CLP roundtable

The Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP), run by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, alongside the British Embassy in Tokyo, hosted a high-level roundtable bringing together climate scientists and business leaders on 4 December 2013.

The discussion was based on the recently released climate change science published in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report. The dialogue was led by Professor Thomas Stocker, IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair and Professor Masahide Kimoto, Chairperson of the Japanese Government’s Advisory Panel on Extreme Climate Events and was chaired by Shigetada Kishii, a prominent Japanese journalist.

Some of the companies present included leaders from AEON, Askul, Dowa, Orix, RICOH and Shimizu. By all accounts it was an excellent event, resulting in increased desire from business to publically support action on climate change. The CLN is delighted to see this increase in Japanese business engagement with the subject.

This event builds on previous discussions co-hosted by the Japan-CLP, the British Embassy and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. CISL supported its delivery with strategic advice and support. 

 Corporate Leaders Network Members Map 2 2014

The Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action throughout the world

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.

Secretariats of the following groups collaborate within the network.

Current Members


Image of the EPC logoEPC

Working for the mobilisation, promotion of awareness and articulation of business leadership for the GHG emissions management and reduction practices. Proposing public policies and positive incentives in Brazil related to climate change.


Image of the CLG Chile logoCLG Chile

Focused on climate change.


The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders GroupThe Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group

Bringing together national, regional and international businesses to act as a positive force for a low climate risk world.


German CEOs for Climate ProtectionGerman CEOs for Climate Protection

Promoting climate and energy policies that reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and help Europe play a stronger international leadership role in mitigating climate change.

Hong Kong

Image of the CCBF logoClimate Change Business Forum (CCBF)

Exploring the opportunities and risks of climate change, discussing policies and regulations to convey to government, fund relevant research, and sharing best practices with the greater business community.


Logo of the Irish Corporate Leaders on Climate ChangeIrish Corporate Leaders on Climate Change

Bringing together business leaders from a broad cross-section of Irish based businesses to trigger a step-change in policy and action needed both to meet the scale of the threat posed by climate change, and to grasp the business opportunities created by moving to a low climate risk economy.


Japan CLPJapan-CLP

Building a sustainable low carbon society through communicating proactively with policy makers, industry and citizens, and will undertake a variety of activities with a focus on Asia.


Image of the CCC logoClimate Change Center

Suggesting a long-term climate change policy to industries, and establishing a climate change partnership between the government and business.


Group name and logo to be confirmed


Logo of the Climate PlatformThe Climate Platform

Contributing to ongoing national and international initiatives towards achieving the goals of sustainable development.


Image of the BICEP logoBusiness for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP)

Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, increasing investment in a clean energy economy, supporting climate change adaptation, technology transfer and forest preservation.

Previous Members


Logo of Hungarian Corporate Climate PlatformBright Blue: Hungarian Corporate Climate Platform


South East Asian Corporate Leaders Initiative on Climate Change (SEA CLG)

Inspiring and supporting governments, businesses and consumers in the move towards low carbon policies and practices necessary to build climate-resilient economies in this region.

South Africa

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)South African Corporate Leaders Group


Image of the US-CAP logoUnited States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)

Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, increasing investment in a clean energy economy, supporting climate change adaptation, technology transfer and forest preservation.

Carbon pricing webinar11 April 2013 webinar: Carbon pricing – a part of our future?

On 11 April, CISL and the Corporate Leaders Network (CLN) hosted a webinar on carbon pricing, an overview discussion exploring what it is, its pro-business rationale, global trends in this area, its shortcomings and how to make it work. There were two sessions to cater for different time zones, with 30–40 signing into each, which is an excellent result. Countries represented were: Brazil, South Africa, Russia, China, Canada, US, Chile, Peru, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Norway, and Spain.

We were privileged to have such an eminent group of speakers contribute to the discussions:

Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling, University of Cambridge, IPCC Lead Author
David Hone, Senior Climate Change Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Douglas Crawford-Brown, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR)
Jeff Swartz, International Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Advisor to the Chairman at China Carbon Forum
Jill Duggan, Policy Director, Doosan Power Systems. Previously played a prominent role in the UK government on the development of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. She is also a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency steering committee

The sessions were moderated by Nicolette Bartlett, who facilitates the Corporate Leaders Network at CISL.

We have a rich recording (so in real time, fully interactive) available until mid-May 2013: 

Session 1 link 
Session 2 link

The CLN hopes to build on this experience to run similar sessions in future, utilising the forum to bring companies together globally to delve into an issue in more depth. 

Hong Kong trams28 February 2012: Hong Kong SMEs cut energy use but stop short of investing in low-carbon products and servicesThe Hong Kong Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF), a member of the CISL-convened Corporate Leaders Network, launched the results of its latest Energy Efficiency and Climate Change survey on 28 February 2012. Concern has spiked since the first survey in 2010; with over 70% of the 300 organisations expecting climate impacts to affect their businesses in the next three years. The vast majority (nearly 75%) are taking action to reduce their exposure to climate change risk, primarily by cutting energy use in their supply chain and in their own operations. A strong majority (69%) anticipates growing demand for 'green' products and services in the coming three years yet only 12% report they are actively developing energy-efficient, low-carbon products and services. Present market demand remains low at just 14%, demonstrating a sizeable gap between the perceived opportunity and current action.

And when it comes to climate change adaptation the results from the second survey are similar to those from the first. SMEs say the Hong Kong region is not prepared for climate change and are seeking stronger leadership from the Government. New climate change policy initiatives in Hong Kong and China have captured SMEs’ attention, with almost half (48%) familiar with Hong Kong’s proposed Carbon Reduction target.[1] Of these, the majority (58%) believes it should be more ambitious: a sign that business is seeking more Government leadership in this area.

View the full survey results.

Download the Hong Kong Climate Change Business Forum press release.


[1] The target, proposed in September 2010, is to reduce carbon intensity, measured as units of carbon to produce one unit of GDP, by 50% to 60% based on 2005 levels by 2020

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