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A Decade of Progress

27 January 2015 – The first ten years of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

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Ten years ago, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brought together a group of thirteen pioneering business leaders to write an open letter to the UK Prime Minister. We called for UK leadership on climate change and offered to work in partnership with the UK government to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

A Vision for a Strong, Sustainable UK Economy

27 January 2015 – These case studies illustrate that members of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group have found that action to reduce emissions can deliver growth and benefits to consumers.

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The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) is a select club of European business leaders working together, under the patronage of The Prince of Wales and with the support and advice of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), to advocate solutions to climate change to policymakers and business peers at the highest level, both within the EU and globally.

As members of the Corporate Leaders Group we are all playing our part in driving the transition to a low carbon, resilient, and sustainable economy in the UK and across the world. We are active across most major sectors of the economy, and, as these case studies illustrate, across the board we have found that action to reduce emissions can deliver growth as well as emission reductions and benefits to consumers. However, government support has been key to much of the progress we have been able to deliver; shifting the transition up a gear will only be achieved with a clear and ambitious vision driving a long-term and consistent policy framework across Government.

Better Growth, Better Climate – Business Briefing on The New Climate Economy Synthesis Report

January 2015 and September 2014 – This briefing presents the findings of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate as documented in their New Climate Economy Synthesis Report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ as a short and relevant summary for a business audience.

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A short and relevant summary of the New Climate Economy synthesis report has been released by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

The report sets out to understand how countries with different economies can achieve economic growth and development, while reducing the risk of dangerous climate change. 

The succinct briefing is prepared with a business audience in mind and highlights the key points of the report: that the next 15 years are crucial, there are major opportunities for economic systems such as cities, land use, and energy, and that economic growth and action on climate change can be achieved together.

The New Climate Economy project was overseen by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission is made up of 24 former heads of government and finance ministers, and leaders of businesses, cities, international organisations, and research institutions. The Commission was advised by a panel of 15 economists, all world leaders in their respective economic disciplines.

We Mean Business: The Climate has Changed

September 2014 – Climate action was once perceived by many governments and many businesses as about sacrifice. Today, the value proposition is very different.

The Climate has Changed: a new report by We Mean Business. The Corporate Leaders Group is a founding partner of We Mean Business.

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Today, it is the sacrifice economies and communities will increasingly have to make if the world fails to address climate change and the buildup of greenhouse gases.

The Climate Has Changed report demonstrates that bold action on climate change makes good business sense. Analysis of data collected by the Carbon Disclosure project (CDP) reveals that companies are already achieving good internal rate of returns from their low carbon investments.

It also highlights that longer term policy is needed to help companies do more.

The Corporate Climate Communiqués since 2007

Since 2007 The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) has created Communiqués which set out the business case for an ambitious, robust, effective and equitable UN climate framework and offers a progressive global consensus on the shape of an agreement.

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué (2014) is a global call to arms from businesses who take the science of climate change seriously and are demanding a proactive policy response. 

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The Carbon Price Communiqué (2012) made the case for setting a price on carbon emissions as one of the main building blocks of an effective and ambitious climate change policy framework.

Read The Carbon Price Communiqué. 

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The 2°C Challenge Communiqué (2011) called on governments to break the deadlock in the international negotiations and take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate resilient economy.

Read The 2°C Challenge Communiqué.

The Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change (2010) made it clear that the case for a comprehensive international framework to tackle climate change still stood after Copenhagen, and that the need for action was increasingly urgent. The signatories urged governments to redouble their efforts to achieve this framework and also to take necessary and appropriate mitigation actions in parallel with such efforts.

Read The Cancun Communiqué.

The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change (2009) was signed by over 950 companies from 60 countries including the US, EU, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, India, China, Korea and South Africa; ranging from the world’s largest companies and best known brands, to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Read The Copenhagen Communiqué.

The Poznań Communiqué (2008) was launched by the CLG ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland. The Poznań Communiqué set out the key elements of an international deal on climate change and was endorsed by the business leaders of over 140 companies worldwide.

Read The Poznań Communiqué.

The Bali Communiqué (2007) was published by the CLG to governments gathering at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. CEOs from over 140 global companies signed The Bali Communiqué and it was published in a centre-page spread in the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune on the eve of the conference. It was an unprecedented move by business and received significant worldwide media attention.

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Director, Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)


Deputy Director,
Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)