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Specialist required to support delivery of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) COP26 Strategy

The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight on Monday 17 February 2020.

Invitation for expressions of interest:

Specialist required to support delivery of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) COP26 Strategy

Term: February 2020 – 30 April 2021

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking the services of an individual or a relevant organisation with experience of working on climate related issues with business and policymakers. The specialist is required to work with The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) Secretariat between February 2020 and April 2021 to deliver a series of events and activities that will enhance coordination between progressive business and the UK Government, with the objective to support increased climate ambition in the lead up to, and beyond, COP26. This work is being undertaken, as part of the CLG Secretariat’s broader portfolio of work within the We Mean Business (WMB) coalition.

About the CLG

The CLG brings together UK business leaders to accelerate progress towards a low carbon, sustainable economy. Through exchange of ideas, experience, and a dialogue with policymakers, the CLG facilitates solutions that support a resilient and prosperous future. The CLG is convened by CISL. Find out more:


2020 is a crucial year for climate action. We must deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement by demonstrating that a significant number of countries, including the major emitting economies, will honour the Agreement’s ‘ratchet mechanism’ and increase the ambition of their NDCs. COP26 is a critical milestone in itself but making it a success will require action well before the Conference.

The international climate community and the WMB coalition have been diligently building momentum towards the success and long- term impact of COP26 for several years, by targeting high emitting or ‘tipping point’ regions and countries who must signal their intention to step up ambition by COP26. Alongside WMB coalition partners, the CLG can now play an important role to help influence the structure and agenda of COP26. This includes bringing forward clear progressive business support for climate ambition in the UK and Italy, as well as in support of their diplomatic efforts throughout the year geared toward raising climate ambition in other key geographies and moments. In the next few months we will have a unique opportunity to boost the ambition of and influence the priorities of the COP26 Presidency and carve out the business role to support highest ambition. The delivery of this work will draw on the CLG and WMB coalition’s strong network of business members and connections and a deep track record of mobilising and engaging business.

Responsibilities/ proposed deliverables

You will be responsible for supporting the day to day delivery of our COP26 strategy which will involve working closely with external stakeholders (CLG member companies and other companies in our network, We Mean Business secretariat and partner organisations, UK business groups, UK government contacts).

You will specifically support the delivery of the following activities (to be discussed and agreed):

Project management of events (60%)

The specialist will support the organisation and delivery of the following:

  • Between three and five high-level dinners, meetings and events in advance of COP26
  • Meetings of the business groups in the UK
  • Events taking place during COP26 in November 2020

Tasks will include:

  • Identifying invitees, managing the invitation process
  • Drafting agenda and briefings
  • Helping to secure the participation of business, ministers, CEOs, government departments in these events
  • Supporting logistics preparation.

Strategy development (20%)

  • Contributing to strategy development i.e. stakeholder engagement plan, mapping of specific Presidency, Ministry and country targets
  • Representing the CLG in regular calls and meetings with WMB coalition partners, UK Business Groups hub, and the COP26 Presidency.

Communications (20%)

  • Developing talking points, briefings etc. to support our work on COP26
  • Supporting COP26 follow-up activities (communications with stakeholders, reporting etc.).

Essential attributes/expertise

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent understanding of UK politics and the role of progressive business in the climate agenda
  • Experience and track record of programme management and delivering strategies
  • Experience and ability to work with coalitions and partnerships  
  • Experience organising and delivering high-level events.

Desirable attributes/expertise

  • Connections within relevant UK government departments and ability to arrange targeted meetings
  • Connections within businesses and business networks in the UK
  • Knowledge/experience of international policy on climate change and the COP process
  • A demonstrable interest in Sustainability and committed to the values that underpin CISL's work.

To express your interest

Please forward expressions of interest along with your CV, cover letter, evidence of relevant experience and pricing schedule to: by midnight on Monday 17 February 2020.  

The expressions of interest should also include a few paragraphs (no longer than 400 words) with your thoughts on how you consider UK-focused businesses can best engage with the COP26 Presidency and UK government departments to shape their ambition in the period leading up to COP26.

Please be aware that the current available budget for this work is £10,000 (or 20-25 days) from February to April 2020 and £6,000 (or 12-15 days) from May 2020 to April 2021.


The University intends to award to the most economically advantageous offer or offers in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Degree of understanding of the context/ suitability of proposed approach (35%) 
  • Experience in delivering similar activities and events with relevant stakeholder groups and demonstration of contacts within UK government and business (35%)
  • Value of quotation (30%)

The University may undertake shortlisting interviews in the week commencing 17th February and expects to decide award of this contract by Friday 21st February.

Please note

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