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Climate Governance Initiative Chapters launched in the Netherlands and Slovenia

Chapter Zero Netherlands and Chapter Zero Slovenia, initiatives mobilising board directors in their respective countries to drive climate action in the boardroom, have launched, joining Hughes Hall’s Climate Governance Initiative’s global network.

As member organisations, known as Chapters, of the Initiative, they have pledged to build climate capacity of supervisory and management boards, inspire action and promote implementation of the World Economic Forum’s Principles for Effective Climate Governance.

The Chapters are the latest to join the Initiative’s network in an exciting year of growth. With a mission to expand its global reach to engage more board directors on climate internationally, the Initiative’s 25 active Chapters are to be joined by currently in-development representation in Egypt, India, Nigeria, Turkey, Uzbekistan and an intergovernmental group of southern African countries.

Climate Governance Initiative Chapters have launched in the Netherlands and Slovenia – the most recent addition to the growing network.

Chapter Zero Slovenia launched on 18 April 2023 with an event held at the Crystal Palace, Llubljana. Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia and Chapter Zero Slovenia’s Honorary Patron, delivered a speech, along with HMA Tiffany Sadler, British Ambassador to Slovenia, and Karina Litvack, Chairman of the Climate Governance Initiative’s Governing Board. During the event, the Chapter’s founding members described its purpose and vision. Later in the event, the challenges posed by climate change and the role of boards in tackling it were examined through the lens of Slovenian organisations in presentations and a roundtable session.

Chapter Zero Netherlands, which launched on 30 March 2023,  hosted a launch event at event at Koninklijke Institute of the Tropen that was attended by commissioners and leaders from science, business and civil society.

Miha Košak, Honorary Chairman of Chapter Zero Slovenia and Vice-Chairman of the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is clear that climate change needs to be addressed collectively – by individuals, businesses and governments. Active and ambitious engagement of industry, finance and business in mitigating and adopting to climate change is crucial. That is why we have launched Chapter Zero Slovenia, a ground-breaking step towards achieving this goal in our country.”

The Climate Governance Initiative currently has a summer internship position available for an ambitious and collaborative Chapter Engagement intern. This internship opportunity closes at midday on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

About the Climate Governance Initiative

Hughes Hall’s Climate Governance Initiative mobilises boards of directors around the world to address climate change in their businesses. We do this by developing and supporting national associations – Chapters – that equip their members with the skills and knowledge needed to make climate a boardroom priority, building on the World Economic Forum’s Principles for Effective Climate Governance.

The Climate Governance Initiative is an initiative in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The secretariat is hosted by the Centre for Climate Engagement, which is based at Hughes Hall. The Centre for Climate Engagement is a major element of Hughes Hall’s research translation and impact initiative, The Bridge.

Media contact

Jack Cooper | Communications Manager | Climate Governance Initiative