Uniting for the Planet’s Future

Business Schools for Climate Leadership is a unique partnership between eight of Europe’s leading business schools to help present and future leaders combat the climate crisis facing the planet.

The schools, which came together to launch their alliance at COP26 in Glasgow last year, are Cambridge Judge Business School, HEC Paris, IE Business School, IESE Business School, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), INSEAD, London Business School, and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).

Monday, November 7th 2022

Launch of BS4CL Africa in Cairo !

Six leading African business schools are recognizing the critical role that higher education can play in addressing climate change and its associated challenges, and launching a new initiative with the African Chapter of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in response. Business Schools for Climate Leadership Africa (BS4CL Africa) brings together schools of business in building a collaborative framework for climate action to transform business education curricula that matches the needs and adapts to the realities of the African continent. The initiative will also invite contributions from the private sector and civil society, and will mirror the ambitions of the UN Climate Conference (COP27) taking place in parallel in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

BS4CL Africa now hopes to influence business in Africa with its growing momentum in collaboration with The AUC School of Business, PRME Chapter Africa, and the BS4CL European initiative.

“We are excited for the momentum of BS4CL Africa and envision that the Deans Roundtable will be a continued collaboration for impact, one which closely aligns with the ambitions of PRME,” said Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim, Chair of PRME Chapter Africa.

BS4CL Africa exemplifies how African businesses are already taking responsibility for their impact on the planet, and considering the planet’s impact on their businesses.

BS4CL Founding Team member Peter Tufano shared his support of the Africa-centered edition of BS4CL, “I am thrilled to represent BS4CL at the launch of BS4CL Africa aligning with the opening of COP27. Business schools and business have much to contribute to battling climate change and its impacts, and BS4CL Africa will bring an authentic and important African perspective to this global and local issue.”

BS4CL Africa participating schools are the School of Business at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; ESCA Ecole de Management in Morocco; Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa; Lagos Business School in Nigeria; School of Tourism and Hospitality at Strathmore University in Kenya; Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. Also supportive of the initiative: the Association of African Business Schools (AABS); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) at UN Global Compact and PRME Chapter Africa.

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BS4CL 2nd series of webinars 2022

COP26 witnessed an unprecedented amount of net zero pledges, BS4CL came together to provide some insights on what business can do to help having created its toolkit and launched its first series of webinars. As we all work to turn these pledges into action, the context is rapidly changing (war in Ukraine, new evidence from IPCC, urgency to address broader nature degradation).

This second series - informed by academic insights and practitioners' experience - aims to explore how to further accelerate action towards tackling climate change.

Wednesday, October 12th 2022 - 1 p.m. (BST)

COP15: Challenges and Opportunities in Mobilising the Private Sector

Scientific evidence shows that climate change is unequivocally caused by human activity and its effects are noticeable across the world. Addressing this emergency will require radical changes in our use of land and ecosystems, energy systems, urban infrastructure, and industrial systems. The climate crisis is linked in a two-way process with biodiversity loss, whereby, on the one hand, climate change drives destruction of ecosystems, and, on the other, biodiversity loss undermines the natural regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing our vulnerability to climate change.

With the UN Biodiversity COP15 due to take place in Montreal in December, we are delighted to announce our upcoming webinar on biodiversity and the private sector’s role in halting and reversing nature loss: “COP15: Challenges and Opportunities in Mobilising the Private Sector”. The webinar will bring together world-renowned experts to discuss how businesses can mobilise and integrate biodiversity strategies into processes to meet COP requirements.

We are thrilled to welcome Åslaug Marie Haga, CEO of the Norwegian Wind Energy Association and Mark Gough, CEO of Capitals Coalition to share their insights with us. The webinar will be moderated by Prof. Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School.

The webinar will focus, among other issues, on the discussions that countries are having related to the adoption of mandatory assessment and disclosure requirements on biodiversity for all large business and financial institutions by 2030. Mandatory assessment and disclosure may have the potential to create fair competition for business, increase accountability, engage investors, empower consumers, involve SMEs through supply chains, help ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities and accelerate the transformation of our economies. The conversation will focus on specific ways to meaningfully integrate biodiversity considerations into strategic decision making and the challenges introduced by the broader politicization of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.

Speakers: Åslaug Marie Haga, CEO of the Norwegian Wind Energy Association, Mark Gough, CEO of Capitals Coalition

Moderator: Prof. Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School

Wednesday, June 8th 2022 - 3 p.m. (CEST)

Climate and Entrepreneurship

Climate Startups: Innovating our path to a Net Zero economy

IE Business School and INSEAD

Creating a Net Zero economy requires rethinking our products, services, operations, etc from scratch. In this context, entrepreneurship emerges as a powerful source of solutions to fight climate change and overcome diverse environmental challenges. In this session we will discuss with our speakers about the main trends in climate entrepreneurship nowadays. We will also explore the necessary conditions for climate-related innovation to prosper and for scaling successful solutions.

Speakers: Goulnara Aguiar (CEO & Founder at ORMEX) and Javier Manzanares (CEO of the Green Climate Fund)

Moderator: Concepción Galdón (IE Business School)

Concepción Galdón

IE University’s Director of the Center for Social Innovation & Sustainability and Lead of Sustainable Impact Teaching & Research

Javier Manzanares

Co-CEO of ClimateCoin

Goulnara AGUIAR

Founder and CEO of ORMEX

Friday, June 17th 2022 - 11:00 a.m.(CEST)

Latest IPCC report and Climate Leadership

The risks and opportunities

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Cambridge Judge Business School and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford)

Even though we have known about global warming for more than three decades, our mitigation and adaptation efforts have so far proven grossly inadequate, to put it mildly. In its latest report, the IPCC now predicts the global average surface temperature will increase by 3 degrees Celsius this century, with disastrous consequences for life on earth as we know it.

In response to these dire predictions, policymakers around the world will enact new regulation to combat climate change which will affect all businesses - no matter their industry or business location.

Knut Haanaes, Professor of Strategy at IMD and Lundin Sustainability Chair, Kamiar Mohaddes, Associate Professor in Economics and Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School will explore climate leadership in this session moderated by Marya Besharov, Professor of Organisations and Impact at Oxford Saïd Business School. They will discuss how companies can manage the risks and challenges related to new legal and regulatory frameworks and leverage them into new business opportunities; what are the distinct roles played by businesses, NGOs and governments in climate action; how to foster greater collaboration across organisations in different sectors and geographies; and what leadership practices are needed to put climate action at the core of your organisation's business strategy.

Speakers: Knut Haanaes (The International Institute for Management Development - IMD), Kamiar Mohaddes (Cambridge Judge Business School), Marya Besharov (Oxford Saïd Business School)

Knut Haanaes

Professor of Strategy at The International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

Marya Besharov

Professor of Organisations and Impact at Oxford Saïd Business School

Kamiar Mohaddes

Associate Professor in Economics and Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School

Wednesday, May 25th 2022 - 5 p.m. (CEST)

Geopolitics and Energy Transition in Europe

HEC Paris and IESE Business School

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has dramatically changed Europe's geopolitical situation. In addition to the tragic human cost of the war, by redefining the world's geopolitical balance, the conflict poses a serious challenge to Europe's energy transition plan for climate neutrality. Traditional energy supply chains involving Russia must be reconsidered and the shift to renewable energy accelerated. At the same time, disruptive changes in renewable energy technology and power storage challenge the view that gas is required for a low-carbon energy transition. Meanwhile, a sharp increase in fossil fuel prices means energy costs will rise and impact the general economic outlook.

Professor Jean-Michel Gauthier from HEC Paris and Professor Mike Rosenberg from IESE Business School will share their thoughts and exchange views with the audience on these issues, in a webinar moderated by Mrs Layal Nabhan, Head of Sustainability Financial Institutions Group - Société Générale C.I.B.

Speakers: Jean-Michel Gauthier (HEC Paris), Mike Rosenberg (IESE Business School)

Moderator: Layal Nabhan (HEC Alumna - Head of Sustainability Financial Institutions Group - Société Générale C.I.B.)

Mike Rosenberg

Professor of the Practice of Management in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School

Jean-Michel Gauthier

HEC Paris Professor and Holder of the Société Générale Energy and Finance Chair

Layal Nabhan

Head of Sustainability Financial Institutions Group - Société Générale C.I.B.


Business Schools for Climate Leadership has put together this digital toolkit to help business leaders pose key questions and assess their readiness to act effectively to tackle this planetary emergency.