University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) brings together business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change.
The Corporate Leaders Group engages in policy through open letters, roundtables, international summits, communiqués and participating in projects to demonstrate what is possible.
The groups are cross-sector, encompassing energy producers, manufacturers, banks, retailers, utilities and others.
The UK CLG was formed in 2005 as a response to a call for action by business leaders on climate change by the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at his 2004 London Lecture of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme (BSP).
The Group, which comprises some of the UK’s largest business from across multiple sectors, has been one of the most consistent and outspoken voices in support of strong, pro-business policies on climate change.
Its activities and achievements range from coming forward in support of a strong EU ETS and bold targets in an open letter to the Prime Minister in 2006, to developing and delivering The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change in 2009, which saw over 950 global companies from 60 countries endorse the statement developed by the group, calling for an ambitious, legally binding and robust deal at COP-15.
In Summer 2012, the UK CLG launched, in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, three new Joint PublicPrivate Low Carbon Procurement Compacts in the areas of transport, catering and biomethane. Each Compact has major potential to drive real change in the market, with an increase in affordable and cutting-edge low to zero carbon solutions at a scale to drive down emissions in these areas. Current members of the UK CLG include: Anglian Water Group, BAA, BT, Doosan Power Systems, EDF Energy, Johnson Matthey, Kingfisher, Lloyds Banking Group, Philips, Shell International, BskyB, Tesco, Thames Water and Unilever.