Accelerating Climate Change Leadership in the Boardroom

Organised by INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre and Chapter Zero France, in collaboration with Heidrick & Struggles. 

Date: 16/11/2021

Three takeaways

  • 85% of board members say that their board needs to increase their climate knowledge, according to the Insead and Heidrick & Struggles survey. Boards understand the shortcomings but don’t seem to be addressing them. 74% say that climate change is not at all or only slightly integrated into executive performance metrics.
  • An early engagement with investors is required, we should not wait the next general assembly to raise questions or issues.  Directors must be courageous to raise climate change related issues.
  • CO2 emissions are not the only metric to track. Climate change risk is multifaceted: directors need to understand the implications of climate change on the company's business model and operations. It is also important to consider the social implications of the energy transition.

A one-pager summary of the session is available for Chapter Zero France members. If interested, please contact us. 


Webinar speakers


  • Ieda Gomes Yell – Independent Director; Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Sir Peter Gershon – former Chairman, National Grid Group; trustee, The Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Fund; board member, The Investor Forum.
  • Caroline Le Meaux Global Head of ESG research, Engagement and Voting, Amundi
  • Alice Breeden – Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Ron Soonieus – Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; Director in Residence, INSEAD Corporate Governance Center


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