Chapter Zero selects The Berkeley Partnership to develop board toolkit

22 July 2022 2 min. read

Not-for-profit Chapter Zero has launched a new toolkit offering non-executive directors a practical step-by-step guide to ensure their businesses can take climate action. The new toolkit was produced with the pro bono help of The Berkeley Partnership.

As the UK endures record temperatures, and devastating wild fires, it is clear that more urgent action on climate change and the net zero transition must be taken by businesses and governments. In order to realise this, though, boards must help their companies respond effectively, not only to the more obvious risks and regulatory requirements, but to the enormous competitive opportunities and threats which the net zero transition brings.

Established in 2019, Chapter Zero is a non-profit, gathering business leaders to help forward the conversation on climate change in UK board rooms. Branded as the Director’s Climate Forum, the organisation offers members tailored events, toolkits, relevant information and a peer network to draw on for experience, inspiration and ideas.

Chapter Zero selects The Berkeley Partnership to develop board toolkit

As Chapter Zero looks to ramp up its offering, it has launched a new board toolkit, aimed at helping non-executive directors (NEDs) convince their boards to take timely, positive and decisive action on climate change and the transition to net zero. The toolkit includes checklists, key questions, detailed areas of action, and further resources under the following five steps. These are ensuring the right board oversight; establishing the need for change; setting the direction and planning the change; embedding and sustaining the change; and monitoring and optimising.

Julie Baddeley, Chapter Zero’s Chair of the Board, commented, “Our non-executive director members are currently grappling with a wide range of climate and business issues and are in a strong position to drive the change we need in the net zero transition. This Board Toolkit is designed to provide practical steps to help them with this challenge.”

The toolkit was developed with pro bono support from The Berkeley Partnership. The consultancy undertook the work as part of its commitments to sustainability and corporate responsibility; drawing together proven strategy and change management techniques alongside the latest climate-related research and evidence base.

Mark Bryant, Consultant at The Berkeley Partnership, said, “By applying our transformation expertise to the climate change and net zero challenge, we have helped to develop a practical toolkit that equips non-executive directors to help their boards understand what needs to change, set the right direction and priorities and deliver the lasting required across their value chains. In so doing, they’ll enable their businesses to make a real and positive difference in tackling climate change, as well as positioning them for future resilience and growth.”

The work is the latest chapter in a continued relationship between The Berkeley Partnership and Chapter Zero. The firm also supported the organisation to develop a previous version of the board toolkit, in 2019.