Building more climate literate business, Leadership in Global Climate Change
Building more climate literate business, Leadership in Global Climate Change

Stockholm: A new initiative aimed at building more climate literate business leaders is being piloted in early June by the Climate Reality Project.

"It found only 0.2 per cent of board members on Fortune 100 companies had 'climate expertise' despite climate change becoming a defining force in the future success or failure of business world-wide," said Ingmar Rentzhog, the CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time.

The initiative, which is initially aimed at board members in Europe and the Unites State, could be a regional blueprint for a global effort if the training proves successful.

The decision to launch the scheme, which begins with a pilot course in Swedish and then in English for a total of up to 100 board members, follows recent, in-depth research by New York University's Stern Center for Sustainable Business.

"I witnessed this firsthand during a recent fund-raising drive with some financiers reasonably familiar with the challenges and opportunities of climate action, but still many, many others requiring a great deal more information and deeper understanding about one of the most defining issues of our generation," he added.

Christina Carlmark, Volunteer Regional Coordinator, Climate Reality Europe (Team Nordics), said: "The training will be based on a customized Al Gore presentation, delivered by myself and Ingmar Rentzhog. Having presented this material to numerous management teams, I know it will be engaging, motivating and inspiring." Former US Vice-President Al Gore is the Climate Reality Project Founder, currently hosting climate training online to increase the transition to a low-carbon sustainable world.

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