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March 23, 2022 – 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Virtual

Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Transition Risk: How Will Your Organization Adapt to Changing Policies?

The Government of Canada has signed the COP26 Statement on International Public Support for the Clean Energy Transition, committing to prioritize the clean energy transition and end new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector by the end of 2022, and the Glasgow Climate Pact to accelerate the phaseout of inefficient […]

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February 9, 2022 – 9:00 am - 10:00 am Virtual

Retail’s Route to Net-zero Emissions: The Canadian Retail Sector and Effective Climate Governance

Climate change poses a systemic risk to Canadian retailers. The increasing frequency and intensity of acute events such as flooding and wild fires are disrupting supply chains and distribution channels, creating uncertainty in availability and pricing of raw materials, and increasing insurance costs. Yet there are also new opportunities for the retail sector in the […]

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September 14, 2021 – 9:00 am - 10:00 am Virtual

Getting Climate Change on the Board Agenda: Directors Share Their Strategies

Directors are increasingly aware that policymakers and regulators view management of climate-related financial risks as a core business issue. The question is how to get the board’s attention on issues facing the company or the sector in which it operates given the rapidly developing knowledge on physical and transition risks arising from climate change. The […]

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Knowledge Hub Resources

Jul 29th, 2022

Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations 2nd edition

The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative has worked with the Climate Governance Initiative to produce the second edition to the Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations. The Primer provides an overview of contemporary evidence that climate change presents foreseeable, and in many cases material, financial and systemic risks that affect corporations and […]

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Jul 1st, 2022

Global trends in climate change litigation: 2022 snapshot

Climate change litigation continues to grow in importance year-on-year as a way of either advancing or delaying effective action on climate change. In 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognised the role of litigation in affecting “the outcome and ambition of climate governance”. The latest edition of the Grantham Research Institute annual report […]

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Jun 23rd, 2022

Climate Change Litigation: What Board Directors Need to Know

Climate change litigation is increasing, both in terms of the number of cases being brought and the routes which claimants are taking. Claims against governments can affect the policy and operating environment for companies, or result in delays or rejection of regulatory approvals. Litigation against companies is increasing, and claims are now being brought against […]

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Jun 7th, 2022

Climate Change Risk on the Boardroom Table

Renowned governance expert, Carol Hansell, has updated her widely read opinion on the responsibilities of directors in addressing climate change risk. Climate change and the risks it presents are undeniable. How should corporations and their boards address this risk? Are there standards and tools to support their work? Carol Hansell explores the answers to these […]

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