May 20, 2021

New online knowledge hub provides one-stop-shop for Canadian directors to access latest knowledge on climate governance

20 May 2021, Vancouver – The Canada Climate Law Iniative (CCLI) launches its new website and a dedicated knowledge hub on climate governance for Canadian corporate directors and trustees. CCLI Knowledge Hub is Canada’s one-stop-shop for everything related to the governance of climate-related risks and opportunities, sustainable investment, corporate law, and ESG (environment, social, and governance).

While complementary frameworks and guidelines such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) are invaluable tools to get started with effective climate governance, it can be difficult for directors and trustees to stay abreast of best practices in this fast-changing climate governance landscape. CCLI Knowledge Hub provides curated and up-to-date resources and tools that are most relevant to Canadian directors and trustees. The resources are organized by geography (prioritizing Canadian resources), as well as by topic, by type of resource, and by group (director, trustee, and policy maker). The Knowledge Hub includes everything from guidance and tools, frameworks and standards, legislation and regulation, reports and papers, and much more. CCLI Knowledge Hub is here to help shepherd professionals on their climate governance journey.

“CCLI Knowledge Hub also offers tailored materials for Canadian audiences, including Audit Committees, the Insurance sector, and Indigenous partnerships. Our affiliated research scholars are creating new, targeted resources all the time, in order to provide assistance to many more sectors of the Canadian economy,” says Juvarya Veltkamp, CCLI Director.

The new website is also part of larger CCLI efforts to scale up its activities in English and French. The website is fully biingual to support corporate directors and trustess across Canada in understanding climate-related risks and opportunities.

“CCLI has gained a reputation as the go-to resource for policy makers and private sector firms for information about directors’ duties and climate change. Many organizations such as the Canadian Securities Administrators have recognized that climate change is a mainstream business risk. The climate governance landscape is changing at a rapid pace, yet most Canadian directors and trustees are not climate competent. Overseeing and managing such monumental shifts requires an understanding of climate risks and opportunities. CCLI’s new website is part of our efforts to ensure directors and trustees have the resources and tools to govern with confidence in the area of climate governance,” says Dr. Carol Liao, Principal Co-Investigator at CCLI, Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, and Director of the Centre for Business Law.

CCLI’s Canadian Climate Governance Experts continue to deliver free of charge, private and confidential board presentations to corporate directors, pension trustees, and other fiduciairies sharing their insights as well as the latest resources developments in sustainable finance and climate governance. The board presentations provide a private space to discuss their duties and fiduciaries obligations with respect to climate change. Contact the CCLI team if you would like an Expert to speak to your board at no cost.

About the Canada Climate Law Initiative

The Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI) is an inter-disciplinary research initiative that advances the understanding of climate governance across Canada through research, dialogue and knowledge sharing. CCLI conducts rigorous legal analysis and consult with a national network of 66 Canadian Climate Governance Experts to bring up-to-date governance knowledge and tools to corporate and pension boards across Canada. CCLI is led by three principal investigators, Dr. Janis Sarra and Dr. Carol Liao from the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, and Professor Cynthia Williams from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

CCLI acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).

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