Case studies: The role of boards in driving climate action

The Climate Governance Initiative presents four business case studies on the experiences of leading companies driving climate action from the board level.

The case studies highlight the climate and sustainability commitments, strategies and activities of four organisations from diverse geographies and sectors, from real estate to cosmetics. The case studies provide a snapshot of:

  • The governance approaches and processes applied, including objective-setting, investment strategies, integration of reporting, executive compensation, offsetting and more
  • The areas for impact the organisations are prioritising to deliver on their commitments
  • How different organisations, with different supply chains, requirements and customer bases, are responding to tackle climate change
  • The vital role boards play in balancing good business sense with ambitious climate action

The case studies, focusing on British Land, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, Natura &Co and Smurfit Kappa, show how embedding sustainable finance approaches can drive and accelerate the corporate net-zero transition.

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British Land: Making sustainability central to business decision-making

Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC): A holistic approach to finance, risk and sustainability

Natura &Co: IP&L, circular carbon and a triple bottom line approach

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Smurfit Kappa: A joined-up approach to sustainability strategy

The subjects for the case studies were all winning, highly commended or shortlisted entries in the 2022 edition of the Finance for the Future Awards, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).