Chapter Zero Slovenia launches with a mission to support board directors

Chapter Zero Slovenia, an initiative aimed at mobilising boards of companies in Slovenia to take positive climate action, has launched. Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia, is the Chapter’s Honorary Patron.

It becomes the 25th Chapter in the Climate Governance Initiative’s global network, pledging to support supervisory and management boards as they develop climate and sustainability related competencies, ultimately making climate a boardroom priority through the implementation of the Principles for Effective Climate Governance.

The Chapter launched on 18 April 2023 with an event held at the Crystal Palace, Llubljana. Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia and Chapter Zero Slovenia’s Honorary Patron, delivered a speech, along with HMA Tiffany Sadler, British Ambassador to Slovenia, and Karina Litvack, Chairman of the Climate Governance Initiative’s Governing Board. During the event, the Chapter’s founding members described its purpose and vision. Later in the event, the challenges posed by climate change and the role of boards in tackling it were examined through the lens of Slovenian organisations in presentations and a roundtable session.

The British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce is hosting Chapter Zero Slovenia. The Chapter’s development was supported by the Slovenian Directors’ Association and Deloitte Slovenia.

The Chapter is building a membership of board directors, offering free-of-charge live and online events and engagement opportunities, resources, and workshops. To support its launch, it will release its first podcast, featuring an interview with Karina Litvack.

Miha Košak, Honorary Chairman of Chapter Zero Slovenia and Vice-Chairman of the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is clear that climate change needs to be addressed collectively – by individuals, businesses and governments. Active and ambitious engagement of industry, finance and business in mitigating and adopting to climate change is crucial. That is why we have launched Chapter Zero Slovenia, a ground-breaking step towards achieving this goal in our country.”

Emily Farnworth, Director, Centre for Climate Engagement, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge and Head of Secretariat, Climate Governance Initiative, said:

“We’re thrilled Chapter Zero Slovenia has joined the Climate Governance Initiative’s global network. The Chapter has been established with great momentum behind it, and with a group of brilliant founding members driving board-level climate action. We look forward to supporting the Chapter in its mission to make climate a boardroom priority for Slovenian businesses.”

Visit Chapter Slovenia’s website and follow the Chapter on LinkedIn.