Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty: Resource List

by ODI

Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty

This resource list was prepared for the event “Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty” by the Overseas Development Institute.

Recent publications

Bodies of expertise, networks and collaborations

Global and regional initiatives

  • World Economic Forum – Task force on Low-Carbon Economic Prosperity formed in March 2009 following the annual meeting in Davos. The task force will work with government and UN officials to develop a set of global practical projects and policy proposals to stimulate the low-carbon economy from 2010 onward.
  • The Climate Group, a global coalition of governments and businesses to tackle climate change established in 2003. The coalition’s goal is to help government and business set the world economy on the path to a low-carbon, prosperous future through various projects.
  • The Copenhagen Climate Council, a global collaboration between business and science that aims to create global awareness of the importance of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, COP15 in December 2009, and to ensure support and assistance to global decision-makers when agreeing on a new climate treaty.
  • The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, a collaboration of business leaders from the UK, EU and international companies developed and are managed by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. E.g. it set up the Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change (September 2009) to which 780 companies have signed so far.
  • Asia-Pacific Emissions Trading Forum is an Australia based information service and business network that deals with domestic and international developments in greenhouse gas emissions markets within the Asia-Pacific region.

UK based initiatives

  • The Princes May Day Network is part of the Business in Community network. It was launched in order to allow businesses to collaborate towards a low carbon economy. The Network claims to be the largest UK movement of businesses (over 1,100) committed to take action on climate change.
  • The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a UK based group that collects and distributes information for investors, corporations and governments in order to allow them to take action to prevent climate change. 2,000 organisations in 60 countries have agreed to measure and disclose their GHG emissions and climate change strategies through the CDP.
  • Aldersgate Group, coalition of businesses, environmental groups and individuals to promote the argument that there is no inherent contradiction between regulating for high environmental standards at the same time as maintaining economic growth and stimulating wealth creation.
  • City Environmental Forum, set up the by the City of London Corporation in order to bring together businesses and give them a place to discuss their impacts on climate change, share best practices and network.

US based initiatives

  • US Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of 26 corporations and 5 nongovernmental organizations calling on Congress to pass mandatory climate change legislation.
  • Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.
  • US Climate Business Group, a strategy building network within the World Resources Institute for companies working in a low carbon economy. The group helps to facilitate the development of greenhouse gas (GHG) management systems, share energy management practices and invest in clean energy.
  • Pew Centre on Global Climate Change, non-profit advocacy organisation. Includes the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting mandatory climate policy.

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