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Talk is cheap. What should CEOs actually do about the climate crisis?


Talk is cheap. What should CEOs actually do about the climate crisis?

About this ThinkIn

in partnership with Capgemini

This ThinkIn is taking place at The New York Times Climate Hub in Glasgow, close to Cop26. Tortoise members are able to go in-person for free. Just go to The New York Times event page, click the black button ‘Get ticket £9.99’ and use the code TortoisexNYT to book your free in-person ticket. 

There is no way to carbon neutrality without business playing its part, but what does that mean? Pledging net zero emissions by 2050 is easy. Getting there is harder.  We all need wholesale system change to keep the planet habitable. As part of that, businesses need a new regulatory playing field that ensures they’re part of the solution rather than the problem, but also allows them to compete and grow. What is the CEO’s role in resolving this tension between the need for collective action to survive and the need for competition to thrive? Is it enough to follow national and legal guidelines and leave the big picture – on carbon pricing, for example – to government? Or, if this is a global, long-term problem and elected governments have a local, short-term focus, should businesses be seizing the initiative, for their own good and the planet’s?

We are delighted to be partnering with The New York Times to host a series of ThinkIns at The New York Times Climate Hub in Glasgow during Cop26. We will be hosting a number of ThinkIns over eight days, continuing our investigation into how we can Accelerate Net Zero.

This ThinkIn is part of Tortoise’s Accelerating Net Zero coalition. Visit the homepage to find out more about the coalition and join us.

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

David Blood
Founding Partner and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management; Former CEO, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Fiona Howarth
CEO, Octopus EV

Rosemary Stark
Group Executive Committee Member, Capgemini