The Race to Net Zero: Understanding the Role of Boards and Firm Commitments

Hear from Emily Farnworth, Deputy Director at the Centre for Climate Engagement at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, as we take a closer look at the role of real economy firms, and their boards, in the race to net zero.

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In this installment of the Climate Risk Podcast, we take a closer look at the role of real economy firms, and their boards, in the race to net zero.

Last year we looked at the role that boards have in shaping firms’ climate strategies and developing approaches to managing the risks and opportunities from climate change. Since then the pressure on boards has only mounted given this more recent and growing emphasis on the transition to net zero.

So today we return to the boardroom with a few key questions:

  • What is the role of boards as firms transition to net zero?
  • What would good board engagement look like?
  • What does a commitment to reach net zero really mean?


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Emily Farnworth – Deputy Director at the Centre for Climate Engagement, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Emily has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, government, and non-profit organizations to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. She has worked across multi-stakeholder groups and within specific industry sectors to collaborate on solutions to tackle climate change.

During her time as Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, and now at the Centre for Climate Change, Emily has led research, campaigns, and communications strategies aimed at creating systemic change in the way businesses manage climate risk and decarbonize operations.

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