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Partnership Announcement

Chapter Zero Brussels and Vlerick Business School enter into a collaboration to expand educational programmes for Boards of Directors on Climate Change

Chapter Zero Brussels, a network and forum for Directors to engage on Climate Change,

and Vlerick Business School, a European leader in executive education, announced today a partnership to further expand and develop the Director Climate Journey, a climate training and networking program for directors and full boards.

As a result of the unprecedented climate crisis, companies are facing risks as well as a growing number of opportunities. Climate-competent directors are beacons in this transition, guiding their organisations away from business models of the past and into a journey in which the companies can realise both business value and positive contributions to society. The Director Climate Journey provides a safe and confidential place for directors to become climate-connected and climate-competent.

The partnership will see the two parties co-organise the Director Climate Journey, which

includes 8 sessions with a mix of in-person and virtual settings, professionally facilitated and delivered by Vlerick professors, recognised experts, and thought leaders. Topics covered include: climate science, materiality and reporting, financial and legal implications, strategy and business transformation, and, of course, the unique role of the board in guiding their company through the transition. The next cohort will kick off their journey in March 2023, with applications now open for board directors, executives and aspiring directors.

Natacha Lippens, Chair of the Board of Directors of Chapter Zero Brussels:Chapter Zero Brussels is proud to be collaborating with Vlerick Business School to deliver our Director Climate Journey going forward. After the first three successful cohorts, we feel the time is right to scale up our impact and extend our reach. Working with Vlerick Business School, a leading institution for executive education in Europe, will allow us to achieve our mission of ‘Bringing Climate on Board’.”

David Veredas, Professor of Finance and Sustainability at Vlerick Business School:We are excited to be collaborating with Chapter Zero Brussels. Transforming companies for a better world is Vlerick’s purpose, which is exactly what the partnership is all about. Education has the power to transform companies, and Board members are at the core of the transformation. We look forward to delivering a meaningful and material learning journey with Chapter Zero Brussels.”

Contact information:

Stephanie Raymond

Association Manager - Chapter Zero Brussels

About Chapter Zero Brussels

Chapter Zero Brussels works to leverage the central position of the Board of Directors, the European Union Institutions and the World Economic Forum in the fight against Climate Change, to reduce global emissions and ensure a sustainable future for all. The association empowers Board Directors across Belgium and the EU to ensure climate accountability and act on reducing GHG emissions resulting directly and indirectly from their companies’ activities. Chapter Zero Brussels is the Belux chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative (CGI), in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

The mission of Chapter Zero Brussels is focused on:

  • Empowering: Provide first-class knowledge programmes, fact-based content, practical tools and best practices to empower directors to act.

  • Connecting: Provide a network for directors to connect and exchange best practices among themselves, and with key experts and stakeholders. Ensure dialogue with leading EU officials on pertinent climate policy topics.

Chapter Zero Brussels is a non-profit organisation registered in Brussels as "Climate

Governance asbl/vzw" (Reg number: BE 0765.424.327) and operates under the Chapter Zero Brussels brand.

About Vlerick Business School

Vlerick Business School is where people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to take their next leap – into a new career, new organisation or new challenge. We bring together cutting-edge business approaches, the latest academic research and flexible learning formats. Our diverse, international faculty and staff create inclusive, collaborative environments where ideas thrive. We embrace digital technology and sustainable approaches. And we have strong connections across the corporate world. Our teaching changes mindsets, re-awakens passions and ignites an entrepreneurial fire and a sense of leadership across entire organisations. Vlerick is a top-ranked, triple-accredited, diverse international business school. We’re here to create the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs. All they need to do is take the leap.


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