Leadership in a Climate Emergency

Said Business School

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Said Business School


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Who should attend

Senior leaders who can activate strategic change.

The programme is designed for teams of two-to-three senior executives, ideally to include:

  • A senior executive eg CEO, CFO
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Board member

About the course

Mobilise your business to take action

It is clear. We are in a time of Climate Emergency. The scale and pace of climate change threatens the business status quo.

This programme is for senior executives who recognise the need for change within their business and are looking for guidance on how to best activate it.


This programme will equip you with the tools to develop a Climate Emergency action plan for your business.

  • How to declare a climate emergency
  • Action plan for your business
  • Balancing fiduciary duty to shareholders with climate risks
  • Legal requirements
  • Frameworks, case studies and strategies
  • Latest science
  • Peer learning across sectors and regions

Programme outline

Thursday afternoon Welcome and goal setting

  • Group introductions
  • Overview of programme objectives
  • Develop goals for your action plan
  • Share goals with other teams and with Oxford students

Thursday evening Dinner at a college with keynote speaker (Cameron Hepburn)

  • Quintessential Oxford experience with a globally recognised keynote speaker.

Friday morning Exploring the future of the corporation (Colin Mayer)

  • What is the role of business in society and how is it changing?

Problem landscape (Friederike Otto)

  • Climate data: The facts. What’s happening on land, in oceans, ice caps and in the atmosphere. Causes/feedback loops
  • Impacts on business: Including the 2018 European heatwave and other examples (hurricanes, floods etc.)
  • Policy landscape: How things are shifting and what this means for business

Friday lunch Guided deep time exercise (Gillian Benjamin)

  • Making sense of the climate emergency
  • Critical facts for your business/industry and your action plan

Friday afternoon Solution landscape (Gordon Clark, Aoife Haney, Radhika Khosla and Charmian Love)

What are leading businesses doing:

  • Science based targets
  • Circular business models
  • Declaring a climate emergency
  • Translating solutions for your action plan

Friday evening Accelerating change (Charmian Love, Aoife Haney)

What do we need to see change across entire industries? Identifying new ways to engage as part of your action plan.

  • Collaboration
  • Engaging with policy
  • Engaging with people

Saturday morning

Presentations and group commitment process

  • Present your action plan and receive feedback from your peers, faculty and Oxford students.
  • Reflections on the programme and preparing for the first debrief

Saturday brunch

  • Closing brunch followed by guided walk through Oxford and surrounding green spaces.

Online sessions

  • Two virtual classroom sessions where we will present updated case studies and you can share your progress with your peers from the programme.


Cameron Hepburn

Awards Rhodes Scholarship, University of Oxford Experience Keywords biodiversity; carbon markets; carbon taxes; climate change economics; emissions trading; environmental economics Research Summary Dr Cameron Hepburn is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the Lond...

Charmian Love

Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good and has first-hand experience in what it is like to be an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur and a systempreneur. Charmian is deeply engaged in helping accelerate the transition to a more regenerative, circular and inclusive economy. In...

Colin Mayer

Colin is an expert on all aspects of corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He teaches the elective course on Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings on the MBA and the Masters in Financial Ec...

Gillian Benjamin

Gillian is a social design practitioner, beginning her career in graphic design, documentary photography and film, before transitioning into design thinking and management. Most recently she worked at the Cape Craft & Design Institute where she established a new design thinking division and ...

Gordon Clark

Professor Gordon L Clark DSc (Oxon) FBA was Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment from 2013 to 2018. He continues as a Senior Consultant and Emeritus Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, with cross-appointments in the Saïd Business School and t...

Radhika Khosla

Dr Radhika Khosla is the Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and Research Fellow at Somerville College; and a Senior Researcher at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, School of Geography and the Environment, at the University of Oxford. She works o...

Aoife Brophy Haney

Aoife’s research focuses on the connections between technological, organisational and institutional change related to sustainability, with a particular interest in new technologies related to energy and buildings. Her position is a joint one between the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment...

Friederike Otto

Friederike (Fredi) is the Acting Director of the Environmental Change institute and an Associate Professor in the Global Climate Science Programme where she leads several projects understanding the impacts of man-made climate change on natural and social systems with a particular focus on Africa ...

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