The B Team have announced Christiana Figueres – internationally recognised leader on global climate change – as the newest member of the collective.

Christiana is joining co-founders Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, and 21 other leaders from business and civil society, in their effort to redefine the role of business as a force for social, environmental and economic benefit.

Christiana was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016, and forged a new brand of collaborative diplomacy – bringing together governments, corporations, activists, financial institutions, think tanks and communities of faith.

Her work helped generate the political will necessary to secure the ambitious, long-term agreement in Paris. She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative seeking to ensure the world bends the curve of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Virgin Unite, The B Team, Christiana Figueres

Keith Tuffley, The B Team’s CEO and Managing Partner, said the following about Christina’s appointment: “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Christiana to The B Team. We are in full support of her efforts to elevate the urgency of peaking emissions by 2020 to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. It’s an ambitious but absolutely vital goal which requires engaging with business at the highest level, and aligns perfectly with The B Team’s mission.”

Read more about The B Team’s ambitious net zero climate policy.

Figueres will help to propel and expand the ambition of The B Team’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ initiative, which seeks to galvanise bold climate action by companies, and support the implementation of ambitious climate policy.

In order for businesses to successfully make the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, The B Team is advocating for the creation of climate competent boardrooms. The group have prepared a paper on this critically important issue, with significant insights from many of the B Teams Leaders and their teams. 

Read The B Team report: Playing offence: corporate boards as catalysts for climate action.

According to The B Team, Boards of Directors have the ultimate responsibility for the corporate strategy and risk-management aspects of their companies. They believe that all companies, in all sectors, and across all geographies, need to become climate competent in order to carry out their fiduciary duties.

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