In April, Climate Leadership Coalition launched strategy work guiding the organisation’s activities and goals over the next few years. CLC’s new CEO Tuuli Kaskinen is responsible for heading the work and all CLC’s organisational and personal members have been invited to contribute.
CLC held a joint strategy work development day, in which 80 climate influencers took part, on August 17, 2022 in Helsinki.
“CLC’s impressive agenda and the energetic work of members and the team have made our organisation a strong climate influencer. We’re now writing the cornerstones of the agenda and determining together where our focus will be over the next few years. The purpose of the work is to strengthen the bond between CLC’s member base and to build the conditions for climate-aware business,” says Tuuli Kaskinen, CEO, CLC.
“CLC has a clear mission and is well placed. I don’t believe the strategy changes will be that big, but the world around us is changing rapidly and CLC needs to review and hone its priorities,” says Jyrki Katainen, Vice-Chairman of Board, CLC.
The goal of CLC’s work was clearly recorded in the constituent meeting in 2014: ”CLC believes that profound transition to a sustainable world can be economically beneficial, viable and financeable. Our members strive to be among the leaders of their respective fields in terms of climate change mitigation ambition. Together we aim to make a significant positive climate impact through business solutions. Protecting the climate can and should be an economic stimulus and early adapters can benefit and become more profitable”.
CLC’s role going forward will be to turn this goal into everyday political recommendations and cooperation of Northern European companies.
On the strategy day, CLC members made concrete proposals about the priorities and elements of climate work that CLC should promote or make known through its activities.
“Biodiversity is an important topic that should be addressed in every climate change mitigation discussion and decision. At the moment, it is hard for companies to handle biodiversity from the measuring and quantifying point of view,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman, SEB and member of CLC’s Advisory Board.
“A crucial part in mitigating climate change is an accelerated transition to renewable feedstocks and closed material loops. At the same time, we must ensure that we fully understand the potential impact this transition has on the environment, on land use and the lifecycle of products, and that these impacts are also managed appropriately,” says Ilari Aho, VP Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs, Uponor.
“From the investor perspective, it is extremely important to receive transparent and comparable data on company-level handprint assessments,” says Liina Aulin, EVP, Communication and Corporate Responsibility, Ilmarinen.
One of the priorities of CLC’s work also going forward is to influence the EU’s climate policy and to support the realisation of decisions already made. CLC has excellent relations with European Commission officials and members of the European Parliament, and the importance of CLC’s work is known in the EU.
“We hope that CLC will continue its leadership in climate issues by spreading understanding that climate agenda is a growth, innovation and investment strategy, and a source of shared prosperity. CLC has a significant role in creating international coalitions, notably on forwarding carbon pricing and in emphasising the importance of bioeconomy and land use in climate change mitigation,” says Kurt Vanderberghe, who coordinates the EU Green Deal at the cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
CLC’s strategy work continues and the Board will consider the strategy in full in its meeting on September 5, 2022.
More information: Tuuli Kaskinen, CEO, Climate Leadership Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 514 9752 and Kari Mokko, Development Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, email@example.com, +358 40 7513281.
A total of 80 representatives from CLC’s members and individual members took part in CLC’s strategy day.
Strategy work is led by CLC’s new CEO Tuuli Kaskinen.
Former EU Commissioner and Minister Erkki Liikanen, Chairman of the Board of St1 Mika Anttonen and Professor of Aerosol and Environmental Physics at the University of Helsinki Markku Kulmala joined the strategy sessions.
Juulia Rantala, Sustainability Manager, Fiskars and Liina Aulin, EVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Ilmarinen, brought greetings and comments from their respective companies to the strategy day.
CLC’s Vice Chairman of the Board Jyrki Katainen (left), CLC’s former Chairman of the Board Pertti Korhonen, CLC’s former Vice Chairman of the Board Mikko Kosonen and CLC’s former Chairman of the Board and Chairman of CLC’s Advisory Board Henrik Ehrnrooth.
After the starategy day sessions authors of climate change related books convened for a group photo: Jouni Keronen, former CEO of CLC (left), Mari Pantsar, Director, Sustainability Solutions, Sitra, Kerttu Kotakorpi, Meteorologist, YLE and Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization.