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Chapter Zero launches new Board Toolkit developed by The Berkeley Partnership

20 July 2022

  • The toolkit offers non-executive directors a practical step-by-step guide to ensure their businesses can take climate action 
  • The Berkeley Partnership developed the toolkit pro bono as part of its commitments to sustainability and corporate responsibility

[London, UK]: With pro bono support from The Berkeley Partnership, not-for-profit organisation Chapter Zero has launched a new Board Toolkit to enable non-executive directors (NEDs) to help their boards take timely, positive and decisive action on climate change and the transition to net zero.

The toolkit offers NEDs checklists, key questions, detailed areas of action, and further resources under the following five steps:

  1. Ensure the right board oversight
  2. Establish the need for change
  3. Set direction and plan the change
  4. Embed and sustain the change
  5. Monitor and optimise.

Berkeley developed the toolkit pro bono as part of its commitments to sustainability and corporate responsibility. A dedicated consultant drew together proven strategy and change management techniques alongside the latest climate-related research and evidence base. 

Mark Bryant, Consultant at The Berkeley Partnership, said: “Action on climate change and the net zero transition is urgently needed, not just because it’s the right thing to do for the environment, but because it’s critical to future business success. Boards need to help their companies respond effectively, not only to the more obvious risks and regulatory requirements, but to the enormous competitive opportunities and threats which the net zero transition brings. But with so much data and information out there, it can be really hard for non-executive directors to cut through to the key things they should do.

“By applying our transformation expertise to the climate change and net zero challenge, we have helped to develop a practical toolkit that equips non-executive directors to help their boards understand what needs to change, set the right direction and priorities and deliver the lasting outcomes required across their value chains. In so doing, they’ll enable their businesses to make a real and positive difference in tackling climate change, as well as positioning them for future resilience and growth.” 

Julie Baddeley, Chapter Zero’s Chair of the Board, said: “Our non-executive director members are currently grappling with a wide range of climate and business issues and are in a strong position to drive the change we need in the net zero transition. This Board Toolkit is designed to provide practical steps to help them with this challenge.”

Berkeley also provided pro bono support to Chapter Zero to develop a previous version of the Board Toolkit, which launched in 2019.


Notes to editors

The Board Toolkit can be found at  

About Chapter Zero
Chapter Zero, the Directors’ Climate Forum, is building a broad community of NEDs equipped to lead crucial UK boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change.

Its members are helping ensure their companies are fit for the future and that global net zero ambitions are transformed into robust plans and measurable action.

Established in 2019, Chapter Zero offers its members tailored events, toolkits, relevant information and a peer network to draw on for experience, inspiration and ideas. For more information, please visit