Caring for Climate Business Forum

  • Overview

    The world has an historic opportunity to reach a global agreement on climate change at COP21/CMP11. Only through a critical mass of engaged companies can the private sector be an effective part of the climate solution.

     Hosted by UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat in cooperation with the French COP21/CMP11 incoming-Presidency, the Caring for Climate Business Forum will provide a venue for business and investors to meet with governments, civil society and the UN to advance the climate agenda. With plenary and thematic sessions and high-level meeting, the Forum will serve as a platform for companies to demonstrate progress and announce new commitments to action. 


    Held over two days, the third annual Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP21/CMP11 will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and Government officials.  The first day of the Forum will consist of plenary and thematic sessions and feature announcements of new commitments to action. The second day* of the Forum will be a high-level meeting on corporate climate leadership bringing together chief executives, Ministers and heads of civil society and UN organizations. Nearly 700 participants are expected to attend, with the UN Secretary-General participating in key aspects of the event.

    7 December

    The first day of the Forum will consist of plenary and thematic sessions on the topics of carbon pricing, science-based target setting, responsible policy engagement, adaptation and finance. Sessions will be organized by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNEP Finance Initiative, UNFCCC secretariat and in collaboration with Caring for Climate strategic partners, which include Global Compact Network France, CDP, The Climate Group, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), United Nations Foundation and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

    Day one venue: Climate Generations Space, Paris-Le Bourget, France

    8 December*

    Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatories will engage in a high-level meeting together with Government representatives, including representatives of relevant bodies established under the UNFCCC. The high-level meeting will put forward an overview of all commitments and contributions by business and investors towards COP21. Following welcoming remarks, participants will engage in discussions focused on pricing the cost of carbon emissions. The event will conclude with a report-back segment and key recommendations for Government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally. The high-level meeting is the focus area business event under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda. Click here for more information on the  Lima-Paris Action Agenda

    Day two venue: UN Blue zone, Paris-Le Bourget, France

    A preliminary programme will be available shortly.

    *Please note that the second day of the Forum is open only to Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatory companies.

    Participant Criteria

    Participation in the Caring for Climate Business Forum is by invitation only. If you are a business participant and would like to request an invitation, please send an email to

    Criteria for Business Participation
    All invited business participants are welcome to attend the first day of the Forum on 7 December 2015.

    • Chief executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatory companies are also invited to attend the high-level meeting on 8 December 2015.
    • Registration will be confirmed by the Caring for Climate secretariat on a first-come, first-served basis; however adequate representation by participant sector, size and region will be ensured.
    • Representatives from other stakeholder groups, including civil society, United Nations and Governments will be invited by Caring for Climate directly. See below for more information.

    Criteria for Civil Society Participation
    Select global civil society organizations (CSOs) will be invited to participate in the Caring for Climate Business Forum. These participants include organizations with a long-standing working relationship with Caring for Climate. The chief executive may attend from each invited CSO and bring up to one senior level representative. Additional representatives will be charged the SME rate.

    Criteria for UN Participation
    Caring for Climate will invite Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes to participate in the Caring for Climate Business Forum. The Head of the UN organization and up to two senior level representatives may attend from each invited UN Organization.

    Criteria for Global Compact Local Network Participation
    Caring for Climate will invite Global Compact Local Network Representatives to attend the Forum. The Local Network Representative may bring up to one additional Local Network contact person.

    Government Participation
    Caring for Climate encourages Governments to actively participate in, promote and support the Forum. Governments are invited to attend the Forum.

    Member States will receive an invitation with registration information from the Caring for Climate secretariat. If a Government wishes to nominate a business representative from their delegation, please contact the Caring for Climate secretariat at

    Participation Fees
    Forum participants will be charged a fee to cover the costs of the event. Rates for all participants of the first day of the Caring for Climate Business Forum on 7 December can be found below. Participation in the high-level segment on 8 December does not incur a fee and is open only to Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP-FI signatory companies.


    Organization Type Fee
    Large Companies (>250 employees) and Investors USD 500
    Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (<250 employees) USD 350
    Foundation USD 500
    Civil Society, NGO, Academia* Complimentary
    Forum Sponsor Complimentary
    Government and United Nations Complimentary
    Global Compact Local Network* Complimentary
    Press / Media Complimentary
    *Number of delegates restricted


    United Nations Global Compact

    Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With 7,000 corporate signatories in 135 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

    UN Global Compact

    United Nations Environment Programme

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet’s natural assets for sustainable development. The mission of UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The Division of Technology, Economics (DTIE) is the division within UNEP responsible for working with business and industry. With its longstanding activities in the areas of green economy, climate change, resource efficiency, harmful substances and hazardous waste, finance and corporate responsibility, it provides solutions to policy makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for dialogue and co-operation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms.


    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    With 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 193 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.


    Global Compact France

    Global Compact France is the French official local network of the UN Global Compact. It is an active business network with the participation of over 950 companies and 100 stakeholders that work together to advance the implementation of CSR strategies. The core mission of Global Compact France is to facilitate the exchange of good practices; provide guidance on the Communication on Progress and the implementation of corporate sustainability; engage participants through events and working groups (thematic conferences, round tables, workshops, high level luncheons, webinars, etc.); provide guidance materials in French; and build relevant partnerships.

    Global Compact France


    Founded in 1992 in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) was established as a platform associating the United Nations and the financial sector globally. The need for this unique United Nations partnership arose from the growing recognition of the links between finance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges, and the role financial institutions could play for a more sustainable world. UNEP FI is continuously building its membership, and works closely with over 200 members, who have signed the UNEP FI Statement of Commitment. The membership is made up of public and private financial institutions from around the world and is balanced between developed and developing countries. They recognize sustainability as part of a collective responsibility and support approaches to anticipate and prevent potential negative impacts on the environment and society.Banking, insurance and investment, the three main sectors of finance, are represented and brought together in this unique partnership.

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    CDP is an international, not for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 722 institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.

    The Climate Group

    The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization working internationally with government and business leaders to advance The Clean Revolution: a massive upscale of smart technologies currently available, design and new business practices that is the only viable way to avert catastrophic change and to ensure that nine billion people on the planet by 2050 will not only subsist – but thrive. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group has operations in Australia, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Europe, India and North America; this unique network ensures that its messages are being heard by leaders who can effect change. The Climate Group’s global coalition of companies, states, regions and cities around the world recognize the economic and environmental imperatives of taking transformational action on climate change and the low carbon economy now.
    The Climate Group

    Principles for Responsible Investment

    The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. The Principles were devised by the investment community. They reflect the view that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and therefore must be given appropriate consideration by investors if they are to fulfil their fiduciary (or equivalent) duty. The Principles provide a voluntary framework by which all investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making and ownership practices and so better align their objectives with those of society at large. The PRI has more than 1,260 signatories managing collective assets of more than US$45 trillion.

    United Nations Foundation

    The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. The United Nations Foundation is honored to work with you and the United Nations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
    United Nations Foundation

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization of some 200 forward-thinking global companies, is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the Council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.


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