Christensen Global Strategies is advising Microsoft with their groundbreaking commitment to carbon neutrality powered by a global carbon fee across their operations to drive increased efficiency, renewable energy use and reduced emissions. CGS is advising on policy engagement, communications, partnerships, and operational and investment strategies to maximize Microsoft’s impact. microsoft.com
Christensen Global Strategies is advising FEMSA in their leadership on sustainability and social impact. FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry through Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the world`s leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. In the retail industry it participates with FEMSA Comercio, operating various small-format chain stores, including OXXO, the largest and fastest-growing chain of stores in Latin America. All of which is supported by a Strategic Business unit. FEMSA’s sustainability efforts have already included signing long-term wind power purchase agreements for its power needs in Mexico, OXXO´s stores promote the local economy and the improvement of they communities, and FEMSA’s foundation has invested in the Latin American Water Funds Partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and The Nature Conservancy to restore watersheds to increase access to and availability of fresh water. The FEMSA Foundation is a social investment vehicle that supports both the conservation and the sustained use of water as a resource to improve the quality of life of the community. This is achieved by fostering education, science and applied technology. Christensen Global first worked with FEMSA when its CEO joined the CEO’s of Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical and Duke Energy at the opening of the UN climate change talks in Cancun in December 2010 to call for governmental leadership and for a price on carbon to accelerate action.
|Clinton Global Initiative
Since the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Aimée Christensen served as an adviser on energy and climate change and is currently a CGI member. At CGI 2014, Aimee moderated the HSBC-hosted dinner on building “Partnerships to Scale Sustainability Engagement for the Environment and the Economy” with speakers including President Grimsson of Iceland, Dymphna Van Der Lans of the Clinton Climate Initiative, and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. At the first CGI Latin America in December 2013, Aimee developed the panel topics and speakers and orchestrated the Green Growth track of discussions on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and commodities and communities. At CGI 2011, Aimée moderated the Energy and Consumption session with Amory Lovins. From 2005 to 2008, Aimée served as Deputy Chair for Climate Change and Energy, helping to shape the CGI Energy and Climate Change track including speaking agenda and development of specific commitments by corporations, governments, and NGOs. The agenda and commitments were strategically structured based upon assessment of the highest impact on emissions, potential of early commitments as models for others, combined with the power to inform and engage the broader CGI membership and the public on this long-overlooked issue.
|World Climate Summit
Aimee Christensen served as the program chair for the inaugural World Climate Summit (WCS), December 4-5, 2010 and for the second World Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, both held alongside the global climate negotiations, COP16 in Cancun, Mexico and COP17 in Durban South Africa. The Summit gathers leaders from industry, finance, science, and government to learn, share, strategize, and launch new initiatives addressing climate change and building the global clean economy. The participants included over 800 registered attendees from five continents, and over 140 speakers including: President Zuma, President Calderon, Sir Richard Branson, Christiana Figueres, Ted Turner, Jose Maria Figueres, Mary Robinson, and Lord Nicholas Stern. WCS partners have included The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group, the European Climate Foundation, the UN Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), The Climate Group, The World Bank, and The International Finance Corporation (IFC). With them, Christensen identified speakers, guided the development of the substantive agenda, and brought attention to announcements of new business deals launched at the Summit. Christensen drove the proceedings to create concrete actions and recommendations for accelerating and scaling the global clean economy.
CGS is advising Ogilvy’s industry-leading sustainability practice group, OgilvyEarth, in their work with clients seeking to inform and engage the public in addressing our environmental challenges, and in shaping the solutions. ogilvyearth.com
|Carbon War Room
Since Sir Richard Branson first conceived of the Carbon War Room in late 2008, CGS has advised CWR on its overall approach as well as target arenas for action, and potential partners and collaborators. CGS helped guide the development of the first-ever Gigaton Awards, held December 4, 2010 at the World Climate Summit. The Gigaton Awards recognize the achievements of corporate leaders in driving greenhouse gas reductions. For these “Oscars of Sustainability,” CGS developed the Awards jury, and supported the judging process. carbonwarroom.com
The Global Observatory was an initiative that sought to provide insights around COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen to inform and engage the public in creating a new future, and to help guide their governments toward agreement on a roadmap to prevent dangerous climate change, and put the world on course to a healthier future.
Duke Energy provides electric power to more than 11 million people in five states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. An early and outspoken advocate for U.S. leadership on creating a clean economy, and for climate leadership, Duke CEO Jim Rogers relied on CGS for advice on clean economy and climate strategy, including international policy strategy, and technology cooperation. duke-energy.com
|U.S. Department of Energy
At the Fifth Summit of the Americas April 2009, President Obama launched the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), a collaborative initiative among the nations of the Western Hemisphere to accelerate clean energy development and deployment, advance energy security, and reduce energy poverty by sharing best practices, encouraging investment, and cooperating on technology research, development, and deployment. Christensen Global Strategies is advising the Department of Energy related to the April 15-16, 2010 ECPA Ministerial hosted by Secretary Chu, and engagement of the Private Sector in the ongoing ECPA process. energy.gov
In an effort to tackle international challenges, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu convened a group of global leaders to find consensus and press for action. In their earliest days, CGS advised The Elders as they considered how best to engage on global environmental challenges. theelders.org
As the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group, Virgin Unite works with the Virgin companies and local partners around the world to develop sustainable and scalable solutions to social and environmental problems. CGS worked with Unite to design and implement its Environmental Entrepreneurship Fund which is designing and investing in projects that simultaneously alleviate poverty and protect or enhance the environment. CGS also helped to conceptualize and structure the Carbon War Room, which was announced by Sir Richard Branson at the UN in February 2008 and formally launched in June 2009. virginunite.com
The Philanthropist, a weekly drama on NBC that chronicled a wealthy businessman whose experience in Nigeria during a hurricane turns him into a globetrotting philanthropist. Each episode found him in another country — from Myanmar to Kashmir, and Kosovo to Haiti. In conjunction with the program, CGS worked with NBC.com to provide resources to help viewers learn more about the issues covered on the show, the specific organizations they could support, and other ways to take action.
|Cleantech and Green Business for Obama
Aimee was a Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of Cleantech & Green Business for Obama (CT4-O), a self-organized constituency group that was formed to support the Obama campaign. CT4-O brought together cleantech and green business professionals from around the country who raised funds for the Obama campaign and organized events, messaging and media programs, and get-out- the-vote efforts nationwide. CT4-O marks the first time that this emerging constituency has been organized in support of a national political campaign. Aimee spoke at the Democratic National Convention Energy Town Hall, moderated by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
|Global Green USA
CGS helped Global Green USA with the development of its “Carbon Solutions for Communities” program to establish the policy frameworks and financial models to mobilize resources for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in low income communities who endure the greatest pollution and face the greatest risk from climate change impacts, and who can benefit most from the new clean energy economy.
|The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Simon Roosevelt, and the Sea Change Foundations
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Simon Roosevelt, and the Sea Change Foundation joined forces to bring together top financial leaders to consider their personal and professional role in addressing global climate change. CGS worked with them to conceptualize and implement The Catalyst Dinner – a one evening event that provided an intimate setting for leading financiers to discuss climate change and its potential solutions. CGS helped to identify and involve key leaders, to develop the substantive agenda and briefing materials, and to support future efforts to carry learning to action.
|Swiss RE and the United Nations Development Program
CGS developed an organizational structure and substantive parameters for a partnership between Swiss Re and the United Nations Development Program to build demand and supply for high quality carbon “offset” projects with co-benefits for development and broader environmental restoration. With the support of the United Nations Foundation, this “Footprint Neutral” standard aimed to raise the quality of carbon offsets and to ensure broader benefits for poverty alleviation, biodiversity protection, and water and other environmental services.
|Wolfensohn & Company
CGS advised Wolfensohn & Company on its sustainability services development for top financial and corporate clients.