Global Impact

Global experience and knowledge enable our clients to make impact.

Aimée Christensen is Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy For All, supporting the development of projects and programs advancing the Sustainable Energy For All objectives: doubling the rate of energy efficiency, doubling the global share of renewable energy, and building universal access to modern energy services for the world’s 1.5 billion people who are without.

On the opening day of the UNFCCC’s COP16 meeting, CGS orchestrated Business Action for Climate 2010 with the CEOs of Duke Energy, the Dow Chemical Company, the Coca-Cola Company, and FEMSA to showcase business leadership. Joined by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, CGS guided the common message framework to communicate the business case for action on climate change and launched COP16 with a powerful business voice.

CGS advised on creation of the Carbon War Room founded by Sir Richard Branson, including on the overall conceptual framework, stakeholder outreach, and evaluation of highest impact sectoral market-based efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CGS drafted “Pathways to a Green Global Economic Recovery” legislative testimony for Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May 2009.

Aimée Christensen served as Program Chair for the World Climate Summit, a two-day business summit alongside COP16 and COP17, and with her team built the substantive program, recruited speakers, and guided conversations.  WCS featured global leaders including Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa; former presidents Mary Robinson (Ireland), and José María Figueres (Costa Rica); business leaders Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner, and C-suite leaders from the 
Coca-Cola Company, Siemens, PwC, HP, Nike, Deutsche Bank, Munich Re, Philips Lighting and some 30 others; and, institutional leaders from the UN Foundation, OPIC, UNEP, the London School of Economics, and the World Bank among many others.

 

Building pathways forward with global leaders.

C O M P A N I E S
Companies have the chance to play a central role in solving our global challenges, and in this time of the “social corporation,” the public increasingly expects them to do so. Corporations have multiple assets – from operational practices, to lobbying, to engaging employees and customers – to bring to bear on these challenges, and can find great benefit from doing so. We work with our corporate clients to focus core business strategy on environmental objectives, and to align philanthropy, policy advocacy, customer and employee involvement, and procurement policies.

G O V E R N M E N T S
CGS works with governments at all level — cities, states, nations, and multilateral institutions – to develop cutting edge policy, projects, and partnerships. From our work with cities on green strategies for economic opportunity, to our work with countries seeking to restructure their economies to leverage cultural and natural assets, we are advising governments seeking to lead the world toward a better future within their borders and abroad.

I N V E S T O R S
We work with investors on strategy development aimed at maximizing reductions of greenhouse gas emissions (“carbon rate of return on investment” “CROI”); to assess specific investments for their potential CROI; and to identify, evaluate, and address unintended harmful social and environmental consequences.

P H I L A N T H R O P Y
Effective giving can be complicated, especially in the newly crowded field of environmental protection and climate change mitigation. We bring hands-on experience in large nonprofit and corporate philanthropy to help clients to create meaningful programs and successfully direct resources where they can make the most impact. Whether an individual, family, foundation, or a corporation we can help find synergy between your passions and an effective giving program.

I N C U B A T I O N
Our knowledge of policy and markets, relationships, understanding of potential investor criteria and interests, and broad network to potential customers and partners, we support entrepreneurs with organizational strategy, introductions, and business plan development. We need entrepreneurs and new solutions and ideas; CGS will support you in bringing yours to market.