The Casablanca Climate Leadership Forum (CCLF) is a distinguished annual event at the forefront of discussions and actions concerning climate change sustainability and responsible leadership. Organized by ESCA Ecole de Management and the Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL), a consortium of six leading African business schools, the CCLF plays a pivotal role in shaping global conversations on climate challenges and solutions.
Committed to convening a diverse range of stakeholders, CCLF brings together government officials, industry leaders, academics, students, policymakers, and representatives from NGOs. They share a vision of addressing climate change and fostering sustainable practices. Africa faces unique climate challenges, from adaptation and mitigation to achieving sustainable development goals. Recognizing the pivotal role of business schools and academic institutions, CCLF focuses on research, education, and advocacy as means to drive innovation, shape policies, and empower future leaders with the knowledge and skills to navigate complex climate-related issues.
The inaugural 2023 edition of CCLF, themed “Leading the Way to Addressing Climate Change in Africa: The Role of Business Schools and Management Sciences,” underscored the vital role academia, business schools, and management sciences play in shaping sustainable solutions. This groundbreaking event paved the way for collaborative efforts, innovative solutions, and informed discussions in the African context. Participants experienced expert presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and sessions on critical subjects like climate finance, gender equity, sustainable investments, and social enterprises.
Building upon its tradition, the Casablanca Climate Leadership Forum is poised to further its impact by nurturing valuable partnerships and fostering collaborations across various sectors. The next CCLF is scheduled for October 24th and 25th, 2024, continuing to yield concrete, actionable results that address pressing climate challenges. Future Forums promise an enriching experience, inspiring substantial knowledge and practical insights. These gatherings serve as catalysts for change, significantly contributing to sustainable practices and strategies globally.
BS4CL Africa is a collaborative initiative comprising six prominent African business schools: The American University in Cairo, Egypt; ESCA Ecole de Management, Morocco; the Gordon Institute of Business Science and Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa; Lagos Business School, Nigeria; and the School of Tourism and Hospitality at Strathmore University, Kenya. Formed to integrate climate action into management education, BS4CL Africa mirrors the goals of the UN Climate Conferences COP27 and COP28. Launched at the COP27 Deans’ Roundtable, this alliance emphasizes sustainable business practices and nurtures leaders poised to tackle climate challenges effectively.