Global ESG, climate and biodiversity education for board directors and business leaders to build competence and compliance

We provide insight, so you can provide oversight — and foresight

Competent Boards™ is the original and premier creator of online environment, social, governance (ESG) and Climate education programs for board directors and business leaders.

Our world-class professional development and advisory services help boards better understand what is needed to respond successfully to today’s enormous economic, environmental and social challenges. More than 180 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and other experts make up our faculty who contribute to our Designation and Certificate programs. Their knowledge enables us to bring better decision-making and oversight to boardrooms and C-suites around the world.

Our Purpose


To educate board members, executives, and investors on the visionary, responsible business practices that will change the arc of their careers, their companies, and our economies.


A world where all leaders are stewards of the future.

Preparation is key.

Our mission is to educate board members, executives, and investors on the visionary, responsible business practices that will change the arc of their careers, their companies, and our economies.

World-class education for business leaders, from business leaders.

ESG Programs

Environmental, social, and governance topics aren’t trends–they’re permanent imperatives. Learn how to lead the discussion and generate business value.

• Geopolitics • Risks and opportunities • SDGs • Climate and biodiversity • Oversight and foresight • Supply chains • Inclusivity • Responsible AI • Cybersecurity • Tax, investment, and pay • Stakeholder engagement • Progressive governance

• Discover the latest trends, regulations, and best practices in ESG

• Develop stronger oversight and better decision-making

• Gain insight from sought-after board members and executives through case studies, simulations, and interactive discussions

• Learn how to implement ESG principles into corporate strategy for long-term value creation

• Choose between live cohorts and self-guided programs

Climate & Biodiversity Programs

A changing planet means a changing global supply chain and economy. Go from understanding risks to unlocking opportunities.

• Material climate and biodiversity risks • climate and biodiversity opportunities • disclosure requirements • regulatory trends • stakeholder expectations • transition strategies

• Understand emerging climate risks and opportunities and how to navigate the transition to a low carbon economy

• Stay current and compliant to effectively meet sustainability requirements and create value for your business

• Learn from our faculty of sustainability experts through case studies and simulations

• Choose between live cohorts and self-guided programs

Competent Boards will help you:

Satisfy stakeholders, regulators, and investors with competency training that will elevate your expertise

Understand and comply with the ever-evolving regulatory landscape

Get access to an unparalleled peer network of leaders and faculty dedicated to helping you on your journey

Respond to the world’s most pressing ESG and Climate-related challenges

Gain the skills nomination committees, executive recruiters, and investors are now seeking

Communicate fluently to stakeholders, investors, and customers

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Why business leaders love
Competent Boards.

Gain access to
a global network

Broaden your perspective and build new connections with business leaders and experts from all over the world.

Engage in live dialogue
with industry experts

Learn from the world’s brightest minds and from each other in safe, supportive roundtable settings that encourage thought-provoking questions and provide insightful answers.

Get credentialed with recognized certificates

Gain digital credentials badges and certificates that you can display to demonstrate competency to your stakeholders, investors, and peers.

Learn from a range of world-renowned ESG, climate and biodiversity experts. Our 180+ faculty include:

Your journey starts here.

View our programs, or speak with someone from our incredible team to find out which program is the best fit for your needs​.

Here's what global business leaders say about our programs.

John O’Bryan Competent Boards

"The broad scope of the course opened my eyes to aspects of ESG initiatives that I had not considered before. Also, the broad geography and experience of the attendees added perspectives that would have not been available without participating in the course. Exceptional experience."

John O’Bryan (GCB.D)
Board Member, CT REIT
Dennis Montecillo Competent Boards

"The best, most well-curated, and highly-credentialed certificate program I have ever attended! A course on the relevant issues for consideration as the world pivots towards a more circular economy and sustainable future."

Dennis Montecillo (GCB.D)
Independent Director Bank of Commerce, Philippines
Nicole Paquin Competent Boards

"A comprehensive, inclusive and global look at all things ESG. It offers a terrific forum to learn from experts and interact with peers to both solve the challenging ESG problems we face, and leverage business growth opportunities in the ESG space."

Deb Henretta (GCB.D)
Senior Advisor and Independent Board Director, Corning Inc, American Eagle Outfitters, Meritage Homes and NiSource

A world-class alumni network
with global reach.

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and connect.

Speak with someone from our incredible team, to find out which program is the best fit for your needs​

Welcome, which course are you interested in:

Primarily discuss the topics through the lens of serving on the board. You must be serving on at least one board with fiduciary responsibility to enter this stream.

Discuss the topics through a wide range of business perspectives (including the board) and comprise senior executives, investors, and board advisors.

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