Competentboards - ESG & Climate Education Programs

ESG and Climate Education Programs

for board directors, executives & investors

We provide insight, so you can provide oversight!

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

Our world-class Designation and Certificate programs help boards discover what is needed to respond successfully to today’s enormous economic, environmental and social challenges. 

More than 150 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors, and other experts make up our faculty.

Their knowledge has enabled our alumni to bring better decision-making and oversight to boardrooms and senior management teams around the world, delivering the ESG and climate insight and foresight needed to succeed in the 21st century.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Competent Boards programs are designed and led by Helle Bank Jorgensen, a 30 year ESG veteran and author of Stewards of the Future: A Guide for Competent Boards. Helle is a member of the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence’s Sustainability & ESG Insights Council; the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals; and HRH Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

100% of our Alumni and Faculty would recommend our programs, just ask Paul Polman​

"I urge all leaders to stay informed and check out the global programs that Competent Boards offers"


Chad Holliday

Former Chair, Royal Dutch Shell and Bank of America

There are a lot of development programs out there. This one is very, very, unique. You gain from talking to people that come from different walks of life, different companies and different situations, which prepares you to be a better board member.

Eric Wetlaufer

Member, Board of Directors, TMX Group & Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

The Competent Boards Program is hands down the best director education out there. Global in its scope, deep in its content, extraordinary speakers and excellent interactivity, I am so glad I found it (or it found me!)

Leslie F. Seidman

Leslie F. Seidman

Former Chair, Financial Accounting Standards Board (Fasb), Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair, Moody’s Corp. & General Electric

I think this program is more relevant than ever, and I would highly recommend it. I feel better equipped to oversee ESG and sustainability issues in my board rooms. Take a look at the topics covered over the 12 sessions to give yourself a sense of the breadth and depth of the curriculum.

Doris Honold

Doris Honold

Non-executive director at Credit Suisse International, Chair of Board Risk Committee

As a new-ish Non-Executive Director I was keen to get more familiar with the key challenges boards grapple with. It’s a fantastic network of NED’s, excellent discussions and intellectual stimulation on the most current and pressing issues facing boards. It provides a fantastic collection of relevant reference material, which I am actually using in my NED work. The whole program is well thought through and tailored for global board leaders or those that aspire to become one.

Peter Dey

Chairman, Paradigm Capital INC and the “Godfather of Canadian Governance”

We know that Governance will be different on the other side of the pandemic. We don’t know how different. But we know that the pandemic has exposed many of the weaknesses in our Governance systems and is giving us an opportunity to rethink Governance. ESG Competent Boards is way out in front in helping us to identify the weaknesses in our current system and helping us to respond.

Stine Birk

International Boards Include DNB Bank, ATP Pension and Industriens Pension

You get great value for your money with this program. The speakers are very experienced business leaders that provide inspirational insight from an international and business perspective. The program has definitely extended the toolbox for my future board work, bringing ESG better into play to create value for the business, shareholders and stakeholders.

Lee Kindberg

Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Maersk Line in North America

As a result of taking this program I’ve found increased sophistication in my thinking about the issues and in the information and thoughts I provide both internally and externally. The quality of the speakers and materials is exceptional, and the execution of the distance learning concept is the best I have ever experienced.

Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing

Founder, Director, Co-Author ‘thinking the Unthinkable’; Main Presenter, BBC World News 1996-2014

The ESG Competent Boards initiative has been ahead of its time. COVID-19 has created the existential threats for boards that many members had seemed to regard as unthinkable. That is why ESG Competent Boards is rightly having its moment. Its programme is a must for opening board eyes and minds to the new, unthinkable and existential realities we all confront.

Our Faculty

150+ world-leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and strategists — offering a rich, global view of the fast-evolving ESG landscape!

Partner with us

To best achieve global impact, Competent Boards is partnering with select, leading organizations to enable effective delivery of the Certificate Programs around the world. If your organization is interested in becoming a global delivery partner, or promoting the Certificate Programs to your networks, we’d love to hear from you. 

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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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