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About Competent Boards

Competent Boards provides professional development and advisory services focused on bringing ESG, Climate and Sustainability insight to boards, investors and executives globally. The faculty delivering the highly praised online Competent Boards Certificate Program consists of over 70 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and experts. View a list and the bios of the contributing leaders here.

Competent Boards is led by Helle Bank Jorgensen.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Helle Bank Jorgensen is a renowned global sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with close to 30 years of experience helping companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. Helle has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including IKEA, Nike, Levi’s, Pfizer, Shell, Orsted, Unilever, Maersk, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, Vestas, as well as SMEs and investors.

Besides being a board member and running Competent Boards, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel, the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council, the WBCSD Governance & Internal Oversight High-Level Advisory Group and the Future-Fit Business Benchmark Release Council. Helle is a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program and a regular keynote speaker and author of many thought-leading articles and books. 

 Helle was the creator of the world’s first Green Account based on lifecycle assessment, as well as the world’s first Integrated Report, the first holistic supply chain program, and was the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She led the improvement of DJSI and CDP ranking and investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank. 

Helle was a Partner with PwC for 11 years, building and leading sustainability and climate change practices in Europe and the US. She has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization, including advising at the C-suite and board level. 

Helle is a Business Lawyer, and State Authorized Public Accountant by training and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Auditing.   

Download Mrs. Bank Jorgensen’s extended biography here:  Helle Bank Jorgensen Bio and Testimonials

Why Competent Boards – A Message from our CEO & Founder Helle Bank Jorgensen:

I have had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with many CEOs and Boards – and over the years, I’ve written numerous articles about how boards can make more sustainable decisions.

During this time, one thing clearly stood out to me: while we live in a global world, “director training” is mainly local. Boards of Directors typically have few opportunities to get hands-on insight from other leaders who aren’t within their close network.

That pushed me to ask boards one key question: where do they go to learn and acquire new insight in order to help solve the biggest issues discussed in boardrooms?

Surprisingly, no one had a comprehensive source that gave them the truly cutting-edge know-how they needed. To add to this, it sounded like the traditional channels were not the most convenient way for boards to obtain this knowledge – and it was costly.

But there was one thing they all seemed to echo — the lack of a platform where they could learn from their peers. A collaborative space, of sorts, where they could build on their acumen by learning from the experiences of other board members.

So, with this in mind, I sought out to interview some of the world’s most intelligent, experienced, and respected business leaders: chairs, board members, CEOs, investors and experts across various industries.

My expertise is sustainability, including ESG, climate change, and helping executives strategically leverage the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but there are also numerous other avenues that we’d like to focus on. These avenues could range from the future of work and artificial intelligence to cybersecurity and everything in between that’s disrupting industries globally and posing new challenges that business leaders have never seen before.

Let us know what you would like to learn more about.

My mission is to build an online accessible global platform where current and future directors and business leaders have the resources to learn from each other. A place where knowledge, wisdom, and acumen are shared and amplified in order to bring resiliency and the best philosophy and practices into boardrooms across the world.

I look forward to working with you.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Competent Boards Certificate Program

Professional development programs for boards, executives and their advisors on how to identify, articulate and confidently act upon the most material environmental,
social and governance aspects of their business