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

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Helle Bank Jorgensen is one of the world’s most experienced and renowned sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisers. She is a business lawyer and a state-authorized public accountant who has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization, including advising at the C-suite and board level.

She brings over 25 years of experience advising global companies and investors on sustainability and climate change; 11 of those years as a partner with PwC in Europe and the U.S., leading sustainability and climate change practices. She was the creator of the world’s first Green Account 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 has led the CDP-report of the S&P 500, the Improvement of DJSI ranking and investor communication for global companies, and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank. In 2015, Helle became the first in North America to have received the Certificate of Achievement and passed the GRI G4 Exam.

Helle serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel, the Canadian W20 Delegation, and the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. Until recently, she was the Chair at Datamaran, a UK based technology startup, and for several years she served on the Board of European Policy Centre (EPC), Board of CSR Europe, Board of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), International associate of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), and as Member of the Council for International Development Cooperation (DANIDA). She is also a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program.

She has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies and is a regular keynote speaker and the author of many thought-leading articles and books about sustainability, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality, and the roles and responsibilities of board members and investors. Helle is also the founder of the Global Compact Network Canada
and is the CEO of a certified Woman-Owned business, B.Accountability, where she advises global business leaders how to turn sustainability into strong financial results. Helle received the Clean50 award in 2018 for her work in building the Global Compact Network Canada.

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

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