ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program for Board Members

February - July 2021

The program that’s praised for preparing leaders for accelerated change and increased resiliency

  • Be at the forefront of ESG, sustainability & climate risks and opportunities
  • Join board members, CEOs, investors and experts online and discuss how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and the new realities corporate leaders are facing
  • Receive frameworks, tools and a roadmap with questions that will guide you and the management team through internal and external discussions
  • During the 90-minute bi-weekly sessions you will engage with and learn from global leaders – see the 100+ leaders involved in the program below
  • Gain the trust of shareholders and stakeholders by obtaining the Global ESG Competent Boards Designation (GCB.D)

This cohort is now filled. Please click the button below to access the web page for the next available cohort starting in May 2021

Strategic Session Topics - Scroll down to see speakersFebruary - July Schedule
New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and Investors in Light of COVID-19February 10th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities During and After the PandemicFebruary 24th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
SDGs Competent BoardsMarch 10th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Climate Competent BoardsMarch 24th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
ESG Competent BoardsApril 7th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Human Rights and Environmental Issues in the Supply ChainApril 21st, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the BoardroomMay 5th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Anti-Corruption, Integrity and TransparencyMay 19th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Responsible Use of Data and CybersecurityJune 2nd, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG-focused worldJune 16th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and DisclosureJune 30th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
The Future of Good Corporate GovernanceJuly 14th, 2021 - 9:30 AM - 11 AM EST
Detailed Program

New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and Investors in Light of COVID-19

February 10th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Mahmoud Mohieldin

Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund and UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Jessica Fries

Jessica Fries

Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Richard Howitt, Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies; Robert G. Eccles, Founding Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; Tim Youmans, North American Lead, Hermes EOS; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Organizational purpose – how does it add value?
  • Trust and integrity – the boards’ role in relation to shareholder and stakeholder communication
  • Mega-trends – how geopolitical and environmental concerns, COVID-19, and human values are changing expectations of businesses, investors, and boards
  • How a tsunami of soft laws, regulations, and frameworks are impacting a business’ license to operate
  • New disruptive business models (e.g. circular economy, sharing economy, gig economy, the future of work, artificial intelligence) and how they are being influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Different views and understandings of the fiduciary duty across regions

Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities During and After the Pandemic

February 24th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Jens Moberg

Jens W. Moberg

Chair, Grundfos

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Board Member and Chair of the Social Responsibility Committee, Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Sarah Keohane Williamson, CEO, FCLTGlobal; Ariel Fromer Babcock, Research Director, FCLTGlobal; Amy Larkin, Author, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy, Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Sam Palmisano, Former CEO and Chair, IBM; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Thinking the Unthinkable – how to plan for major disruptions to ensure resiliency and business continuity in light of COVID-19
  • The board of directors’ role in relation to strategy and setting the cultural tone from the top
  • Balancing short-term and long-term goals, objectives, compliance, and accountability amidst COVID-19
  • Dealing with shareholder expectations – How to deal with ratings, rankings, shareholder letters & proposals, activist investors, and a growing number of disclosure expectations
  • Incentives – how incentives can drive wanted or unwanted behaviour

SDGs Competent Boards

March 10th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Tom Knudson

Tom Knudson

Director, Bristow Group, Inc., Midstates Petroleum, Inc., MDU Resources, Inc., Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, NACD Texas TriCities Chapter

Emily Waita Macharia - Public Affairs, Government Relations & Sustainability Leader

Emily Waita Macharia

Public Affairs, Government Relations & Sustainability Leader, Coca Cola, East & Central Africa Franchise; Board member, East African Business Council

Claus Stig Pedersen - Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes & UN SDG Pioneer

Claus Stig Pedersen

Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes & UN SDG Pioneer

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Helene Li, CEO and Co-Founder, GoImpact Capital Partners; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • What are the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and how are they being addressed by regulatory trends and government incentives during the pandemic?
  • Why and how are companies and investors embracing the SDGs and using them as a catalogue of innovation and investment opportunities?
  • How to use the SDG-framework as a strategic tool to understand the world’s biggest pain points and determine risks and opportunities
  • The link between purpose, the SDGs, and a business’ license to operate and grow
  • Using the SDGs as a common language to communicate with stakeholders
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of the internally selected SDGs, targets, and strategies

Climate Competent Boards

March 24th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Peter Schlosser - A world-leading earth scientist, head of the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University and Earth League Co-Chair

Peter Schlosser

A world-leading earth scientist, head of the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University and Earth League Co-Chair

Annette Verschuren

Annette Verschuren, O.C.

CEO and Chair, NRStor Inc., Chair to the Board of Directors, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Board Member, Air Canada, Board Member, Saputo Inc., Board Member, Canadian Natural Resources Limited & Chair, MaRS Discovery District

David Blood

David Blood

Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Albert Wong, Citizenship Judge, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Responsibility Management and Historical Archives, UBS; Philippe Zaouti, CEO, Mirova; Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities – how climate change is impacting businesses, supply chains, customers, employees, and the societies they operate in
  • How to manage transitional and political risks including carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade programs
  • Growing expectations from investors – the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), CDP, UNPRI, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, and other investor driven initiatives
  • How businesses, investors, and insurance companies are responding to growing demands for climate action
  • Scenario analysis, disclosure expectations, adaptation, mitigation, and transition strategies
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of climate goals, targets, and strategies

ESG Competent Boards

April 7th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Anirban Ghosh - Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

Anirban Ghosh

Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

Joyce Cacho

Joyce Cacho

Board Director / NED, Sunrise Banks, NA; World Benchmarking Alliance

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Richard Howitt, Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Robert H. Herz , Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc; Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); Georg Kell, Chair, Arabesque and Founding Director, United Nations Global Compact; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Growing expectations of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) disclosure – what are investors asking for and why does it matter?
  • How ESG disclosure issues are leading to securities class actions and civil litigation
  • Understanding the ESG ratings, rankings, indices, integration frameworks, and materiality risk and opportunity assessments
  • How companies are responding to growing demands for ESG disclosure – and how the pandemic has elevated ESG reporting
  • How to integrate emerging risks into ERM-frameworks such as the COSO framework
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of ESG goals, targets and strategies

Human Rights and Environmental Issues in the Supply Chain

April 21st, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Kevin Coon

Kevin Coon

Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto, Chair Policy Committee, Baker McKenzie International & Member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain

Andrew Wallis OBE

Andrew Wallis OBE

CEO, Unseen and Modern Slavery Helpline, Fellow, Centre for Social Justice, and chaired the landmark Centre for Social Justice report ‘It Happens Here’

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Jennifer Koury, Independent Director; Timothy Mohin, CEO, GRI; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Harald Friedl, CEO, Circle Economy; Michael Kobori, Former Vice-President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.; Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO, Unseen and Modern Slavery Helpline; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, etc. – Do you have human rights risks in your supply chain?
  • Identifying, assessing, and managing salient risks – how the pandemic has made it even more difficult
  • The impact of environmental and social disasters on your supply chain
  • Aligning the power of procurement with incentives
  • The responsibility of the corporation and the board with regards to regulatory demands and expectations from stakeholders, including how to disclose support for major international norms and soft law initiatives
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of human rights and supply chain goals, targets, and strategies

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom

May 5th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Caroline Casey - Founder, The Valuable 500, a TED speaker, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, past Advisor Clinton Global Initiative, Counsellor, One Young World and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

Caroline Casey

Founder, The Valuable 500, a TED speaker, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, past Advisor Clinton Global Initiative, Counsellor, One Young World and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

Wes Hall

Wes Hall

Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

Francesca Ecsery

Francesca Ecsery

Non-Executive Director, Air France, F&C Investment Trust, Marshall Motors, AIC

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Anna Tudela, Former Vice-President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Carol Liao,  Assistant Professor and Director, Centre for Business Law, UBC Allard School of Law; Annette Verschuren O.C , Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Air Canada; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Peter Damgaard Jensen,  Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Peter Dey,  Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Kathleen Taylor, CM, Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Jens W. Moberg, Chair, Grundfos; Julie Gebauer, Global Head of Human Capital & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of truly diverse talent and proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues
  • Board composition, board structure, and the role of the board nomination committee
  • Ability to manage complex issues and spot innovation potential
  • Performance evaluation, incentives, and accountability
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of diversity goals, targets, and strategies
  • Diversity of thought – the many forms of diversity and the value they bring

Anti-Corruption, Integrity and Transparency

May 19th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D - Vice-Chair, International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Member, Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary-General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, Former Chancellor, University of Ottawa, former Chair, Transparency International and former Board Member, the UN Global Compact

Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.D., LL.D

Vice-Chair, International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Member, Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary-General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, Former Chancellor, University of Ottawa, former Chair, Transparency International and former Board Member, the UN Global Compact

Jonathan Drimmer - Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP; Former, Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Univ. Law Center; Board Member, The Trace Foundation and Global Compact Network Canada; Former Board Member, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Jonathan Drimmer

Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP; Former, Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Univ. Law Center; Board Member, The Trace Foundation and Global Compact Network Canada; Former Board Member, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Peter Damgaard Jensen , Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin; Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc; Ian Robertson, Vice President, Director and Portfolio Manager, Odlum Brown; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Jonathan Drimmer, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP; José R. Hernandez,  Author, Broken Business: Seven Steps to Reform Good Companies Gone Bad; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Changing risks and expectations associated with anti-corruption, ethical business practices and transparency
  • Developing and testing the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance program
  • Steps companies can take to reduce fraud and corruption, including facilitation payments
  • Public disclosure and self-disclosure – how much should company reputation matter in decision-making?
  • Managing and overseeing investigations
  • Oversight – questions to ask management to test the robustness and effectiveness of its anti-corruption approach

Responsible Use of Data and Cybersecurity

June 2nd, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Christopher Crummey - Global Executive Director, IBM Security Command Centers

Christopher Crummey

Global Executive Director, IBM Security Command Centers

Nabeela Ixtabalan - EVP of People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Nabeela Ixtabalan

EVP of People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Josée Morin, ASC/C.Dir, P. Eng, Corporate Director; Tyson Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, CyberNB; Thomas Gann, Chief Public Policy Officer, McAfee; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Lisa Reshaur,  General Manager, Digital Security and Risk Engineering – Governance, Risk, Continuity and Compliance, Microsoft; Kersi Porbunderwala, President and CEO, Copenhagen Compliance; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Ethical considerations of the use of data, including big data and AI generated opportunities
  • How can cyber risks impact a company’s reputation
  • Cyber propaganda and ‘Fake News’
  • Cybersecurity and how it can be linked to the SDGs
  • Increased organizational and personal data-protection vs. the use of data for good
  • Data collection, stakeholder privacy concerns, and the ethical management of confidential information
  • Disaster containment, recovery, and business continuity – what can be learned from the pandemic?
  • Oversight – how to question the strategy for the use of data and the cybersecurity strategy

Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG-focused world

June 16th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Birgit Noergaard - Non-Executive Director at Associated British Ports, WSP Global Inc.

Birgit Noergaard

Non-Executive Director at Associated British Ports, WSP Global Inc.

Shailesh Haribhakti - Chairman, Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates, Chartered Fashions Limited, NSDAccountants and Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Limited, L&T Mutual Fund, Future Lifestyle, Fashions Limited, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited and Blue Star Limited

Shailesh Haribhakti

Chairman, Blue Star LTD, Larsen&Toubro Financial Holdings LTD, NSDL E-Governance infrastructure co of India Ltd and Independent Director of Lafarge Holcim Subsidiaries, ACCLtd and Ambuja CementsLtd.

Barbara Oberleitner - Vice President, WSP Global Inc., CPA, CA

Barbara Oberleitner

Vice President, WSP Global Inc., CPA, CA

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Timothy Mohin, CEO, GRI; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer, SNCLavalin; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Mark Hawkins, President and Chief Financial Officer,  Salesforce; Mark Reid, Global Leader Rewards and Executive Compensation, Willis Towers Watson; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Impact of the pandemic on tax, investment and pay strategies
  • When tax optimization is no longer responsible
  • The cost of ownership in a volatile world – dilemmas when investing for the long-term
  • How to question the socioeconomic impact of potential business decisions
  • What information is needed to make well-informed capital investment and capital expenditure (CapEx) decisions
  • When executive compensation is hurting the business
  • Oversight – how to question financial decisions and the impact on the business’ reputation and longevity

Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure

June 30th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Susanne Stormer

Susanne Stormer

Chief Sustainability Advisor, Vice President, Novo Nordisk

Tim Youmans - North American Lead, Hermes EOS Former Research Scholar, Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School’s Family Office Program

Tim Youmans

Lead-North America, EOS at Federated Hermes

Marija Kramer - Head of ISS’ ESG Business

Marija Kramer

Head of ESG Business, ISS ESG

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Ørsted; Nancy Lockhart,  Board Member, George Weston Limited; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Richard Howitt, Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Annette Verschuren O.C, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Dr. Allen L. White, Co-founder, Global Reporting Initiative; William Jannace, Senior Counsel, Ross PLLC; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Determining the material issues to manage and communicate to shareholders and stakeholders
  • The rise in shareholder activism proposals and how the proxy season impacts companies and boards
  • Engagement strategies before the proxy season and beyond – consistent messaging
  • The most commonly-used standards and frameworks including Integrated Reporting (IIRC), Climate Reporting (CDP, CDSB), TCFD, SASB, GRI, UN Global Compact, SDGs, etc.
  • SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) and Stock-exchange requirements
  • What are the future trends in reporting? – How will the pandemic impact the dos and don’ts in reporting?

The Future of Good Corporate Governance

July 14th, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM EST

Engage in a conversation with:
Mervyn King - Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, Chair Emeritus, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Former Chair, United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight

Mervyn E. King

Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, Chair Emeritus, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Former Chair, United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight

Kathleen Taylor, O.C. - Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), SickKids Foundation and Altas Partners; Vice Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, CPPIB and Air Canada

Kathleen Taylor, CM

Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), SickKids Foundation and Altas Partners; Vice-Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, CPPIB and Air Canada

David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson

Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management, Chair, UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, Director, International Corporate Governance Network, Independent non-executive at KPMG, Treasurer of Oxfam, Chair NESTA endowment fund. Currently: Adviser Sarasin fund managers, Advisory chair of Ownership Capital

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Responsibility Management and Historical Archives, UBS; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Catherine McCall,  Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Josée Morin, ASC/C.Dir, P. Eng, Corporate Director; Daniel Siciliano, Co-Founder & Fellow, Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted; Philippe Zaouti, CEO, Mirova; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Annette Verschuren O.C,  Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Albert Wong, Citizenship Judge, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Upkar Arora, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Harald Friedl, CEO, Circle Economy; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; R. Gopalakrishnan, Author, Doodles on Leadership: Experiences within and Beyond Tata; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, ESG Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • A summary of the previous weekly topics and what they mean for the future of good governance, the role of the board, executives and stakeholders – including shareholders

Information/speakers may change pending individual speaker availability

Testimonials

Lars

“The ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program is a great toolbox for both Boards and Board Advisors to learn about ESG issues. Twelve modules cover the most pressing ESG issues at the moment, with advice and insights presented by some of the world’s most respected business, investment and sustainability leaders. The program format is easy to follow and is a great road into the future.”

Lars Storr-Hansen – Deputy Chairman at PensionDanmark and CEO, The Danish Construction Association

“The role of the Board of Directors is changing. As corporations shift from a solely shareholder focus to stakeholder focus, the issues of environmental, social and governance risks and responsibilities are increasingly a subject of urgent discussion around the board table. Board Chairs and CEO’s are re-thinking the skills, experience and oversight that directors need to bring to the table. The ESG Competent Boards Certificate program is unlike any other board training- and provides in-depth knowledge through experts and case studies on ESG issues for directors and aspiring directors. I am in the midst of completing this program and highly recommend it!”

Peggie Pelosi – Board Director, USANA Health Sciences

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Paul Polman

“As a contributor, I’m glad to see the positive impact it has. The gathering of world leaders in Davos will further speed up the request for leaders who understand and take action on climate, ESG, stakeholder engagement, and the other topics covered by the ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program.”

Paul Polman – Former CEO, Unilever and Chair, International Chamber of Commerce

“..a certification from ESG Competent Boards would be extremely useful in giving comfort to investors, that they have at least begun their journey, and are looking at these issues with clarity, competence and a strategic view.”

Curtis Ravenel – Special Advisor, FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Former Global Head, Sustainable Business & Finance at Bloomberg LP

Curtis Ravenel