ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program

May - November 2021

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

Bonnie Saynay

This program is a must for both prospective and existing corporate directors seeking the required knowledge and expertise to understand ESG risks and opportunities and the role sustainability plays in any well run and resilient organization.

Bonnie Saynay | Global Head of ESG Research for ISS ESG

This is a great certificate program for board members who want to bring their capabilities to the next level.

Loren Starr | Vice Chair, Invesco Ltd.

Loren Starr
  • Be at the forefront of ESG, sustainability & climate risks and opportunities
  • Join board members, CEOs, investors and experts online and discuss 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 here
  • Gain the trust of shareholders and stakeholders by obtaining the Global ESG Competent Boards Designation (GCB.D)

Strategic Session Topics

1 – New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and Investors in Light of COVID-19
How megatrends, geopolitical and environmental concerns and human values are changing expectations of businesses. How new business models are creating a purpose-driven and regenerative approach to doing business in the 21st century

2 – Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities During and After the Pandemic
How to plan for major disruptions to ensure resiliency and business continuity, balancing short-term and long-term goals, objectives, and accountability

3 – SDGs Competent Boards
How companies and investors are embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and using them as a strategic tool to assess risks and innovative opportunities

4 – Climate Competent Boards
How climate change is impacting society, supply chains, and business models. Strategies to fulfill growing expectations, investor driven reporting initiatives and regulatory demands

5 – ESG Competent Boards
How to anticipate and respond to the growing demands for ESG disclosure and how to ensure effective identification and integration of emerging risks into ERM-frameworks

6 – Human Rights and Supply Chain Competent Boards
How to evaluate human rights, environmental impact and supply chain goals, targets and strategies. Includes identifying, assessing and managing risks related to child labour, modern slavery, along with climate and social disasters

7 – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom
Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of diverse talent. Proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues (taking into account the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the imperatives of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace)

8 – Anti-Corruption, Integrity and Transparency
Changing risks and expectations associated with anti-corruption and ethical business practices. Developing and testing the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance program, including steps companies can take to reduce fraud and corruption

9 – Responsible Use of Data and Cybersecurity
Ethical considerations of the use of data including big data and AI generated opportunities. Includes exploration of data collection, stakeholder privacy concerns, and the ethical management of confidential information and disaster containment

10 – Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG-focused world
How to question the socioeconomic impact of potential business decisions, and the impact on the business’ reputation and longevity. What information is needed to make well-informed tax planning, executive pay, and capital investment and capital expenditure (CapEx) decisions

11 – Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure
Determining the material issues to manage and communicate to shareholders and stakeholders, including engagement strategies and trends in reporting

12 – The Future of Good Corporate Governance
What does the future of good governance look like? What is the role of the board in 1 – 5 – 10 years? What is the fiduciary duty?