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Climate Certificate Program



Climate Certificate Program

6 Sessions

Instant Access to Materials


$1795 USD


Understand & prepare FOR the net-zero economy 

Board members and mid-to-senior level business executives should take this program to better understand emerging climate risks, opportunities and how to navigate the transition to a low carbon economy.

As you learn from a broad spectrum of global experts, the climate topics and content will prepare you to engage with various stakeholders and upcoming proxy seasons through the lens of good corporate governance.

What you'll get from this program

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

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Leader Insight Videos

Strategic Session Topics

Are you adequately prepared and responding to changes in the regulatory landscape and the growing expectations and demands of all your stakeholders, from climate activists to climate migrants? How will climate change impact your businesses, supply chains, customers, employees, and the societies you operate in?

This session will give an overview of the growing regulatory and societal demands, as well as science underpinning our current trajectory. It will also examine the pivotal role that the board, executives and finance providers must play to future-proof business models and mitigate risk, in line with planetary and societal boundaries.

This session will focus on the fast-evolving regulatory landscape. What climate policies should you anticipate in the future as many regulations and guidelines move from voluntary to mandatory climate disclosures? What impacts will it have on your business?

This session will focus on the implications of increasing investor pressures, financial and technological innovations, and their implications on your business and the planet (cost of capital, insurance premiums, etc.). How should you best prepare, engage, and respond to investors and insurers? What are the latest proxy voting trends and how are these becoming a material issue for investors?

Where do you start as a board member? What are the questions you would ask management on their approach towards climate exposure and net zero commitments? How do you ensure board oversight around TCFD + reporting and scenario analysis? How will the role of the board evolve in the next 1 – 5 – 10 years?

This session will feature detailed examples, common pitfalls to avoid and examine trade-offs that are often overlooked when implementing effective climate transition strategies. What are the most effective and credible mitigation, adaptation and draw-down approaches? How do you ensure all employees and suppliers are climate competent? How can you formulate meaningful net zero goals, targets, and strategies?

This module will feature experiences and lessons learned across a range of different industries and business functions. How to optimize resources and scale your innovation capabilities? How to collaborate / partner with competitors, suppliers and other external organisations?

Session Information

  • A toolbox of 6 comprehensive modules containing dozens of in-depth leader insight videos and interview videos with renowned global subject matter experts and board members on the most current and pressing issues executives face today.
  • Sets of questions to evaluate whether your current approaches appropriately consider changing risks and opportunities.
  • A curated list of recommended readings, reports, tools, and frameworks.
  • Content is available 24/7.
  • Access to a quarterly live online discussion/Q&A Forum with other self-study participants hosted by Helle Bank Jorgensen, Founder and CEO of Competent Boards
  • Completion of all modules over a 6-month period or less
  • Successful completion of final assignment

Pricing for Climate Certificate Program

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Full Certificate Program

$ 1795 USD

Individual Sessions

$ 350 USD

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What you get Designation Program Certificate Program
Live, bi-weekly interactive discussion and Q&A with global experts and fellow cohort members
No. of modules/sessions
Designation (GCB.D)
Certificate of Completion
CredlyTM digital credential
Current, real-life case study analysis and discussion with fellow cohorts and speakers
World-class faculty
Program duration
12 weeks (6 sessions bi-weekly)
Up to 6 months
Monthly Q&A session with Helle Bank Jorgensen and other program members
In-depth leader insight videos with renowned global experts
Questions to ask management and tools for providing effective oversight
Course materials available 24/7
Access to global network of peers
Final exam
Access to Alumni LinkedIn Group post-graduation
Price (US $)


Mel Hewitson

Mel Hewitson


The program’s focus on aligning and integrating climate action with the company’s purpose and long term value creation was key for me. I now feel better equipped to lead my board colleagues and engage with those advising us in this critical area of accountability to our stakeholders.

Catherine Sigmar

Catherine Sigmar

VP Strategy & Chief Legal Officer, Tecsys Canada

The program delivered practical guidance on how to embed climate risk into business strategy. I left the program much more knowledgeable and with actionable objectives. I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to learn to navigate these issues in an intelligent and professional way. I look at my role and our company’s future through an entirely new lens. It was excellent.

Emily Waita Macharia

Emily Waita Macharia

Africa Public Affairs Director For Coca-Cola Africa

I wanted to understand various aspects of climate change, how they are being addressed and how best to influence key stakeholders and other leaders to make meaningful change. I learnt new concepts that I didn’t even know existed. This program gave me a thorough deep dive and world-class perspectives on effectively addressing climate change.

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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