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Climate Designation Program

Climate Designation Program

6 Sessions

1.5 hours per session





Board members and mid-to-senior level business executives should take this program to prepare for the profound and far-reaching impacts of climate change risk on business. Through six interactive sessions attendees will understand what type of actions are needed to be taken as we transition to a net zero economy.

After taking this program, you will have the insights and tools that you need to be confident in providing oversight and foresight on the  latest climate-related issues. And to deliver practical strategies, tools, and frameworks for your company.

The next Climate cohort starts October 4/5 – Apply Now!

What sets this program apart?

  • You’ll take part  in live, virtual sessions and learn from dozens of world-renowned business leaders while building a global network of peers without having to travel

  • Program topics are designed through the lens of good corporate governance and prepare boards to engage with various stakeholders in the lead up for proxy season

  • Diverse perspectives allow you to gain a better understanding of how climate is evolving in a global business context.
  • Carefully curated reading lists and original, current case studies will help you create value, enhance resiliency, and establish good climate governance.

  • Board recruiters, investors, board members, and executives worldwide believe that our training programs deliver world-class board education.  View our Testimonials.

  • Competent Boards© is the original creator of online ESG boardroom competency training programs.

Our many session leaders include:

Program Streams

Though the content in both program streams is identical, occasionally speakers may change.

Board member

Board Members – this stream is for you if you are a non-executive director, an independent director, or an executive director of a company with 100+ employees.

Business professional

Business Professionals/Investors – this stream is for you if you’re a senior executive, investor, or board advisor.

Not sure which stream is best for you?


Please select your stream below with your desired start date to view the speakers for your chosen cohort.

Session Descripions

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?

Please select your stream in the menu bar above with your desired start date to view the speakers for your chosen cohort.

What you'll get from this program
for Business Professionals

What you'll get from this program
for Board Members

Session Information

• Six sessions at 90 minutes each, plus approximately 90-120 minutes of preparation time/materials per session (videos, case studies, targeted discussion questions and recommended reading lists).

• Each session will require a total investment of approximately 180 minutes.

• Program registration is capped at 36 participants to ensure a rich opportunity for dialogue.

  • A toolbox of 6 comprehensive modules containing dozens of in-depth fireside chats 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.

• Discussion of preparation material provided.

• Discussion of the session topic with global faculty members.

• Brief presentation of the session case study.

• Breakout session with approx. 6 people per group (groups change bi-weekly).

• Question and discussion period.

• All sessions are held under Chatham House Rule.

  • Completion of the 6 modules
  • Successful completion of final assignment
  • Attend 4 of the 6 interactive sessions

Endorsed by the Good Governance Academy

How much does it cost?

Canadian sales tax only applies if you reside in Canada.

One Time Payment of Full Program


Three Months Installment Plan


Compare our Climate Programs

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 (Six sessions bi-weekly)
Up to six months
Monthly Q&A session with Helle Bank Jorgensen and other program members
Videos and in-depth fireside chats 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$)


Highly recommended for business leaders who wish to broaden perspectives and deepen knowledge around climate governance and sustainability...I've benefited from practical insights shared by the seasoned speakers and my well-experienced cohort. Thanks to Helle and her wonderful team for this high-quality program.
Agnes K Y Tai
Agnes K Y Tai
Director, Great Glory Investment Corp; Senior Partner/Responsible Officer, Yaozhi Asset Management International
When I enrolled in the program, my understanding of the implications of climate change to my company was superficial, at best. The program struck a great balance that made it relevant and useful to a “beginner” like me, but also provided a deeper dive that engaged those with more robust experience and knowledge. It really drove home that climate change is a risk and responsibility every sector must manage.
Karen McDonald
Karen McDonal
Director, Government Relations Central 1 Credit Union
A fascinating programme and, as a governor, really accelerated my thinking and understanding of this area of knowledge. My learning has already been put to good use.
Annabel Cotton
Annabel Cotton
Director, NZX Regulation

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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