Global ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program for Board Members

September 2021 - March 2022

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)
Strategic Session TopicsSchedule
New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and InvestorsSeptember 15, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities After the PandemicSeptember 29, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
SDGs Competent BoardsOctober 13, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Climate Competent BoardsOctober 27, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
ESG Competent BoardsNovember 10, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Human Rights and Environmental Issues in the Supply ChainNovember 24, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom and BeyondDecember 8, 2021 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Anti-Corruption, Integrity and TransparencyJanuary 5, 2022 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Responsible Use of Data, Cybersecurity and Digital CompetenciesJanuary 19, 2022 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Tax, Investment, and Pay in an ESG-focused worldFebruary 2, 2022 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and DisclosureFebruary 16, 2022 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)
The Future of Good Corporate GovernanceMarch 2, 2022 - 9:30 - 11:00 AM (ET)

Session Preparation Materials

  • Concise videos/podcasts featuring interviews with global leaders, and in-depth fireside chats
  • A list of questions to help you evaluate whether your approaches appropriately consider changing risks and opportunities
  • Real life case studies to be discussed with peers during the session
  • Recommended readings, reports, tools, and frameworks
  • Bios and headshots of the global dialogue session attendees

Session Agenda

  • 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
  • Question and discussion period
  • All sessions are held under Chatham House Rule
Detailed Program

New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and Investors

September 15, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Charles O. (Chad) Holliday Jr. - Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, Former Chairman of the board of Bank of America, Former Chairman and CEO, DuPont.

Charles O. (Chad) Holliday Jr.

Former Chair, Royal Dutch Shell, Former Chair of Bank of America, Former Chair and CEO, DuPont

May Siew Boi Tan

May Siew Boi Tan

Independent Non-executive Director CLP Group

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 After the Pandemic

September 29, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Jens Moberg

Jens Moberg

Chair, Grundfos

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Jan Jones Blackhurst

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

Michael Kobori

Michael Kobori

Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

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

October 13, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
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

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

Emily Waita Macharia

Africa Public Affairs Director for Coca-Cola Africa

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

October 27, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Peter Schlosser

Peter Schlosser

Head of the Global Futures Laboratory at ASU, Earth League Co-Chair

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

November 10, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Anirban Ghosh

Anirban Ghosh

Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

Janet Hill

Janet Hill

Board of Directors, Carlyle Group; Board of Directors, Esquire Bank; Board of Directors, Echo360

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

November 24, 2021

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Andrew Wallis

Andrew Wallis OBE

CEO, Unseen and Modern Slavery Helpline

Marcela Manubens

Marcela Manubens

Former Global Vice President, Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever LLP, Principal of Roxbury Global

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 and Beyond

December 8, 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

Francesca Ecsery

Francesca Ecsery

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

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

January 5, 2022

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
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

Claudia Sender

Claudia Sender

Non-Executive Director at Telefonica S.A, LafargeHolcim, Gerdau, and Embraer

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, Cybersecurity and Digital Competencies

January 19, 2022

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Bojana Bellamy

Bojana Bellamy

President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Joyce Cacho

Joyce Cacho

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

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

February 2, 2022

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
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 Finance

Victor van Kommer

Victor van Kommer

Director Tax Services, Member Executive Board IBFD; Professor of Tax Policy at the University of Utrecht

Mark Hawkins

Mark Hawkins

CFO Emeritus of Salesforce

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

February 16, 2022

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
Tjeerd Krumpelman

Tjeerd Krumpelman

Global head of Advisory, Reporting & Engagement, ABN AMRO

Marija Kramer

Marija Kramer

Head of ESG Business, ISS ESG

Paul Druckman

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance, Corporate Reporting Council

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

March 2, 2022

9:30 AM - 11 AM (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:
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), Vice-Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, CPPIB and Air Canada

Mervyn King

Mervyn E. King

Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa

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

Register for the Certificate Program

Cohort September 2021 – March 2022

Register now for the program starting in September, with the option to receive access to all materials in our Self-Study program to get a head start reviewing the content. Please note that if you choose to receive advance access to the Self-Study material, no refunds will be issued. Please see the full cancellation policy below.


Please note that we require those in the program for Board Members to serve on a board with fiduciary responsibility. For executives, investors, board advisors, or other types of senior business professionals, please see our program for Senior Business Professionals here.

Canadian sales tax applies only if you reside in Canada.

To complete the one-time payment for the program, please click the registration button above. If you would like to pay via one of the installment plan options below, please email info@competentboards.com to have this arranged.

  • 6-month installment plan – $775 USD per month for 6 months (includes a 3.5% admin fee)
  • 12-month installment plan – $393 USD per month for 12 months (includes a 5% admin fee)

To support those in need of help during these challenging times, ESG Competent Boards is donating 1% of all Certificate Program sales earned to charities chosen by our alumni.

For the interactive program, refunds will be provided for cancellations received in writing to info@competentboards.com no later than 30 days prior to the course start date with a 7.5% administration fee (plus applicable taxes). Non-attendance will incur the full course fee.

For the interactive program with advance access to the self-study material, and for the self-study program, no refunds will be issued.

Testimonials

Leslie

“I think this program is more relevant than ever, and I would highly recommend it. Take a look at the topics covered over the 12 sessions to give yourself a sense of the breadth and depth of the curriculum.”

Leslie F. Seidman, GCB.D | Former FASB Chairman, Non-executive Director and Audit Chair, Moody’s Corp. and General Electric

“The Competent Boards Program is hands down the best director education out there. Global in its scope, deep in its content, extraordinary speakers and excellent interactivity.

I take my duties as a director very seriously and believe I am far more prepared to perform at a high level on the most important issues boards are grappling with today and in the future: Sustainability, the realities of the pandemic and post-pandemic world, ESG and progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and CyberSecurity and Data Privacy. I give the Competent Boards Program my hearty and unqualified recommendation.”

Eric Wetlaufer, GCB.D | Member, Board of Directors: TMX Group, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), Enterra Solutions LLC, Niyogin

Eric Wetlaufer
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 certificate 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 | Senior Advisor to Mark Carney, COP26 Private Finance Hub, Secretariat, TCFD

Curtis Ravenel