The ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program is designed by and for board members, executives, investors, and those who advise them. It is a professional development opportunity to identify and act upon the most material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of your business.

This best-in-class program delivers insights from over 95 renowned global leaders with curated reading lists, insightful videos, thought-provoking questions, and a set of industry cases to help you create value, enhance resiliency, and establish good governance that reflects the latest in public discussions.

Be at the forefront of ESG, sustainability, and climate risks and opportunities.

Program Details:

  • Specially designed for those who are seeking an overview of the latest ESG topics with a more flexible learning schedule
  • Available 24/7 so you can complete at your own pace

What’s Included:

  • 12 concise videos/podcasts featuring interviews with global leaders on pressing board issues
  • In-depth fireside chats with global leaders on strategic subjects
  • Set of questions to evaluate whether your approaches appropriately consider the changing risks and opportunities
  • Recommended readings, reports, tools, and frameworks
  • Final written and oral test – choose 1 of 7 industry cases to analyze and discuss

Certificate Requirements:

  • Completion of modules and passing of the final test within 7 months (with possible extension)

Strategic Session Topics

1 – New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives, and Investors in Light of COVID-19
How geopolitical and environmental concerns and human values are changing expectations of businesses, and how new business models are disrupting business as usual


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 SDGs and using them as a strategic tool to determine risks and innovate opportunities


4 – Climate Competent Boards
How climate change is impacting society, businesses, supply chains, along with how to meet growing expectations, and investor driven reporting initiatives


5 – ESG Competent Boards
How companies are responding to growing demands for environmental, social, governance (ESG) disclosure, and integrating emerging risks into ERM-frameworks


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


7 – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom
Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of diverse talent and proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues (including the Black Lives Matter movement). How to question the relevance of diversity goals, targets, and strategies


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 5 – 10 years? What is fiduciary duty and how is it evolving?

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*Donate 5% to Doctors Without Borders

*Donate 5% to Someone in Need

*To support those in need of help during these challenging times ESG Competent Boards will donate 5% of all Certificate Program sales earned to Doctors Without Borders or allow you to donate the 5% saved to someone in need.

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