About ESG Competent Boards

ESG Competent Boards provides professional development and advisory services focused on bringing ESG, Climate and Sustainability insight to boards, investors and executives globally. The faculty delivering the highly praised online ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program consists of over 100 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and experts. View a list and the bios of the contributing leaders here.

ESG Competent Boards is led by Helle Bank Jorgensen.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate and Designation Program with a faculty of over 100 renowned international board members, executives and experts.

She has a 30-year track record in turning Environment, Social, Governance (ESG), Climate and Sustainability risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She has worked with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.

Besides being a board member, she serves on:

  • His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel;
  • The Non-financial Digitisation Working Group of the Impact Management Project (IMP);
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals;
  • The Reuters Panel of Expert Judges for the Responsible Business Awards;
  • Canadian Climate Governance Experts – a Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative.

She has served as the Chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA); the Global Compact Network Canada; Datamaran; and as a member of International IDEA Finance and Audit Committee; The European Policy Centre (EPC) Governing board; the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and at the Sustainability Policy Group of the Institute of European Accountants (FEE).

Helle was the creator of the world’s first Green Account based on lifecycle assessment and the world’s first Integrated Report, the first integrated responsible supply chain management system, and was the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She led the improvement of investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank.

In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of “5 people in ESG to look out for”.  She is a regular keynote speaker and author of many thought-leading articles and books.

She is a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) by training and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Auditing.  She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the US leading Sustainability & Climate Practices. 

Why ESG Competent Boards - A Message from our CEO & Founder Helle Bank Jorgensen:

I have had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with many CEOs and Boards – and over the years, I’ve written numerous articles about how boards can make more sustainable decisions.

During this time, one thing clearly stood out to me: while we live in a global world, “director training” is mainly local. Boards of Directors typically have few opportunities to get hands-on insight from other leaders who aren’t within their close network.

That pushed me to ask boards one key question: where do they go to learn and acquire new insight in order to help solve the biggest issues discussed in boardrooms?

Surprisingly, no one had a comprehensive source that gave them the truly cutting-edge know-how they needed. To add to this, it sounded like the traditional channels were not the most convenient way for boards to obtain this knowledge – and it was costly.

But there was one thing they all seemed to echo — the lack of a platform where they could learn from their peers. A collaborative space, of sorts, where they could build on their acumen by learning from the experiences of other board members.

So, with this in mind, I sought out to interview some of the world’s most intelligent, experienced, and respected business leaders: chairs, board members, CEOs, investors and experts across various industries.

My expertise is sustainability, including ESG, climate change, and helping executives strategically leverage the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but there are numerous other avenues to focus on. These avenues range from the future of work and artificial intelligence to cybersecurity and everything in between that’s disrupting industries globally and posing new challenges that business leaders have never seen before.

Welcome to our network, where knowledge, wisdom, and acumen are shared and amplified in order to bring resiliency and the best philosophy and practices into boardrooms across the world.

We look forward to working with you.


Helle Bank Jorgensen

ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program

Professional development programs for boards, executives, investors and their advisors on how to identify, articulate and confidently act upon the most material environmental,
social and governance aspects of their business