Competentboards - ESG & Climate Education Programs

Our Programs

Competent Boards’ world-class education programs help global business leaders and those who advise them to address the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities that confront them in the business world of today — and tomorrow.

Designation programs

  • The programs our alumni rave about – our premium, flagship courses in ESG and Climate Change 
  • The highest quality, most comprehensive ESG and Climate education for business leaders on the market
  • 90 minute classes every two weeks, where you’ll learn from dozens of expert faculty and other global cohort members.
  • Earn an ESG (GCB.D) and/or Climate Change (CCB.D) Designation to put behind your name on LinkedIn and on business cards to prove your competency.

Certificate programs

  • The on-demand (pre-recorded) version of our Designation programs.
  • Self-guided programs you complete at your own pace over six months.
  • Same high quality course materials as the Designation programs, without the bi-monthly live interactive sessions with faculty.
  • Access monthly group Q&A sessions with Competent Boards’ Founder, Helle Bank Jorgensen

Lite Program

  • Condensed, four-week program to master key topics in short timeframe
  • Blend of self-guided and live, interactive education
  • Certified Credly™ badge and Certificate upon completion
  • Become part of network of like-minded peers

Designation Programs are divided into two cohorts: Board Members, and business leaders/investors/advisors. The content is the same, however faculty may change on occasion. You will be asked to select which cohort is better suited to you.

ESG Programs

Commit to achieving the highest standard of environment, social and governance (ESG) education. Hear from dozens of renowned global leaders how to contribute more fully to ESG-related conversations in the boardroom.

Learn to minimize risk, create value, enhance resiliency and establish good governance that will take you and your company to higher levels of trust and performance.

ESG Designation (GCB.D)

Live Interactive Program

ESG Certificate Program

Self-guided program

ESG Lite

Live Interactive Program

Climate Programs

Executives in all sectors and disciplines are facing the challenge of how to frame climate-change risks and opportunities, as well as adapting their business models to be future-fit. 

Learn how to navigate stakeholder expectations and ensure organizational resilience as you find out where and how to begin this journey to survive and thrive in a changing business environment. Our faculty of global experts on climate change will guide you every step of the way.

Climate Designation (CCB.D)

Live Interactive Program

Register now for:

October-December 2022

Climate Certificate Program

Self-guided program

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Immediate access
Available 24/7


Tanya Dos Santos

Global Head of Sustainability, Investec, South Africa

I have been blown away by the ability to connect with the most highly profiled CEOs and experts in their fields and to draw insights from them that are immensely valuable to board members. I also love the compassion that ESG Competent Boards has shown in allowing a percentage of the program fee to go to a person in need during COVID-19. That is important for us as leaders to see from other leaders.

Christine Diamante

Managing Director, Business Transformation, BSR

I gained an extraordinary network of colleagues who I look forward to engaging with and continuously learning from. I can’t recommend the program enough to any interested leaders!

Ani Hotoyan-Joly

Independent Corporate Director

My classmates and I learned from each other and we developed lifelong friendships. I left each one of the 12 sessions invigorated and excited about the opportunity to apply what I have learned and through this process, I believe I have become a more valuable board member. Even if you have other board designations, you will still benefit from this very insightful and valuable certificate program.

Can’t find something suitable?

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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.