Climate & Biodiversity Designation (CCB.D) and Certification

Gain the knowledge you need to effectively manage climate and biodiversity risks and opportunities, and get a modern credential to advance your career

Elevate your climate governance skills

This program offers a safe learning environment led by renowned and engaging faculty speakers, and encourages global peer-to-peer discussions to tackle today’s most pressing boardroom challenges.

Climate competent board directors are urgently needed and studies show there is a gap in climate and biodiversity understanding, education and application to the business.  Boards and business leaders don’t need to be climate experts, but as climate change oversight relates to a director’s fiduciary duty, up-to-date climate governance intelligence is imperative, and requires an integrated approach to strategy, reporting oversight, risk management, and adaptation.

Innovative tools & competitive strategies

This widely recognized global certification from Competent Boards will give you innovative tools and competitive strategies, familiarity with current and anticipated climate-related regulations through an international lens, and improved boardroom discussions on climate transition. Additionally, this program allows you and your board to differentiate its expertise and demonstrate your competency in disclosures to governments, investors, and other stakeholders.

After completing this program, you can demonstrate competence and gain confidence to:

  • Navigate regulatory environments and voluntary commitments, address greenwashing risks, and establish robust resilience and governance structures.
  • Learn to effectively use and trust your data, define excellence, mitigate risks, and identify opportunities.
  • Clearly articulate the role of the committee/s, ask the right questions to management, effectively implement scenario planning per the TCFD framework, and relate how it all ties to your fiduciary duties in an integrated manner.

Join us and equip yourself with the knowledge needed to effectively lead your company and improve resiliency – now, and in the future.

Get the credentials to satisfy IFRS S1 and S2 requirements for sustainability and climate governance at the board and management levels, as well as national regulations.

Program Details

4 Sessions*

2 hours per session




global networking opportunities


USD $3,495

Who should take this course

This is a non-technical program for current and aspiring board directors of public, private, crown corporations, federal agencies and other non-government organizations.

*Due to the fluid nature of people’s schedules, we understand things come up and sometimes sessions are missed. If you can’t make a live session, you will have access to a recording so you don’t fall behind.

Learn about the risks and opportunities business will face, and find out how you and your board can become future-fit

Prepare and respond to growing climate & biodiversity related stakeholder demands

What you will earn
from this program

  • The CCB.D designation
  • A Certificate
  • A Credly™ digital credential

Session Topics

1. Understanding Climate Change and Biodiversity Risks and Opportunities
  • The latest science: Understanding planetary and societal boundaries and going beyond carbon management 
  • Why preventing further biodiversity loss is essential to tackling climate change  
  • The projected physical impacts of climate change on companies, their supply chains, employees, and the customers and society they serve
  • How transitional risks will determine future market competitiveness in a low-carbon economy
  • Changes in stakeholder expectations and demands for climate and nature-conscious innovation
  • Seizing opportunities associated with climate-change adaptation, mitigation and the global transition to net zero and regenerative business models
  • Regulatory trends and the global transition from voluntary to mandatory climate change and nature-related disclosures 
  • Navigating and preparing for growing national and intergovernmental carbon pricing initiatives (e.g. the EU Carbon Border Tax)
  • Understanding the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and scope (1, 2, 3, and 4) categorization to provide oversight of climate reporting
  • Navigating international and national disclosure standards and frameworks while managing the risk of regulatory fragmentation (e.g. TCFD, TNFD)
  • Incorporating climate change and nature-related factors into audit methodologies among changing climate expectations 
3. Responding to Stakeholder Expectations for Responsible Investment and Insurance
  • An overview of climate change and biodiversity litigation and its impact on the insurance industry
  • Proxy voting trends: How you should best prepare, engage, and respond
  • How to navigate growing investor-driven initiatives and expectations
  • Engaging with heavy-emitters versus excluding them from your portfolio
  • Understanding what net zero and nature positive means for an investor or portfolio
  • The new financial instruments, valuations, plus lending and listing criteria
4. Responsible Climate & Biodiversity Governance: Ensuring Accountability at the Board Level
  • Net zero and nature commitments: How the board can ensure their relevance and robustness
  • How to ensure board oversight of climate and nature-related financial reporting and scenario analysis
  • Best practices in strategic planning and the role of committees in stress-testing and risk assessments 
  • Understand how your company’s climate and biodiversity targets impact capital allocation decisions
  • Avoiding lawsuits and unintended consequences
  • Incorporating short-, medium- and long-term net zero transition strategy KPIs into remuneration policies
  • How to effectively structure the board, its committees, and advisory groups
  • Diversity of thought, board evaluations, training, and succession planning
5. Strategic Implementation Guide to Achieve Net Zero
  • Formulating meaningful net zero and nature positive goals
  • Nature-based solutions and carbon offsetting in focus: How to get it right?
  • Successfully partnering with competitors, suppliers, and external organizations 
  • Common business dilemmas and trade-offs associated with climate action and environmental stewardship 
  • Creating climate and nature-competent boardrooms and stakeholders
6. Learning from the Pioneers of Climate Change and Nature Action in Business
  • Learning from leaders: Overcoming challenges and channelling opportunities
  • Understanding the shifting stakeholder mindsets around climate and nature action
  • How to set the cultural tone of the organisation at the top
  • Uncover new skills and explore the next frontier and future challenges

Please see program brochure for detailed session information.

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Upcoming Program cohorts

Meet a range of world-renowned experts through enlightening recorded sessions and interactive live sessions. Our 180+ faculty includes:

Competent Boards Webinar

The wait is over - SEC Climate Rule - From the Board and Management Point of View

The US Has Spoken on Climate Risk Disclosure

On March 6, the US SEC issued its final rule on climate risk disclosure.  The US accounts for 42.5% of the global equity market capitalization (followed by the EU and China at ~ 11% each, and Japan at 5%).

Why it Matters

This final rule elevates climate risk disclosures (and sustainable business management) from supplemental guidance issued by the SEC in 2010 to a formal rule with liability consequences that must be included in financial disclosures of public companies and those looking to go public (e.g., IPOs).  This sends a signal to US companies that it is time to act, or accelerate progress, on materiality assessments, gap analysis, and a documented compliance plan for the enterprise.

Top of Mind Board Questions and Concerns

  • How do we stay current with the evolving global regulatory environment?
  • How do we best address the trust deficit that exists with this type of data, and mitigate the risks of fraud and greenwashing?
  • What type of governance structures should we consider to manage risk, implement controls, and develop a scenario planning process?
  • How do I compare with peers in my industry?

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