Climate & Nature Designation (CCB.D) and Certification

Provides board members and senior leadership teams with the critical knowledge and competencies on interconnected climate, nature and biodiversity matters impacting enterprise performance.

Elevate your climate and nature governance competency

This program allows board members and senior management to fulfill their duties of care, oversight and foresight, protect reputation by efficiently complying with rapidly evolving regulation (disclosure mandates), and drive long-term value for multiple stakeholders by taking an integrated approach to climate and nature risk and opportunity. The approach is experiential and peer-based, facilitated by world renowned global faculty in a safe and intimate learning environment.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for and by board members, board advisors, aspiring board members, and senior leadership teams who want to understand and manage the multifaceted risks and opportunities associated with climate change and nature loss. The designation (CCB.D) provides the seal of approval that you are upskilled to:

  • Oversee the value and risks of climate and nature initiatives, manage strategic risks and opportunities, and align executive incentives with sustainability goals.
  • Respond to evolving stakeholder expectations, build trust, and ensure transparency in climate and nature actions.
  • Navigate complex disclosure requirements, guide best practices for adaptation, mitigation and climate transition, and stay ahead of regulatory trends and investor expectations.

Why this program?

The Global Competent Boards Climate and Nature Designation (CCB.D) and Certification program stands out from other programs due to its comprehensive and holistic approach to board governance in the context of climate, nature, including biodiversity. Here’s how this program can add value to your credibility:

  • Interconnected Perspective: This is a pioneering program that offers a truly interconnected perspective of climate and nature strategy and performance. Recognizing that these elements cannot be looked at separately, the program provides a holistic view that integrates both aspects into comprehensive governance strategies.
  • Top-tier Faculty: Engage with a global, diverse faculty with extensive real-world experience in guiding board members and executives through critical issues related to climate, nature, and sustainability.
  • Cutting-Edge Content: Stay ahead of the curve with the latest science, regulations, and strategies related to climate change and biodiversity, ensuring your knowledge is always current and relevant.
  • Practical, Actionable Insights: The program focuses on practical, actionable insights that board members can immediately apply to their roles, ensuring they are well-prepared to navigate complex environmental challenges.
  • Global Perspective: Gain a global perspective on climate and nature governance, benefiting from the shared experiences and best practices of board members and business leaders from over 60 countries.
  • Active Alumni Network: Join a thriving community of over 1000 peers, learners, and influencers, providing ongoing support, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive resources. See testimonials from alumni here.
  • Reputation and Recognition: The Competent Boards programs are highly regarded in the board members community and recognized globally, enhancing your credentials and positioning you as a leader in responsible and sustainable governance. See our impact result here.

Program Format

The Competent Boards Climate and Nature Designation (CCB.D) and Certification program is designed to fit the busy schedules of board members and executives while providing a comprehensive learning experience. The program format includes:

  • 6 On-Demand Curriculum Modules: Gain valuable exclusive insights from sought-after business leaders and board members, explore real-world case studies, and utilize practical checklist questions designed to enhance governance effectiveness. These self-paced modules cover most up to date topics in climate and nature governance, allowing participants to learn at their convenience.
  • 4 Bi-Weekly Live Sessions with Faculty: Learn from the best – ask questions, and discuss practical case studies with world-class faculty, including board members and executives, who bring real-world experience and insights. These sessions keep board members and executives highly engaged – participants can apply their knowledge in real-time, ensuring practical, actionable outcomes.
  • Board Simulation: A hands-on simulation exercise that replicates real-world boardroom scenarios, allowing participants to practice their decision-making skills in a controlled environment. This simulation enhances practical understanding and prepares participants for actual boardroom challenges related to climate and nature governance.

Program Schedule:

Interactive Session with Faculty Speakers and Case Discussion:

October 3, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 ET

Live Session Topic: Integrating Climate and Nature Risk and Opportunities into Corporate Strategy and Decision-Making

October 24, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 ET

Live Session Topic: Navigating Climate and Nature Regulations and Standards

November 7, 2024 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 ET

Live Session Topic: Decarbonization Pathways and Transition Strategies for Board Members

November 28, 2024 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 ET

Live Session Topic: Nature-Based Solutions and Biodiversity Conservation in the Boardroom

Board Simulation:

December 5, 2024 and December 12, 2024

*If you’re unable to attend one of the interactive sessions, we ensure continuity in your learning journey by providing the session recording. The recording will be accessible on our learning platform as a task for you to complete. This way, you won’t miss out on the valuable insights shared during the live event, enabling you to stay on track with the program requirements.

On-demand Curriculum

CCB Module 1: Understanding Climate Change and Nature Risks and Opportunities
  • The latest science: Understanding planetary and societal boundaries and going beyond carbon management.
  • Physical and transitional risks associated with climate change and nature loss.
  • Litigation risks, impacts on the insurance industry, and companies they insure.
  • Seizing opportunities and enhancing market competitiveness in the ‘Just Transition’ towards a low-carbon economy.
  • The role of D&O insurance in protecting board directors within the context of climate and nature-related risks.
  • Understanding emission scopes to provide oversight of climate and reporting.
  • Navigating international and national disclosure standards and frameworks, including TCFD and TNFD.
  • Navigating growing investor-driven initiatives and expectations.
  • Regulatory trends and the global shift from voluntary to mandatory climate change and nature-related disclosures.
  • Preparing for growing national and intergovernmental carbon pricing initiatives.
  • Understanding shifting stakeholder mindsets around climate and nature action.
  • The role of rating agencies in evaluating environmental performance.
  • Building trust with stakeholders and avoiding greenwashing through genuine climate and nature actions.
  • Guidance for effective communication in the boardroom and beyond, ensuring clarity and alignment on climate and nature goals.
CCB Module 4: Enhancing Board Governance for Climate and Nature Initiatives
  • Roles of committees and advisory groups related to overseeing climate and nature initiatives.
  • Steps to scenario planning and analysis for enhanced resiliency.
  • Strategic enterprise risk management (ERM) for effective governance.
  • Ensuring board oversight of climate and nature-related financial reporting. 
  • Aligning executive incentives and structures to reward climate and nature-positive actions and ensure long-term prosperity.
CCB Module 5: Boardroom Strategies for Climate and Nature Goals
  • Understanding the climate and nature goals and commitments.
  • Integrating and monitoring metrics and targets within governance structures. 
  • Addressing common business dilemmas and trade-offs in climate and nature action.
  • Financing climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience. 
  • Leveraging AI and technology for effective climate and nature action.
CCB Module 6: Looking at the Future: Proactive Leadership
  • Strategies for sustainable water use and conservation, addressing scarcity and quality issues​.
  • Ocean health, marine biodiversity, and the economic impacts of marine ecosystem degradation​.
  • Circular economy for effective waste management practices to reduce environmental pollution and resource consumption.
  • Spotlight on SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and SDG 15 (Life on Land) to align corporate actions with global goals. 
  • Incorporating emerging issues into broader climate and nature strategies for holistic environmental stewardship.

Live Session Faculty Speakers:

Speakers will be announced soon…

You will also have access to practical insights from many sought-after boards members and business leaders including:

Nigel Topping

Global Ambassador, High-Level Champion for Climate Action for COP26

Sarah Chapman

PhD Chief Marketing Officer, Manulife Investment Management and Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Manulife

Klaus Kunz

Head of Development, PI Industries

Curtis Ravenel

Senior Advisor to Co-Chair & Vice Chair Mark Carney, GFANZ

Agnes K Y Tai

PhD, CCB.D, SCR®, ESG Investing, FRM, CAIA, MBA, FHKIoD, Director of Great Glory Investment Corporation and Senior Advisor of iPartners Holdings Ltd.

Peter Schlosser

Vice President and Vice Provost, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

R. Andreas Kraemer

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Agora Think Tanks, Advisor in the Board of Directors of Oceano Azul Foundation, and Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee of Ökovision Investment Fund

Antonia Gawel

Global Director of Sustainability & Partnerships, Google

Matt Arnold

Global Head of Impact Finance and Markets, The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Executive Director, International Monetary Fund; UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda, United Nations; Climate Champion

Datuk Shireen Muhiudeen

Founder, Corston-Smith Asset Management, Ex Chairman, Stock Exchange of Malaysia, Ex Executive Council Member, Economic Action Council (Malaysia)

Andrew Steer

President and CEO, the Bezos Earth Fund

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council; Integrated Reporting and Connectivity Council – Advisory Council Member, IFRS Foundation

Johan Rockström

Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, 2024 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement Award Winner

Annette Stube

Chief Sustainability Officer, The LEGO Group; Board Member, Solvay

R. Gopalakrishnan

Author, Doodles on Leadership: Experiences Within and Beyond Tata; Non–Executive Chairman, Castrol India; Former Chairman, Unilever Arabia

John Streur

Founding Member Investor Advisory Group, SASB; Advisory Board Member ESG Initiative, The Wharton School; Advisory Board Member, Boston University Impact Measurement & Allocation Program (IMAP)

David Craig

Co-Chair, TNFD

Julia Jackson

Founder, Grounded; Board Member on California Department of Food and Agriculture, Earth League International, SeaLegacy, Arctic Base Camp Advisory Board, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet (GASP) Leadership Council, and the Council of the Eagle and the Condor Advisory Board.

William McDonough

Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation

And more...

“Competent Boards gave me a clear understanding about how climate and biodiversity may impact the sustainable growth of a business, highlighting the duty of the Board of Directors to oversee the robustness of net-zero and nature positive commitments. I learnt a lot from the different case studies, speakers and participants around the globe, which made the whole learning experience even richer and more interesting.” (Portugal)

Raquel Henriques (CCB.D)
Sustainability and ESG Director, Rovensa
Peter Bowie

‘The practical learning from the combination of knowledgeable global leaders in a variety of industrial and academic organizations, the experience and expertise of the program’s leaders, and regular interactions with the participating board members, from many countries and organizations, was remarkable. The program exceeded my expectations.” (Canada)

Peter Bowie (CCB.D)
Independent Director, Magna International, Xebec, FedNav, DMZ Accelerator, Ryerson University

“Competent Board’s Climate and Biodiversity program is such as valuable program. It helped me to see the bigger picture that corporations and boards are facing pertaining to climate change and biodiversity.” (Canada)

Helen Bobiwash (CCB.D)
Accountant, Helen Bobiwash, CPA

“I have learned a lot from the sessions and can apply them immediately in my various roles…I highly recommend it to C level and Board members as part of mandatory training.” (Philippines)

Sebastian Quiniones (CCB.D)
Executive Director, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc

“The program’s focus on aligning and integrating climate action with the company’s purpose and long term value creation was key for me. I now feel better equipped to lead my board colleagues and engage with those advising us in this critical area of accountability to our stakeholders.” (New Zealand)

Mel Hewitson (CCB.D)

“Thank you Helle Bank Jørgensen and Competent Boards for creating an incredibly interesting and relevant program that is full of up to date insights from true thought leaders. Very happy to have invested my time in this program.” (Canada)

Natascha Kiernan (CCB.D)
Independent Director

Program Details


4 live sessions with faculty speakers (2 hours each)

Live-case study discussion with global peers

1 board simulation

25-30 hours of time commitment (over 3 months)

Designation (CCB.D), Certification and Credly badge

Program Fee

USD $3,995

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