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Can’t join all 12-sessions? Join select sessions of your interest including Climate, ESG, Diversity, Human Rights, SDGs, and Cybersecurity.

Receive the Following Preparation Materials

  • Insight Videos – Featuring clips from our interviews with global leaders discussing some of the most pressing board issues of our time
  • A list of questions to help you understand and evaluate whether management’s approaches appropriately consider the changing risks and opportunities
  • Guest Speaker Videos – Industry experts and thought leaders sharing their experience and knowledge on course topics
  • Case studies to be discussed with peers during sessions
  • All recorded Competent Boards webinars
  • Recommended readings, reports, frameworks, tools, etc.

* Those attending select sessions are not eligible for the Competent Boards Certificate. Should you attend 8+ sessions you can receive the certificate for an additional fee.

Session Overview

Session 1: New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives and Investors

Topics

• Organizational purpose – does it add value?
• Trust and integrity – The boards' role in relation to shareholder and stakeholder communication
• Mega-trends - How geopolitical and environmental concerns, and human values are changing expectations of businesses, investors and boards
• How soft laws, regulations and frameworks are impacting a business’ license to operate
• How new business models - circular economy, sharing economy, gig economy, the future of work, artificial intelligence -
are disrupting business as usual
• Different views and understandings of the fiduciary duty across regions

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Session 2: Dealing with Dilemmas, and Turning Risks into Opportunities

Topics

• Thinking the Unthinkable - How to plan for major disruptions to ensure resiliency and business continuity
• The board of directors’ role in relation to strategy and setting the cultural tone from the top
• Balancing short-term and long-term goals, objectives, compliance and accountability
• Dealing with shareholder expectations – how to deal with ratings, rankings, shareholder letters and proposals, activist investors, and a growing number of disclosure expectations
• Incentives – how incentives can drive wanted or unwanted behaviour

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Session 3: SDGs Competent Boards

Topics

• What are the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and how are they being addressed by regulatory trends?
• Why and how are companies and investors embracing the SDGs and using them as a catalogue of innovation and investment opportunities?
• How to use the SDG-framework as a strategic tool to understand the world’s biggest pain points and determine risks and innovative opportunities
• The link between purpose, the SDGs and a business' license to operate and grow
• Using the SDGs as a common language to communicate with stakeholders
• Oversight - how to question the relevance of internally selected SDGs, targets and strategies

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Session 4: Climate Competent Boards

Topics

• Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities - How climate change is impacting businesses, supply chains, customers, employees and the societies they operate in
• How to manage transitional and political risks including carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade programs
• Growing expectations from investors - The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), CDP, UNPRI, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and other investor driven initiatives
• How companies, investors and insurance companies are responding to growing demands for climate action
• Scenario analysis, disclosure expectations, adaptation, mitigation, and transition strategies
• Oversight - how to question the relevance of climate goals, targets and strategies

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Session 5: ESG Competent Boards

Topics

• Growing expectations of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) disclosure – what are investors asking for and why does it matter?
• How ESG disclosure issues are leading to securities class actions and civil litigation
• Understanding the ESG ratings, rankings, indices, integration frameworks and materiality risk and opportunity assessments
• How companies are responding to growing demands for ESG disclosure
• How to integrate emerging risks into ERM-frameworks such as the COSO framework
• Oversight - how to question the relevance of ESG goals, targets and strategies

Session 6: Human Rights and Supply Chain Competent Boards

Topics

• Child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, etc. – Do you have human rights risks in your supply chain?
• Identifying, assessing and managing salient risks
• The impact of environmental and social disasters on your supply chain
• Aligning the power of procurement with incentives
• The responsibility of the corporation and the board with regards to regulatory demands and expectations from stakeholders including how to disclose support for major international norms and soft law initiatives
• Oversight - how to question the relevance of human rights and supply chain goals, targets and strategies

Session 7: Diversity in the Boardroom

Topics

• Diversity of thought - the many forms of diversity and the value they bring
• Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of diverse talent and proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues (including the 'Me Too' movement)
• Board composition, board structure and the role of the board nomination committee
• Ability to manage complex issues and spot innovation potential
• Performance evaluation, incentives and accountability
• Oversight - how to question the relevance of diversity goals, targets and strategies

Session 8: Anti-Corruption and Transparency

Topics

• Changing risks and expectations associated with anti-corruption and ethical business practices
• Developing and testing the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance program
• Steps companies can take to reduce fraud and corruption including facilitation payments
• Public disclosure and self-disclosure - how much should company reputation matter in decision-making
• Managing and overseeing investigations
• Oversight - Questions to ask management to test the robustness and effectiveness of its anti-corruption approach

Session 9: Responsible Use of Data and Cybersecurity

Topics

• Ethical considerations of the use of data including big data and AI generated opportunities
• How can cyber risks impact how responsibly a company's reputation is perceived
• Cyber propaganda and ‘Fake News’
• Cybersecurity and how it links to the SDGs
• Increased organizational and personal data-protection vs. the use of data for good
• Data collection, stakeholder privacy concerns, and the ethical management of confidential information
• Disaster containment, recovery and business continuity
• Oversight - how to question the strategy for the use of data and the cybersecurity strategy

Session 10: Tax, Investment and Pay

Topics

• When tax optimization is no longer responsible
The cost of ownership in a volatile world - dilemmas when investing for the long-term
• How to question the socioeconomic impact of potential business decisions
• What information is needed to make well-informed capital investment and capital expenditure (CapEx) decisions
• When executive compensation is hurting the business
• Oversight - how to question financial decisions and the impact on the business' reputation and longevity

Session 11: Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure

Topics

• Determining the material issues to manage and communicate to shareholders and stakeholders
• The rise in shareholder activism proposals and how the proxy season impacts companies and boards
• Engagement strategies before the proxy season and beyond - consistent messaging
• The most commonly-used standards and frameworks including Integrated Reporting (IIRC), Climate Reporting (CDP, CDSB), SASB, GRI, UN Global Compact, SDGs, etc.
SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) and Stock-exchange requirements
• What are the future trends in reporting?

Session 12: The Future of Good Corporate Governance

Topics

• A summary of the previous weekly topics and what they mean for the future of good governance