Stewards of the Future
by Helle Bank JORGENSEN
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues have become some of the biggest challenges faced by 21st-century board directors.
Today’s boards must contend with a wide range of stakeholders who can affect the fortunes of a company — investors, customers, suppliers, employees, politicians, and activists, among others.
This book demonstrates that for long-term profits and sustainability, boards must have the insight to ask the right questions of management on complex issues such as climate change, ESG, corruption, cybersecurity, human trafficking, supply-chain resilience, and much more.
With insightful contributions from more than 100 world experts that make up the Competent Boards’ faculty for the Climate and ESG Certificate and Designation Programs, this book provides board members and executives with a practical guide on what is required today to develop not just boardroom competencies, but thriving, future-fit organizations.
I wish I had read this book many years ago...
Not many have the insight and foresight of Helle Bank Jorgensen to see the risks and opportunities of the future that will help you ask the right questions.
— CHAD HOLLIDAY
CHAIR OF THE MISSION POSSIBLE PARTNERSHIP; FORMER CHAIR, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL AND BANK OF AMERICA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards.She has enjoyed a 30-year career working with global Fortune 500 board members and senior executives, as well as small- to -medium-sized organizations and investors. Helle has unrivalled expertise in how to convert environmental, social, governance (ESG), climate and sustainability risks into profitable and innovative opportunities for businesses.
“This book is a must read for all Corporate Board Directors…Helle has captured the true role of a board director in our new business reality..the responsibility to see beyond just “return to shareholders” and to prioritize the organization’s strategy to maximize the return to employees and communities in equal measure. The case is profoundly made that the responsibility for an authentic ESG strategy begins with the Board of Directors and their commitment to stewarding the execution of an authentic ESG implementation.“
BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIR, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORP; FORMER MAYOR OF LAS VEGAS
“Many boards struggle with translating purpose and sustainability into the heart of their strategies, yet it is increasingly vital for long-term success. This book by Helle and Competent Boards is very timely, practical, insightful, and, for boards that do care about the long term, actually fun to read.”
co-founder and chair, IMAGINE; former CEO, Unilever
“In this book, Helle Bank Jorgensen has succeeded in bringing an extra dimension to the ESG and sustainability discussions in the boardroom. Helle has achieved this through her 30-year personal passion and vast network, bringing the topic closer to corporate DNA. This is a book not just for board directors but for anyone who is interested in creating a better future for all.”
INED CLP Holdings and LINK REIT and former CEO -Standard Chartered Bank (HK)
Once you’ve read the book, then you can test the insight, foresight and oversight of your board directors and senior executives with our self-assessment tool.
There are 10 sets of 10 questions to answer. Then you can plot the scores on this 10-point spider-web graphic to map out the scores.
Once you have everyone’s answers the graph will reveal on what areas directors are aligned (or not) and how well various issues are being addressed by the board and organization as a whole.