Competentboards - ESG & Climate Education Programs

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.

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Book Reviews

“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.”

PAUL POLMAN

BUSINESS LEADER, CAMPAIGNER AND CO-AUTHOR OF “NET POSITIVE”

“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.”

JAN JONES BLACKHURST

BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIR, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORP; FORMER MAYOR OF LAS VEGAS

“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.”

MAY TAN

INED CLP HOLDINGS AND LINK REIT; FORMER CEO -STANDARD CHARTERED BANK (HK)

Download the Self-Assessment Tool

Each chapter of the book ends with 10 questions designed to test board directors’ insight, oversight, and foresight on the issue discussed in that chapter. Use this downloadable tool, in conjunction with the questions, to assess how successfully your board is grappling with the critical environmental, social, and governance challenges it’s confronting.

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BOOK SPECS

On sale in retail stores: Jan. 12, 2022

Page count: 288 pp.

Binding: Hardcover

Retail price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-988025-76-6

Publisher: Barlow Books

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Bulk pricing (in Canadian funds)

10 to 49 books: $30.00

50 to 99 books: $25.00

100+ books: Speak to Publisher Sarah Scott about pricing.

sarah@barlowbooks.com

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.

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