Feedback From Our Program Participants
Our Alumni and our Faculty are the centre of our universe both during the program and after. Here's what they have to say about our Programs.
VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR FELLOW, TELLUS INSTITUTE AND CO-FOUNDER, GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE, CORPORATION 2020, AND GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY RATINGS
Corporate boards are custodians of the long-term well-being of the enterprise. In a turbulent world replete with economic, social and ecological uncertainties, effective custodianship requires both clarity of corporate purpose and a deep understanding of the systemic risks impinging upon the organization’s future. I applaud ESG Competent Boards for devising an innovative educational and convening strategy to realize both of these critical objectives.
ANAR SHAMJI POPATIA
The program surpassed my expectations! It was excellent in its delivery, content and relevance. Hearing from international esteemed speakers and working with a cohort of directors from around the world gave me a global perspective of emerging issues and opportunities facing directors today. I highly recommend the program to those who want to future-proof their boards.
PRODUCT SPECIALIST, TRIODOS IM | PRESIDENT, NET IMPACT AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
ESG Competent Boards has brought together some of the world’s most inspiring sustainability leaders to teach and steer the course of corporate impact from the highest level of governance.
I would not just recommend it – I would insist upon it! This has been by far one of the most worthwhile initiatives I have taken part in during my continuing professional development. The program is superbly constructed, supremely relevant and highly effective.
Another great reason for participating is the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. The whole experience has been extremely rewarding on every level
My classmates and I learned from each other and we developed lifelong friendships. I left each one of the 12 sessions invigorated and excited about the opportunity to apply what I have learned and through this process, I believe I have become a more valuable board member. Even if you have other board designations, you will still benefit from this very insightful and valuable certificate program.
Incredible initiative. ESG Competent Boards shares knowledge, experience and insight to help train board members on how to capitalize on the opportunities the SDGs present. I urge all leaders to stay informed and check out the global programs that Competent Boards offers.
The ESG Competent Boards program is a unique, insight-raising, thought-provoking and action-inspiring platform among a great diversity of business leaders, linking yesterday’s learnings and today’s realities with future perspectives.
A pandemic like COVID-19 amplifies uncertainties. In this milieu, the programs done by ESG Competent Boards enable a pragmatic and positive perspective on the way forward where economic, social and environmental sustainability are intertwined.
KATIE SCHMITZ EULITT
I highly recommend the Competent Boards Certificate Program. The case study-based program puts one in the proverbial shoes of corporate board members re-examining the strategies and practices of the companies of which they are stewards, related to ESG issues which many corporate boards are currently ill-equipped to do. This certificate program is well worth your time and investment.
There are a lot of development programs out there. This one is very, very, unique. You gain from talking to people that come from different walks of life, different companies and different situations, which prepares you to be a better board member.
The Competent Board Certificate Program is a great toolbox for both Boards and Boards Advisors to learn about ESG issues. Twelve modules cover the most pressing ESG issues of the moment, with advice and insights presented by some of the world’s most respected business, investment and sustainability leaders. The program format is easy to follow and is a great road into the future.
The ESG Competent Boards course was excellent. What was so good – and made the course so different than other courses – was the level of dialogue that the moderators fostered. Their expert views and experiences, along with the high-level input from other course participants were a powerful combination. Rather than ‘spoon-feed’ participants a ‘this is how you do it’ diet, the interactive format allowed us to draw real life lessons that we can bring to our own boards.
There are growing expectations that companies actively manage and govern toward a broader set of sustainable measures and responsibilities when defining success today and as part of a sustainable future. This course provides consumable content by relevant experts who cut-to-the-chase on what needs to be addressed and monitored by today’s corporate board.
I had high expectations before joining the program, and I got even more out of it. It gave me a tremendous amount of inspiration and new insights. I feel the program has contributed significantly to my personal development and strengthened the competencies and skills that I bring to use in my board positions. I see it as an extremely relevant and high-quality program for board members and business leaders, both with regards to content and to learning process.
I have not seen that wealth of experience and engagement in any other program related to this topic making the program exceptionally unique. My cohort of very senior and executive leaders brought their experiences forward, and the structure of the program allowed us to share our ideas in a very pragmatic way, only enhancing our learnings.
In my role as Corporate Secretary of a major mining company I’ve seen board members not asking the right questions. Every company should consider asking at least one or two of their board members to enroll and attend this program. The program is superb as it offers views from many people from different parts of the world who have opinions or questions which makes all of us think differently. I see a lot of value in the program and consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of it.
Helle Bank Jorgensen and her team at ESG Competent Boards do an amazing job of keeping Directors up to date on the most cutting issues facing management today. On a personal note, I cannot think of a professional who I have enjoyed working with more than Helle – she is a total professional and an ace in every way. She is very deserving of the peer recognition she has received.
This was a tremendous opportunity to connect with professionals from every continent who are involved in advising Boards on critical issues. The curriculum was rich and the number of senior executives with whom we had the chance to interact was nothing short of extraordinary.
LESLIE F. SEIDMAN
I think this program is more relevant than ever, and I would highly recommend it. I feel better equipped to oversee ESG and sustainability issues in my board rooms. Take a look at the topics covered over the 12 sessions to give yourself a sense of the breadth and depth of the curriculum.
JOHN M. MCMILLIN III
As a board member, I can now better identify and act on the most material environmental, social and governance aspects of the business. More than anything, this program helps me ask the right questions.
It was an eye opener and a great start to better understand high-impact areas that world-class companies are looking at today and what sustainability leaders are focusing their time and effort on.
The permanent value I have derived is so immense, that anyone acceding to my recommendation to take this course is likely to be grateful!
Having considered several executive board programs, I am glad I chose to participate in the ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program. I have gained practical insights that I deploy in my board work already. Highly recommended for any board member!
This is a unique program, unlike anything else that I have seen. Post-Covid, it is even more relevant due to the flexibility of the online classes/session and the importance of addressing ESG issues and macro trends that will affect us all in the short and long term.
By focusing on the role of the board, and those within companies who advise boards, ESG Competent Boards is addressing a unique need at a critical time for corporates facing higher expectations from their employees, shareholders and customers around ESG and corporate responsibility. There really is no other leadership forum that can compete.
This is a great course which has lots of fantastic speakers and contributors sharing their knowledge and insight. The course design is very unique and time efficient. I enjoyed it a lot! I would definitely recommend it.
As a new-ish Non-Executive Director I was keen to get more familiar with the key challenges boards grapple with. It’s a fantastic network of NED’s, excellent discussions and intellectual stimulation on the most current and pressing issues facing boards. It provides a fantastic collection of relevant reference material, which I am actually using in my NED work. The whole program is well thought through and tailored for global board leaders or those that aspire to become one.
I am not aware of any other executive ESG training of this calibre. Many courses are a few hours or so. This is a proper education with excellent faculty, relevant cases, thorough discussions and full coverage of all ESG angles. In an increasingly ESG focused world, the Competent Boards certificate is an absolute must have.
The ESG Competent Boards initiative has been ahead of its time. COVID-19 has created the existential threats for boards that many members had seemed to regard as unthinkable. That is why ESG Competent Boards is rightly having its moment. Its programme is a must for opening board eyes and minds to the new, unthinkable and existential realities we all confront.
I would without hesitancy recommend this Program to others. The speakers were incredible and the structure was well suited to professionals. As ESG continues to gain importance in the Boardroom, the CB Certificate Program will prepare current and future board members for the challenge.
I would highly recommend the Competent Boards Program as you will hear from Global leaders, engage in real-time issues and dive into the complexities that Boards must consider in decision making, including ESG which affects the long-term reputation and viability of the company. This program is for current executives, management teams presenting to Boards or prospective Board members.
My experience with ESG Competent Boards was exemplary – ESG Competent Boards is clearly committed to supporting high-performance outcomes on an ambitious goal, which is combining sustainable development leaders within successful businesses.
ESG Competent Boards has been able to bring together not only excellent opinion leaders from industry and academia but also a broad church of board members. I have been incredibly impressed by the scope and depth of the program. The materials are extensive and topical and the CB organization under Helle’s leadership is really professional. It was a really enjoyable 6 months.
TANYA DOS SANTOS
I have been blown away by the ability to connect with the most highly profiled CEOs and experts in their fields and to draw insights from them that are immensely valuable to board members. I also love the compassion that ESG Competent Boards has shown in allowing a percentage of the program fee to go to a person in need during COVID-19. That is important for us as leaders to see from other leaders.
I found the interactive content to be insightful and challenging, and the case discussions brought all the content into perspective. One of the most valuable aspects was the richness of interaction between the participants and speakers, which come from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and experiences, deepening the learnings from the program. A top tier governance certificate program.
The insights, oversights and perspectives have definitely strengthened my mindset towards the need for integrated opportunity, risk and impact thinking, acting and reporting, with the SDGs as a lighthouse. Not only will I recommend the program to my peers, but would also like to come back one year from now as the pace of the sustainability space is fast moving and dynamic.
I gained an extraordinary network of colleagues who I look forward to engaging with and continuously learning from. I can’t recommend the program enough to any interested leaders!
I thoroughly enjoyed the bi-weekly session discussions with exceptionally talented and diverse fellow cohorts from which I increased my knowledge and insights. I highly recommend this program to others and have colleagues that have signed up to also experience this unique learning opportunity.
I believe the Competent Boards program is the most comprehensive in the market, and ESG needs to be a crucial focus for effective board members in the future. I gained a much more comprehensive understanding of the breadth and depth of ESG topics and how to put them into practice as a board member. I highly recommend the program. The speakers are the top people in the world in their fields.
The Competent Boards Certificate programme gave me valuable knowledge on sustainability, ESG, and how global leaders are working to change the mindset of individuals across a variety of industries.
Helle Bank Jorgensen is one of the world’s thought leaders in the ESG space. By assembling a global network of experts in the field of ESG, Helle has developed a curriculum that provides corporate board members and advisors the insight, awareness and competencies to effectively identify and oversee the associated business risks and opportunities.
ESG Competent Boards is not about telling people what they should do but instead giving people tools and building soft skills to have informed conversations that lead to sound decisions about how to do things better. So many times, we ask ourselves, what are our peers are doing? ESG Competent Boards provides the forum to get some answers.
We know that Governance will be different on the other side of the pandemic. We don’t know how different. But we know that the pandemic has exposed many of the weaknesses in our Governance systems and is giving us an opportunity to rethink Governance. ESG Competent Boards is way out in front in helping us to identify the weaknesses in our current system and helping us to respond.
The Competent Boards Program is hands down the best director education out there. Global in its scope, deep in its content, extraordinary speakers and excellent interactivity, I am so glad I found it (or it found me!)
As a Chair I was looking to understand the ESG landscape as the organization is just embarking on its own ESG path. I didn’t feel equipped to effectively participate in this discussion. Now, I feel like I have a sufficiently wide and deeper understanding of not only the upcoming disclosure requirements but also the opportunities inherent in an effective ESG program.