The program examines a range of tools and approaches from climate scenario analysis and disclosure expectations to adaptation, mitigation, and transition strategies.

The Climate Competent Boards Certificate Program provides Board Directors, Business Leaders and Practitioners an in-depth understanding of the current challenges and opportunities that climate change and transitioning to net-positive present.

What is deemed green now is unlikely to be the same in 2, 5, or 10 years time.
Is your business and board adequately prepared, and are you asking the right questions to ensure your current goals, targets and business model are future fit?

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Who Is This Program For?

This program is for Board Members and mid-to-senior level business executives to better understand and prepare for the profound and far-reaching impacts of climate change on business, and what type of actions need to be taken as we transition to a net-zero economy.

Climate Competent Boards was created to equip business executives and board members with intelligence and strategies to:

  • Gain a deep understanding of climate-related risks and opportunities, improve your organization’s long-term competitiveness, and more deeply contribute to effective reporting and board discussions.
  • Participate in a live, virtual learning environment and interact directly with world-class faculty and leading experts in climate change.
  • Share insights with and develop a high level, global network of peers from a variety of countries and disciplines who will serve as an invaluable professional resource after the program.
  • Enhance your contributions to climate change oversight in your organization.
  • Receive a certificate proving your enhanced knowledge around climate competence.

Program Streams

Though the content in both programs is identical, occasionally speakers may change.

The program is divided into two cohorts: one for Board Members, and one for Senior Business Professionals.

Board Members - 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 program.

Business Professionals/Investors - discuss the topics through a wide range of business perspectives and comprise mid-to-senior-level executives, investors, and board advisors.

Alumni from both groups earn their Climate Competent Boards Certificate of Completion

Can’t determine which group you should join? Competent Boards will help you make the most appropriate choice.

6 Strategic Sessions

Session 1

Understanding Climate Risks and Opportunities: Operating within Planetary and Societal Boundaries and Transitioning to Net Zero

September 14 (Business Professionals)
September 15 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
Are you adequately prepared and responding to changes in the regulatory landscape and the growing expectations and demands of all your stakeholders, from climate activists to climate migrants? How will climate change impact your businesses, supply chains, customers, employees, and the societies you operate in?

This session will give an overview of the growing regulatory and societal demands, as well as science underpinning our current trajectory. It will also examine the pivotal role that the board, executives and finance providers must play to future-proof business models and mitigate risk, in line with planetary and societal boundaries.
Business Professionals
Board Members
Business Professionals
Board Members

Session 2

Reporting Trends and Regulatory Trends: Getting Ahead of the Curve

September 21 (Business Professionals)
September 22 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
This session will focus on the fast-evolving regulatory landscape in the lead up to COP26 and G20 meetings. What climate policies should you anticipate in the future as many regulations and guidelines move from voluntary to mandatory climate disclosures? What impacts will it have on your business?

Business Professionals
Board Members
Business Professionals
Board Members

Session 3

Climate Responsible Investment and Insurance

September 28 (Business Professionals)
September 29 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
This session will focus on the implications of increasing investor pressures, financial and technological innovations, and their implications on your business and the planet (cost of capital, insurance premiums, etc.). How should you best prepare, engage, and respond to investors and insurers? What are the latest proxy voting trends and how are these becoming a material issue for investors?
Business Professionals
Board Members
Board Members
Business Professionals

Session 4

Responsible Climate Governance: Ensuring Accountability at the Board Level

October 5 (Business Professionals)
October 6 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
Where do you start as a board member? What are the questions you would ask management on their approach towards climate exposure and net zero commitments? How do you ensure board oversight around TCFD + reporting and scenario analysis? How will the role of the board evolve in the next 1 – 5 – 10 years?
Business Professionals
Board Members
Business Professionals
Board Members

Session 5

A Guide to Strategic Implementation: How to Put it all into Practice

October 12 (Business Professionals)
October 13 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
This session will feature detailed examples, common pitfalls to avoid and examine trade-offs that are often overlooked when implementing effective climate transition strategies. What are the most effective and credible mitigation, adaptation and draw-down approaches? How do you ensure all employees and suppliers are climate competent? How can you formulate meaningful net zero goals, targets, and strategies?
Business Professionals
Board Members
Board Members

Session 6

Learning from the Trailblazers: Practical Advice

October 19 (Business Professionals)
October 20 (Board Members)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT / 5:30 - 7:00 pm CEST
This module will feature experiences and lessons learned across a range of different industries and business functions. How to optimize resources and scale your innovation capabilities? How to collaborate / partner with competitors, suppliers and other external organisations?
Business Professionals
Board Members
Business Professionals
Board Members

Including Interviews With:

Session Format

  • 6 sessions at 90 minutes each, plus approximately 90-minutes of preparation time/materials per session (videos, case studies, targeted discussion questions and recommended reading lists).
  • Each session will require a total investment of approximately 180 minutes.
  • Program registration is capped at 36 participants to ensure a rich opportunity for dialogue.
  • A Self-Study option is also available to learn on your own schedule.

Session Materials

  • Concise videos featuring interviews with global leaders and in-depth fireside chats.
  • A list of questions to help you evaluate whether your approaches appropriately consider changing risks and opportunities.
  • Case studies to be discussed with peers during the session.
  • Recommended readings, reports, tools, and frameworks.
  • Bios and headshots of the global dialogue session attendees.

Session Agendas

  • Discussion of preparation material provided. 
  • Discussion of the session topic with global faculty members. 
  • Brief presentation of the session case study. 
  • Breakout session with approx. 6 people per group (groups change bi-weekly).
  • Question and discussion period. 
  • All sessions are held under Chatham House Rule.

Requirements to Complete Program

To complete the interactive program and receive your Certificate, you are required to participate in a minimum of 4 of the 6 interactive sessions. 

If you miss a session, you'll have an opportunity to review the session recording (to a maximum of 2). 

After completing the sessions, you will be tested on your knowledge of the program content.

Join Our Alumni

Upon completion, alumni can continue to network with other alumni in our Competent Boards Alumni LinkedIn groups. Alumni can also choose to join our Alumni Membership Program.


Canadian sales tax applies only if you reside in Canada.

One-time Payment of Full Program

$2995 USD

3-month installment plan

$999 USD

per month for 3 months + 3.5% admin fee


Our programs fill quickly, so please register as early as possible. 

Please note -  We require those in the Board Members program to serve on a board with fiduciary responsibility.  We require those in the program for Business Professionals to have experience in management, as an investor, board advisor, or other type of mid-to-senior business professional. 

Please view the FAQ Page or email climate@competentboards.com with any questions.

Self-Study Option

For those unable to commit to the interactive program schedule, we offer a Self-Study version to complete on your own time. The content is the same as the full Certificate program, however there is no live interactive component with experts and international peers.

What is included in the Self-Study Program?

  • 6 concise collections of videos, in-depth fireside chats, and related tools featuring interviews with dozens of renowned global leaders on current, pressing climate issues.
  • Sets of questions to evaluate whether your current approaches appropriately consider changing risks and opportunities.
  • Recommended readings, reports, tools, and frameworks.
  • Final written exam.
  • The content is available on our online learning platform 24/7 so you can complete the program at your own pace over a 3-month period.
What is required to obtain the Self-Study Program Certificate?

Completion of modules within 3 months and successfully passing the final exam.

Self-Study Program Pricing

Canadian sales tax applies only if you reside in Canada.
Register for the Self-Study Program and receive access to the content beginning September 14, 2021.

Full Program

$1795 USD

Individual Sessions

$299 USD

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What Makes This Program Different

  • Live interactive sessions foster robust dialogue for participants with a wide variety of well-known experts in their fields.
  • Global participants, speakers and content allow for diverse perspectives and a better understanding of how climate is evolving in a global business context.
  • Our programs are designed by dozens of international board members and experts, with a global Advisory Board providing feedback and focus. These executives come from a variety of industries and professions and contribute to program materials in the form of pre-recorded interviews and live interaction with participants.
  • The program was developed in partnership with Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Lab, University of Oxford Saïd Business School, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. These relationships enhance the international brand recognition of the program and contribute to the deep practical business insight the program brings.
  • The Climate topics and content prepares boards to engage with various stakeholders and upcoming proxy seasons. The Program is designed through the lens of good corporate governance.
  • The program presents an exceptional networking opportunity with peers around the world. Breakout groups where participants work together foster those peer relationships both during and after program completion.
  • Competent Boards is highly regarded and recognized by board recruiters, investors, board members, and executives around the world for providing very high-quality board education.  View our Testimonials.
  • Those who enroll now can start in September and complete the 6-module online program before the start of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on November 1.