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Has Your Board Set a Net Zero Target DateYet?
Sustainability is a focus for boards as pressure from investors, lawmakers, regulators, governments, employees and customers weigh in with questions of companies today.
Is your board doing enough to set up your company for long-term success in a sustainably-minded environment?
From regulators in Europe to the SEC in the US, global governments are actively proposing new reporting standards for disclosure on sustainability topics.
A 2022 study by Russell Reynolds Associates cites that 65% of board directors say there is a genuine commitment to make real progress and invest time and money to reach goals. Yet, while commitments to ready Net Zero targets, 68% of boards surveyed have not set a Net Zero target date, 13% say they don't expect they will, while 5% who have set goals think they won't reach their targets.
Where Does This Fit On the Board?
Currently, investors clearly say sustainability and climate risk in the full board's responsibility. It is insufficient to have an "ESG director" or "Sustainability Director. The growing expectation is for the full board to improve the current low level of sustainability expertise and understanding to their work in identifying risks and new way opportunities for creating value.
Corporate governance analysts report a low level of director qualifications or relevant experience on major boards today. A recent Harvard survey of Nomination and Governance committee chairs shows 63% now include this as a critical leadership competency for prospective directors.
Boards will need to strengthen their competency and will build capable management teams for their ability to manage sustainability well.
What Board Directors Should Consider
If your board is in an early stage on this topic, here are five key areas to explore.
How vital is ESG to our business? -- Why are we doing it? What timeline makes sense? What will we measure?
How should our board oversee, enable and support ESG results?
How should we ensure leadership, talent and skills are in place to manage the plan and results?
How do we assess operations to deliver on goals and results?
How do we create a work culture that engages all to reach our goals?
INITIAL ORIENTATION –assessment and personal one-one one video call with Boardwise expert
Participants complete an online Board Bona Fide® assessment to establish current board readiness. You have a one-hour private session with a board expert coach to review your profile; discuss what type of board is the best match and explore suggestions for how to achieve your goal to serve on a board.
GOVERNANCE EDUCATION SESSIONS– live educational sessions online
The live interactive program includes nine sessions, each of which is two hours.
Governance Sessions Topics
FUNDAMENTALS OF BOARD SERVICE
BOARD’S ROLE IN STRATEGY AND INNOVATION
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: CYBER SECURITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DECISION-MAKING
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: ROLE OF BOARDS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
THE CEO, YOUR BOARD STYLE AND BOARD DYNAMICS
SOLUTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CHALLENGES
Why This Program?
Taught by world-class global experts in corporate governance, you will:
Learn the latest in governance issues and how to manage them;
Prioritize board roles and responsibilities;
Understand the economic, legal, reputation and fiduciary responsibilities of directors;
Feel empowered to ask the right questions and make important decisions
Understand and improve your effectiveness on a board;
Learn about best practices forevaluating company financial and strategic performance;
Improve committee effectiveness and personal director contributions;
Consider ways to improve board mix, meeting effectiveness, relationships with shareholders and stakeholders and increase overall corporate reputation;
Compare practices and ideas with director colleagues from other companies who participate;
Become a more effective, knowledgeableleader in corporate governance.
Faculty for the Program
Dr. Donna Hamlin Professor Dr. Fred van Eenennaam
Jen McClure Marilyn Nagel
Join those board directors who understand: learning is a permanent commitment for board members.