A certificate course specifically designed for current and aspiring corporate directors.
This course pinpoints how corporate board members, whose legal duties and strategic roles are very different from management, can embed ESG into their oversight role. Convened by the Business in Society Institute at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the leading sustainability advocacy non-profit Ceres, this course incorporates practical insights, cutting-edge research, expert interviews, and peer-to-peer discussion.
We are now accepting enrollments for the Fall 2021 cohort, which will run from October 5 through December 6.
This course is divided into the following six modules:
Engaging with investors on ESG
Building ESG competency and fluency on the board
Structuring board committees for ESG oversight
Aligning executive compensation with ESG performance
Identifying, assessing, and mitigating ESG risks
Disclosing ESG risks and opportunities
// When: October 5 – December 6, 2021
// Time Commitment: The course is designed to take approximately six hours of active work, and participants can move through the course at their own pace.
// Who should participate? This course is designed specifically for current and aspiring corporate directors.
// Certificate requirements: Participants who complete all six modules and write at least six reflections will earn a Certificate in ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role from Berkeley Law Executive Education.
// General tuition: $1250
// Berkeley alumni*: $1000
// Ceres Network member*: $1000
// Group rate*: $1000 per person (for groups of three or more)
// Government/Nonprofit*: $1000
*To receive one of the special discounted rates listed above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before registering to request a Promo Code.
// Accessibility: For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact us at email@example.com. Please make your request upon registration.
“ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role” provides corporate directors with the Who, What, Where When and Why of E, S and G using an engaging and innovative instructional format. The virtual discussions with ESG experts and fellow course members were especially interesting and enlightening.” – Peggy Smyth, Board Member, Etsy
“With comprehensive content, engaging live class discussions, and thought-provoking writing assignments, this course is a must for all board members. The program is well organized and gives board members the essential toolbox for strategically considering ESG oversight responsibilities, risk assessment, and stakeholder value creation. Bravo!” – Lisa Bougie, Board Member, Eileen Fisher Inc, Cora, Boon Supply
“I highly recommend this course as it covers an array of ESG topics by providing substantive content and leveraging the perspectives of leaders in the field. The live discussion sessions allow directors to interact and share experiences on ESG matters.” – Celeste Clark, Board Member, Wells Fargo
“This course provides an excellent overview for all board members on the vocabulary and concepts that are increasingly critical for leading sustainable companies. Amelia and Veena offer thought leadership and inspire participants to consider both the risks and opportunities presented by broad ESG considerations.The group discussions were vibrant, and generated good ideas for deeper dives in future programs. Definitely a good investment of time for all board members.” – Steven G. Hoch, Partner, Brown Advisory Former Board Member, Nestle SA
“ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role deserves to be a prerequisite to assuming directorship. Extremely time-efficient, the course presents a concise panorama of today’s ESG imperatives. Ignoring the need to participate to the board’s ESG oversight is simply neglecting the directors’ fiduciary responsibility. In today’s world institutional investors, and public institutions are holding directors accountable to responsible oversight of ESG issues, and material risks. ESG also offers opportunities which, if left unaddressed, put the company at competitive disadvantage.” – Dominique Conseil, Director of the Ceres Board, Former President, Aveda