Navigating the future with confidence: Unlock your ESG leadership potential

February 6, 2023

Kira Ciccarelli


As a board member, it’s important to understand the concept of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and how it relates to your organization and many are turning to ESG certification to do that.

ESG refers to the three key areas that investors and stakeholders are increasingly considering when evaluating the performance and potential of a company. These three areas include:

  • Environmental: This refers to a company’s impact on the natural environment, including its carbon footprint, waste management practices, conservation efforts and more.
  • Social: This refers to a company’s impact on society, including labor practices, human rights, and community engagement.
  • Governance: This refers to a company’s internal management and decision-making processes, including transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior.

The role of the board in ESG oversight

For board members, it’s important to be aware of how your company is performing in these areas, as ESG is becoming an increasingly important factor in the investment decision-making process. In addition, more and more consumers, employees and other stakeholders are becoming conscious of ESG issues and are choosing to buy from companies that align with their values.

To ensure that your company is performing well in these areas, it’s important to establish clear ESG policies and goals and to regularly monitor and report on your progress. This can help to demonstrate to investors and stakeholders that your company is committed to responsible and sustainable business practices.

For board members, being aware of the potential risks and opportunities that ESG issues can present to your company is essential. By staying informed about these issues and actively engaging with them, you can help to ensure that your company is well-positioned to thrive in the long term.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are increasingly becoming a top priority for businesses and investors. In fact, according to findings from What Directors Think, conducted in partnership between Diligent Institute and Corporate Board Member, climate and sustainability initiatives were among the top issues that investors approached boards about in the US in 2022.

Corporate directors and executives play a crucial role in overseeing and managing these issues and training on ESG leadership is essential for them to effectively navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by ESG. One way for them to achieve this is by enrolling in the Diligent Institute Climate Leadership Certification program.

The importance of director sustainability certification

The Diligent Institute Climate Leadership Certification is a comprehensive climate and sustainability training program that provides directors and executives with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and address the challenges of ESG. The program covers topics such as the risks and opportunities the latest climate trends present to businesses, and the role of directors and executives in developing and implementing climate-related strategies.

The Climate Leadership Certification provides directors and executives with a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by climate. This knowledge is critical for making informed decisions about the future of the organization and positioning it for success in a rapidly changing world.

Furthermore, the certification demonstrates that leadership commitment to taking action on climate, can help to build trust with stakeholders and shareholders and position the organization as a responsible corporate actor.

Learn more about the program here

About the author

Lead Research Specialist

Kira Ciccarelli is the Lead Research Specialist of the Diligent Institute, the modern governance think tank and global research arm of Diligent Corporation. In her role, Kira researches and produces high-level modern governance reports, blog articles and podcasts designed to inform director decision-making and highlight best practices.

Before joining Diligent, Kira worked in a variety of data-driven research roles, including analyzing global aid funds to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and compiling a meta-analysis of political experimental findings for the Analyst Institute. She holds a BA in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary.

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