95% Execs and Directors Say Sustainability Key to Shaping Future Boardrooms

By Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of Competent Boards

The vast majority (95%) of business leaders and board directors believe that sustainability plays an important or very important role in shaping successful future boardrooms. That’s according to a Competent Boards white paper Why sustainability plays a key role in shaping future boardrooms that examined five key areas of focus for company board directors.

Two-thirds (66%) of poll respondents cited investor demand as the key driver of sustainable change in boardrooms. Other critical factors noted by respondents include: regulations; customer, employee and stakeholder demands; and board members’ fiduciary duty. 

“Our poll results clearly show that knowledge of and insights into environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities are not just a nice-to-have, they are a must-have for future board directors,” said Helle Bank Jorgensen, Founder and CEO of Competent Boards. “Proactively shaping future boardrooms by choice —not by chance —will be a mighty but critical challenge for all companies. Our data is helping organizations create their roadmap towards that transition.”

The whitepaper was created as a part of an innovative initiative by Competent Boards called The Future Boardroom that will help board directors and senior business leaders plan for and navigate the journey to the boardrooms of tomorrow. The Future BoardroomTM welcomes participation from business executives  and board directors from around the world. For more information on this platform, please visit The Future Boardroom.  

Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO and founder of Competent Boards, offering online ESG and climate programs that draw on the experience of more than 180 renowned board members, business leaders, and investors. Hundreds of directors and senior executives have enrolled in these programs in order to transform their careers and their companies. As of this Fall, Competent Boards will also offer cohorts in APAC time zones for our renowned Global Competent Boards ESG Designation Program

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