Included in the Program

Four required courses:

  • Risk & Reward: Connecting Climate to the Balance Sheet 
  • How Climate Connects to the Board’s Fiduciary Duty
  • Structuring Oversight of Climate Risk
  • Climate Reporting, Disclosure & Investor Engagement

Two electives (select from the following):

  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting, Climate Commitments & How to Measure Them Effectively
  • Aligning Incentives & Climate Commitments
  • Climate Litigation
  • Carbon Markets

One required live/hybrid Climate Leadership Briefing:

  • Being held in New York, Austin and London, and broadcast for remote attendance
  • Briefing by industry experts
  • Networking reception and awarding of certificates
  • Each program participant may invite one guest to attend

Peer networking:

  • Online discussion forum
  • Course exercises that connect you with peers

Featured Speakers

Joyce Cacho

Independent Board Director, Sunrise Banks, NA, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), and Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Robert Eccles

Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Michael Gerrard

Professor & Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University

Courteney Keatinge

Senior Director, Environmental Social & Governance Research, Glass Lewis

Jennie Morawetz

Partner, ESG & Impact Practice, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Veena Ramani

Research Director, FCLT Global

Joana Setzer

Assistant Professional Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment, London School of Economics & Political Science

Leo Strine, Jr.

Of Counsel, Corporate Department, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, former Chief Justice of the Delaware State Supreme Court

Climate Leadership Certificate Program – Course Descriptions

Required Course Details

Risk & Reward: Connecting Climate to the Balance Sheet (DCL-R01)

This course provides a high-level overview of the opportunities and risks posed to business by climate change and explains why climate has become a central focus for corporate leaders in terms of strategy and risk oversight.

How Climate Connects to the Board’s Fiduciary Duty (DCL-R02)

Understand the history of climate-related fiduciary duty litigation, examine the duties of loyalty and care under Delaware law and discuss recent landmark cases on director liability. Leverage learnings to identify strategies for informed decision-making.

Structuring Oversight of Climate Risk (DCL-R03)

Explore the role of the board and senior management in overseeing climate risk. Course includes: an overview of the TCFD framework, climate governance and strategy, risk management, metrics and targets, and a brief overview of climate risk modeling.

Climate Reporting, Disclosure & Investor Engagement (DCL-R04)

Identify the key current, pending and proposed climate disclosure regulations in the US, UK and the EU, highlighting key moments in climate regulation history. Explore the voluntary reporting initiatives, how they relate to each other and the priorities of investor coalitions and climate campaigns.

Elective Course Details  (Select 2)

Greenhouse Gas Accounting, Climate Commitments and How to Measure Them Effectively (DCL-E01)

This course provides a grounding in the basics of greenhouse gas accounting, including standards, associated terminology, and third-party validation, as well as regulatory/enforcement and other considerations for making climate commitments.

Incentivizing Climate Action (DCL-E02)

Review different strategies for incentivizing climate action, including aligning executive compensation to climate commitments, connecting climate incentives to the broader corporate strategy and financial performance. Review and understand the risks and benefits in each strategy. 

Climate Litigation (DCL-E03)

Dive deeper into the key types of current climate litigation claims, the ways they come about and related trends. Discuss the strategies to mitigate the risk of each type of claim and execute a response to a sample climate litigation scenario.

Carbon Markets (DCL-E04)

Learn about key carbon markets and explore differences between voluntary and mandatory carbon markets. Discover the risks inherent in the voluntary markets, key objectives of the Task Force on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TFSVCM) and how the social cost of carbon impacts business.

Program Eligibility & Cost

  • Board-level and C-level executives only
  • eLearning courses will open periodically for new cohorts
  • Complete the program in as little as 4 weeks or take up to 6 months
  • Cost: $3,500 USD per person
Have questions or need more information about the Climate Leadership Certification Program? Please send them to [email protected].
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