Get Certified to Oversee the E in ESG
The Climate Leadership Certificate Program is designed to help corporate directors, C-level executives and other modern leaders be better equipped to oversee climate risk and strategy for their companies. The program is available as a self-paced e-learning experience and includes six courses, with video panel sessions featuring subject matter and industry experts, curated readings, interactive exercises and online networking among participants.
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Developing Climate Competency
Created in collaboration with industry experts, the program is available as a self-paced e-learning experience. The program includes six courses with video panel sessions featuring subject matter and industry experts, curated readings, interactive exercises, and online networking among participants. Each course provides Continuing Legal Education credits and you can earn up to 23 hours of credits from the whole program.
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Diligent Climate Leadership Certification Program Speakers
Registrants will learn from over 40 renowned subject matter experts, who will deliver impactful courses on topics such as connecting climate to the balance sheet, how climate connects to the board’s fiduciary duty and structuring oversight of climate risk.
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Continued Education Opportunity
Following overwhelming demand since the launch of courses in February 2022, Diligent has extended the Climate Leadership Certificate Program indefinitely, and registration is open now. The registration fee is $3,500 per person and includes full access to the course for 12 months and exclusive invitations to Climate Briefing Sessions and a graduation reception.
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Amplifying Modern Governance
Diligent Institute is proud to power the Climate Leadership Certificate program. Founded in 2018, Diligent Institute serves as the global corporate governance research arm and think tank of Diligent, helping corporate leaders be more effective by providing cutting-edge insights on corporate governance.
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Featured Speakers

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Independent Board Director, Sunrise Banks, NA, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), and Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
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Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Professor & Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University
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Senior Director, Environmental Social & Governance Research, Glass Lewis

Climate Briefing Sessions & Graduation

Upon successful completion of the Diligent Climate Leadership Certificate program, participants are invited to join an in-person/hybrid climate briefing session & graduation reception. Ensure you register for the certificate program at least 6 weeks prior to the event you would like to attend to be eligible for graduation.

New York

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

15:30 – 17:00

Speakers: Veena Ramani of FCLT Global, a speaker from the ESG & Impact Practice, Kirkland & Ellis and Brian Stafford, CEO, Diligent


Thursday, July 7, 2022

17:00 – 18:30

Speakers: Ruth Knox, Partner, ESG & Impact Practice, Kirkland & Ellis and Lisa Edwards, Diligent President & COO, Board Member of Colgate-Palmolive

Austin, TX

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

11:30 – 14:00

Speakers: Keynote speaker to be announced

Meet the Climate Leadership Certification Graduates

Congratulations to those who have successfully completed the Diligent Climate Leadership Certificate program!


  • Who should register?
    The program is open to all corporate directors, executives and other modern leaders including governance, risk and compliance professionals. Previous registrants include Independent Directors, C-suite executives, Corporate Secretaries, General Counsels, internal audit, risk and compliance, ESG and HR professionals.
  • Is there a fee to register?
    The fee to attend is $3,500 USD per person.
  • How can I register?
    You can register here.
  • When does the Certificate program start and end?
    The Certificate program is open for registrations now. Upon registration, you will be enrolled into the Diligent Academy, our eLearning platform. Courses will then be available for you to take at a time convenient to you. You can complete the Certificate in as little as six weeks, and you have access to the courses for 12 months. Each course requires approximately 2-3 hours to complete. The full program includes approximately 18-20 hours of coursework.
  • What does the program include?
    The Certificate program includes four required courses and two electives that you select from four possible options. Additionally, you are required to pass a comprehensive examination that includes 20 multiple choice questions based on the material covered in the four required courses. More details on the course topics can be found here.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    If you are unable to attend the Program you may cancel your registration by providing written notice to Diligent at climateleadership@diligent.com. If notice of cancellation in accordance with this section is received before access to the Diligent Certification Program is granted, Program fees will be refunded to you. You can view our cancellation and refund policy here.
  • What are the terms and conditions?
    You can find the terms and conditions here.
  • Are discounts offered?
    We are pleased to offer discounts for bulk purchases. If you are registering five or more participants from your organization, please email climateleadership@diligent.com to discuss a discount.
Want more information?
Have any questions or need more information about the Climate Certificate program? Reach out to climateleadership@diligent.com and one of our team members will respond promptly.

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