Get Certified to Oversee ESG

With increased pressure from regulators, investors and shareholders, corporate leaders are seeking education on ESG issues. The Diligent ESG Leadership Certificate Program is a unique e-learning program preparing modern leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to address ESG challenges and opportunities.

  • Developed in collaboration with Competent Boards
  • 12 interactive eLearning modules featuring videos and in-depth fireside chats with renowned global ESG experts, curated reading material and a comprehensive exam
  • Join a community of likeminded corporate leaders for regular networking
  • Attend a live/hybrid graduation reception to meet your cohort
ESG Leadership CERTIFICATE program
Get Certified to Oversee ESG
The Diligent ESG Leadership Certificate Program, developed in collaboration with Competent Boards, is designed for corporate directors, executives and other modern leaders to help them better understand and fully embrace their role in providing strategic direction and oversight on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) related matters.
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Developing ESG Competency

Complete 12 extensive modules which cover topics including:

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Environmental Issues and Human Rights in the Supply Chain
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom
  • Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG-Focused World
  • Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure
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Top ESG Experts

Registrants will learn from global ESG experts, who will deliver impactful video sessions on in all 12 courses.

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Continued Education Opportunity
Registration is now open for the first cohort to take the ESG Leadership Certificate Program. Registration deadline for cohort two is July 31st, 2022. 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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Deepen your ESG and Climate Expertise

For a deeper dive into climate, we are pleased to offer a $2,000 USD discount for purchases of both the Diligent ESG and Climate Leadership Certificate Programs.

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New Risks and Expectations Considering Geopolitical Issues and Threats to Global Peace

  • How megatrends, geopolitical and environmental concerns and human values are changing expectations of businesses.
  • How new business models are creating a purpose-driven and regenerative approach to doing business in the 21st century.

Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities in an Unpredictable World

  • How to plan for major disruptions to ensure resiliency and business continuity, balancing short-term and long-term goals, objectives, and accountability.

Using Sustainable Development Goals as a Strategic Tool

  • How companies and investors are embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and using them as a strategic tool to assess risks and innovative opportunities.

Impacts of Climate Change and Accountability for Boards

  • How climate change is impacting society, supply chains, and business models.
  • Strategies to fulfill growing expectations, investor driven reporting initiatives and regulatory demands.

ESG Oversight and Foresight

  • How to anticipate and respond to the growing demands for ESG disclosure and how to ensure effective identification and integration of emerging risks into ERM-frameworks.

Human Rights, Environmental Issues and Resiliency in the Supply Chain

  • How to evaluate human rights, environmental impact and supply chain goals, targets and strategies.
  • Includes identifying, assessing, and managing risks related to child labor, modern slavery, along with climate and social disasters.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing in the Boardroom and Beyond

  • Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of diverse talent.
  • Proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues (taking into account the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the imperatives of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace).

Building Trust through Anti-corruption, Integrity and Transparency

  • Changing risks and expectations associated with anti-corruption and ethical business practices.
  • Developing and testing the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance program, including steps companies can take to reduce fraud and corruption.

Responsible Use of Data, Digitalization, DAO and Cybersecurity

  • Ethical considerations of the use of data including big data and AI generated opportunities.
  • Includes exploration of data collection, stakeholder privacy concerns, and the ethical management of confidential information and disaster containment.

Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG-Focused World

  • How to question the socioeconomic impact of potential business decisions, and the impact on the business’ reputation and longevity.
  • What information is needed to make well-informed tax planning, executive pay, and capital investment and capital expenditure (CapEx) decisions.

Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure

Determining the material issues to manage and communicate to shareholders and stakeholders, including engagement strategies and trends in reporting.

Good Governance and Becoming a Steward of the Future

What does the future of good governance look like? What is the role of the board in 1 – 5 – 10 years? What is the fiduciary duty?
Meet the ESG Leadership Certificate Graduates

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


  • Who should register?
    The program is open to all corporate directors, executives and other modern leaders including governance, risk and compliance leaders.
  • Is there a fee to register?
    The fee to attend is $3,500 USD per person.
  • Do you offer discounts?
    There is a discount available if you purchase the Diligent Climate Leadership Certification at the same time. The combined cost of both Certifications is $5,000 which is a $2,000 saving. Click here to register for both.
  • How can I register?
    You can register here.
  • What will the courses include?
    The Certificate program includes 12 required courses. More details on the course topics can be found above.
  • 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 ESG Leadership Certificate 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?
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Reach out to climateleadership@diligent.com and one of our team members will respond promptly.