Global Compact Board Programme

Board adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability represents an area where vast improvement and gains can be achieved. By embedding sustainability into its core duties Directors are uniquely positioned to ensure the full mainstreaming of it into business strategy and practices in a way that will support the long-term profitability and viability of the company.

Global Compact LEAD and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – in collaboration with BCG, DLA Piper and BSR – have developed an innovative Board Programme to accelerate recognition by corporate leaders of the material impacts of non-financial issues. 

The Global Compact Board Programme is the first of its kind to support Boards of Directors to effectively oversee and help drive their company’s sustainability strategy, with a view to protect and support financial value creation.

Through facilitating strategic discussions among Board members on pressing sustainability issues and how to evolve the role of the Board and corresponding governance tools, the Programme aims to help Boards to:

  • Align on the strategic imperative and materiality of corporate sustainability as critical for the company’s long-term viability.
  • Realize the integral role that Board members can and should play in overseeing, incentivizing and driving corporate sustainability, embedding it into Board duties, governance mechanisms and structures.
  • Demonstrate leadership on Board adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability with investors, employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Participate in the Board Programme

Contact the Global Compact to learn more and discuss how a programme can be customized for your Board. A wide range of Facilitators and Customization Partners are available at various price points.


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Key Features

1. Full Customization
Tailored to each individual Board to address the specific challenges and opportunities facing each individual company and its operating context.

2. In-House Delivery
Delivered in two sessions – each three to four hours – during Board meetings or retreats, allowing for strategic and confidential discussions.

3. World-Class Facilitators
Led by professionals from a global roster of facilitators representing a variety of industries – all with extensive corporate governance and sustainability expertise. View current Facilitator Roster.

4. Cutting-Edge Tools & Resources
Offers access to a database of expertise and resources across sustainability, strategy, governance and business model innovation topics designed specifically for a Board audience – available before, during and after Programme delivery.

Programme Delivery – Two Modules

The Global Compact Board Programme includes two interactive modules on the “Materiality of Sustainability” and “The Role of the Board”, to stimulate strategic, company-specific and action-oriented dialogue. 

Learn more about the modules

Pilot Phase 2013/2014

Six Global Compact LEAD companies from Europe, Asia and Africa are  piloting the Global Compact Board Programme as part of their 2013/2014 Board meetings or retreats. 

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(Last Update 17 April 2015)