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Responsible Impact Board Program

with 5 x 3-hour sessions in Zurich and online


The search for solutions to global megatrends and challenges – be they cyber-attacks, climate change or poverty – is increasingly influencing the work of board of directors. 

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1st of September 2022 | 16:30 - 20:00 | Zurich

6th of October 2022 | 16:30 - 20:00 | online

27th of October 2022 | 16:30 - 20:00 | Zurich

17th of November 2022 | 16:30 - 20:00 | online

15th of December 2022 | 16:30 - 20:00 | Zurich

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Chapter Zero Switzerland, engageability and the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein in collaboration with ESG Competent Boards and the Swiss Board School are organizing a board program. It is designed by and for board members to embrace a future-fit mindset, address key sustainability issues and think ahead. The program consists of 10 modules organized in 5 x 3-hour sessions.


In preparation, participants will get access to the online ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program with reading lists, videos, and a set of industry cases to help create value, enhance resiliency, and establish good governance. 


We recommend participants to complete the whole course. It is however possible to attend an indiviual session. If you are not able to attend all the sessions of the course, there is the possibility to attend this session in our second course, which will take place later in the year 2022.

All five sessions: CHF 3’800.-*
One individual session: CHF 800.-

*A deposit of CHF 1000.-  is due upon registration.


Participants receive an attendance confirmation upon course completion.

It is possible to conduct the whole program online.


Participants interested in the ESG Competent Boards Certificate can conduct a final case assignment for an additional fee of CHF 1'500.-

Cancellation Policies:

Until the end of July 2022: No penalty

On or after the 15th of July 2022: 70 percent of the price is due

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01.09.2022 - Embracing the Mindset (Zurich)

16:30-18:00: Dealing with dilemmas and turning risks into opportunities

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO & founder, Competent Boards

Regula Wallimann, board member, Straumann and Adecco

Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever and Chair, International Chamber of Commerce

18:30-20:00: Boardroom diversity

Lise Kingo, Independent Board Director at Sanofi, Covestro and Aker Horizons

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander, Professor for Business Administration with special emphasis on Diversity Management, University of St. Gallen

Esther-Mirjam de Boer, CEO getdiversity

06.10.2022 -Adressing Key Issues (1/3) (online)

16:30-18:00: ESG market expectations
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas, University of St. Gallen, Program Director, Elite Quality Index 
Max Schieler, Senior SI Country Analyst, Executive Director, Robeco Switzerland Ltd

18:30-20:00: Human rights due diligence in global supply chain
Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim Ltd. 
Prof. Dr. Christine Kaufmann, Chair at OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, Centre for Human Rights Studies, University of Zurich

27.10.2022 -Adressing Key Issues (2/3) (Zurich)

16:30-18:00: Shareholder and stakeholder engagement & disclosure
Dr. Barbara Dubach, CEO and founder, engageability Betty M. Huber ESG Co-Head, Betty M. Huber ESG Co-Head, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

18:30-20:00: Anti-corruption & bribery
Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance

17.11.2022 -Adressing Key Issues (3/3) (online)

16:30-18:00: Climate governance
Hermann Arnold, Co-Founder, Co-Initiator, 42hacks 
Reto Schnarwiler, President of the Board, responsAbility Investments AG & Head Group Sustainability, Swiss Re

18:30-20:00: Circular economy
Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter, CEO, Forma Futura Invest & President of the Board, BEKB
Peter Spirig, CEO, V-Zug

15.12.2022 -Thinking Ahead (Zurich)

16:30-18:00: Corporate digital responsibility
Ivette Djonova, Head of Legal and Public Affairs, Swico 
Monique Morrow, Senior Distinguished Architect for Emerging Technologies, Syniverse Technologies

18:30-20:00: The future of good corporate responsibility
Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO & founder, Competent Boards

Prof. Dr. Michael Hilb, Co-Chair, Chapter Zero Switzerland

Thomas Vellacott, CEO, WWF

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