Board Structure

The board should implement the right board and committee structures to ensure climate risks and opportunities are understood, managed, and reported.

As the stewards for long-term performance and resilience, the board should determine the most effective way to integrate climate considerations into its structure and committees.

Guiding questions

  • How does your board ensure that climate considerations are given sufficient attention across the board (e.g. being discussed in the audit, risk, nomination, or remuneration committees)?
  • How can executive and non-executive directors play complementary roles in meeting the board’s accountability with regards to climate?

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Bringing together ESG: Board structures and sustainability

To govern effectively, boards must embrace environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters to ensure they are well positioned to meet accelerating ESG risks and opportunities, as well as the increasing demand for ESG action from investors and stakeholders.


[Source: to see more background on this principle and further guiding question, see the World Economic Forum Guide: How to Set up Effective Climate Governance on Corporate Boards: Guiding principles and questions, p13]

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