Subject Command

The board should be properly informed about climate-related risks and opportunities and able to make relevant decisions.

The board should ensure that its composition is sufficiently diverse in knowledge, skills, experience, and background to effectively debate and take decisions informed by an awareness and understanding of climate-related threats and opportunities.

Guiding questions

  • Does your board have a robust awareness and understanding of how climate change may affect the company?
  • What steps has your board taken to test that its composition allows for informed and differentiated debate as well as objective decision-making on climate issues?
  • What steps is your board taking to ensure it remains sufficiently educated about the relevant climate-related risks and opportunities for its business?

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[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, p12]

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