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Board director resources

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has created a suite of resources for boards designed to increase awareness and support the integration of environmental and social considerations into boardroom decision-making and existing governance responsibilities.

The resources consist of informative videos, relevant reports, questions to ask the board collectively and questions to ask management. We’ve included a selection of resources, although not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide directors with further information on specific topics.

Our site is dynamic and evolving and will continue to be updated with resources to support boards on their journey.


“In today’s complex and uncertain world, focusing on near-term shareholder value alone is no longer enough to ensure long-term business success. Governance is evolving fast and investors alongside other stakeholders are demanding greater transparency and improved oversight. Sustained value creation requires companies to manage business performance to ensure that sustainability aspects that affect business value are addressed. Value is being destroyed by governance systems that fail to address wider sustainability matters affecting the company.

If we can successfully integrate sustainability into the decision-making, governance and business processes of today’s business, investors can make more informed capital allocation decisions, leading to more sustainable companies being more successful. And that is what we need. This means better managed businesses have a lower cost of capital as those companies have a better understanding of their risks and opportunities.

To realize this, the role of the board is imperative. They should respond with urgency to ensure long-term competitiveness and should no longer only focus on short-termism or pleasing shareholders. It is about considering value creation and preservation for all stakeholders and setting clear goals for themselves in terms of people, purpose and the environment.

Collectively, boards, and the companies for which they are responsible, can drive the needed system transformation to support the transition towards a more sustainable world, including the necessary shift towards stakeholder capitalism.”

Peter Bakker

President and CEO, WBCSD

Navigating these resources

The resources comprise two overarching elements, a self-assessment designed to identify areas of strength and weakness, and an overview of fiduciary duty in respect of sustainability.

The five pillars cover areas of existing responsibility for the board, where sustainability considerations can enhance decision-making and improve board awareness of ESG-related risks and opportunities. The elements are designed to assist boards in modernizing their governance and are based on challenges identified in our report: Board directors’ duties and ESG considerations in decision-making

For more information, click on the topic that you would like to learn more about.

WBCSD Research

The resources provided in this portal is grounded in research of the governance arrangements across 12 countries. We continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure that the solutions presented are useful and effective for board directors in key jurisdictions. This is designed to help board directors improve their decision-making processes to protect and preserve long-term value.

For more information on how this area of research at WBCSD is evolving, please refer to our work in Corporate Performance and Accountability.

WBCSD Education

Whilst our board director resources provide an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding among directors on specific topics, we recognize that they are not company or jurisdiction specific and there may be an appetite to have a more tailored or in-depth offering. To that end, we would recommend undertaking a bespoke board training program.

Please contact exec-education@wbcsd.org to learn more.


We have curated a list of resources that may be useful to board directors, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather an example of further reading that can be done to enhance board awareness of key environmental, social and governance considerations.

If there are any resources that you think are missing, or that we should refer to, please do not hesitate to email us

This work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of a conservation and financial markets collaboration.
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