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The inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information in board-level decision making is more important than ever before. ESG information and considerations should be embedded into the company’s purpose, management and culture to ensure the board is effectively discharging its fiduciary duty.

WBCSD has developed a self-assessment tool for corporate directors, designed to provide guidance to the board on how it is integrating ESG matters into its oversight role. It is not an evaluation of the board’s overall effectiveness, professionalism, or impacts. The multiple-choice questionnaire evaluates the boards integration of sustainability across five core areas:

  1. Purpose & business model
  2. Risk management
  3. Engagement with management
  4. Engagement with stakeholders
  5. Non-financial reporting

Target audience

This self-assessment is meant for boards of directors, corporate secretaries, risk committees and governance or ESG executives interested in assessing the board’s effectiveness of ESG oversight; it should be completed on behalf of the full board.


This self-assessment is available online through the WBCSD platform or can be completed offline in an excel format; it is expected that the survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the survey, a board profile will be produced, this can be saved or printed but will not be made available at a later time.

Data privacy

This self-assessment is intended for company boards. If completing online, the board profile will be visible to the end user once the survey has been completed.

Data collected as part of this self-assessment will be used by the survey tool for the analysis of answers resulting in the production of the board profile at the end of the survey. Please find further information on WBCSD’s privacy policy here.

Complete the self-assessment using a downloaded copy of the excel file below.

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