ESG for Boards

Explore boardroom best practices that transform ESG opportunities into long-term value for the company and its stakeholders.
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Programme overview

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations have evolved into a critical mandate, driven by investors, regulators, and a wide range of stakeholders. Boards of directors now face a proliferation of ESG regulations and ESG metrics while striving for comprehensive decarbonization across scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions. Simultaneously, board members must harness the numerous business opportunities arising from the shift to an ESG-conscious world.

This raises several issues that boards must reflect upon: What are the essential ESG questions that boards should be asking? How can boards effectively support and challenge their management on ESG? What are best practices in facilitating ESG-focused boardroom discussions? How can board committees contribute to ESG decision-making? What role does the chairperson play in driving ESG?

ESG for Boards is part of the St.Gallen Board Programmes. The programme brings together leading ESG scholars, experienced board members and thought leaders in the field of ESG excellence. The primary objective of the programme is to outline how ESG principles can be integrated into the company’s core business. It will feature tools, insights and first-hand experiences to support board members in navigating the ever-evolving ESG landscape with confidence. In doing so, it will strengthen the ability to make forward-looking ESG decisions in the boardroom that do not only satisfy reporting requirements but that also create real value for the company.

Next step

Are you interested in this programme? You have the opportunity to visit an info event to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:

Contact person

Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

Georg Guttmann 4

Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann Director of Board Programmes

Programme details

Programme type







2 days


Executive Campus, St.Gallen


CHF 5'900

Target group

Board, C-Level, Functional Manager, Owner/Entrepreneur, Senior Manager

Next date

Start date: 16.05.2025
places available
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Your benefits

  • Drive and govern ESG from the boardroom

    Explore best practices in leading ESG from a non-executive role. Discover the questions boards should ask and ways how boards can organise in order to create impact for all stakeholders.

  • Understand new opportunities and risks of ESG

    Navigate an increasingly complex landscape that is characterised by evolving investor expectations, legislative changes and plural stakeholder demands.

  • Engage with peers from other boardrooms

    Learn from the experiences made by peers from other boardrooms on how ESG can enhance the long-term value of the company.


Georg Guttmann

Prof. Georg Guttmann
Assistant Professor of
Intl. Corporate Governance

Ines Poeschel

Ines Poeschel
Board Member,
Alcon Inc.

Hermann Stern Website

Hermann Stern
Obermatt Research

Judith Stroehle Website

Prof. Judith Stroehle
Assistant Professor of
Sustainability Governance

Regula Walimann

Regula Wallimann
Board Member,
Straumann Group

Judith Walls Website

Prof. Judith Walls
Professor of
Sustainability Management


Typical participants include:

  • Incumbent chairs, board members and board secretaries.

  • Executives with dedicated ESG responsibility and senior ESG leaders reporting to the board.

  • All industries are welcome.

  • All ownership types are welcome (e.g. publicly held, private equity-owned, family-controlled).

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In the first half-day, we will explore core principles of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Understanding these fundamentals is crucial for board members to make informed decisions that align with ethical, sustainable and profitable business practices.

The second half-day focuses on the ever-evolving landscape of ESG, exploring how it can be leveraged to uncover business opportunities and mitigate potential risks, equipping board directors with a strategic edge.

Effective communication of an organisation’s ESG efforts is vital. We delve into ESG reporting standards, ensuring board members can transparently convey their commitment to sustainability and meet regulatory demands.

Board members play a pivotal role in driving ESG initiatives. This module empowers them to act as stewards, guiding their organisations towards responsible, long-term growth and fostering a culture of corporate social responsibility.

Are you interested?

We look forward to your application for the next ESG for Boards cohort!


Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 15 May 2024

Wednesday, 15.05.2024
18:00 - 19:00
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Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 18 June 2024

Tuesday, 18.06.2024
18:00 - 19:00
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Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 12 September 2024

Thursday, 12.09.2024
18:00 - 19:00
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Do you require further information?

I am gladly available for you and look forward to hearing from you.

Georg Guttmann 4

Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann Director of Board Programmes

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG - your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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