Who Should Be The Chief Sustainability Officer?
Date: 26 January 2010
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Global firms like Cisco, The Dow Chemical Company and Orange have appointed senior execs to lead their organisations’ climate change and sustainability (CC&S) initiatives. Whilst the job titles vary the responsibilities are similar: improve sustainability governance, develop climate change strategy, launch climate change and sustainability products and implement policies that move the organisation on a global basis towards strategic sustainable business goals. This report explains why the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is needed, defines the role of the CSO and provides a profile to guide the appointment of a CSO. For success, the CSO requires broad functional experience and a strong personal network within the firm based on at least 10 years of service. To help Boards identify suitable candidates for the CSO role Verdantix interviewed 33 industry experts working in the climate change and sustainability sector.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DEFINING THE ROLE OF THE CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
Firms Face A Climate Change And Sustainability Management Deficit
Fixing Sustainability Governance Gains Urgency In 2010
The Chief Sustainability Officer Spearheads Business Transformation
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For The Chief Sustainability Officer Role?
TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 1. Chief Sustainability Officers Need Business Transformation Experience
Figure 2. CEO Checklist To Appoint The Ideal Chief Sustainability Officer
Allianz Insurance, British Airways, BT, CA, Carbon Systems, CH2M Hill, Chrysler, Cisco, Deloitte, The Dow Chemical Company, ECX, Fiat, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Hara, IBM, IHS, Kroger, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Norman Broadbent, Orange, SAP, Shell, Siemens, Tesco, Toyota, Unilever, UTC