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Korn Ferry

Agile, versatile leaders who

drive change.

Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility

A defining role in a changing world.

Korn Ferry’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Center of Expertise focuses on helping companies profile, attract, develop, and retain best-in-class professionals capable of defining and leading these evolving functions. Whether the role is a Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of CR (Corporate Responsibility) or CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), or imbedded in other functional organizations such as Environmental, Health and Safety, a broad range of technical and influencing skills are increasingly in demand by global companies. Today’s leaders must be capable of responding to tighter regulations, consumer-driven expectations for sustainability, environmental and corporate responsibility, and the economic and social consequences and risks associated with supply chain pressures of decreasing access to natural resources.

Korn Ferry offers its clients unique perspective and thought leadership in this evolving discipline of Sustainability, Climate Change Advocacy, and Corporate Responsibility based on our deep experience working across a broad range of industry sectors for not-for-profit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. We offer a full range of talent solutions — from strategic search, leadership development, and competency and simulation based assessments to succession planning and talent management strategy — and provide credible and role tested recommendations that help to define these positions and the optimal organizational structure design to deliver desired results.

Agile, versatile leaders who drive change.

Executives in these functions must excel in their ability to manage and drive change utilizing influencing skills, rather than the direct authority typically imbued in other top leadership positions. These functions are often thinly staffed, requiring executives to be nimble and effective at mobilizing resources that are imbedded in other parts of the organization to deliver results and drive transformation. Buy-in from the top also requires that these leaders present credible economic rationale for their programs and strategies. Given the diversity of interaction and influencing skills required for successful executives in these functions, these roles are also beginning to be seen as valuable developmental ones for high potentials within an organization.

Although the actual position may be found under different titles, in different functions and at different levels in an organization, in the end, these roles exist to manage risks and create market opportunities. Korn Ferry can help you accurately identify the best talent from around the world, inside and outside your organization, and also help drive development, accelerate readiness, and energize transitions to assure you have the best leaders in this pivotal role.

Global presence, local expertise.

Korn Ferry’s experienced consultants have worked in and with the world’s leading companies. Our practice has deep expertise and collaborates as a global team to ensure you have the talent to meet your specific needs and priorities. We are uniquely positioned to help you identify, assess, and develop your talent strategies for these evolving functional roles by deploying proven solutions that meet or exceed your expectations. No matter where you are in your organization’s sustainability maturity cycle, your ability to attract, develop, and retain the best Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility leaders is critical to long-term success.