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The rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer

March 16, 2022

How sustainability leadership can unlock business resilience and future performance.


The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) role has evolved rapidly over the last 20 years. By 2014, 90 of the S&P 500 companies had a CSO, and numbers have grown steadily from there. Through our interviews and research, we certainly see sustainability leaders increasingly operating at C-suite level.

In this paper we outline our profile of a credible and successful Chief Sustainability Officer and we’ll discuss their key accountabilities and ways to make change happen.


Download to learn more about:

  • The profile of an ideal Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)
  • The three core functional accountabilities of the CSO role
  • The CSO’s role in shaping cultural transformation and making change happen
  • Measuring CSO impact

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