The rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer

Published date: 12 August 2021

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How are Chief Sustainability Officers shaping business strategy and operational decision-making – and fast becoming the essential boardroom appointment by leading companies all around the world?

In this article, Dr Allinnettes Adigue, Head of GRI’s ASEAN Regional Hub, reflects on a recent GRI webinar, which brought together six sustainability leaders together for discussion on the competencies of an effective CSO:

The Chief Sustainability Officer: organizational strategist and futurist

Companies cannot survive in an increasingly volatile, complex and uncertain world without putting sustainability at the core of their operations. Bringing vision, passion and purpose to the leadership team, CSOs will be at the forefront of shaping the organizational transformation that is still needed to achieve a sustainable and successful future.”

Allinnettes Adigue

The webinar – Do companies need a Chief Sustainability Officer? – took place on 21 July, as the first instalment of GRI’s seven-part Building Leadership for Sustainable Business expert series. Places are still available for the next event on 8 September: Aligning sustainability and risk management.