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Defining the Corporate Sustainability Professional


This document produced by GACSO's Founding Members is the first publication from our initiative to establish a consensus on the role of the sustainable development professional.

Further work will incorporate contributions from other professionals including HR, Recruitment, Boards of Directors, that will add new dimensions and perspectives to this definition.








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State of the Profession 2013 (USA)


GreenBiz Group’s third annual “State of the Profession” report takes a look at the emergence of the sustainability executive and its unique role in industry. As in years past, we surveyed members of our GreenBiz Intelligence Panel to find out how much they made, where they worked, and what they did in the course of their job.

This year GreenBiz also wanted to provide a richer background for understanding where sustainability sits within an organization, how its leaders got there, and what they are likely to be doing in the future. Defining roles in this context can be a moving target as managers and executives continue to push and expand the definition of sustainability leadership.



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Defining Sustainable Business: A Guide For Executives


This report aims to help executives struggling to define what sustainability means for their firm with a review of prominent descriptions of sustainable business.

Most conceptions of what a sustainable business looks like focus on challenges such as: rising population and consumption; the accessibility of the earth’s resources, the consequences of social change; and long-term success. Descriptions of sustainable business vary on issues such as firms’ obligations to society, imperative to respect environmental boundaries and the reliance on ‘eco-efficiency’.

Firms wishing to articulate their vision on sustainability need to consider that conceptions of sustainable business necessarily vary between sectors. Firms should also take into account relevant economic, environmental and social issues, relationships and resources crucial to the firm’s ability to create value, issues that impact value creation over the short, medium and long term, and the contribution that a sustainable business vision can make to the identity of the firm.


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The Emergence of the Chief Sustainability Officer


The role of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is one of the hot topics in sustainability at the moment.

It’s not the title that captures the attention, indeed many people we regard as CSOs are called something else – it’s the level of responsibility and the fact that it is a main board appointment.










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The Evolution of the Energy Manager


Acre’s white paper highlights the commercial returns that can be achieved by investing in the latest energy management skills.

The white paper from Acre Resources looks at the profoundly changing role and skill-set of the Energy Manager. This position is evolving into someone who is comfortable in the board room as well as the boiler room, with technical and commercial knowledge – and the increasing ability to impact on margins and revenues.

Written by Jim Woods, Non-Executive Director at Acre Resources, and with expert contributions from: Mervyn Bowden (Head of Energy Management, Marks & Spencer); Richard Tarboton (Director of Energy and Carbon, BT); Stephen Barker (Head of Energy Efficiency, Siemens Industry Sector UK) and Trevor Seddon (Director of Energy Consulting, Johnson Controls).

BT case study: a team that delivered a £35m gross energy reduction over the first two years of their programme.

The paper looks at how companies in a stagnant economy are increasingly turning to efficiency as a way to increase profit – impacting the scope and function of their energy teams.


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CSO Back Story


This extensive report underlines the emergence of a new executive role in corporate America’s C-suites that is powerful in scope, strategic oversight, and overall management.

Featuring companies like UPS, EMC, DuPont, AT&T, SAP, Kellogg, PG&E and Coca-Cola, CSO Back Story offers organizations a real framework on how to leverage a growing consciousness on sustainability for business growth.


When it comes to sustainability and organizational success, there is a ton of media chatter, but not a lot of hard data to support why companies should invest in a sustainability strategy. Now CSO Back Story promises to fill this gap by offering cutting-edge research in this thorough report on chief sustainability officers and their role to support the bottom-line.


The report, published by executive search and consulting firm Weinreb Group, builds on CEO Ellen Weinreb’s belief that sustainability is part of everyone’s job.


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The 5 Stages to a Sustainable Business


Sustainability is no longer simply an environmental issue. It now impacts every aspect of your organisation - economic, social and cultural.

Over the last 12 years we’ve seen the profile and skill sets required in the lead sustainability role change, as the focus of the organisation changes.

There are many titles given to this role, but for the purposes of our ongoing study we refer to a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO).

‘The 5 Stages to a Sustainable Business’ is unique in that it combines specific experience of profiling and interviewing over a thousand of the very best of what we now term Profile 1 to 4 sustainability leaders, globally. Six Degrees combined this with specific research from business leaders, experts in organisational change and talent development, as well as leading NGO’s and business schools to test our hypothesis on how to transition to become a fully sustainable business.


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The Corporate Responsibility Salary Survey 2010


This is the third annual CR Salary review, produced by Acre, Ancona and Ethical Performance.

The Corporate Responsibility Salary Survey aims to add clarity and transparency to the roles, salaries and backgrounds of the professionals working in this space.

This year, they’ve gone global. The Corporate Responsibility Salary Survey now provides the most accurate picture of how the industry looks on the ground, from those people working day-to-day in corporate responsibility around the world.





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