chief sustainability officer Articles

  • Why Your Organization Needs A Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)

    Organization charts normally have boxes for lots of chiefs – whether it’s chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), or even chief technology officer (CTO) – to indicate positions of senior responsibility for large areas the organizations’ day-to-day and strategic operations. There are a growing number of chief ...

  • Corporate Sustainability Officers’ “Back Story” Revealed

    With “sustainability” no longer just the domain of economic viability for business, a new order has emerged. With the advent of more rigorous voluntary reporting of a company’s sustainability efforts, companies have realized that gathering, collating, and assimilating the necessary information requires the assistance of a number of different ...

  • State of Illinois Treasury Office - Case Study

    Project Results and Impacts Identification of the most energy consuming sources Minimize emissions and utility costs CSE Solution “Measurement of  GHG Emissions” CSE performed the calculations for all the operations of the State of Illinois Treasury Office. The calculations were performed for the buildings ...

  • Managing and reporting sustainability

    Untitled Document As companies around the world continue to adapt their organizations to be more responsive to all stakeholders, management accountants could prove to play a very valuable ...


  • The search for sustainable plastics

    As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials. The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a churning mass of polymers that can be ...


    By Ensia

  • A vision of real corporate leadership on sustainability

    The basics of sustainability excellence are fairly well known by now: reduce your footprint, create products and services that help customers do the same, drive employee engagement, think value chain, track data and enable transparency, and on and on. But real leaders will go further and address the scale of the sustainability challenges we face by fundamentally remaking their companies. Here's ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Four sustainability trends to watch in 2012

    The worldwide movement toward sustainability has made significant progress over the past half-dozen years as companies and cities have pursued strategies that balance future and current societal needs. Now, sustainable development is entering a new phase, characterized by greater alignment within and between the public and private sectors. Perhaps the greatest obstacle has been the lack of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A Benchmark Study of Current Practices and Tools for Sustainability

    Corporate social responsibility reporting is similar in concept to environment, health, and safety (EH&S) reporting, but with a broadened emphasis on social matters, such as ethical labor practices; training, education, and diversity of workforce; and corporate philanthropic initiatives. The terms “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainability” are used interchangeably by companies on ...


    By Coto Consulting, Inc.

  • Global reporting initiative sustainability reporting – Case Study

    Challenge: In 2009, an international organization of travel industry executives set an aspirational greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25% by 2020 and 35% by 2035 for their industry (on a 2005 baseline).  A global luxury hotel chain needed to start gathering information to support their commitment to achieving this goal set by the client, and communicating their progress publicly. ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Sustainable development and its career implications, Part 2

    This is the second of a two-part series on the evolution of the environmental profession.  Part 1 explored the gradual emergence of new dynamics facing environmental professionals. Part 2 explores their potential long-term career implications.   The notion of 'being green' is beginning to shift from what historically has been viewed by CEOs as a cost of doing business to an opportunity ...

  • How much will Sustainability Cost my Company?

    The decision to consider how sustainability can positively impact your business can be prompted by many factors. You may be personally committed to running a business that is more eco-friendly, your competition may be taking steps to becoming a more sustainable business, your suppliers may demand compliance with international sustainability frameworks (UNGC, GRI), or your customers may be ...

  • PE INTERNATIONAL – Business Value from Operating Sustainably

    Sustainability is often seen as a woolly concept that has no place in the boardroom. At PE INTERNATIONAL, we don’t believe that is true. It is becoming ever more evident that there is tangible business value to be unlocked from looking at your company’s operations through a sustainability lens. And despite what the naysayers would have you believe, it is possible to quantify ...


    By thinkstep

  • Sustaining organisational development through knowledge management in the public sector

    The study focuses on the importance of knowledge management or KM on sustaining continuous performance improvement in the public sector. From the top management at the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, KM represents a critical success factor in driving high performance (e.g. responsiveness, efficiency, productiveness and flexibility), and sustainable improvement into public ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Reframing the game: the transition to a new sustainable economy – book review

    In Reframing the Game: The Transition to a New Sustainable Economy, Mike Townsend, Founder and CEO Earthshine, has set out on a difficult – dare I say – near impossible mission – writing from the future. Difficult because the future never unfolds as we think it might. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Lean, green and clean: Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategy - DuPont

    The last thirty years have seen big changes in the attitude and approach of corporations to sustainability. From the conception of "siloed" environmental initiatives to the appointment of Chief Sustainability Officers, many companies have gone through a veritable revolution in moving from a compliance mind-set to proactive commitments aimed at reducing their environmental footprint. This is in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Conducting a sustainability assessment: practical six-step approach for addressing stakeholder interests

    Why Conduct a Sustainability Assessment? Within many sectors of the economy, there has been an increasing need for companies to address sustainability principles throughout their value chain. The impetus for addressing sustainability has generally been a heightened awareness of the issue on the part of key stakeholders – such as investors, large scale customers, employers, and ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Sustainable development through public sector participation in developing countries: a case for South African parastatal CEOs

    CEOs' of public enterprises have the task of turning around the organisations they lead to make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable development. A personal vision, the philosophy that goes beyond the written mission and vision of the organisation is what makes a difference. This study examines the visions of South African CEOs of parastatals to see how they can influence changes in the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Four Reasons We Can`t Wait for the NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum 2016

    For 24 years, the National Association of Environmental Management’s (NAEM) annual EHS & Sustainability Management Forum has brought environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers together for a few days of inspiring speakers, learning sessions and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • What do oil sands and shale gas have in common? Acute need for sustainable water management solutions

    The world’s appetite for fossil fuels is not abating anytime soon, and the alternatives fall short. Nuclear energy makes people uneasy, coal is perceived as not being that clean, hydroelectric requires massive capital outlays, solar is still improving and the wind just doesn’t always blow. For the foreseeable future, North Americans have embraced the idea that expanded production of ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Identity Crisis - Just what does an `environmental organization` do for a corporation?

    As the saying goes, "If you are not at the table, you may be on the menu." EHS departments are on the menu in today's cost-cutting environment. Long-established roles are those that can most easily be outsourced or shifted to others, such as frontline employees. Indeed, in a number of corporations, the traditional environmental leader now works for the company's new "chief sustainability ...

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