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Well Beyond Recycling: The Evolution of the Chief Sustainability Officer

CSOIn 2011, the Weinreb Group released CSO Back Story, which highlighted Chief Sustainability Officers (CSO) at the time and provided an analysis on the position and the evolution behind the title. Three years later, the Weinreb Group published a follow-up to the initial report, now examining the shifts and growth of the position over the last few years.

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Owning Sustainability: The CSO vs. the CEO

Last Fall, the Weinreb Group published CSO Back Story, identifying 29 Chief Sustainability Officers with that exact title working in the U.S. for publicly traded companies. Of the 29, we highlighted five CSOs (from SAP, EMC, AT&T, UPS and Dupont) whose perspectives included the value their role brings to their company’s long-term strategy.

In each of their cases, the CSO “owns” sustainability. But what happens when a chief sustainability officer doesn’t exist? Who should rightfully own sustainability at companies?

Accenture’s recently released white paper The Chief Executive Officer’s Perspective makes the argument that sustainability could be owned by leadership in general without making it any one executive’s core responsibility, compelling Environmental Leader to ask Are Chief Sustainability Officers on their Way Out?

In September 2011, I wrote a similarly titled article but with a different perspective, wondering whether CSOs are Everywhere, But Are Their Days Numbered?

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Chief Sustainability Officer: The New Power Executive

Did you know that DuPont was the first company to have a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)? Or that CSO’s are largely internal hires that have been at the company for an average of 16 years?

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.

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LoyaltyOne Embeds Sustainability Into Corporate Culture

Talents are key to success in today’s business. How much would a company pay to lower staff turnover rate by 12%? Best Employers in Canada winner LoyaltyOne achieved this through going green. I talked to Chief Sustainability Officer Debbie Baxter to see how embedding sustainability into their corporate culture changes the company.

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