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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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ENDS Special Report: Organising for Sustainability


ENDS has published unique insights into how business organises itself for greater sustainability.

Based on a survey of UK companies, Organising for Sustainability reveals two main alternative structures, which it calls the ‘compliance’ and ‘sustainability’ archetypes.


The report shows how organisations are increasingly developing their approach to sustainability, but also some of the pitfalls that are preventing progress. One of the most important is a lack of support for sustainability departments from other central departments, especially finance, R&D, business management and sales and marketing.


ENDS believes this is holding back corporate sustainability efforts in general and the integration of sustainability into core business strategy in particular.


On the other hand, the report reveals which other departments work most closely with sustainability teams: the top three are facilities, supply chain and HR.


The report finds that larger companies tend to have sustainability teams of about five staff, but that any organisation wanting to be a sustainability leader might need to consider at least doubling this number.


There appears to be no clear relationship between where sustainability teams sit in organisations and level of commitment to sustainability aims. UK companies take a wide variety of approaches, from having a separate sustainability department or placing it within other departments ranging from marketing to HR.


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Organising for Sustainability from the ENDS site, for free (site registration required).


The Sustainable Generation: The Sky Future Leaders Study


Tomorrow’s business leaders bring personal beliefs and experience to the workplace.


Businesses trying to be sustainable but must match words with actions.


Future leaders confident in their ability to operate sustainably.


As businesses continue to feel the pinch from tough economic conditions, the next generation of business leaders says in a new study that sustainability must be a priority for all businesses and sets out its plans for a more sustainable future.

‘The Sustainable Generation: The Sky Future Leaders Study’ examines for the first time the attitudes and ambitions towards sustainability of 750 corporate graduate trainees, high potential middle-managers and MBA students. It uncovers a group who readily describe themselves as the first ‘sustainable generation’ and who have a clear vision for their own careers. But it also sends a warning that UK businesses aren’t matching their warm words with concrete actions.


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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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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 2012


This is the fourth 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.

Starting with the third review they cover the globe. The Corporate Responsibility Salary Survey 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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