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What do Chief Sustainability Officers do?

Communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.

What are the Main Tasks of Chief Sustainability Officers?

  • Develop or execute strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Direct sustainability program operations to ensure compliance with environmental or governmental regulations.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of sustainability programs.
  • Develop methodologies to assess the viability or success of sustainability initiatives.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, marketing or outreach media for sustainability projects or events.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, sustainability evaluation or monitoring systems.
  • Develop sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals for supplier, employee, academia, media, government, public interest, or other groups.
  • Evaluate and approve proposals for sustainability projects, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and integration with other initiatives.
  • Formulate or implement sustainability campaign or marketing strategies.
  • Research environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.
  • Review sustainability program objectives, progress, or status to ensure compliance with policies, standards, regulations, or laws.
  • Supervise employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Write and distribute financial or environmental impact reports.
  • Write project proposals, grant applications, or other documents to pursue funding for environmental initiatives.
  • Conduct sustainability- or environment-related risk assessments.
  • Create and maintain sustainability program documents, such as schedules and budgets.
  • Identify and evaluate pilot projects or programs to enhance the sustainability research agenda.
  • Identify educational, training, or other development opportunities for sustainability employees or volunteers.
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