Monday, April 09, 2007


Chief Sustainability Officer

Is this the title of the future C-level executive that will bridge the management gap between fiscal performance and social & environmental performance? Will the CSO climb along side the CFO, CTO, CIO, and CEO as a vital part of the leadership and management structure of corporations? As the impact of climate change continues to make headlines and shareholders continue to press for corporate reporting on risks associated with climate change, it certainly seems like a possibility if not a guarantee.

What initially attracted me to sustainable business is exactly what Rich Walker describes in The Business Case for a Chief Sustainable Officer. The CSO connects the multiple constituencies and the cross-disciplined requirements of making a company "sustainable". It sounds like a challenging, rewarding, and entrepreneurial position

Seems I am a bit behind he curve on making comments on the CSO. Good ol' Google yielded a post from Sustainable IT on March 21st about the same topic. The poster and I are on the same page.

I wonder what it takes to be in a job like this?

1 comment:

Preston said...

Nice blog post. I had some of the same thoughts when I wrote a post about business positions for sustainability. There's a real dearth of these positions right now, but I think having a go-to-person on sustainability would be nothing but +++ for an organization (and its bottom line).