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How sustainability leaders hold steady over the long haul

Erika Whillas

Green Biz Group

McKinsey recently conducted an online survey garnering responses from 3,344 executives representing a spectrum of regions, industries, company sizes, functional specialties and tenures. The "Sustainability's strategic worth" study results show that sustainability leaders are approximately three to five times more likely to: 1) Set aggressive external targets or goals for sustainability initiatives

2) Have a unified sustainability strategy with clearly articulated strategic priorities (no more than five focus areas)

3) Set aggressive internal targets or goals for sustainability initiatives

4) Involve a broad leadership coalition in shaping or co-creating the sustainability strategy, goals and milestones

5) Understand the financial benefits of sustainability within the organization

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The expert view: top corporate sustainability leaders of 2014

Sally Paridis

The 2014 Sustainability Leaders Report was released this week, naming Unilever as the top company for corporate sustainability, followed by Patagonia and Interface.
The report signals a shift in perceptions of sustainability leadership, which has evolved across three eras including the "Do No Harm" era (in which large industrial companies like BP focused on minimizing negative impacts), the "Mainstreaming" era (in which consumer-facing companies like Interface sought to transform their products, services and value chains), and the current "Extension" era (in which large companies like Unilever focus on advocacy and systemic change).

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Women in Sustainability Leadership

Sally Paridis

environmental learder

The number of women working in sustainability is on the rise, but there is still a shortage of women in leadership roles. Allen & York, a Sustainability Recruitment Consultancy, profiles three leading women in sustainability, including the VP & Manager of Sustainable Development at Bechtel, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Coca-Cola, and the VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike. Read full article: Women in Sustainability Leadership


Harvard Business Review Blog: Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Erika Whillas

Harvard Business Review

The mega forces driving sustainability deep into business — such as climate change, resource constraints, and transparency — are getting stronger. We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories. Read 'Harvard Business Review Blog: Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012'

State of the Profession 2013

Erika Whillas

Green Biz Group

by John Davies and the editors of

GreenBiz Group’s third annual “State of the Profession” report takes a look at the emergence of the sustainability executive and its unique role in industry. As in years past, we surveyed members of our GreenBiz Intelligence Panel to find out how much they made, where they worked, and what they did in the course of their job.

This year we also wanted to provide a richer background for understanding where sustainability sits within an organization, how its leaders got there, and what they are likely to be doing in the future. Defining roles in this context can be a moving target as managers and executives continue to push and expand the definition of sustainability leadership.

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