The role of sustainability executives, also known as corporate sustainability officers, has evolved over the last 6-10 years. Initially, many of these roles evolved out of need and whoever had interest in a company usually was dubbed the ‘sustainability expert’ within the company. Now that the sustainability profession has progressed, more experience has been created and there are higher degrees available in sustainability management the role has become more specialized and coveted than before.
A recurring questions is what do these professionals do? Although that can vary from company to company, here are some good resources to refer to about this role and all that it entails;
- Corporate Sustainability Officers, eco-officiency
- The Sustainability Professional: 2010 Competency Survey Report, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
- the Five Myths About Sustainability Executives, Green Biz.com
- Sample Job Description for a Sustainability Officer, Sustainable Cities Institute