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License to Transform

An Expectation to Deliver

License to transfer

The role of the chief sustainability officer (CSO) is changing. Against a backdrop of political backlash and economic turbulence, the time for consensus building and goal setting is over — the priority now for CSOs is to forge ahead with implementing the transformation they’ve been given license to deliver.

We have found that the sustainability function — and its expectations — are maturing, and some companies are already creating significant value from their progress so far. At the same time, CSOs are having to pivot in multiple directions to focus on priorities such as data, reporting and compliance.

In our latest annual report on the state of sustainability leadership, we examine these trends and propose key questions for CSOs and their teams to help them navigate this ever-evolving landscape.