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Chief Sustainability Officer

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What They Do

Chief Sustainability Officers Career Video

About This Career

Communicates and coordinates with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enacts or oversees a corporate sustainability strategy.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster General Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of sustainability programs.
  • Develops or executes strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Develops, or oversees the development of, sustainability evaluation or monitoring systems.
  • Supervises employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Develops sustainability reports, presentations, or proposals for supplier, employee, academia, media, government, public interest, or other groups.
  • Develops, or oversees the development of, marketing or outreach media for sustainability projects or events.
  • Identifies and evaluates pilot projects or programs to enhance the sustainability research agenda.
  • Creates and maintains sustainability program documents, such as schedules and budgets.
  • Formulates or implements sustainability campaign or marketing strategies.
  • Researches environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Sustainability Chief
  • Sustainability Chancellor
  • Corporate Sustainability Process Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Sustainability Programs Director
  • Sustainable Design Director
  • CSR and Sustainability VP (Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Vice President)
  • Sustainability Director
  • Sustainability Initiatives Vice President (Sustainability Initiatives VP)


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