COP26: The Role of Next-Generation Leaders in Navigating the Climate Crisis

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Clarke Murphy


Next-generation leaders have emerged as the engine room of sustainability action. Research by Russell Reynolds Associates found that 40% of next-generation leaders have taken on three or more job responsibilities to improve their organizations’ social and environmental outcomes in the past two years—ahead of the 32% of C-suite executives who say the same.

At COP26, Russell Reynolds and the United Nations Global Compact hosted a panel discussion to further explore the role of next-generation leaders in the race against the climate crisis.

Clarke Murphy, CEO of Russell Reynolds, is joined by Laurence Debroux, former CEO of Heineken and non-executive director of Novo Nordisk, and Chad Holliday, former CEO of DuPont and chair of Shell, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Mission Possible. Together they discuss:

  • The competencies executives need to lead their organizations into a new net-zero era.
  • How to identify the future executives who can help deliver this make-or-break transition.
  • How to nurture next-generation leaders and set them up for success.

Click here for more insights on the important role next-generation leaders can play in advancing the sustainability agenda.