Be A Sustainable Leader

Discover what it means to be a sustainable leader—and how to become one.


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The value of sustainable leadership has never been clearer. By delivering long-term benefits for investors, employees, customers, and the wider community, sustainable leaders can outperform the competition while creating financial value. Investors provide access to more favorable financing. Top talent wants to work for them. More customers trust them. And they unlock new market opportunities.


The question is, how can CEOs, boards, and other executives offer the sustainable leadership that will drive visible progress on the sustainability metrics that matter?


Sustainable Leader

All leaders can learn how to create value sustainably

Our study of pioneering executives, carried out with the United Nations Global Compact, shows sustainable leaders aren’t just born—they’re also made.


The skills leaders need to deliver sustainability action

What does it take to hit your goals around DE&I, the environment, employee wellbeing, and closing economic and social divides? Our research found five things sustainable leaders have in common.

The sustainable mindset is a purpose-driven belief that business is not a commercial activity divorced from the wider societal & environmental context in which it operates.


How much progress are leaders making on sustainability?

Sustainability is easy to talk about, but tough to deliver. Despite a host of promises around DE&I, employee well-being, and net zero, leaders around the world are struggling to deliver visible sustainability results.



say their organization has acted on a sustainability strategy



expect to make significant progress on sustainability in the next 5 years



think their CEO is personally committed to sustainability


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Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World

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How we support sustainable leadership


To future-proof your business, we work with you to recruit and develop leaders who understand why sustainability issues are vital to long-term success—and how to capture the opportunity.


Enhance your board’s sustainability credentials


Sustainable leadership starts at the very top. We find ways to strengthen ESG oversight by advising on how your board embeds a sustainability lens into its culture and structure, as well as directors’ sustainable leadership credentials.


Develop sustainable executives


Executive leadership teams need to work together towards your sustainability vision. So, we work with your top team to assess and develop executives’ sustainability capabilities.


Find leaders with a sustainable mindset


Our unique approach to assessment ensures we find CEOs, board members, and CxOs who have the mindset and skills to drive sustainability in your organization. In fact, 46% of the job specifications we create talk about sustainability.


Find world-class sustainability function leads


With access to an unrivaled pool of sustainability talent, we work with you to find best-in-class Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of ESG, sustainable finance leaders, and leaders for sustainability business units.


Train sustainable leaders with MIT


We’ve partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management to create and run a sustainable leadership course exclusively for senior executives.


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