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We’re proud to embed sustainable principles into our client services through distinct practice areas.

Sustainability and ESG Practice

More than 60% of today’s Fortune 250 companies have a senior leader with a sustainability mandate. As sustainability increasingly drives and safeguards financial value creation, our Sustainability practice partners with clients to navigate the complex relationships and responsibilities among the private, public, and social sectors, and build the skills required of successful leaders. We support organizations at every phase of their sustainability journey, finding gaps in leader ship approaches and offering comprehensive guidance on embedding sustainable leadership across strategy, operations, and culture. Our Sustainability Practice also works to embed sustainable leadership principles into all of RRA’s executive search engagements. Our influence is reflected by the inclusion of references to sustainability in 53% of all of RRA’s position specifications in 2022—either as part of the company’s priorities, the role mandate, or candidate requirements.

RRA & MIT Sustainable Leadership Course

In 2022, Russell Reynolds Associates co-launched its inaugural Sustainable Leadership Course with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management’s Office of Executive Education. We brought together 28 executives from eight countries to help them learn more about the skills they need to pivot their organizations to a more sustainable future—and how they could galvanize employees, customers, and suppliers to accelerate change. The course will also run in 2023.

“It’s been so refreshing to spend three days with over 20 incredibly smart people, and no one’s arguing about the facts.”
—Executive participant on the RRA/MIT Sustainable Leadership Course





Sustainable Leadership— A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

In 2022, RRA launched a bestselling book, Sustainable Leadership: Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World, which sets out how leading CEOs are pivoting their organizations to a more sustainable future.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practice

Inclusive leadership is a prerequisite for great leadership in today’s world. It’s inclusive leaders who are building the workplace of the future, today. Only by including diverse voices can leaders drive solutions to complex problems. That’s why we’re committed to strengthening the world’s diverse leadership bench and pipeline through our DE&I Practice and enabling underrepresented groups to advance their careers. We equip our clients with the knowledge, insights, and best practices to address critical social impact issues, such as how to think embed equity across talent processes, develop pipelines of diverse talent, and foster inclusive work environments to harness innovation.



Social Impact & Education Sector

Our Social Impact and Education practice works with organizations to address the world’s most critical issues in times of radical uncertainty. Our clients endeavor to change hearts and minds—and we partner with them to recruit leaders who have tangible impacts on society. Our team of social impact experts also coordinates across sectors to find and share creative leadership solutions and cultivate the next generation of leaders. Through this forward-thinking, collaborative approach, we aim to help solve global social issues, from transitioning to a low-carbon economy and improving access to sustainable energy solutions to addressing global refugee crises.





CEO appointments for Social Impact and Education Sector clients in 2022



countries where RRA complete Social Impact & Education assignments in 2022



The Global Methane Hub was formed in 2022 as a global alliance of more than 20 leading philanthropies and organizations who committed more than $300 million to reduce global methane emissions by more than 35% by the year 2030. They collaborate with governmental and nongovernmental entities to scale up cost-effective solutions in methane mitigation and contribute to transformational change in the energy, agricultural, and waste management sectors. RRA has supported them from their initial inception, helping to build their senior leadership team.

Marcelo Mena
CEO | Global Mathane Hub








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