The challenges we face are enormous. I have seen with my own eyes that the melting of the ice in the Arctic is going faster than expected and our natural “air conditioning” is disappearing. Plastic pollution in the oceans is increasing and plastic micro debris is likely to enter our food chain. In order to protect our planet and create a sustainable future, we need to speed up and accelerate our transition to an inclusive, fossil-free and circular economy.
A growing number of companies aim to play an important role in this transition. They see not only challenges but also opportunities and want to find ways that can possibly turn the tide. In order to support their transition to sustainable business, they often appoint a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) or a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager.
What is the added value of a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for a company? And what kind of work is (s)he supposed to do in a company? When are CSO’s or CSR managers effective in their jobs? The answers to these questions are described in this book on the basis of the Seven roles that are needed to fully embed sustainability or corporate social responsibility in a company.