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Breakout Session

The Future of the Sustainability Function: The Evolving Role of the CSO (EMEA)

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Over the past decade corporations have embraced the need for a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) and have recognized the strategic value of integrating the CSO and the sustainability team further into corporate strategy, risk management, and business lines. As business-critical stakeholders – investors, board members, major customers, etc. – increasingly engage the sustainability team directly, they expect the CSO to take part in key corporate decision-making processes and hold a higher level of accountability for business success. However, corporations are taking disparate approaches when it comes to the roles, authority and accountability of the sustainability officer and function. This session is part of a series that will feature CSOs from various industries and regions in one-on-one intimate conversations with BSR leadership. We will discuss the ever-changing role of the CSO and sustainability team, what being “integrated” into the business teams means in practice, and expectations for the corporate sustainability profession over the next decade. 

Scheduled Speakers

Additional speakers to be announced.

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer


Elisa Niemtzow

Vice President, Consumer Sectors and Global Membership

BSR (Moderator)

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