Chief Sustainability Officer  What They Do

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Chief Sustainability Officers Career Video



Communicates and coordinates with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enacts or oversees a corporate sustainability strategy.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster General Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Develops or executes strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Supervises employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Researches environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.
  • Develops methodologies to assess the viability or success of sustainability initiatives.
  • Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of sustainability programs.
  • Evaluates and approves proposals for sustainability projects, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and integration with other initiatives.
  • Develops, or oversees the development of, marketing or outreach media for sustainability projects or events.
  • Develops, or oversees the development of, sustainability evaluation or monitoring systems.
  • Creates and maintains sustainability program documents, such as schedules and budgets.
  • Directs sustainability program operations to ensure compliance with environmental or governmental regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Corporate Sustainability Process Manager --
  • Director of Sustainability --
  • Director of Sustainability Programs --
  • Director of Sustainable Design --
  • Supply Chain Manager, Sustainability and Energy --
  • Sustainability Coordinator --
  • Sustainability Director --
  • Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (VP CSR and Sustainability) --