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The Complete Chief Sustainability Officer Guide: 60 Responsibilities for Driving Sustainable Impact

Unveiling the Comprehensive Role of CSOs in Sustainability Reporting, ESG Integration, and Climate Action

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Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) have become essential champions of sustainability within organizations. This article explores the 60 diverse responsibilities that CSOs undertake. From managing sustainability reporting and adhering to disclosure standards to integrating ESG considerations and leading climate action plans, CSOs play a critical role in driving sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.


In today's rapidly changing world, organizations face growing pressure to adopt sustainable practices and address climate change. Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) have emerged as pivotal leaders in this transformation, guiding organizations towards a more sustainable future. With a broad array of responsibilities, CSOs oversee sustainability reporting, adhere to disclosure standards, integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, and develop comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation plans. Here are 60 key responsibilities that CSOs shoulder, encompassing every facet of sustainability and climate action.

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