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Fact of the Week: When it comes to leadership in sustainability, CEOs may be focusing on the wrong things

By Matteo Tonello, Managing Director, Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board

When it comes to leadership in sustainability, CEOs may be focusing on the wrong things

In a recent survey by The Conference Board, sustainability executives almost unanimously agree that board engagement on sustainability issues is one of the strongest indicators of leadership in corporate sustainability. Results from the separate CEO Challenge survey, however, reveal CEOs may be missing this message: When asked about their top strategies for meeting the sustainability challenge, less than 10% of CEOs chose “strengthen board oversight of sustainability issues.” Given the strong association between board engagement and sustainability leadership, CEOs should consider examining their boards’ level of engagement and oversight of sustainability issues.

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About the author:

Matteo Tonello

Matteo Tonello
Managing Director
Corporate Leadership
The Conference Board

Matteo Tonello is managing director at The Conference Board. In his role, Tonello advises members of The Conference Board on issues of corporate governance, risk management, corporate sustainability and citizenship. He regularly participates as a speaker and moderator in educational programs on best practices and conducts analyses and research in collaboration with leading corporations, institutional investors, and professional firms. Follow Matteo on Twitter: @MatteoTonelloNY.

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