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Fact of the Week: Sustainability issues are a priority for CEOs, yet few heads of sustainability report directly to CEOs

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

Global CEOs now rank “sustainability” among their top five business challenges. However, despite sustainability issues moving to the center of CEO priorities, few heads of sustainability report directly to the CEO. A survey by The Conference Board of sustainability executives shows only 16 percent of respondents indicate their companies’ head of sustainability reports directly to the CEO. Instead, most heads of sustainability report one level down from the CEO, typically to a COO or head of operations. Companies aiming to elevate sustainability discussions to a strategic level should consider evaluating the degree of access to the CEO and the board that is given to their head of sustainability.

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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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