Thought Leadership

Our future sustainability continues to be a widespread topic of discussion in government, science, business and the wider communities in which we live. Search360™ believes in the climate science and we have chosen to act.

The three pillars of sustainable development include:

  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Governance

Abbreviated as ESG, performance across the three pillars by listed companies is constantly being assessed by the world’s largest fund managers and institutional investors. ESG performance will determine their investment decisions. Further more, while corporate social responsibility has become a central issue senior management and boards, many stakeholders will still resist this change. For this very reason, any sustainability talent must possess deep change management capabilities to influence stakeholders and ultimately drive business transformation.

nGovernments across the globe continue to drive progress via carbon schemes, renewable energy targets and environmental policy. Clean technology and renewable energy investment are key components to adhere to environmental policy and achieve economic development. It is not whether sustainability or environmental concern will fade but just how much this trend will impact companies and communities and what companies and countries will prevail. Globally, the world’s leading companies are appointing Chief Sustainability Officers.

Key global issues of resource efficiency and regulation have created business opportunities surrounding new product and people development, facilities management and corporate responsibility. Hence a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) must drive the strategy and vision for organisations.

When it comes to sustainability, Australia’s leading organisations continue to consider offshore hiring, for there are limited sustainability executives with proven track records in this
evolving industry.

Some examples include the following senior sustainability appointments:

  1. One of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies sought their CSO from a bank
  2. A leading duopoly retailer targeted their CSO from a retailer in the USA
  3. One of Australia’s leading banks identified their British corporate responsibility chief from an Asian Big4 firm.

The emergence of the industry means there are only few executives with the knowledge of complex sustainability issues and the expertise to apply to a broad range of disciplines. Expert headhunting is the only way forward.

For companies of tomorrow to unlock their potential, it is business critical to hire the right sustainability talent and leaders. Search360 has a profound and penetrating insight into the sustainability talent pool with a truly global reach.