Chief Sustainability Officers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Chief Sustainability Officers Do

Communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.

Other Job Titles Chief Sustainability Officers May Have

Corporate Sustainability Process Manager, Director of Sustainability, Director of Sustainability Programs, Director of Sustainable Design, Sustainability Director, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (VP CSR and Sustainability)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

President, Center for Inclusive Growth & Executive Vice President of Sustainability ,


In these roles, I am responsible for advancing equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. My daily work involves making sure that people who are not connected to the formal economy, get connected and become economically secure.

Principal Coordinator-Community Affairs ,

Capital One

My great day looks a lot like a juggling act. From responding to our nonprofit partners needs to supporting associates that are volunteering in the community my job keeps me on my feet. Asset management is a key component to the role I have.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop or execute strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.
  • Supervise employees or volunteers working on sustainability projects.
  • Research environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests.
  • Develop methodologies to assess the viability or success of sustainability initiatives.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of sustainability programs.

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