“Successful integration and effective management of sustainability at a company requires having committed leadership, clear direction and strategic influence — and none of this will happen without a robust governance structure. Sustainability governance helps a company implement sustainability strategy across the business, manage goal-setting and reporting processes, strengthen relations with external stakeholders and ensure overall accountability.
“How and where sustainability fits into the overall corporate structure can be very revealing of a company’s direction and priorities. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no cookie-cutter structure that can be applied; every company must tailor its approach for what makes the most sense given its business model, structure, resources and level of sustainability integration into the business.
“Here are four considerations to keep in mind when building effective governance structures:”