“While climate change and sustainability professionals have increased in number and compensation over the past 10 years, isn’t it time that our field took the next evolutionary step into the executive suite? Valutus recently conducted research that found virtually no chief sustainability officers in Fortune 500 companies that actually were designated officers in their companies. ACCO’s examination of CDP responses in 2013 also found no such instances. . . .
“In order to take that step in the executive suite, our field will need to demonstrate the value it can bring to the highest levels of the organization, and the members of the field will need to exemplify that capacity. . . .
“It is time for the professionals to come together and define what we need out of ourselves and the next generation. The skills of sustainability and climate change professionals cut across the silos of traditional organizational functions and must be clarified and defined. The critical “soft skills” of business management and coalition building they will need cannot be ignored, nor can areas such as risk management and economic impact assessment.”