Supporting evolving policy programmes and decision making
As a sustainability manager or officer in the food industry, your role is multi-faceted and you have to juggle different aspects with dexterity, navigating a very complex terrain.
Whether a Chief Sustainability Officer, or a member of the ESG team, you are at the helm of progress as:
- The Change Agent: you challenge the traditional business approach, building an environment that will generate innovative solutions. You may not have all the answers at the moment, but you need to stimulate discussions and ask tough questions that will promote sustainable advancements.
- The Facilitator: you engage stakeholders who often have differing views, and you enable them to engage in meaningful conversations and reach a consensus. You need to manage resource allocation in both budgets and know-how to address intricate sustainability issues.
- The Steward: you ensure that established processes and governance are effective, and that your company is on the right track towards your sustainability goal. You are in a position to identify potential risks and intercept them at an early stage.
- The Executor: you translate strategies into action. You are responsible for the design of the solution, its implementation and the resolution of any arising issues. All the while, you’re directing and monitoring the performance of the team involved.
Furthermore, Chief Sustainability Officers are value creators, coalition builders and futurists. You are a strategic thinker who knows that a thoughtful approach to working with other functions will drive an engine of innovation and thrive at a time when innovation is sorely needed.