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

CSR and Sustainability VP (Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Vice President), Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Corporate Sustainability Process Manager, Sustainability Chancellor, Sustainability Chief, Sustainability Director, Sustainability Initiatives Vice President (Sustainability Initiatives VP), Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Programs Director, Sustainable Design Director

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.

Vice President of Global Sustainability ,


My work involves managing Sonoco's strategy around global sustainability and environmental compliance, including ensuring our teams are engaged in the right industry groups, customer conversations, and leveraging center resources to support our business strategy. In addition, my team is responsible for tracking industry and policy trends and regulations that could impact Sonoco, and ensuring we are in compliance, where applicable.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of sustainability programs.
  • 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.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, marketing or outreach media for sustainability projects or events.
  • Develop, or oversee the development of, sustainability evaluation or monitoring systems.

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