How do you govern for sustainability?

Net-zero, ESG targets look good and define the roadmap for change, but good governance makes things happen. Because of the far-reaching impact of sustainability decisions, governance structures for sustainability need to pan across several functional areas and not just the sustainability department.

  • Head of Sustainability could report into the CEO and the Board
  • The sustainability department should be supported by a cross-functional team to review strategy performance and define priorities.
  • Sustainability managers and teams in brands, retail markets and suppliers should drive the implementation across the company.
  • Each central function and brand is measured against a set of sustainability KPIs, in the same way, performance against sales figures and customer satisfaction is measured.