October 24-26

Huntington Beach, California

Breakout Sessions

The Changing Role of the CSO

October 25, 2017, 10:15 am-11:15 am

Business integrator, impact officer, or futurist? The role of the Chief Sustainability Officer can vary enormously, not least during a time of great change. More and more, CSOs are being asked to work across regions and functions to drive fundamental change in corporate strategy, value creation, and organizational culture. The CSO also has the potential to be a source of generating innovation that creates revenue and business opportunities. What skills and qualifications does the CSO of the future need? Is the ultimate goal of the CSO to work herself out of a job, or will there always be a need for the distinct form of leadership? This panel will explore the changing job description for the CSO and the many ways the CSO can drive transformational change that delivers business value and social impact.

Session Speakers

Laura Bishop

Laura Bishop

Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer
Best Buy

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Global Head of Sustainability

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Director, Sustainability Management

Additional confirmed speakers will be published later this summer. Please check back for updates.

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  • Microsoft logo
  • Target logo
  • United Nations Foundation logo


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  • Walt Disney logo

Carbon Offset

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  • EQT AB logo
  • Flex logo
  • Morrison & Foerster logo
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Djembe Communications logo
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