Why is a CSO integral to the quality of your organization?
The role and importance of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) may be relatively new, but it is rapidly becoming more and more essential in organizations, as concerns about sustainability and effects of climate change increasingly dominate the global agenda. Organizations must do their part to assist in this international responsibility.
A CSO drives the sustainability strategy of an organization, serves as the primary advocate, and monitors its efforts. This integral position is now a fixture in the C-suite.
The inherent benefits of putting sustainability at the center of a corporate strategy are diverse both for the success of the organization and in ethical terms. The benefits reaped from a CSO include increasing profits, improving the company’s reputation, making the organization more likely to attract and retain talent, increasing customer relations, and creating a culture of positive sustainable change within the company.
“Demand for CSOs has grown by roughly 228% over the last decade”
Source: Weinreb Group
Executive who received leadership training improved their performance by 20%.
Source: Research Gate 2021
In 2021, the percentage of women in CSO roles has almost doubled, now accounting for more than half (54%) of CSO positions.
Source: Business Chief
Blended Professional Certificate: Chief Sustainability Officer
The full scope of ‘Sustainability’ covers a wide range of topics from our global and regional environments, green industries, and infrastructure to complex geopolitical dynamics. All are inextricably interconnected. Understanding the limitations and the progress of our systems at every is a critical step in understanding how we can begin to envision a better way forward.
Realizing our current state of sustainability is essential to accelerating it. From here we must highlight how to evolve, enhance, and implement our systems in the present for the future.
MIT Professional Education’s Blended Professional Certificate in Chief Sustainability Officer is aimed at professionals with seniority in their organizations who want to better execute sustainable practices as Chief Sustainability Officers.
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Exclusive access to networkings events, live – online sessions with speakers, company visits and international MIT Alumni network.
Personalized coaching sessions based on a leadership assessment. Besides, you will take hands-on workshops on managing cultural diversity, personal communication, creativity and innovation and managing complexity.
In turn, you will have the support of a specialized career development coach who will help you enhance and elevate your professional career.
To be considered as an eligible candidate, please proceed with the following steps:
Deadline: April 30th, 2022
Fee: $300 USD
Deadline: May 31th, 2022
Fee: $400 USD
Deadline: July 1th, 2022
Fee: $500 USD
Throughout this professional program, you will:
Understand what is sustainability, its root causes and how to measure it through different techniques.
Formulate cogent and rigorous positions and arguments in order to make sustainability decisions within your organization.
Being able to elaborate pragmatic strategies that can be employed across different sectors to bolster sustainability.
Learn how to implement life-cycle sustainability assessments (LCSAs) to identify and develop new methods for boosting sustainability.
Understand the meaning and evolution of a circular economy and the roles of material science, economic and institutional structures, and technology.
Acquire the required leadership skills to drive and implement the sustainability agenda in your company.
This Blended Professional Certificate:Chief Sustainability Officer is designed for
- Directors and VP responsible to setting and running the Sustainability agenda and strategy in their companies.
- Current and aspiring C-suite executives responsible for strategy.
- Senior consultants and entrepreneurs focused on sustainability.
- Policy makers and development markers that need a deep understanding about Sustainability and how to manage it.
Participants are required to have:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience.
- At least 3 years of experience managing projects related to strategy definition and management.
- International experience is appreciated.
Meet the faculty
*Faculty are listed in alphabetical order
A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published on leadership, ethics, corporate culture and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership is developed among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and executive/professional levels.
He is currently a founding director of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professionals and executives on leadership and team development issues.
His work in sustainability began with research regarding materials for high performance buildings, low energy residence, and urbanization.
Since 2001, de Weck’s group has developed original quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, commonality, and sustainability, among other characteristics. De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the irrefutable bridge between theory and practice.