Chief Sustainability Officers At Work: How CSOs Build Successful Sustainability and ESG Strategies

  • 7h 28m
  • Chrissa Pagitsas
  • Apress
  • 2022

Read over 20 exclusive, in-depth interviews with chief sustainability officers (CSOs) of Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble and globally recognized brands such as IKEA and Netflix. These CSOs reveal how they deliver positive environmental and social impact through their companies’ core products and services and generate revenue growth while tackling unique leadership, change management, regulatory and stakeholder challenges.

Sustainability and environmental, social, governance (ESG) strategies are increasingly central to businesses’ growth strategy and risk management. As a result, the CSO has become more important as a driver of both revenue and strategy. Yet, no two CSOs are alike in their backgrounds, titles or even the scope of their roles. From former Peace Corps volunteers to supply chain experts, these C-suite leaders launch ambitious carbon emissions and net-zero goals, develop new products for a circular economy, target increasing the diversity of their company’s staff, align strategic projects to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and standardize reporting for the SEC, investors and more.

About the Author

Chrissa Pagitsas is an independent advisor to senior executives on the intersection of environmental, social, governance (ESG) and global business. She is a trusted board member to non-profit and for-profit companies. Ms. Pagitsas is a sought-after public speaker on catalyzing business transformation through ESG, sustainability and green financing.

Ms. Pagitsas is the author of the book “Chief Sustainability Officers at Work” (Apress, 2022) which explores the leadership strategies of Chief Sustainability Officers at Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, Cognizant, DBS, Duke Energy, IKEA, Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble.

Ms. Pagitsas is responsible for market-transforming innovations including the first Green Commercial MBS in the US, a standardized energy audit for the commercial real estate market and the US EPA ENERGY STAR® 1 to 100 Score and Certification for Existing Multifamily.

As the first Vice President of ESG at a major US financial institution, Ms. Pagitsas launched the company’s Enterprise ESG Strategy and set ambitious goals to address environmental and social issues within the housing industry. Ms. Pagitsas also launched the Green Financing Business which issued over $51 billion in Green Bonds and became the largest issuer of Green Bonds globally.

Ms. Pagitsas has developed sustainability strategies for large real estate investors, advised USAID and energy clients on renewable energy solutions and delivered financial management software solutions for utility companies in the U.S. and Europe.

Ms. Pagitsas holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

In this Book

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Beatriz Perez
  • Ezgi Barcenas
  • Pia Heidenmark Cook
  • Virginie Helias
  • Marissa (Pagnani) McGowan
  • Jyoti Chopra
  • Emma Stewart, PhD
  • Kara Hurst
  • Steve Varley
  • Sophia Mendelsohn
  • Brian Tippens
  • James Gowen
  • Kevin Hagen
  • Katherine Neebe
  • Olivier Blum
  • Scott Tew
  • Frank O’Brien-Bernini
  • Elsa Palanza
  • Yulanda Chung
  • Heidi DuBois
  • Marisa Buchanan
  • Cynthia Curtis
  • Steve Waygood
  • Michelle Edkins