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Global headhunter sets decarbonization targets in line with the Paris Agreement

Update 3 August - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) have approved Odgers Berndtson's science-based decarbonisation targets, making us the first global executive search firm with approved targets. Find out more about the targets from the SBTi here, and what sustainability means to us here.  


London, 22 Feb - Odgers Berndtson, the global executive search, interim management and leadership advisory business, has committed to, and set, science-based decarbonization targets.

Odgers Berndtson has a long history of advising clients on board level environmental and sustainability appointments across all sectors, and is supported by a depth of insight and broad network in this critical area. These targets will hold the firm accountable to its own sustainability strategy as it continues to focus on providing clients with expert advice on energy transition.

The firm, which operates in 32 countries, has applied for verification of these targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The targets encompass significant emission reductions in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Odgers Berndtson supports the reduction in climate risk through its influence and work with organizations and their leaders around the world. The firm advises clients on finding board level environmental and sustainability specialists, as well as sustainability-conscious CEOs and other leaders. Odgers Berndtson's leadership assessment methodologies also help drive sustainable performance in organizations by measuring a leader's competencies and motivations across a plethora of challenges, including climate change.

Kester Scrope, Odgers Berndtson CEO, said: “We have supported our clients’ sustainability plans for many years and are deeply mindful of the positive impact our work can bring and the responsibility that comes with this. Over many years we have actively developed deep and broad networks, knowledge and insights in this field from across the global economy including commercial businesses, government regulators, the professional services community, NGOs and charities. We also recognize that we must run our own business responsibly. Through the SBTi we are holding ourselves to account through an independent third party to support our own journey.”

Odgers Berndtson has an extensive track record in sustainability-oriented leadership roles. This includes chief sustainability officers, and board and C-level sustainability specialists. For more information visit: odgersberndston.com/industries/sustainability

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