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COP26: finding the right leader is now more important than ever

This year’s COP was perhaps the most conspicuous in the conference’s 26-year history. Over the pa...

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Responsible Leadership: An interview with President and CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Yan: Thank you very much for taking the time today. So, maybe we can kick off with this first que...

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Responsible Leadership: An interview with Copec’s Chief Corporate Development Officer

The third in the series, John Byrne interviews Leonardo Ljubetic, Chief Corporate Development Off...

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Responsible Leadership: An interview with the former CPO at Danone and SABMiller

Maaike: Today I'm joined by Katharina Stenholm, Independent Advisor. But you are also the former...

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Responsible Leadership: An interview with the CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The second in the series, Derek Wilkinson interviews Claire Melamed, Chief Executive Officer of t...

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Responsible Leadership: An interview with EY’s Global Vice Chair – Sustainability

To begin the series, Virginia Bottomley interviews Steve Varley, EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainab...

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Unlocking the route to the Board table?

The term ‘ESG’ encompasses how businesses address key themes across environment, social and gover...

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ESG issues and digital transformation top the post-COVID corporate agenda

Susanne Thorning-Lund, Partner in the Board Practice at Odgers Berndtson, considers the responses...

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The Race for Innovation - An interview with the President and CRO at Salesforce: Part Two

We speak to Gavin Patterson, President and Chief Revenue Officer at Salesforce and the former CEO...

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Ørsted’s green energy transformation and encouraging bravery in the boardroom

Susanne Thorning-Lund: Ørsted underwent an extraordinary transition from a state-owned oil and ga...

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Why leading on sustainability demands a high level of emotional intelligence

IQ and EQ are now very familiar concepts in evaluating the potential and performance of leaders....

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How Iceland Foods strikes a balance between purpose and profit

Jane Dessar: Why did you write The Green Grocer? And what is its most important message? Richard...

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Sustainability Intelligence - Responsible Leadership in Process Industries

Odgers Berndtson interviewed Global Chief Procurement Officers from chemical, ingredient and othe...

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A new cycle brings food for thought

Although still very much the market leader in breakfast cereal, in some ways Kellogg is unrecogni...

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The heart of the matter: ESG takes center stage

Amid the global devastation caused by COVID-19, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues...

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Climate action is now part of everyone’s job: an interview with the Bank of England’s Sarah Breeden

AM: Do you see businesses reorganizing to face the challenges of climate change, with new divisio...

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Leading the way to carbon zero: an interview with the Bank of England’s Sarah Breeden

Anne Murphy, Head of Odgers Berndtson’s Financial Service Practice in London, continues her conve...

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Sizing the risks of climate change: an interview with the Bank of England’s Sarah Breeden

Anne Murphy, Head of Odgers Berndtson’s Financial Services Practice, in conversation with the Ban...

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Is Canada’s cleantech leadership ready to step up?

Only four years ago, I was in a discussion in London when the term ‘cleantech’ came up. More than...

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What lies ahead for the sustainable business movement?

  The sustainable business movement was first embraced by a few altruistic individuals,...

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How Paul Polman wants to change the world - Part 2

OBSERVE: Your new venture, IMAGINE, plans to work with companies to press ahead for greater susta...

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How Paul Polman wants to change the world - Part 1

Observe: You spent more than ten years as CEO of Unilever pushing the boundaries of sustainable b...

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The rapid rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer

Corporate sustainability is no longer the domain of generalists, marketing experts or individuals...

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Could you cut it as a Chief Sustainability Officer?

According to research by George Serafeim, Harvard Business School Professor, a CSO’s authority an...

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Changing dirty SOX will cost world shipping

Shipping accounts for about 3% of total global emissions and 10% of transport emissions. That’s r...

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Can ESG investing make the jump to the mainstream?

ESG-based strategies don’t just deliver competitive performance. They also provide valuable insig...

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Let’s listen to more diverse voices on sustainability

We won’t solve the world’s climate and sustainability problems by leaving them to predominantly w...

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Is your board still ducking the sustainability challenge?

The Deloitte report ‘Sustainability and the board: What do directors need to know in 2018?’ was c...

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Attracting APAC talent the sustainable way

In late 2017, Odgers Berndtson published ‘People, Planet and Profits: How Sustainability Boosts P...

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Meet the most important bank you’ve never heard of

The statistics about plastic waste are jaw-dropping. In 1950, a world population of 2.5 billion p...

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Can we stop eating up the planet?

The statistics speak volumes. Food is the single largest source of greenhouse gases, with 31% att...

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How can mining help uncover a more sustainable future?

In 2018, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre expert Matt Jones declared: “A globa...

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How the Neste board leads on sustainability

Finnish energy company Neste is one of the top three companies on the Corporate Knights 2019 Glob...

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Fashion’s Green challenge - Part 2

In 2019, Odgers Berndtson staged a roundtable event to discuss sustainability and its impact. It...

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Fashion’s Green challenge - Part 1

Fashion demands that we buy new and buy often. It encourages a throwaway culture often founded on...

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Unilever‘s Chief Procurement Officer talks 400 brands, trust and palm oil

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group, has over 400 brands. That involves a €35 billion...

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Supplying the demand for sustainable supply chains

As the world’s biggest companies strive to hit sustainability targets, they are increasingly look...

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What’s so good about ESG investing?

According to the 2018 Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA), there are $22.9 trillion ass...

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Meet the powers behind Europe’s cleantech revolution

We spoke to several industry executives who revealed that cleantech businesses need significant i...

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