Organizational Sustainability Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities

As required by the organizational governance, the top leader must ensure that the responsibilities and authorities for relevant roles are assigned, communicated, and understood within the organization. We must prevent the operation of a sustainability program that is separate from how the organization is operated.

The top leader needs to assign responsibility for the following activity:

  • Ensuring the risk management and sustainability processes are established with reference or benchmarked to “best practice” for the organization

  • Ensuring that the processes are effectively delivering their intended outcomes

  • Reporting on the performance of the risk management and sustainability processes, on opportunities for improvement, and on the need for change or innovation

  • Ensuring the promotion of risk management and sustainability throughout the organization

  • Ensuring the integrity of the risk management and sustainability processes when changes are planned and implemented in the organization.

It is important to have a process focus for the management of risk and sustainability that goes beyond the preparation of a sustainability report! The focus must be on identification of processes and operations that must be controlled to maintain and improve the organization’s risk management and sustainability performance. Finally, the role of the sustainability manager to support the top leader and the organizations sustainability program must be clearly articulated to all of the organization’s stakeholders.

Presented By:

Robert B. Pojasek,


Chairman, Education and Research Executive Board (EREB)

Managing Director

Center for Corporate Performance & Sustainability

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