Large Companies Adding Sustainability Officers

There’s a new title being added to company management teams. Large companies are starting to add Chief Sustainability Officers, or CSO’s, to their rosters, reporting to the CEO or COO. They’re responsible for not just saving energy, but making sure their company is environmentally responsible, reports The Wall Street Journal.

In May, Coca Cola moved Beatriz Perez from her role as Chief Marketing Officer to her new role CSO. Perez will now integrate Coca-Cola’s well-established sustainability initiatives in the areas of water, climate protection, packaging and recycling through a new global Office of Sustainability, reporting to EVP and Chief Administrative Officer Alex Cummings. According to a company spokesperson, Coca-Cola has accelerated its hiring related to green jobs, including finding new sources of its ingredients and water efficiency.

UPS appointed its first sustainability officer in March, promoting its VP of Corporate Plant Engineering, Scott Wicker.  In his new role, Wicker will be responsible for establishing key performance indicators and goals for the company, according to a company press release., which aggregates online job postings, reports that over the past two years, the number of online job postings containing the keyword “sustainability” has more than quadrupled to 8,245 in May. The number containing “wind” and “solar” more than doubled in the same time period, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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