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CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

New research and tools provide insight into CEO decision-making for sustainability.

Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are uniquely situated at the interface between the external environment and the internal hierarchy of their companies.

Executive Guide

Download the full executive guide on the CEO’s perspective on sustainability and the role of change agents.

The executive guide includes:

  • Factors shaping CEO thinking on sustainability

  • Three key barriers preventing CEOs from prioritizing sustainability

  • Qualities of influential change agents (as told by CEOs)

  • Strategies and tactics to help change agents support and influence their CEOs to incorporate sustainability

Main Report

This report comprehensively covers research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk, Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck. It enables the C-Suite to gain perspective on sustainability by learning from peers and provides change agents with deep insights into top-level decision-making.

Supporting Tools

Being an Effective Change Agent

This toolset includes a guide and personal inventory to bolster change agent readiness and effectiveness. The toolset also allows change agents to reflect on and plan their personal development.

Supporting Your CEO

This toolset includes a guide and tactical inventory to help change agents catalyze better decision-making around sustainability. The tools help change agents identify and develop tactics most appropriate for their setting.


Get an overview of what helps shift CEO decision-making around sustainability and how corporate change agents can support this process. Review the primer highlighting key insights from the research.

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