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Europe's Top 100 Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) by Futur/io

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By illuminem

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illuminem is proud to exclusively present the list of Europe's TOP 100 Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs), curated by leading think-tank Futur/io.

These leaders play a vital role in steering companies towards more responsible business practices, paving the way to a sustainable future. 

The list is divided into 5 different industry segments:

  • Finance and banking
  • Consumer goods
  • Technology and telecommunications
  • Automotive and transportation
  • Healthcare

Join us in celebrating the trailblazers of Europe's sustainable business transformation.

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TOP 100 CSOs

Finance and banking

  • Michael Baldinger, CSO of UBS
  • Celine Herweijer, CSO of HSBC
  • Marisa Drew, CSO of Standard Chartered Bank
  • Constance Chalchat, CSO of BNP Paribas CIB
  • Jorg Eigendorf, CSO of Deutsche Bank
  • Inês Oom de Sousa, Head of ESG, Europe of Santander Group
  • Jonas Persson, Head of Sustainability and ESG Finance of Lloyds Bank
  • Antonio Bravo Acín, Global Head Sustainability, Strategy & Development of BBVA
  • Anne-Sophie Castelnau, Global Head of Sustainability of ING
  • Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability of Munich Re
  • Line Hestvik, CSO of Allianz
  • Rossella Cardone, Group Director, ESG & Sustainability of Nexi Group
  • Linda Freiner, Group Head of Sustainability of Zurich Insurance

Consumer and retail goods

  • Bertrand Swiderski, CSO of Carrefour
  • Alexandra Palt, CSO and Chief CSR Officer of L'Oréal
  • Marie-Claire Daveu, CSO of Kering
  • Leyla Ertur, Head of Group Sustainability of H&M
  • Pascal Brun, VP of Sustainability of Zalando
  • Bérangère Ruchat, CSO of Richemont
  • Vanessa Wright, CSO of Pernod Ricard
  • Anna Turrell, CSO of Decathlon
  • Rebecca Marmot, CSO of Unilever
  • Kate Wylie, CSO of Chanel
  • Katja Schreiber, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Adidas
  • Christelle Capdupuy, CSO of Louis Vuitton
  • Eva Ronhaar, Director of Sustainability at HEMA
  • Karen Pflug, CSO of Ingka Group
  • Elena Dimichino, Head of CSR of EssilorLuxottica
  • Henri Bruxelles, CSO of Danone
  • Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand, Group Head of Sustainability of Handelsbanken
  • Tobias Wollermann, Group Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Otto Group
  • Pierre Alexandre Bapst, CSO of Hermès International
  • Hélène Valade, Directrice Développement Environnement du Groupe of LVMH
  • Daniella Vega, Global Senior Vice President Health & Sustainability of Ahold Delhaize
  • Vanessa Butani, VP of Group Sustainability of Electrolux
  • Brune Poirson, CSO of Accor
  • Catherine Dolton, CSO of InterContinental Hotels
  • Ewan Andrew, President, Global Supply & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer of Diageo
  • Juan Gabriel Aguiriano Nalda, Global Head Sustainability of Kerry
  • Lizzie Jones, Group Sustainability Director of Savills
  • Carina Porot, Global Sustainability Lead of IWC Schaffhausen

Technology and telecommunications

  • Judith Wiese, CSO of Siemens
  • Robert Metzke, Senior Vice President & Global Head Sustainability of Philips
  • Ulrike Sapiro, CSO of Henkel
  • Alice K. Steenland, CSO of Signify
  • Melanie Kubin-Hardewig, Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility of Deutsche Telekom
  • Nicki Lyons, CSO of Vodafone
  • Hannah Harrison, Chief Sustainability Officer of WPP
  • Emmanuel Normant, Vice President for Sustainable Development of Saint-Gobain
  • Márcia Balisciano, CSO of RELX
  • Elena Valderrábano, CSO of Telefónica
  • Markus W. Mauermann, Head of Sustainability of Axel Springer
  • Prajna Khanna, Global Head of Sustainability and Vice President of Prosus Group
  • Rajita D'Souza, CHRO, President Human Resources and CSR of ST Microelectronics
  • Philippine de T'serclaes, CSO of Dassault Systèmes
  • Cristina Bifulco, CSO of Prysmian Group
  • Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director of CSR, Diversity and Solidarity of the Group, Head of CSR & ESG of Orange
  • Daniel Schmid, CSO of SAP
  • Daniel Vennard, CSO of Syngenta Group
  • Kia Haring, Senior Vice President Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainability of VR Group
  • Dominique Debecker, CSO of Solvay
  • Arthur Schneider, Head of Sustainability Management of Bechtle Group
  • Richard Haldimann, CSO of Clariant
  • Jean-Francios Pascal, Vice President of Sustainability of Beiersdorf
  • Karin Lepasoon, CSO of ABB
  • Cordula Meckenstock, Chief People, Culture & ESG Officer of BayWa
  • Sebastian Bartels, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Sustainability Services of DEKRA Group
  • Carlotta Ventura, CSO of a2a
  • Maria Cristina Papetti, Head of Global Sustainability of Enel Group
  • Andreas Wade, Head of Sustainability of Viessmann
  • Nathalie Wright, CSO of Rexel
  • Nollaig Forrest, CSO of Holcim
  • Daniel Broche, CSO of United.b
  • Marie Jaroni, Senior Vice President Decarbonization and ESG of Thyssenkrupp Steel

Automotive and transportation

  • Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management and Integrity, Governance & Sustainability of Mercedes-Benz Group
  • Ariane Reinhart, Member of the Executive Board Group Human Relations and Sustainability of Continental
  • Dirk Voeste, CSO of Volkswagen Group
  • Andreas Follér, CSO of Traton Group
  • Julian Fieres, Vice President & Head of Strategy/Transformation, Digitalization & Sustainability of ZF Group
  • Isabelle Spiegel, Global Head of Environment of VINCI
  • Carrie Harris, Director of Sustainability of British Airways
  • Thomas Becker, Vice President of Sustainability of BMW Group
  • Lisa Ekstrand, Vice President of Sustainability of Vestas
  • Rhian Kelly, CSO of National Grid
  • Bertrand Blaise, EVP Communication & CSR of Stellantis
  • Matteo Battaini, CSO of Pirelli
  • Lynette Chung, CSO of Covestro
  • Anne Chassagnette, CSO of Johnson Matthey
  • Dr. Antoine Sautenet, CSO of Michelin
  • Nathalie Stubler, CSO of Safran
  • Lars Wagner, CEO/CSO of MTU Aero Engines


  • Gianluca Ansalone, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability of Novartis
  • Shihka Pillai, Global Head of Sustainability of Siemens Healthineers
  • Claire Lund, Global Vice President Sustainability of GSK
  • Jose Francisco Vallejo Carrera, Global Head of Environment & Sustainability of Sanofi
  • Petra Wicklandt, Head of Corporate Sustainability of Merck
  • Nigel Sullivan, CSO of Bupa
  • Tracy Nilsson, Global Head Sustainability of Novo Nordisk
  • Karin Reiter, Senior Vice President of Sustainability of The Adecco Group
  • Anisa Missaghi, CSO of Pladis Global

About Futur/io and the methodology applied

The Futur/io Institute, the independent curator of this list, is a leading European think-tank and organization dedicated to shaping a future where sustainability, technology, and innovation are at the core of global progress. Futur/io works with organisations like illuminem, the UNFCCC and corporates in leadership training and organises Executive Programmes to inspire future leaders in sustainable innovation. 

The list was defined as listing the appointed Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) of European companies with over €1b annual revenues and/or 10,000+ employees, serving in the role for over 6 months. No Oil & Gas or related industries are included to foster fast divestments from these. Consulting, tax auditors or government/public entities are also excluded to focus on direct corporate impact.

A nomination committee of twelve influential faculty and partners, led by chairman Marc Buckley, will further select 20 nominees that will make it to the finals of the inaugural CSO Awards /24. They will be revealed on December 5, 2023, during the Annual Economic Forum at Davos.

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