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More than half of the world’s largest companies without a chief sustainability officer

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Global Stocktake highlights a stark reality: current global efforts to reduce emissions fall short of the goal to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius 
• This underscores the increasing pressure on the private sector to bridge the emissions gap, as government commitments alone are not enough.

🔭 The context: Amidst rapidly evolving corporate climate landscapes, the emergence of a chief sustainability officer (CSO) role is crucial
• These leaders are responsible for integrating climate priorities within business strategies and navigating the complex web of new regulations and standards

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Over half of the world's largest companies lack a CSO, which correlates with increased emissions
• Conversely, companies with a CSO have shown a modest decrease in emissions and report higher profits, illustrating the tangible business benefits of prioritizing sustainability

⏭️ What's next: The introduction of new standards and regulations, such as the EU’s Green Claims Directive and the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative, is intensifying the focus on corporate climate claims
• Upcoming regulations in various regions will compel companies to prioritize compliance and sustainability accounting.

💬 One quote: "COP28 will endow corporations with heavy responsibilities, necessitating strong chief sustainability officers to navigate and succeed in bold climate actions."

📈 One stat: Research indicates that Fortune Global 500 companies without a CSO saw a 3% increase in emissions over the past year, while those with a CSO saw a reduction, highlighting the impact of this role on corporate emissions

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