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Chief Sustainability Officers

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Five or more years of experience in lower level management roles with contributions to successful sustainability programs is usually required to secure a chief sustainability officer position. The job mandates strong leadership skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people of all levels within and external to the organization. CSOs have extensive knowledge of environmental issues and regulations and are able to develop and implement corporate policy changes and processes to address environmental concerns. They use software programs regularly to conduct their work, such as database software like Microsoft Access, enterprise resource planning software like SAP, and e-mail, spreadsheet, and video conferencing software.

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