By Karen Greenbaum, President and CEO of the global Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

Today, the prioritization of sustainability begins at the top. Leaders have come to realize that a sustainable business strategy is not only good for the environment but also beneficial to an organization’s bottom line. In turn, boardrooms around the world are now using an ESG (environment, social and governance) framework for a strategic review of an organization’s sustainability.

My association’s latest research of 1,000 C-suite executives underscores this trend, finding two-thirds of organizations are focusing on sustainability, specifically the World Economic Forum’s principles of stakeholder capitalism: people, governance, prosperity and the planet. In fact, Mckinsey & Co. found that a focus on ESG can lead to greater value creation in five essential business areas: top-line growth, cost reductions, regulatory and legal interventions, productivity, and investment and asset optimization.

This sudden uptick in ESG and sustainable business efforts may leave many wondering “Why are organizations prioritizing sustainability now?”…

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