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Sustainability has become synonymous with transformation, and how leaders act today influences what our world looks like tomorrow. Our Sustainability Practice Group helps organizations develop their culture, teams, and individual leaders to be forces for good. We draw out the potential of emerging leaders who will create our better tomorrow. We aim to create mutual benefits for our people, our planet, and the communities we impact.
 

We help organizations dream about what the sustainability function can look like, and coach Chief Sustainability Officers to be the best versions of themselves.

Rachael De Renzy Channer, Global Lead, Sustainability Practice


Who We Are

  • Our consultants are former industry executives and sustainability leaders, with experience working at CDP, TOMRA Systems, BP Alternative Energy, and start-up sustainability ventures, among others.

  • Established in 2008, we have over a decade of experience partnering with organizations on sustainability leadership solutions.

  • We work across industries, partnering with Fortune 100 companies, asset and private fund managers, non-profits, start-ups and family businesses.

  • We have one global P&L. As a result, we are incentivized to collaborate and harness all of our Firm’s resources to ensure our clients’ success. We tap into our firm-wide network to offer creative solutions.

  • We believe sustainability must be at the heart of businesses and can help your organization develop and implement sustainability strategies and talent solutions, whether you are at the start or the midpoint of your journey.

 

What We Do

Our Sustainability Practice Group partners with clients to solve to their most complex sustainability challenges to build teams that will contribute to environmental quality, long-term economic prosperity, and improved social equity.

  • We discover and develop talent with spikes in sustainability for roles across organizations, including Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of ESG, as well as P&L leaders and investors focused on social impact and climate solutions.

  • We help boards understand their role as stewards and what sustainability means to their companies and how to integrate it into the CEO mandate and board committee structure.

  • We partner with investors and corporate leaders on impact investing and discover and develop fund-level sustainability leaders for private capital and asset managers.

  • Our consultants help you build a sustainability function from the ground up, defining the right goals for your organization and then measuring and achieving them.

  • We benchmark performance across peer sustainability functions, connect you with best-in-class sustainability leaders, and assess and develop Sustainability talent internally.

 

How We Will Work Together

We understand that companies today need transformational leadership in order to achieve their vision for sustainable businesses. Our global consultant team partners with you on key leadership challenges, whether you are at the start of your sustainability journey, looking for your first Chief Sustainability Officer, elevating the role of sustainability in your organization to the CEO and board level, or re-imagining your core business purpose to address the challenges of the 21st Century. As a Firm, Egon Zehnder is committed to one enduring purpose: Leadership for a better world. Our Sustainability Practice helps organizations realize their full potential to change the world for the better.

 

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Sustainability Consultants

Rachael De Renzy Channer

Rachael De Renzy Channer

London

Global Lead

Rachael De Renzy Channer is Egon Zehnder’s Global Head of Sustainability. Prior to undertaking this role… Read more

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Washington, D.C.

Jessica Watson is one of the co-founders of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, DC office and currently leads the firm’s Health Practice for the Americas… Read more

Akiba Smith-Francis

Akiba Smith-Francis

New York

Akiba Smith-Francis, based in New York, belongs to Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Sustainability and Public and Social Sector practices. Read more

Zachary Pomerantz

Zachary Pomerantz

New York

Based in New York, Zachary Pomerantz is active in Egon Zehnder’s Real Estate Services and Travel & Hospitality practices. Read more

Kristen Burke

Kristen Burke

Atlanta

Kristen Burke, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Digital, and Technology practices. Read more

Ana Paula Gonzalez

Ana Paula Gonzalez

Miami

Ana Paula González works out of Egon Zehnder’s Miami office as a member of the Private Equity, Technology and Communications, and Sustainability… Read more

Chris King-Sidney

Chris King-Sidney

Dallas

Based in Dallas, Chris King-Sidney is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial practice, specializing in the engineering and construction, mining… Read more

Elena Rodighiero

Elena Rodighiero

Palo Alto

Elena Rodighiero is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Practice Group, helping clients navigate their digital transformation… Read more

Catherine Zhu

Catherine Zhu

Toronto

Catherine Zhu, based in Toronto, is a trusted advisor to boards, entrepreneurial CEOs and family business owners on their critical leadership… Read more

Dale McDermott

Dale McDermott

Toronto

Based in Toronto, Dale McDermott belongs to Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Financial Services, and Industrial practices. Read more

Laura Rey

Laura Rey

Bogotá

Based in Bogotá, Laura Rey Pizano is active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Infrastructure practices as well as in the firm’s Legal… Read more

Helen Crowley

Helen Crowley

London

Helen Crowley, based in London, works closely with companies in the media and marketing services sectors on all leadership and talent issues. Read more

Andrew Vivian

Andrew Vivian

London

Andrew Vivian, based in London, has a particular specialization in the industrial and business services sectors while working across Egon Zehnder’s… Read more

Magali McIntyre

Magali McIntyre

London

Magali McIntyre advises technology organisations, financial services clients, and private equity-backed high-growth companies on leadership… Read more

Toby Gibbs

Toby Gibbs

London

Toby Gibbs, based in London, advises international companies on talent strategy, assessment, leadership development, and board and executive search. Read more

Natalie Dewhirst

Natalie Dewhirst

London

Natalie Dewhirst is active across Egon Zehnder’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Public & Social Sector and Sustainability practices. Read more


Thought Leadership | Sustainability

How Boards Can be ESG Leaders, Not Followers

How Boards Can be ESG Leaders, Not Followers

In June 2022, Egon Zehnder held the latest event in its Corporate Governance Exchange (CGX) series, which brings together chairs and Nomination & Remuneration… Read more

Egon Zehnder Names Rachael De Renzy Channer Global Head of Sustainability

Egon Zehnder Names Rachael De Renzy Channer Global Head of Sustainability

The newly created role marks one of the first formal sustainability leader appointments in the top five global executive search and leadership advisory firms. Read more

Chief sustainability officers prosper as ESG risks mount

Chief sustainability officers prosper as ESG risks mount

Rachael De Renzy Channer discusses how the Chief Sustainability Officer has become a crucial member of the corporate management team. Read more

Four Ways to Move Your Sustainability Agenda Forward

Four Ways to Move Your Sustainability Agenda Forward

As companies gear up to incorporate sustainability more holistically, we outline practical actions leaders can take to make progress on sustainability goals. Read more

Egon Zehnder Global Survey Shows Strong Commitment to Sustainability and Need for More Action from Leaders

Egon Zehnder Global Survey Shows Strong Commitment to Sustainability and Need for More Action from Leaders

Creating a More Sustainable World Will Require Empathetic and Visionary Leadership to Guide Culture, Measurement and Talent, results show Read more

Creating a sustainable world through leadership

Creating a sustainable world through leadership

From companies announcing carbon emissions reductions, to ongoing media coverage of environmental and social issues, awareness has never been greater. But is enough action… Read more

CEOs at the Vanguard of Sustainable Growth

CEOs at the Vanguard of Sustainable Growth

A sizeable minority of CEOs—one in four of those who participated in our survey—say that sustainability is already a major driver of their decisions.… Read more

Embracing Sustainability – From Challenge to Change

Embracing Sustainability – From Challenge to Change

Study on sustainability in family businesses 2021 Read more

Waiting for G-Force

Waiting for G-Force

In the quest for a more sustainable world, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles continue to be a force for change. But experts… Read more

ESG Making Its Move in a COVID-19 World

ESG Making Its Move in a COVID-19 World

Our aim is to create an ESG Alternative Debt Community to advance the SDG: What does “good” look like in a post-COVID world? Read more

 Fresh Impetus for Greater Sustainability in Boards: Women Drive Corporate Sustainability Forward

Fresh Impetus for Greater Sustainability in Boards: Women Drive Corporate Sustainability Forward

BERLIN / GÖTTINGEN – March 23, 2021 – Companies adopt more socially and ecologically sustainable practices when the board includes women and environmental experts… Read more

What It Takes to Be a Sustainability Leader Today

What It Takes to Be a Sustainability Leader Today

For all of the urgency around economic, social, and governance issues, actions around the globe are uneven and slow moving. Before the coronavirus struck,… Read more

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