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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. At Egon Zehnder, we believe in 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 part of the Industrial Practice Group in London and Leads Egon Zehnder’s Sustainability Practice.  She is an active member… Read more

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Washington, D.C.

Jessica Watson, based in Washington, D.C., is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice, serving clients across the health-care spectrum. 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

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

Helen Crowley

Helen Crowley

London

Helen Crowley, based in London, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications, Media & Entertainment practices. 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

Lisa Barlow

Lisa Barlow

Paris

Lisa Barlow, a Franco-American based in Paris, is a core member of the firm’s global Consumer & Retail Practice. Read more

Bart Blommers

Bart Blommers

Amsterdam

Bart Blommers, based in Amsterdam, specializes in the technology and industrial space and leads our global Public and Social Sector Practice. Read more

Diederik Amery

Diederik Amery

Brussels

Diederik Amery, based in Belgium and also covering Luxembourg, provides executive and board search, individual and team appraisals, and leadership… Read more

Boudewijn Arts

Boudewijn Arts

Brussels

Boudewijn focuses on CEO succession, C-level and Board searches for industrial and broader clients. He is an Executive Coach and passionate about… Read more

Joost Maes

Joost Maes

Brussels

Joost Maes, based in Brussels, founded and lead until recently Egon Zehnder’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Practice. Joost has held various… Read more

Isabelle Claus

Isabelle Claus

Brussels

Isabelle Claus is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Human Resources practices. Based in Brussels, she is a trusted advisor to clients on… Read more

Morten Tveit

Morten Tveit

Oslo, Copenhagen

Morten Tveit is working out of the Oslo and Copenhagen offices. He has expertise in leadership coaching and development, organization design… Read more

Elisabet V. Sandnes

Elisabet V. Sandnes

Oslo

Based in Oslo, Elisabet is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Sustainability practices while serving clients across multiple industries. Read more

Sven Michaelis

Sven Michaelis

Hamburg

Sven Michaelis, based in Hamburg, leads Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice in Germany and has deep expertise in semiconductors, the Internet… Read more


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