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Board Governance & ESG Sustainability

Our board governance and sustainability services aim to help boards navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainable development issues. While many boards are making strides in sustainable development by establishing board committees and sub-committees, there needs to be more focus on all the moving parts of sustainability, including increased education on relevant issues and a mix of individuals who together can challenge the status quo.

We’ve worked with some of the world’s leading companies to build sustainable board advisories from the ground up. Our work is tailored to each client’s unique industry context and goals. To be effective stewards of sustainability, boards must cultivate a positive board culture and healthy board dynamics. While chairs play a key role in facilitating the efficient performance of the board functions, it is equally important to develop a culture of curiosity and transparency among board members, which can help embed sustainability into board agendas and ultimately help boards be better equipped to handle the complexities of sustainable development matters.


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YaoSong Chen

YaoSong Chen

Washington, D.C.

Yao Chen, based in Washington DC, advises automotive and machinery companies on C-suite succession and board consulting. Read more

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C. Office Leader

Kim Henderson, Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office, previously led the firm’s Consumer Practice for the Americas. Read more

John Lowry

John Lowry

Washington, D.C.

John Lowry is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s industrial practice and is a former US Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment… Read more


Thought Leadership | Board Governance & ESG Sustainability

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Stewards of Sustainability

Stewards of Sustainability

The 2022 Sustainability Board Report recommends that companies increase their sustainability engagement with diversity, education and self-reflection. Read more

The Power of Procurement: Tackling the Climate Challenge

The Power of Procurement: Tackling the Climate Challenge

The fight against climate change has never been more urgent. Between 2011 and 2020, average global temperatures were roughly 1.1°C higher than those between… Read more

Stewardship Conversations

Stewardship Conversations

Rachael De Renzy Channer, Egon Zehnder's Global Head of Sustainability, engages in candid and insightful conversations with global leaders at the forefront of the… Read more

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Tanay Misra discusses "Elevating the CSO's Voice" - CNA 938

Egon Zehnder's Tanay Misra discusses the key findings of the recent "Elevating the CSO's Voice" study with CNA 938's Work It show with Cheryl… Read more

COP28 in Dubai: An opportunity for leaders to walk in others’ shoes

COP28 in Dubai: An opportunity for leaders to walk in others’ shoes

COP brings together leaders from every country and industry to create a transformative experience of walking in others' shoes and embracing diversity. Read more

Building a Roadmap for Collective Action

Building a Roadmap for Collective Action

In conversation with Michael Greenstone, Climate Vault co-founder and Milton Friedman Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Read more

The Power of Common Ground

The Power of Common Ground

In conversation with Robert G. Eccles, author, ESG Expert and Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School at Oxford University. Read more

Connecting Purpose and Sustainability Across Sectors

Connecting Purpose and Sustainability Across Sectors

Laurent-David Charbit highlights the power of a “zig zag” career building skills, capabilities and experiences that create a strong foundation. Read more

Pioneering Sustainability: A fireside chat with Roberto Marques, Former Chair and CEO of Natura &Co.

Pioneering Sustainability: A fireside chat with Roberto Marques, Former Chair and CEO of Natura &Co.

Roberto Marques, Former Chair & CEO Natura &Co, spoke about Scaling Sustainability and Key Competencies for the Board and the Employees. Read more

CHROs Want to Make the World a Brighter Place

CHROs Want to Make the World a Brighter Place

The CHROs concluded in a roundtable discussion led by Egon Zehnder that sustainability can indeed make the world a better place. Read more

Does Your Board Have the Sustainability Expertise It Needs?

Does Your Board Have the Sustainability Expertise It Needs?

A practical guide to determine the right type of sustainability leader for your organization. Read more

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

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