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¿Qué hace a un líder un líder sostenible?

Esta semana quiero hacer referencia a un reporte sobre lo que hace a un líder un “líder sostenible” publicado por Russel Reynolds junto con el Pacto Global de la ONU el año pasado (puedes leerlo aquí). Creo que es una lectura interesante para cualquier persona que quiera entender cómo hacer que el camino de la sostenibilidad de una organización tenga mayores probabilidades de éxito.

 

Algunas citas clave del reporte:

  • “Commitment to sustainability is at an all-time high. Ninety-two per cent of CEOs believe integration of sustainability will be important to the future success of their business. However, there is a gap between rhetoric and reality. Only 48 per cent of CEOs say they are implementing sustainability in their operations, and only 21 per cent of CEOs actually feel that business is currently playing a critical role in achieving the SDGs.”
  • “Analyzing close to 4,000 role specifications across industries and the globe, we found that in 2019 while 15 per cent of executive and non-executive role specifications made reference to sustainability (up from 9 per cent in 2015) in only 4 per cent of executive and nonexecutive role specifications was sustainability experience or mindset an actual requirement.”
  • “When we look at the career experiences of these pioneering leaders that are sitting CEOs and compare them to a control group of CEOs from Global Fortune 500 companies…
    • …were 3 times more likely than the control group to have worked on two or more continents (45 per cent vs 16 per cent).
    • … for those not based in the Global South, 1 in 3 had worked there compared to only 1 in 10 of the control group.
    • …were also more than twice as likely to have had significant career experience in two or more functions (64 per cent vs 30 per cent).
    • …were notably more likely to have had experience in operations and supply chain (55 per cent vs 32 per cent).”
  • “Regardless of their journey towards sustainability, the sustainability pioneers we studied have a strong personal motivation and purpose.”
  • “Sustainable leaders are naturally curious; they go beyond a deep understanding of their own organizational system and incorporate the interplay with the larger economic, societal and environmental systems around them to drive change.”
  • “Sustainable leaders do not manage stakeholders, they include them.”
  • “…they ask why it cannot be done differently.”
  • “This is not a matter of hiring a single individual to own sustainability. The systemic challenges the world faces today mean that sustainable leadership cannot be confined to a small minority; it requires companies to cultivate leadership at all levels.”

 

Ahora que estamos saliendo de la pandemia, y que los inversionistas se centran cada vez más en que las empresas cumplan con sólidos objetivos de sostenibilidad, es importante preguntarse cómo las organizaciones deben preparar y capacitar a sus equipos directivos para hacer frente a las varias necesidades de los varios grupos de interés que tienen. Ya sea a través del equipo directivo, o a través del consejo de administración, parece natural que a medida que las empresas amplíen sus esfuerzos en temas ESG necesiten personas que tengan los conocimientos o la experiencia para asegurarse de que esos esfuerzos estén bien dirigidos y que sirvan de ejemplo para que el resto del equipo los siga.

Espero que esto te haya parecido interesante. Como siempre, si hay algo en lo que pudiéramos ayudar, o si hay un tema de ESG del cual quisieras saber más, por favor háznoslo saber.

Saludos,

Marimar

CEO, Miranda ESG

Contactos en Miranda Partners

Damian Fraser
Miranda Partners
damian.fraser@miranda-partners.com

Marimar Torreblanca
Miranda ESG
marimar.torreblanca@miranda-partners.com

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