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Whitewater Management: Insights from the Aspen Leaders Forum on the Evolving Sustainability Profession

July 22, 2020  • Business and Society Program

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Nearly a decade ago, the Aspen Business & Society Program launched the Aspen Leaders Forum, a cross-industry invitation-only network of top notch sustainability and social impact strategists in leading companies. These strategists are working at the cutting edge of practice and influencing the future of the profession. At present, revenues of the companies represented in the Forum exceed $1 trillion. Across the globe these companies employ over 2.3 million people.

Over the last six months, we have sought their insights on what is changing in the zeitgeist that is affecting their work and, potentially, amplifying their impact. We sought information about what their jobs now entail, how their responsibilities are shifting and what they see ahead for the sustainability profession.

This report, in three sections, offers a summary of we have heard and what we believe it takes to be on top of your game at the start of this new decade.

  • Trends that signal increased need for expert sustainability strategists
  • Ways companies are responding to these changes
  • Strategies for becoming a best in class sustainability strategist for the new decade