Leading for the Future of Our Planet

A new model of collective business leadership and a shift to generational strategic thinking are essential to avert environmental catastrophe. CEMS faculty members and Corporate Partners set out recommendations for globally responsible leaders, educators and young professionals.
Leading for the Future of Our Planet

This new report – Leading for the Future of Our Planet - builds on findings from a CEMS survey of 4,206 professionals across 75 countries revealing that the environment is the single greatest concern facing modern-day business leaders, overtaking technological advancement.

It features in-depth insights and recommendations from a range of experts across the CEMS alliance. Our thanks go to CEMS Corporate Partners ABB, Kearney, L’Oréal, UOB, and to CEMS member schools, National University of Singapore, Norwegian School of Economics, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and University of Sydney Business School.

According to the authors, reliance on a wise ‘guru’ leader or ‘hero CEO’ endangers progress in tackling the environmental crisis by shifting responsibility. Instead, all leaders need to adopt a corporate culture of ‘collective’ responsibility, empowering all employees to make decisions with a generational outlook if real change is to take place. This will require leaders at all levels who can speak up, lean into the unknown, challenge the status quo and not be afraid. Early career professionals must leave business school with sustainability skills and competencies in their ‘toolbox’ as well as a deep knowledge of the subject. They must believe that they can make a difference, challenge the status quo and see themselves as agents of change.


A copy of the report is also available for download here.


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