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Description

Clearly establish accountability for delivering on your organization’s sustainability vision by establishing sustainability roles, allocating responsibility to senior leaders, and translating organizational goals and targets into employee responsibilities. Support accountability by incorporating sustainability criteria into compensation and promotion.

Practice

Sustainability Roles

Description

Assign sustainability roles: establish roles or responsibilities within the organization that allocate sustainability responsibilities

Question

To what extent have you established roles and responsibilities within the organization to allocate sustainability responsibilities?

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Practice

Allocate to Senior Leaders

Description

Allocate to senior leaders: allocate the responsibility of delivering on the sustainability agenda to the most senior leadership roles within the organization

Question

To what extent do you allocate the responsibility for delivering on the sustainability agenda to senior leaders?

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Practice

Personal Goals

Description

Personal goals: translate organizational sustainability goals and targets into employee responsibilities and expectations

Question

To what extent do you translate organizational sustainability goals and targets into employee responsibilities and expectations?

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Practice

Compensate

Description

Link employee compensation (salaries, wages, incentives and commissions) to the achievement of set sustainability objectives

Question

To what extent do you link employee compensation to the achievement of set sustainability objectives?

Resources

  • The Puzzle of Motivation

    In this TED Talk, Dan Pink outlines some key findings of social science experiences focused on the impact of pay-for-performance on task fulfilment. Using the conclusion that pay-for-performance incentives work well for well-defined but not for those that involve more cognitive thought, he suggests that there is a disconnect between business compensation and motivational science. A greater focus on intrinsic motivation within employee compensation structures could yield more effective results over structures that only focus on extrinsic motivations.
  • Integrating ESG issues into executive pay

    This comprehensive paper from UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment initiative and Global Compact LEAD (a leadership platform within the UN Global Compact)  facilitates discussions between a diverse group of institutional investors and companies to identify the rationale, feasibility, and effectiveness of corporate practices, which include environmental, social, and governance factors within executive management goals and incentive schemes. The main objective of the resulting guidance is to support and enhance the investor-company dialogue on these practices. The recommendations and guidance presented aspire to reflect a common understanding of major opportunities and challenges, as well as practical examples. This document provides a tangible engagement tool to guide dialogue between shareholders and investee companies on this topic, and will help improve corporate boards’ practices to the benefit of both companies and their investors.

Practice

Promote

Description

Move people with sustainability values and skills into higher positions in the organization through incorporating sustainability criteria into decisions about advancement

Question

To what extent do you move people with sustainability values and skills into higher positions in the organization through incorporating sustainability criteria into decisions about advancement?

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