With Beth Knight, Head of Corporate Sustainability for EY's financial services business in EMEIA.

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WEBINAR RECORDING: Are the Right People Leading Sustainability in Business? A Behavioral Competency Model

For those of us who work as corporate sustainability leaders, one of the early ‘aha’ moments of our career is invariably that: some of our efforts for a more sustainable world will work, while many will not. A key factor in the success of any change initiative is the design and implementation of the initiative itself, which in turn highlights the need for designers (i.e. corporate sustainability professionals) with the ability to ‘get the job done’!


Recorded live on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Existing academic literature suggests that sustainability leaders need a wide-ranging and divergent mix of behavioral competencies to be successful. And, when individuals have more developed competencies, they are able to respond to sophisticated challenges in a way that others are not. However, in a profession where there is a consistent call for values-based and transformational leadership to drive the sustainability agenda, are the academics right about what the behaviors of such leadership are in practice? 

In an effort to answer this question, Beth Knight has authored a report with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Aiming to test our assumptions of ‘what good looks like’, her study uses a psychometric questionnaire (Wave Professional Styles) to assess the behavioral competencies of sustainability leaders. Join us as Beth shares her findings and proposed model with ISSP, including a facilitated discussion and the opportunity to reflect upon and improve our ability to deliver impactful sustainability initiatives.

Key takeaways from this webinar include:

  • An overview of the the scope of sustainability leadership roles and the evolving nature of this discipline
  • A birds-eye outline of the existing academic literature on behavioural competencies in sustainability
  • An understanding of the business case for further research via psychometric assessment
  • The behavioural competencies of sustainability leaders and high level research findings


Beth Knight is currently Head of Corporate Sustainability for EY’s financial services business in EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India & Africa). She works with leadership to design and implement sustainability strategy across corporate governance, social, and environmental impact.

Beth is passionate about supporting companies to align decision-making with the principles of sustainable development. She has nine years of experience as a sustainability practitioner and management consultant.



May 19, 2016 11:00 AM
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