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Each video features a different sustainability expert discussing a particular skillset, coming together to reveal what makes a successful sustainability leader. (Scroll down to play videos)

VIDEO: The skills you need to become a sustainability leader

What makes a great sustainability leader? Here, edie rounds up all of our 'sustainability skills' videos filmed over the past month, and brings you a final episode on how to effectively lead your company's CSR strategy - marking the start of our Sustainability Leadership Month.

Carillion's chief sustainability officer David Picton discusses the role of ‘The Storyteller’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Storyteller

The penultimate episode of our series of sustainability skills videos sees Carillion's chief sustainability officer David Picton explain the importance of being a good storyteller when looking to drive positive change within your organisation and beyond.

Supply Chain Sustainability School chair Shaun McCarthy discusses the role of ‘The Collaborator’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Collaborator

The next in our series of sustainability skills videos sees Supply Chain Sustainability School chair Shaun McCarthy explain how sustainability professionals can use collaborative skills and techniques to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

The Body Shop's international commitment & corporate communications director Kate Levine discusses the role of ‘The Influencer’ in a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Influencer (Part 2)

The next in our mini-series of short videos produced as part of edie's 'sustainability skills' month sees The Body's Shop's Kate Levine give her take on the importance of influencing skills for sustainability professionals to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

Swarovski's vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove discusses the role of ‘The Disruptor’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Disruptor

In part four of our series of sustainability skills videos, Swarovski's new vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove explains the importance of using disruptive innovation to drive positive change within your organisation and beyond.

How can a sustainability professional inspire and encourage people to change? Paul Toyne spoke to edie at the RSA building in London. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Motivator

Part three of our mini-series of sustainability skills videos sees London Sustainable Development Commissioner and sustainability expert Paul Toyne explain how sustainability professionals can utilise motivational skills to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

(L-R): BT's Scott Balloch, M&S's Munish Datta, Land Securities' Caroline Hill, Covestro's Richard Northcote and panel chair Essex University professor Catherine Cameron

Communication skills crucial for energy managers to deliver efficiency programmes, say experts

Advances in technology have created a viable and economic business case for companies to implement energy efficiency programmes, but those programmes will only be successfully delivered if the business benefits are effectively translated to the boardroom and staff.

Companies are having to navigate the minefields of green innovation and low-carbon start-ups to find the required sharp young minds to progress CSR programmes

Human capital: Why low-carbon innovations must grow hand-in-hand with new sustainability skills

Companies that are driving the global low-carbon transition do so through the effective use of clean technology and a willingness to embrace new businesses models, but are the next generation of green businesses leaders primed with the right skills to push the sustainability agenda even further?

What are the key steps that should be put in place to ensure sustainable innovation can grow from concept to reality? (Scroll down for video)

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Innovator

In the second part of a new series of sustainability skills videos, Interface's co-innovation partner Jon Khoo explains how sustainability professionals can utilise innovation skills to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

How can influencing skills be used by sustainability professionals change the behaviours of key stakeholders and customers? (Scroll down for video)

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Influencer (Part 1)

In the first of a brand new series of short videos produced as part of edie's 'sustainability skills' month, green business leader-turned advisor Richard Gillies explains the influencing skills that sustainability professionals can use to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

The month of November sees edie shift the editorial spotlight from green buildings to skills

Kering and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch separate sustainability curriculum modules

French apparel company Kering has launched a new curriculum to gain understanding of the environmental impacts of student fashion designs, just days after the Ellen MacArthur Foundation moved to place circular economy into International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

Listen to exclusive interviews with former candidate on The Apprentice Jenny Garbis (left) and PwC's director of corporate sustainability Bridget Jackson (right)

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader

As The Apprentice returns to our TV screens for its 12th series, edie speaks exclusively to a former candidate who has big renewable energy ambitions, and a sustainability leader who has developed a unique solution to the complex challenge of behaviour change.

The panel agreed that CSR required sharp minds and a broad understanding of common sustainability issues, and therefore effective education would prove crucial

Why businesses should look beyond graduates to develop the next generation of CSR leaders

Organisations from across the public and private sectors should do more to expand the capacity of corporate responsibility and sustainability job markets, by looking beyond graduates and in-house employees to broaden engagement and leadership skills.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Interface's co-innovation partner and sustainability director, and Whitbread's director of CSR

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff

It's time to discuss the elephant in the room: companies will only become truly 'sustainable' if they can embed sustainability into their products. But what are the skills required to deliver a comprehensive low-carbon, resource efficient business action plan?

Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer

What keeps M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry awake at night? Which onsite sustainability solutions are best for achieving carbon neutrality? And how should UK businesses be building on the successes of the Paris climate talks?

Gold-diggers: Sustainability professionals need to know exactly how to approach their board, and must be able to present a compelling case for investment

Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability

In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.

Helias said that breaking down barriers between departments, getting the board on-board and generating consumer interest in ’sustainability’ are all key communicative challenges

Sustainability professionals must adopt 'courageous leadership' skills, says P&G

EXCLUSIVE: Integrating sustainability as a business strategy requires "courageous leadership" in a world with limited resources and environmental challenges, according to Procter & Gamble's (P&G) global sustainability director.

edie editor Luke Nicholls interviews P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias for this sustainability skills special

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 03 - Sustainability skills special

In this special edition of edie's weekly podcast, we sit down with P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias, who provides an insight into the skills and expertise she's acquired after 28 years' experience with the FMCG firm.

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Sustainability simplified - cutting the complexity

The sustainability management role is a complex one and individual needs and priorities are different depending on organisation type, business focus and sometimes even the day of the week. So, to cut through the complexity, we are bringing the edie experience to life.

The report findings highlight a broader trend of an increasing number of employee candidates who actively seek a career which is 'ethical' in nature

Why you LOVE your job: Sustainability professionals report record levels of career satisfaction

Environment and sustainability professionals are among the happiest workers in the UK, according to the latest annual Practitioner Survey from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).

The programme aims to enable 50,000 young people to develop the confidence and resilience to become environmental leaders

National Lottery invests £33m in next generation of environmental leaders

Young people across the country will have the opportunity to "unleash their ambition" and develop skills and knowledge to improve their local environments through a new £33m programme from the Big Lottery Fund.

Green hero: Sustainability leaders spend years fine-tuning their talents to deliver a long-term vision and inspire change

Top 10 skills that every sustainability professionals needs

From being a good storyteller to 'wearing different hats', the modern day sustainability professional needs a huge array of skills to be able to work towards a long-term vision and inspire change within - and outside of - their organisation.

The narrative of the Paris accord provides the perfect backdrop to create a compelling sustainability story

Fifty shades of green: Telling your sustainability story

With this week being National Storytelling Week (30 January - 6 February), edie reporter Matt Mace investigates how creating a compelling and evocative sustainability story can turn a big green idea into reality.

Sainsbury's head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment Paul Crewe (centre) was speaking at edie's Sustainability Skills workshop in London

Storytelling skills crucial for sustainability success, says Sainsbury's

EXCLUSIVE: Being an expert storyteller and "humanising" environmental projects have become vital skills for sustainability professionals to embed a strong CSR culture throughout their organisation, the head of sustainability at Sainsbury's has claimed.

There is increased scrutiny for business practices and an amplified desire to work within the sustainability sector

Generation S: Survey reveals employment benefits of sustainable business

Firms accused of 'unethical' practices such as poor environmental performance are missing out on more than half of 'Generation S' candidates, who are more selective about their employer's approach to sustainability .

Challis leads RBS's sustainability agenda innovation activities

What skills do you need to build a successful career in sustainability?

As vice-president of innovation and sustainability at consumer goods giant RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), David Challis has, by any measure, built a successful career in sustainability.

92% of primary school teachers felt they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change

Primary school teachers want to bring sustainability back to school

An overwhelming majority of primary school teachers believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a statutory requirement in the curriculum.

Eileen Donnelly admitted that consumers are driven by price rather than product messages

Selling sustainability: Business culture more effective than 'green' products

EXCLUSIVE: Companies should stop 'selling' sustainability and focus on creating products and brands that have green credentials embedded as a core value, industry experts have argued.

Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff explained how the company has adopted an operation-wide ethos to promote sustainability

From utilities to mining: How Veolia has paved the way for a circular economy

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Veolia's executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff discussed her biggest achievements, challenges and secrets to success in a revealing on-stage interview with edie.

If food waste was measured as a country it would be the third biggest emitter of GHG in the world

Feeling green: Food firms urged to get emotional over sustainability

Using "emotional drivers" and financial incentives is the quickest way to spark corporate interest in sustainability initiatives, leading food industry experts have claimed.

Just 13% of businesses are confident they have the skills to successfully compete in a modern sustainable economy

Are 'slow-to-adjust' business schools contributing to the sustainability skills gap?

EXCLUSIVE: Business schools are contributing to the sustainability skills gap by failing to offer enough environmental and ecological education, despite an increasing demand from businesses.


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