90% of C-suite executives think sustainability is important, 60% of companies have a sustainability strategy, and 25% having sustainability incorporated into their business model globally.
Recognising the need for expertise and awareness to craft and implement sustainability strategies within business, companies are hiring Chief Sustainability Officers and training their employees on skills needed to improve environmental, social, and governance aspects of businesses. The number of companies appointing Chief Sustainability Officers jumped three-fold in 2021 year-on-year, with 28% of these CSOs holding an executive-level position equivalent to board members. In conjunction, employees across all organisational levels are being trained on foundational knowledge and technical skills in sustainability data measurement, methods for improving sustainability performance, and sustainability reporting. The demand for training on sustainability-related courses is currently at an all-time high, as job seekers aspire to join the booming climate industry and the transition of companies globally to sustainable business models.
Training for improving the sustainability aspects of businesses is being offered by various education platforms. It is also being offered as full degree courses and executive education courses in-person, hybrid, and online mode, by leading universities, including Stanford University and Columbia University which launched their ‘Climate Schools’ in the last year. Yet supply channels of ESG training are yet to meet the strong demand