Sustainability Managers are process experts, active listeners, analysts and, above all, they are able to orchestrate skills and capabilities from inside and outside the company. Sustainability management is a complex activity, often interpreted erroneously as a vertical role, which is becoming more important as a key company factor for the integration of sustainability into the business model.
Sustainability is a collective journey that requires trained and experienced professionals to correctly interpret it
Italian SMEs sometimes lack the structure to be able to personnel within the business and therefore they often rely on temporary managers and consultants. In such cases it is vital for the companies to be able to identify professionals who can provide an adequate level of skill, experience and, above all, the sensitivity that is essential for an external manager. Whether or not these managers are external, companies need to be able to count on professionals that know how to face the challenges and opportunities of businesses that intend to declare themselves as sustainable. The task of the Sustainability Manager is not only to ensure compliance with environmental, energy and safety regulations, but also to identify, and then implement, a strategy and a plan of actions that lead the company towards the creation of value on its six capitals (environmental, human, productive, relational, intellectual and financial) all of which are equally important, as well as the precise measurement of the resulting impact and their reporting. All of these activities are cornerstones upon which the role is based.