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CFOs and sustainability

Shaping their roles in an evolving environment

With sustainability issues gaining increased attention from investors, regulators, activists, and the media, organizations can ill afford to ignore the topic. Fortunately, a survey by Deloitte reveals that many members of the C-suite, most notably CFOs, are getting the message. Growing awareness of, planning for, and action around sustainability issues are underway.

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“CFOs and sustainability: Shaping their roles in an evolving environment,” reveals numerous trends in the environmental, health, safety and social impacts of the enterprise:

  • CFOs are becoming more involved in setting and executing sustainability strategy.
  • The impact of sustainability on key financial decisions has increased in M&A, capital allocation, and capital raising.
  • Compliance with new energy efficiency and carbon regulations remains an area of high concern.

Many additional insights may be found in this report, which summarizes Deloitte’s survey, puts the findings in context with similar surveys from prior years, and provides Deloitte’s analysis and suggestions regarding potential action steps. This report can also enhance a CFO’s understanding of his or her role in sustainability by providing a window on the sustainability activities of peers and competitors.

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