Can the board of directors alone solve the issue of corporate sustainability? No, says Lena Bjurner, Head of HR and Sustainability director at Scandic Hotels Group. On the contrary, the best ideas are often found when you involve the entire organisation and focus on solving real-world problems.
The days of stable and predictable markets are long gone. One of many consequences is a change in leadership requirements. It’s no longer possible for a solitary, strong leader to have all the data to make informed decisions by themselves. Instead we depend on the diversity of expertise and perspectives that naturally comes from a dynamic group.
With the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals just a little more than a decade away, the time for addressing environmental issues and acting on them is now. It is astounding to learn that a majority of today’s organisations do not discuss environmental impact in the boardroom. Opportunity knocks for those willing to make a positive change.
Alumni was approached by a PE-firm which had recently acquired a SEK 5 billion service company from the CEO/founder. One key and immediate action for the new owners was to start building the future leadership structure to support the aggressive growth and profitability improvement plan in the investment case, as well as to drive a major business transformation creating a modern, professional and long-term management structure in the company.