A sustainability team is the lifeblood of a sustainability program. Teams orchestrate the development of strategies, action plans, and implementation efforts by working with a diverse group, both internal and external to the company. Creating a multidisciplinary team that focuses on sustainability performance improvement is the first step on a path to success within an organization.


  • Most companies have full-time sustainability teams. Teams are growing, and reporting levels are gaining seniority.
  • Sustainability teams mainly use their time to orchestrate internal efforts and develop strategies.
  • No single department stands out as being the champion of retail sustainability; instead each company places their team where it can be most effective.
  • The sustainability team either manages or has strong alignment with both the environmental regulatory compliance and social compliance functions.