The Career Path for Chief Sustainability Officers | Erin Meezan, Interface

On this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we speak with Erin Meezan, about her experience and insights about being Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface.


00:35 – Welcome to Sustainable Ambassador Podcast
01:05 – Erin Meezan & Interface Introduction
02:00 – Early days of sustainability at Interface
02:55 – Becoming the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Interface
03:40 – Understanding the business, and knowing the challenges
04:55 – Prioritizing the problems to be solved
05:45 – Is technical expertise required for Chief Sustainability Officers to be effective
07:10 – Working with leadership team to set targets, set ambition, and make progress
09:20 – Internal vs. external pressure, and defining success
11:15 – Be willing to take a stand
12:35 – Three fundamental questions CSOs need to ask
15:25 – Potential of ESG & sustainability reporting
16:15 – The future of CSOs
19:15 – The potential career paths for CSOs
20:00 – Advice to future CSOs

About Erin Meezan
As CSO, Erin leads a global team that provides technical assistance and support to this audacious goal and the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team also develop industry-leading approaches to measurement, driving transparency and innovation in the field of sustainability.

Meezan has a Masters in Environmental Law and a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School, and a Bachelors of Arts from Michigan State University. She is a founding member of the advisory board for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBS program at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business and a guest faculty member for the Executive Education for Sustainable Leadership Program at Harvard University.

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About Sustainability Ambassador Series:
Through this series, I speak with Sustainability Ambassadors about their work to solve the environmental, social, and economic challenges faced.

Episodes are designed to be interactive, current, lively, and grounded in experience, with our goal to engage and inspire viewers to take the “next steps” on their own sustainability journey.

A journey we hope will result in the development and deployment of sustainable solutions, programs, platforms, and collaborations.

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Based in Shanghai, Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders.

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– Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.
– Develop tangible interests, engagement, and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).
– Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises.

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