The Growth Opportunities for Sustainable Leaders & Leadership | Harco Leertouwer

About Harco:
“Harco J. Leertouwer leads the team responsible for the business in Continental Europe and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Harco brings in a wealth of executive search and international business growth experience, having been a Director of Michael Page in Germany and Managing Director for Badenoch & Clark Germany and the Netherlands.

Before joining Acre, Harco set up his own executive search boutique, focusing on Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Clean Technology. Harco holds an MBA, having graduated in Corporate Social Responsibility at the prestigious Henley Management College (Henley-on-Thames, U.K.).

Moreover, Harco is an active member of the Climate Reality Project, a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. Harco was trained by the Institute’s founder, Nobel Peace prize laureate and former US Vice President Mr. Al Gore.

Harco is of Dutch nationality and is fluent in Dutch, English and German.

00:12 – Welcome to Sustainable Ambassador Podcast
00:50 – Harco & ACRE Introduction
01:45 – Market trends for sustainablity professionals & executives
03:25 – How firms are structuring sustainability function & teams
04:35 – Current talen supply and skills in need
07:00 – Are technical needed for CSOs?
07:50 – Process for assessing of candidates interviewing for CSO/ leadership positions
09:00 – Organizations still don’t know what they need
10:15 – Skills required at each level of career/ position
11:35 – Recruiting middle managers
13:25 – Which industries have the most opportunities
14:00 – What are questions companies should ask themselves as they build capacity
15:20 – Tips to aspiring sustainability executives

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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.

Our mission is to:
– 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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