The global skills and competency framework for the digital world

Sustainability strategy SUST

The preparation of a sustainability strategy, taking into account any established corporate strategy, to be used as a basis for policies and planning, and covering both consumption and sources of supply of energy and materials. Evaluation and inclusion, as appropriate, of political, legislative, economic, social and technological factors. Identification of major external standards, practices or schemes to be adopted. Consultation with identified relevant parties, either internal or external. Obtaining agreement to the strategy and the commitment to act upon it.


Defined at these levels: 4 5 6

Sustainability strategy: Levels 1-3

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at these levels of responsibility and accountability.

Sustainability strategy: Level 4

Assesses and reports on how different tactical decisions affect organisational sustainability. Evaluates factors and risks (political, legislative, technological, economic, social) that impact on operational processes and strategic direction.

Sustainability strategy: Level 5

Contributes to strategy formation by providing in-depth analysis of one or more broad aspects of the organisation’s use of energy and materials, and by recommending elements of the strategy; provides in-depth advice in own area of expertise. Provides analysis of risks arising in the areas covered.

Sustainability strategy: Level 6

Provides leadership and guidelines on sustainability; leads in the development of a sustainability strategy for IT, encompassing sources of supply, control and measurement of in-house utilisation, procurement of resource-efficient products and services, and legislative factors.

Sustainability strategy: Level 7

This skill is not typically observed or practiced at this level of responsibility and accountability.