Sustainability Skills Framework: Summary Report (2023)

Title: Sustainability Skills Framework : Summary Report 

Publishing Year : 2024


The “Sustainability Skills Framework Report,” a collaborative initiative by the Swiss Learning Exchange (SLX) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is a response to the critical challenges arising from the dynamic nature of sustainability skills. 

As the landscape of sustainability skills rapidly evolves, the need to bridge the resulting skills gap has become imperative. To address this, SLX’s Academy and Research team meticulously developed the Sustainability Skills Framework through comprehensive regional and global research. This involved literature reviews, comparative studies, benchmark assessments, and consultations with sustainability experts across industries. The analysis engaged many professionals and industry experts, contributing to the identification of a comprehensive set of skills crucial for contemporary sustainability professionals. 

The framework delves into the changing sustainability landscape, its impact on businesses, evolving consumer preferences, and existing skills gaps. It outlines key knowledge areas, emphasizing the necessity for continuous updates to address the dynamic nature of sustainability skills. 

The report identifies the top 5 skills and knowledge areas essential for acquiring sustainability skills. Recognizing the diverse needs of professionals, a three-tiered framework—Readiness, Operative, and Leadership—has been introduced. This ensures tailored learning experiences for individuals at different career stages, effectively addressing the multifaceted challenges of sustainability. 

The Sustainability Skills Framework emphasizes the pivotal role of sustainability in modern business landscapes. Insights from industry experts provide a roadmap for individuals, organizations, and policymakers to navigate the evolving sustainability landscape effectively. Aligning education, training, and business practices with this framework establishes a pathway toward a more sustainable and prosperous future. Explore the report to embrace sustainability and thrive in the ever-changing global landscape. 

We are dedicated to ensuring that this report remains a dynamic and valuable resource, and to that end, we are committed to updating it regularly to reflect the latest developments in our industry. In that spirit, we welcome feedback and suggestions from industry experts, professionals, and other stakeholders who can contribute to the continual improvement of the Sustainability Skills Framework report. Together, we can ensure that this report remains a valuable tool for navigating the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability.