Sustainability Committee Charter Tool

In brief: Increased investor interest in a company’s environmental and social practices and risks has led companies to create a new standing board committee centered on sustainability issues. This voluntary committee’s scope and name can differ depending on the company’s focus, with names ranging from an environmental committee to a health, safety, and environment committee. This tool outlines the process for creating and updating a sustainability charter. It also includes sample language for common components. 

This resource can help your board to

  • understand the purpose of a sustainability charter,
  • draft an initial sustainability charter, and 
  • update an existing sustainability charter.

Most relevant audiences: nominating and governance committee members and chairs, general counsel, and corporate secretaries