Meet Carol Aziz, a valued member of ASI’s Members Network for Sustainability Professionals! As the Founder and Principal of Achieve Sustainability, Carol leads a purpose-driven consultancy dedicated to client-centric approaches that prioritize both people and the planet. Her firm specializes in supporting forward-thinking businesses striving to enhance their competitive edge by integrating sustainability practices.
With over 25 years of experience in environmental and sustainability consulting, Carol brings a wealth of expertise to the table. Her academic journey includes a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Additionally, she holds certifications in Sustainability and Climate Risk from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and is trained as a greenhouse gas quantifier and climate communicator. Notably, Carol most recently served as a Project Director at a nonprofit organization, where she focused on climate risk assessment, training, and supporting organizations with Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
We asked Carol to share her thoughts on sustainability, climate action, and leadership – topics that are at the heart of ASI’s Members Network. Read the short interview below!
Q: Where do you draw hope from in the context of sustainability and climate action?
Carol Aziz: “I draw hope from knowing that we have most of the solutions we need – we just need to get on with implementing them as fast as possible.”
Q: What does leadership mean to you?
Carol Aziz: “Leadership means catalyzing change. You don’t need a fancy title. You only need a vision of a better future and then work collaboratively and diligently to make it happen.”
Q: How do you see the role of leadership evolving as we transition to a low-carbon, socially-inclusive economy?
Carol Aziz: “The style of leadership that created the climate crisis is not the style of leadership needed to get us out of it. We need leaders who have vision, courage, grit, and resilience and who can work collaboratively with a diversity of stakeholders. We need to take a long-term view and do what’s best for people and the environment (our life-support system) and not just that which will generate the most profit in the short-term.”
About the Members Network
ASI’s Members Network was born to support those wishing to steward sustainable change within their organizations. A place for person-to-person connection to help deepen our understanding of leadership mindsets, capacities, and practices that can help us steer the transition to a low-carbon, socially-inclusive future.
We recognize that for any meaningful change to happen, these discussions need to be a collective effort. That’s why we created the network – to connect sustainability professionals to a community of support so we can learn from one another and enact organizational change.