Maria Outters has been appointed the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)’s first chief impact officer.
The role encompasses spearheading the engagement strategy worldwide, strengthening governance and accelerating growth of corporate climate through science-based targets. Outters’ responsibilities also include supporting the incorporation of the SBTi as a stand-alone NGO later this year and achieving the SBTi’s 2025 goals: 10,000 companies with science-based targets, representing 5GT of emissions and 20% of the global economy.
Outters has 20 years’ experience at companies such as Sodexo and Centre Parcs in Paris. She said: “Time is running out to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and we must expand the role of the private sector in rapidly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why I joined the SBTi – to advance this proven method for companies to align their operations and strategies with climate science. I thank the board for entrusting me with this position and look forward to working with this exceptional team.”
Luiz Amaral, CEO of the SBTi, said: “Last year I announced plans to expand and strengthen the SBTi’s executive leadership team to support this growth, and I’m delighted that Maria has now joined us. She brings with her extensive sustainability expertise, as well as strong corporate leadership experience. I know she’ll be a huge asset to the SBTi, helping us to accelerate the impact we’re already driving in the private sector.”
The SBTi said in a statement it will announce further additions to its executive board, leadership team and technical council in the coming months.