Sustainability professionals can help organizations break out of silos — as long as they aren’t in one themselves.

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Sustainability often creates transformational changes in companies, especially the largest ones. Here are six challenges to any kind of transformation – people are incentivized, focused and accustomed to doing things a certain way, in certain reporting periods and barred from action for various reasons. Inertia is the first barrier to overcome. Getting all parties to agree on strategy and approach is another. Planning such a change requires patience, a good understanding of how your company does business and how to use your culture to benefit for all.