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The CR & Sustainability Salary Survey 2018

Executive & non-executive search

Our in-depth knowledge and extensive network helps us find talented,
influential leaders for innovative organisations.


Acre is trusted by world-leading organisations, from NGOs to blue chip, to place senior people in roles
that drive forward their sustainability, CR, health & safety or energy agendas.

Our networks

Our global network of senior executives operating at or near board level includes well-known business and thought leaders from the private, public and third sectors. We look for people who are passionate about tackling social and environmental issues, and realise the commercial benefits of purposeful leadership.

Nurturing diversity

Evidence shows that companies with diverse teams and boards yield higher levels of profitability. Acre is committed to supporting diversity, equality and inclusion. As a key stakeholder in the recruitment process, this is both an obligation and an opportunity for a future-fit business.

Fostering partnerships

We approach every search as a partnership. Our experienced consultants recognise the skills required to drive the ambitious agendas of our clients. They’re supported by a team of dedicated researchers who approach the marketplace with professionalism and discretion.

We can help you develop more impactful leaders & teams

Speak to our team:

Catherine Harris, Principal Consultant

Catherine.Harris@acre.com | +44 (0)20 7400 5570

The case for

The Social Board

(and how to build one)





  • "Thanks very much for your professionalism and perseverance in driving through this difficult specialist recruitment. We particularly liked your understanding of the candidate brief and the way you spotted the talents who fitted the mark. In addition to this you have been excellent with your organisation and helped me to keep track of the status of each candidate. Overall - an excellent working relationship resulting in a good conclusion to the recruit."


    Head of Strategy, BT Global Services


  • "Thank you Acre for your initiative and innovation. This is my second placement with Acre and I'm getting more and more impressed with your work."


    Ethical Compliance Manager, Debenhams


  • "Marks & Spencer worked with Acre on specific energy assignments and they understood our recruitment needs well. Their knowledge of the marketplace was impressive and they brought an informed and professional approach to the process."


    Senior Recruitment Manager, Marks & Spencer


  • "Galliford Try used Acre to recruit a CR Manager to the business. The process they followed in matching our requirements with those of potential candidates was very thorough and ensured we received a high quality shortlist. They provided excellent support throughout the process which enabled us to secure our preferred candidate."


    Group Human Resources Director, Galliford Try


  • "The feedback provided from the assessment process run by Acre Frameworks has enabled Keepmoat to fully analyse and understand the development needs of its senior SHEQ team. This is invaluable to Keepmoat as although the managers have the right technical skills, there is a need for them to have stronger management and leadership skills as their roles evolve in a growing business"


    Tony Leach, Health, Safety and Environment Director - Keepmoat


  • "The whole team found the process very useful and many of the ‘areas of improvement’ identified in the report are now making their way in to our appraisal process. The comparison against the different groups i.e. leadership and fundamentals was particularly useful in helping the team progress to the next role. I personally have found this to be really useful, firstly in identifying skills matrixes across the team but secondly comparing our team to the industry norm groups. We think we are a high performing team but comparing it to industry has helped confirm where we can improve"


    Simon Walker , Director of Environment, Health & Safety - Mount Anvil


  • "Acre was the only specialist search firm able to assist with our CSR search requirement. They were professional and extremely knowledgeable and we would not have been able to hire the talent we did without their expert assistance."


    EMEA Resourcing Manager, Bank of America


  • "We had been looking to fill a difficult role for 2 years and had been through several rounds of interviewing without success. With their networking and specialist knowledge of the area, Acre were able to find a number of talented candidates which led to a successful appointment."


    Global Technical Manager, Syngenta


  • "There’s no doubt that Acre are the best when it comes to recruiting sustainability professionals. This is partly down to the high-calibre of candidates they find - but also because they take the time to understand the role, the requirements, and the business to find the perfect match."


    Head of Corporate Responsibility, BSkyB


  • "As trawlermen the world over will attest, you're going to get a better catch if someone knows where the fish are to be found. When it comes to recruitment, Acre appear to know not just where the fish are, but the specific type of fish you are searching for in particular. We were delighted with the recruitment process and the high-calibre candidates it produced. Great service as well."


    Head of Community and Campaigns, The Co-operative

Executive Search Case Studies

VP of Social Responsibility for Lego

Ambitious sustainable materials and renewable energy targets triggered the expansion of Lego’s Social Responsibility and Engagement Team, and in turn created the need for an individual who would define Lego’s social and environmental responsibility approach.

Chief Safety Officer at The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety

The Accord is a ground breaking agreement between over 200 global retail brands and the world’s two largest trade unions, with the aim of improving the safety conditions of c.3 million garment workers in Bangladesh. With a limited time frame to launch, Acre was retained to hire the first two employees – the Executive Director and Chief Safety Inspector, both rare profiles, yet vital to the success of the initiative.