Blog by Liam Goldsworthy, CR, Sustainability & ESG Consultant
With increased competition at entry-level across the corporate responsibility & sustainability employment landscape, and relevant master’s degrees in sustainability becoming less of a differentiator as more courses are available, it can be challenging for individuals to enter and progress within the space. The latest in Acre’s Inspire event series; Fast-tracking a Career in Sustainability, looked at how budding practitioners could overcome some of these hurdles by sharing their insights on how to progress and eventually, become a leader in the space.
The event was hosted at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), who provided the perfect partner; as an accelerator for sparking new ideas and bringing to life new programmes and initiatives exploring how organisations and markets get motivated to deliver sustainable outcomes; including the likes of the Natural Capital Coalition.
Our keynote speeches were delivered by Chris Brown VP of Sustainability and CR at Olam, Laura McGonigal Head of Sustainability and CR at Walgreens Boots Alliance and Richard Spencer, Head of Sustainability at ICAEW. Across the speeches and Q&A session, some extremely valuable and thought-provoking take-homes were brought to the fore:
Chris closed with a very apt quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland which sums up my own key take away from this event: “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality”. As a Consultant who has led on placing professionals at this level for the last 12 months, this echoes my direct experience in what drives a hiring manager to offer the most coveted jobs to individuals; like Alice herself, those with a natural curiosity in the rabbit hole they are stepping towards, are always the most successful in our interview processes.
If you’d like to find out more about our next Inspire event, for yourself or for a member of your team, or if you are interested in hiring or being hired by some of the most influential sustainability practitioners in our space, then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org