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Executive Search and Recruitment

Acre has an unrivalled track record of placing sustainability and corporate responsibility leaders who can drive strategy and change. Our global networks and unparalleled expertise are a go-to resource for world-leading organisations.

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Contract and Interim

We provide rapid access to highly experienced sustainability professionals for contract and interim roles. Whether you need to drive a specific project or cover an extended absence, we’ll help you quickly engage the right specialist.

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Leadership Development

We empower companies to develop leadership capabilities within their organisations through behavioural assessment and data-driven development solutions such as coaching and training. Our Acre Frameworks methodology supports sustainability teams to perform better and with purpose.

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Meet The Team

What Our Clients Say...

  • Feefo - Liam

    ​"Liam provided a professional and friendly service. He took time to understand what I wanted, was knowledgeable about the industry and helped me understand if the available opportunities were the right fit."

    Group Sustainability Manager

    UCC Coffee
  • Feefo

    "Acre are real experts in the field of sustainability, which gives them a valuable edge over generic recruitment agencies. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to recruit in this specialist field."

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Feefo

    "Acre were very supportive throughout the entire recruitment process, making the candidate feel comfortable and excited about the opportunity. They were also very transparent and responsive, always received emails/follow-ups within 24 hours. Most importantly, they supported to inform me as much as possible about the position as well as the employer, which prepared me well for the interview rounds."

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Responsible Jewellery Council

    ​"Very receptive and understanding staff. Professional approach to work. They tailor the job match to your background in the short-to-long term."

    Responsible Jewellery Council

    Aygun Kazymova

    Responsible Jewellery Council
  • Trusted Customer - tnaith & CAITLIN

    ​"Amazing support throughout the selection process. Tanith and Caitlin went above and beyond to help me assess the position, prepare for the interviews and negotiate the offer. Thanks a lot!"

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Trusted Customer - Tanith

    ​"Tanith was efficient and trustworthy throughout the process, and kept me informed at all stages. She listened carefully to my concerns and needs regarding the role in question, and faithfully represented me to her client. She was also a helpful sounding board throughout."

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Trusted Customer  - Tanith 2

    ​Tanith and her team were wonderful — they provided resources to prepare for interviews, kept me up-to-date throughout the process, and ultimately helped me land my dream job. Thanks Acre!

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Trusted Customer

    ​"I worked with Acre on two opportunities, one of which has turned into an accepted job offer. Working with Tanith has been the best experience I've had with a recruiter so far. She understood my profile very well, always kept me informed about the recruitment steps, helped me prepare for interviews, and generally was just lovely to work with!"

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Senior Director, McDonalds

    Acre worked very effectively on the recruitment of sustainability and environment professionals for European and UK operations. Acre got a good grasp of our needs, and played an important role in the selection and appointment of a number of key individuals in to our organisation.

    McDonalds

    Senior Director

    McDonalds
  • Global Technical Manager, Syngenta

    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.

    Syngenta

    Global Technical Manager

    Syngenta
  • Head of Community and Campaigns, The Co-operative

    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.

    The Co-Operative

    Head of Community and Campaigns

    The Co-Operative
  • Ethical Compliance Manager, Debenhams

    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.

    Debenhams

    Ethical Compliance Manager

    Debenhams
  • Sustainability Manager, Bank of America

    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.

    Bank of America

    Sustainability Manager

    Bank of America
  • Sustainability Manager

    I have worked with Acre, for several years, to secure sustainability experts. I have found their capacity to understand the assignments, rapidly identify and match potential candidates - and then smooth the way to successful appointments - to be outstanding.

    Jaguar Landrover

    Sustainability Manager

    Jaguar Landrover
  • Euro Tunnel

    When it came to recruit a Sustainable Development Manager, we looked for an organisation that specialised in this discipline and could work to a high standard. Acre did not disappoint - and the level of service provided was first class. Despite a very focused and defined job role, they were efficient in providing a shortlist of qualified candidates from which we were able to select an applicant of quality.

    Euro Tunnel

    Head of HR

    Euro Tunnel
  • Head of European Sustainability Affairs - Samsung

    Acre has risen rapidly to become the most specialised CR recruiter in the UK. I have always been impressed with the quality of candidates sent to me and I would have no hesitation to recommend Acre to anyone looking to find new people in the sustainability field.

    Samsung

    Head of European Sustainability Affairs

    Samsung
  • Resourcing Lead

    Acre has been a great partner in helping us fulfill our resourcing requirements. The service we have received from the team is truly that of a partner who understands our business and we are always guaranteed an exceptional personal service which is a rarity in this day and age.

    BP

    Resourcing Lead

    BP
  • Radley Yeldar

    "We consider Acre to be a really valuable partner when it comes to finding the specialist people that we need to deliver for our clients. They know the market better than most, and really understand our business – making the recruitment process much smoother as a result. Plus they’re a great, committed and fun bunch to work with, which also helps!"

    Radley Yeldar

    Head of Sustainability

    Radley Yeldar
  • Uscreates

    "The Acre team have supported us with business intelligence services through an important period of planning and restructuring. They have provided insightful information and guidance to help us make important decisions with efficiency and confidence. They are always at the end of the phone, are extremely supportive and have been generally marvellous throughout."

    Uscreates

    Founder

    Uscreates
  • Sky

    "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."

    Sky

    Head of Corporate Responsibility

    Sky
  • Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)

    Catherine was excellent! She found great candidates and always responded promptly to our calls or emails. Plus she found us a great candidate whom we are very pleased with.

    Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)

    Robert Budway, President

    Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)
  • Bunzl

    Acre's service has been outstanding. I have worked with them on both sides (recruiter and recruited) and on both sides they have always been professional, helpful and effective.

    Bunzl

    Head of Sustainability - Continental Europe

    Bunzl
  • Planet Tracker

    I find that Acre listen well, understand your requirements and the sustainability space, and are customer responsive.

    I am very happy with using them, and three of my new staff have come to us via Acre.

    Planet Tracker

    CEO

    Planet Tracker
  • First Group

    Acre have provided two high quality senior interim hires to our FTSE250 Sustainability Team in the past nine months.

    Faced with a fast turnaround request from us, our consultant Tanith understood the brief swiftly and accurately, and supplied us with a pool of well qualified, and well matched, candidates. Both hires have been excellent in post, so I could comfortably recommend Acre's services and in particular Tanith's support.

    First Group

    Group Head of Corporate Responsibility

    First Group

Featured Content

  • Buying Our Way Into Trouble – Is Procurement Keeping Pace In The Modern World?

    Acre's Tom Townsend Senior Consultant | EMEA, spent time with two leading procurement experts, talking through different areas – he wanted to find out whether procurement is tackling these issues well and whether there was a more fundamental problem with how teams are focused on competing priorities. In order to get a balanced perspective, he spoke with Dave Howson, Procurement Risk & Sustainability Director at Coty and Angus McIntosh, former Chief Procurement Officer at Beiersdorf.

    Buying Our Way Into Trouble – Is Procurement Keeping Pace In The Modern World?
  • The CR and Sustainability Market Survey is now closed!

    The 2020 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Market Survey, undertaken by Acre, Carnstone and Flag, has been developed to provide a comprehensive insight into the salaries & benefits, responsibilities and backgrounds of people working in the CRS sector.

    Our aim is for the results to divulge details on diversity, budgets and team sizes as well as drawing comparisons across the previous surveys.

    The CR and Sustainability Market Survey is now closed!
  • Acre Impact Stories: Louise Kjellerup Roper

    ​Louise Kjellerup Roper sits down with Acre to discuss the impact and challenges of her first six months in her role as Non-Executive Director at Volans, which she found with the help of Catherine Harris, Principal Consultant.

    Acre Impact Stories: Louise Kjellerup Roper
  • Case Study: VP of Social Responsibility - 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. 

    Case Study: VP of Social Responsibility - Lego
  • The Social Board

    For many company boards, tackling the unmet needs of society is an aspiration that can be delegated to Corporate Social Responsibility teams. They see government as primarily responsible for addressing challenges such as climate change and mental illness, leaving boards to focus on shareholder value. The main argument in this paper is that the relationship between business and society has reached a point where the voice of society needs to be introduced explicitly as a stakeholder in the boardroom.

    The Social Board

Service Overview

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Recruitment Service Overview

Acre has operated in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility Recruitment for over 16 years.

Over this period, we have seen the job function evolve dramatically, moving from being primarily a philanthropic and marketing-led discipline, to one which is integrated commercially into the heart of businesses and used as a lever to generate revenue, mitigate risk and create efficiencies.

Skills and competencies

We have seen the competencies required for corporate social responsibility professionals develop over time. The modern senior sustainability practitioner is likely to be a change manager, a visionary thinker and a highly inclusive operator. They tend to have capabilities to plan and develop strategy and to measure and report impact.

Acre surveys the corporate social responsibility and sustainability marketplace every two years in its CR/S Salary Survey which has helped to unravel its evolution for the past 10 years. This includes salary data but much more.

Who we work with

We work with clients across all industry sectors, with a strong focus on partnering with companies with complex supply chains (for instance retailers and consumer goods companies) and clients with particular risks (for instance manufacturing and extractives). We also undertake a good deal of work with the financial industry particularly in relation to responsible investment and ESG projects.

Issues of sustainability span international borders and we operate globally supporting our clients in countries in which they manufacture (for instance Bangladesh, Turkey and China) as well as at corporate HQs often in Europe, North America and Asia. We have built up unrivalled access to candidates around the globe.

Services

We work on permanent recruitment assignments as well as contract and interim assignments. We can also support our clients with consultancy assignments by introducing you to a group of best-in-class sustainability interim consultants and freelancers. Acre also has expertise in delivering executive search projects globally.