Acre has led the market in sustainable finance executive search, recruitment and talent development since 2003, being the first sustainable finance recruitment consultancy with a global team specialising in responsible investment, sustainable finance and impact investing. Our pioneering work has created the largest and most established global sustainable finance recruitment network.

Our sustainable finance practice covers four core client verticals: investment management, banking & insurance, private markets & real assets, and sustainable development. We provide global financial institutions and investors with access to the most established network of sustainable finance professionals to build teams that not only outperform their markets but also support the transition to a more sustainable economy.

We help to create and fill sustainable finance jobs in all areas of investment, distribution, sustainable finance recruitment, risk and research, as well as influential leaders to help push forward sustainable investment and corporate citizenship agendas.

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Trusted by

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We know the difference the right people make. Clients ranging from world-leading investment managers and banks, to forward-thinking insurance groups, pension funds and private equity firms, trust us to help them define, map and solve their sustainable finance challenges.

We also use our network to support the growth of specialist NGOs, such as the UNPRI, Carbon Tracker, Big Society Capital, Planet Tracker, the IIGCC, UKSIF, the Impact Investing Institute and the Green Finance Institute.

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A strong track record in driving change

Our sustainable finance recruitment and executive search teams have successfully completed over 800 searches since 2017 across asset managers, asset owners, private equity & debt funds, real estate & infrastructure investors and NGOs, placing influential leaders to help push forward the adoption of sustainable finance, ESG and impact investing across the financial services industry.

We also hire teams and make strategic hires for core business units to ensure compliance, drive transition and launch new products and services.

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Offering a full range
of services

Connecting talented sustainable finance professionals who have the ability to make an impact with progressive organisations is our core expertise. Our unparalleled understanding of sustainable finance, ESG and impact investing helps us go beyond sustainable finance recruitment to offer a genuinely consultative service. We deliver strategic reviews of in-house capabilities alongside recommendations on how to recruit, retain and restructure. We also provide a sustainable finance contract and interim recruitment service to help you find the right people, at the right time, to make a difference in the right places. ​

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What Our Clients Say

  • Dominik Schneider - Anthos - Testimonial

    Ian was very helpful when navigating the different interview stages at Anthos. I was always well prepared and could lean on his advice. He understands the market well, is well connected, can always spare a few minutes to discuss and he is generally a nice person. I would definitely recommend working with Acre.

    Dominik Schneider, Portfolio Manager - Skopos Fund

    Anthos
  • Ingrid Holmes - Green Finance Institute

    ​Ian was a pleasure to work with - really plugged into the sustainable finance space and opportunities there. Very supportive through the recruitment process. I highly recommend.

    Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director

    Green Finance Institute
  • Andy Jones - Federated Hermes - Testimonial

    Ian's knowledge of both 'ESG' and the various sections of the finance industry makes him an effective facilitator of search and recruitment. I was surprised by how smooth, amicable and constructive he was able to make the process for all parties.

    Andy Jones, Regional Lead for European Engagement

    Federated Hermes
  • Ian Munroe - Federated Hermes - Testimonial

    Marcel and Sofia were professional during the entire interview/recruitment process. They answered all my questions, and shared my comments and materials with my interviewers. They kept me in the loop during the entire process, and made sure I was comfortable with making the move to my current employer. 10/10, would work with them again.

    Ian Munroe, Voting & Proxy Associate

    Federated Hermes
  • Stewardship Analyst - ESG - Anonymous Feefo Testimonial

    Helen and her team are amazing. They are thoughtful, thorough and very professional. They ensured that I was aware of any relevant opportunities. When it was time for interviews, they provided solid guidance for advance preparation and helped me feel very confident. As a result, I ended up landing the perfect job! Highly recommended Acre.

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo

Featured Content

  • Featured Event | Supporting Asia's Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

    Panel discussion & networking session hosted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Global Network

    Speakers:

    • Dr Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer, MAS Singapore

    • Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

    • Amelia Tan, Head of Responsible Investment Strategy, LGIM Investments

    Featured Event | Supporting Asia's Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
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    ​The 2020 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Market Survey, undertaken by Acre, Carnstone and Flag, provides a comprehensive insight into the salaries and benefits, responsibilities and backgrounds of 1,500+ people working in the CR & Sustainability sector.

    Wondering about diversity, budgets and team sizes in sustainability? What about salary increases and the gender pay gap? Download your copy now.

    CR and Sustainability Market Survey: Results

Sustainable Finance Recruitment Overview

More and more, organisations are requiring sustainability-minded employees, for every role, in each department and skill set.

At Acre, this is our core expertise. Since 2003, we have been connecting talented sustainable finance professionals who have the ability to make an impact with progressive organisations that are driving sustainable change.

Why should you work with Acre to meet your sustainable finance recruitment and executive search needs?

Our expertise adds great value; but this needs to be balanced with a deep understanding of your business. In order to deliver informed solutions, we will both advise and challenge.

We’re always in touch with the very best candidates in our markets which means we can meet your ambitions by being a trusted partner for finding and developing the talent your business needs to make a sustainable impact.

We can deliver what you need. Our sustainable finance recruitment team:

  • Build teams that not only outperform their markets, but also help create a more sustainable future

  • Work with large established firms who are seeking to add specialist, sustainability-aligned skill sets – often from outside of traditional financial services – to help drive transformation across their core business models

  • Work with specialist firms whose sole focus is creating sustainable & impact investing outcomes for clients and are now scaling rapidly as a result

  • Create and develop teams that use ESG/impact investing methodologies to deploy capital in the most effective way to support their clients' stated purpose/mission

  • Provide access to seed investors and strategic partners/advisers for start-up funds that have a clear positive environmental or social purpose

  • Connect pioneering individuals who have deep subject matter expertise and extensive commercial networks with organisations seeking to refine their strategy before entering this market

  • Attend key conferences and convene panels of experts to catalyse innovation and further understanding amongst mainstream investors

  • Deliver bespoke market intelligence and salary benchmarking to support organisations as they continue to build out their team, as well as those making initial hires in this space

What areas of sustainable finance does Acre recruit in?

Corporate Governance Recruitment
We work with talented sustainable finance professionals in all areas of investment, distribution, risk and research to help push forward sustainable investment and corporate citizenship agendas. If your board is looking for support to set tangible objectives, provide strategic leadership, evaluate your business’s operational and reporting structures, and more, our market-leading corporate governance recruitment and executive search team is on-hand to support.

Browse our latest corporate governance jobs here.

Impact Investing Recruitment
Acre is the first and only sustainable finance search firm with a dedicated impact investing recruitment and executive search team. From an Impact Investing Analyst right through to an Impact Investing Director, we are equipped with the expertise and the global network to ensure that you have the right people, at every level, to make your business ready for tomorrow.

Browse our latest impact investing jobs here.

SRI Recruitment
If your business requires socially responsible investing (SRI) professionals to help ensure a socially responsible financial return on your investments, our SRI recruitment team can help. We have the most extensive global network of SRI professionals, and can support you with permanent or SRI contract and interim recruitment solutions.

Browse our latest SRI jobs here.

ESG Recruitment
We place talented professionals into ESG jobs globally, from influential leaders to help push forward sustainable investment and corporate citizenship agendas, to analysts and reporting practitioners. Our pioneering work in ESG, responsible investment, sustainable finance and impact investing is paving the way for a more sustainable future, and has created the most extensive global ESG recruitment network, as well as the most comprehensive dataset in the market.

Browse our latest ESG jobs here.

Climate Finance Recruitment
We have a specialist climate finance recruitment team that is explicitly dedicated to connecting talented climate finance professionals who have the ability to make an impact with progressive organisations to drive sustainable change. If you’re looking to create or fill climate finance jobs in your business, we have expertise that spans the entirety of the market, from TCFD and climate finance to decarbonisation and carbon accounting.

Browse our latest climate finance jobs here.

What type of sustainable finance jobs can Acre support with?

We have placed influential leaders to help push forward the adoption of sustainable finance, ESG and impact investing across the financial services industry. We also hire teams and make strategic hires for core business units to ensure compliance, drive transition and launch new products and services.

Many of our clients are at the forefront of developing new financial products and investment strategies in areas such as: impact investing, decarbonisation, natural capital solutions and gender equality. Our clients trust us to help them define, map and solve their sustainable finance challenges.

This includes organisations like HSBC, European Bank, Hermes, Lombard Odier, Actis, CIFF, KKR and BNP Paribas.

Search projects completed include:

  • Environmental Equity Strategies team build

  • Managing Director, Climate Risk

  • Head of Sustainability Strategy

  • Head of Sustainable Investing

  • Head of Sustainability

  • Global Head of Stewardship

  • Global Equities team lift

  • Global Debt team lift


What skills does Acre look for in a sustainable finance professional?

The technical expertise required to drive sustainable change varies from person to person, but driving real change in purpose-driven professions takes more than technical expertise.

We understand the sustainable finance skills and behaviours required to drive this change.

We develop and assess against our bespoke competency framework of non-technical skills, built based on data that outlines what 'good' looks like in over 2,000 purpose-driven professions. We believe that those non-technical skills, such as Innovation & Courage and Business Insight, make an effective sustainable finance leader who can drive change and deliver impact.

Find out more about our Sustainable Finance Leadership Assessments here.

Sustainable Finance Leadership Development

We work with your people, the leaders of today and of tomorrow, taking the time to understand the skills your business needs to achieve your ambitions and create impact. And, with our sustainable finance recruitment capabilities, we can advise on talent solutions that are designed to deliver this change.

We believe that a continuous approach to development leads to different types of actions, resulting in more thoughtful and impactful behaviours. That’s why our sustainable finance leadership development programmes include time between sessions to put theory into practice; providing an opportunity to reflect, think and take meaningful action.

Find out more about our Sustainable Finance Leadership Training Programmes here.

Contact Us:

Get in touch today to discuss our sustainable finance recruitment services, including ESG recruitment and impact investing recruitment, or to discuss our Executive Search offering. ​