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Executive Search

We have a strong track record of placing sustainability and social responsibility leaders who can drive cultural change. Our global networks and unparalleled expertise are go-to resources for world-leading organizations, from NGOs to FTSE companies.

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Contract & Interim

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

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Business Intelligence

Realize more value from your remuneration packages, conduct intelligent pay reviews and improve staff retention with bespoke analysis on the largest dataset of social responsibility and sustainability salaries.

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Meet The Team

What Our Clients Say

  • Feefo NL

    ​​"The collaboration with the Acre team was marked by great professionalism, stellar competency and genuine friendliness and advice throughout the entire recruiting assignment. Their support has made the difference in being able to find and hire the most suitable candidate for the role at hand."

    Trusted Customer

    Sustainability Sector
  • Feefo - Catherine

    ​​"Catherine was an incredible ally throughout the hiring process. Her expertise and professionalism is only exceed by her incredible commitment to finding the right fit for her clients. If only all recruiters were as great as those at Acre! Thank you for making hiring such a breeze."

    Feefo

    Trusted Customer

    Feefo
  • Feefo

    ​​They 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
  • Can Manufacturers Institute

    ​"The person that I engaged with at Acre (Catherine Harris) was professional and helpful throughout the entire hiring process. She made sure that I knew what was required of me, answered any questions that I had in a thoughtful and speedy manner, and provided insightful feedback on my approach to interviews and presentations. I tell anyone who needs to find the most qualified sustainability professional that it is worth every penny to hire Acre to help them find the perfect person. Both the people hiring and people applying will be impressed with the high level of customer service that Acre provides."

    Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)

    Scott Breen

    Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)
  • 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
  • Feefo

    ​​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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Spotlight Content

  • A COVID-19 Market Analysis For Sustainability & Safety Professionals

    ​In the midst of the pandemic, society is evolving and adapting at an exponential pace. As recruitment and talent development specialists, we feel uniquely placed to provide insight into the direction that our core markets are taking as we work our way through this changed environment. The first instalment of our Rising Sun series will provide an informative platform to drive purpose-driven agendas forward and to support sustainability and EHS professionals to acclimatize.

    A COVID-19 Market Analysis For Sustainability & Safety Professionals
  • 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!
  • 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

Acre has operated in the field of Corporate 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.

As a result, we have seen the competencies required for corporate social responsibility professionals develop over time. The modern senior CSR 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 are working in partnership with our in house leadership development tool, Acre Frameworks, to develop a useful competency frameworks to support practitioners in their careers.

We work with clients to provide sustainability recruitment services 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 great deal of work with the financial industry, particularly in relation to responsible investment and ESG projects. Our Executive Search offering is trusted by world-leading organizations.

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

Issues of CSR / sustainability span international borders and as such, 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 (serviced by our London and Amsterdam offices) and North America (serviced from our New York office). We have built up unrivalled access to candidates around the globe.

The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability roles we recruit for are in disciplines such as:

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.

Get in touch today to discuss Corporate Responsibility Recruitment and Sustainability Recruitment.

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