12th September 2010

CR and Sustainability Salary Survey 2010

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The concepts of corporate responsibility (CR), sustainability and ethical business have always been difficult to define. However, their growth has been significant. CR and Sustainability Salary Survey 2010, now in its third year, aims to add clarity and transparency to the roles, salaries and backgrounds of the professionals working in this space. This year, we’ve gone global. The
CR and Sustainability Salary Survey 2010 now provides the most accurate picture of how the industry looks on the ground, from those people working day-to-day in corporate responsibility
around the world.

As in previous years, our survey was based on individuals working both in-house and for consultancies in CR and sustainability. We conducted the survey online throughout January and February 2010 and this year’s results are some of the most exciting ever. With three years of data now in hand, we are now able to give a snapshot of the CR industry in 2010, as well as being able to examine how the sector has developed over the last three years. We hope this year’s Corporate Responsibility Salary Survey provides a useful insight to all those working in the industry around the world.

In addition to detailed analysis of this year’s results, this survey also has perceptive commentary from several leading figures. We’d like to thank them for taking the time to provide us with their views and also thank everyone who responded to the survey.

Key highlights:

What is happening to CR over time?

Our research has provided us with the opportunity to identify what changes have occurred to the CR job market in the UK over the last three years, as it has evolved from a relatively niche sector to an increasingly important business function for all areas of industry.


Overall salary levels have been static over the last three years. However, there is some evidence that salaries for the most senior employees – both in-house and consultants – have fallen back slightly over the last 12 months while the middle ranks have enjoyed an increase.

Activity focus

The top three areas of activity for in-house employees have remained consistent over the three surveys – Community Investment, Reporting and Environment. Consultants continue to focus on Reporting followed by Auditing & Assurance and Stakeholder Engagement

Gender split and pay differences

While women working in CR in the UK continuously outnumber men by about 2:1, there is no evidence that the pay gap identified in previous surveys is narrowing. Women continue to dominate in Community Investment roles while men focus on activities relating to Climate Change and Environment.

CR and Sustainability Salary Survey 2010

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