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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. It is our hope that Acre’s Rising Sun series will provide an informative platform to drive purpose-driven agendas forward and to support sustainability and EHS professionals to acclimatise. 

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    Sector Performance

    How have sustainability and EHS functions performed in the COVID-zone across each industry sector? We can now draw some conclusions, from qualitative data based on discussions with over seven hundred senior professionals spanning the last three months. 

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    Job Creation

    We‘ve collected data on job creation across our markets within different industries by observing new vacancies appearing online. Based on this data, we can now draw some conclusions on how companies in each industry are building their teams and hiring both during and as we emerge from the pandemic.

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    Positive Trends

    We explore the three key positive trends emerging in recruitment and in the workplace as a result of COVID. This includes positive environmental impacts, wellbeing and flexible working, and how opportunities for those based in remote locations may improve.

Project Rising Sun shares with you a term we have adopted within Acre which describes our internal initiatives aimed at emerging from this pandemic in better shape than when we entered. It is so named for obvious reasons – we have maintained a strong preference for realistic optimism and have made decisions based upon this.

Integral to this strategy, is the gathering and interpretation of a substantial amount of market data collected from our global office network, spanning the UK, Europe and North America.

It is this data, in various forms, that we want to share with you.

Andy Cartland, Founder & Richard Wright, CEO

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    Sustainability & ESG

    How will sustainability & ESG functions emerge from the current crisis, and which industries are being presented with an opportunity for growth?

    We explore how the global crisis may elevate the vitality of sustainability roles and demonstrate a profound need to press ahead with their respective agendas.

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    Environment, Health & Safety

    As EHS leaders entered into crisis management mode to respond to the immediate effects of the virus, the EHS job market underwent a near paralysis.

    Now, as countries and organisations begin to stabilise, we examine how the job market is slowly regaining traction in conjunction with the need for EHS professionals to actively lead ‘return to work’ planning and safety measures. 

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    Energy & Climate Change

    Given that climate change has been listed as the world's next biggest threat after the pandemic, we ask; 'Are corporates accelerating their energy transition and making their commitments to net zero carbon even more ambitious, or letting climate change slip slowly down the agenda?'

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    From a Candidate Perspective

    We reflect on a 40% uplift in inbound candidate applications and discuss the reasons behind this, how significantly furlough & redundancies have affected our key markets, and what the key differences are when finding and interviewing for a position in an entirely virtual world.

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