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Mirrors and Movers V – Responsible Media in a Post-Truth Age

  • 12 June 2017
Mirrors and Movers V – Responsible Media in a Post-Truth Age

“The word 'truth' is misleading. The fact is, there are many truths”. “Betray the trust of your consumers and you are done for”. “On the internet you can find everything... and everything can mean nothing”. These were just some of the concepts proposed by speakers at the Responsible Media Forum’s fifth annual conference on 31 May 2017, attended by 100 opinion formers and media professionals from 60 organisations across the spectrum of media channels. This year, Mirrors or Movers focused on a phenomenon everyone’s talking about: fake news.

To discuss the topic, we brought together leading experts and practitioners to debate how media influences society and what responsibility companies should take for the social impacts of their content.

Our first speaker was John Ryley, Head of Sky News, who said that social media has transformed the landscape, enabling a multiplicity of messages and instant feedback. ‘Fake news’ is not new, it is just more prevalent. Because of this, the value of trusted media brands will be at a premium in the future.

Ben Page, the Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori, came armed with stats on the UK public’s media consumption (you can view his fascinating slide deck here). He painted a picture of a sceptical and pessimistic public, who tend to exaggerate the severity of those issues which we are worried about. He suggested that political views and newspaper readership are closely aligned, raising the question of how to report bad behaviour without normalising it.

Our next speaker was Baroness Onora O’Neill, who differentiated between the information we trust and the trustworthiness of sources. She said that when we refuse to trust the trustworthy, we do so at a cost. And when we try to regulate trust through over reliance on box ticking and auditing, it can mean “it takes longer to fill in the paperwork than it takes to deliver the baby”. Going forward, the key to building trust was to help readers and viewers make intelligent views on topics that matter. And part of the answer for this must lie in reinstating a culture in which pride and shame play their part in media self-regulation.

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said that fake news is an old issue that’s come centre stage as a result of Brexit and Trump. He cautioned against greater regulation of the media industry, concluding that print media must look at its emphasis on truthful, factual content for its survival.

Next, Fergus Bell, Founder of Dig Deeper Media and Founding Member of First Draft News, reminded the audience that fact checking is an established industry in its own right. There are well established protocols for fact checking news - some newsrooms have forgotten them.

The day closed with a panel session on the role of editors in creating engaging yet truthful content. On the panel was Diane Kenwood, the Editor of Women’s Weekly; Helen Scott, a media consultant specialising in the creation of media in the developing world; Samuel Santana, a factual TV editor; and Renato Coen, Head of Foreign News at SKY. Comments from the panel included;

  • “Do we lose truth by editor omission? There are many truths. Is something factually correct, is a better question”;
  • “By simply putting in a different type of music, documentary makers change how information is presented”;
  • “Do I stretch the truth to make it more dramatic? Yes. But I never misrepresent the truth”;
  • “Some social media feedback suggests audiences know what they're getting. Other feedback suggests audiences are being fooled”;
  • “When training journalists in the developing world, fake news protocols are essential”.

Many thanks to Thomas Stoeckle, Head of Strategic Business Development at LexisNexis BIS, for the difficult task of summarising the day’s many angles. He concluded by asking us all to "dare to think" when we produce, verify and consume media.

For reactions and responses to the event, look up #MirrorsOrMovers on Twitter. And if we’ve piqued your interest in media strategy and sustainability, you can read our latest report on The Future of Responsible Media.

Job vacancy - Junior Partner, Shanghai

We want to recruit a Junior Partner to our Shanghai team with 1-3 years of relevant experience in sustainability or corporate responsibility, be it social or environmental. The Shanghai team is growing, and we need someone who has lots of ideas both for clients and for the company, can consistently deliver high quality work, and has a commercial focus.

You should have proven experience in project or client management, and will enjoy working on your own accounts and projects. You will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis: no single day at Carnstone is the same, our projects and clients are as varied as our employees. You could be working on a clothing recycling scheme for a fast fashion retailer one day, and visiting a pharmaceutical supplier to deliver environmental training the next.

Experience:
Good general understanding of corporate responsibility and sustainability;
Minimum one year relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability; and
Experience with managing client accounts or projects, and the ability to manage client relationships. Clients can also be internal clients; previous consultancy experience is not a pre-requisite.

Character:
An outgoing and confident personality: the ability to communicate in all settings, and the emotional intelligence to be able to challenge senior staff and clients;
Self-motivated and able to manage own workload, to plan, and to prioritise;
A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly; and
Real willingness to learn, and to be challenged.

Skills:
Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readers;
A bachelor’s degree or higher (master’s degree in a relevant subject an advantage);
Excellent IT ability and an ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients; and
Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese to a professional standard.

Please send a cover letter and CV in English to Tristan Edmondson. Please write your cover letter in your application email, not as a separate attachment. The deadline for applications is 7 July.

Looking for an internship?

Come and join us.

We are a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. We work with many of the world’s leading companies, across all sectors, helping them to identify, analyse and tackle major challenges. If you are looking to embark on a successful, meaningful career, this is an excellent place to start.

Interning with us, you will learn what it is like meeting and exceeding client briefs working as an integral part of our team. Tasks range from policy research to data analysis, and from pulling together presentations to in-depth company or country investigations. You will be guided by experienced consultants as you develop your skills and learn about our approach to problem-solving. In the past, we have offered jobs to successful interns.

We are looking for a full-time intern for three months starting in May 2017. We are especially interested in applications from a range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and geographical locations. Our interns are paid the London living wage and are based in our London office near Charing Cross station.

First and foremost, we are keen to attract candidates demonstrating exceptional levels of drive and curiosity right where business meets sustainability. Everything we do is bespoke and our clients expect us to look out for what is coming around the corner. Applying human capital is what we excel at and we intend to keep it that way.

Requirements:
• Undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering, Business, Sustainability or a related subject;
• Exceptional report writing and presentational skills in English;
• Advanced analytical and data analysis skills;
• Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy; and
• Ability to work independently and take initiative.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Lydia Elliott by Monday 10th April 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 19th and 20th April 2017 at our London office.

Blind beauty and gut feelings: what can the arts tell us about sustainability?

Blind beauty and gut feelings: what can the arts tell us about sustainability?

The rate of technological change today is so fast that it’s hard to keep up with. So much has changed over the last 30 years; what on earth do the next 30, 50 or 100 years have in store for us?

Take driverless cars. They’ve been on the horizon for years, and yet only 6% of state transportation plans in the USA have taken the technology into account (Ref: ‘City of the Future’ report, Center for City Solutions & Applied Research, 2015). So, more roads and parking lots are built despite their impending obsolescence.

The Age of the Anthropocene is often chalked up to advantages of intellect and logic, but non-rational thought guides so much of human behaviour that ignoring the importance of how things feel is folly. And not least in the world of sustainability, where the success of so many well-intentioned projects boils down to human behaviour.

At Carnstone, we place evidence at the very heart of our work. But finding smart, future-proof solutions to sustainability problems sometimes requires creative thinking. So, we were delighted to partner with Tata Consultancy Services’ Spark Salon series to explore what the arts have to offer sustainability and technology alike.

Sustainability leaders today must offer a prophetic set of skills: as guides to the organisation, they identify risks and opportunities before others do, and set strategy fit for a rapidly changing world. Could an artistic mindset – imaginative, non-linear and comfortable with uncertainty – complement a scientific, evidence-based approach and help those working in sustainability? Can the arts open up cognitive horizons to myriad future paths and help us better prepare?

To further explore the question, we commissioned five talented artists to create artworks depicting our future world. The artists were: Becci Louise (poet); Duncan Cameron (sculptor); Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton (BurtonNitta, interdisciplinary art and design studio); Matt Parker and James Dooley (collaborating in sound and video art); and, Marie von Heyl and Philipp Eberle (art and jewellery design collaboration).

Using technological changes on the horizon, we provided the artists with provocations, or muses, to stimulate their thinking. Over six months, they responded to our brief in diverse ways: some hopeful, dystopian and even absurd, whilst others were disturbingly real.

On 24 January 2017, we opened the question up to wider debate. Over 80 people from across the art, technology and sustainability worlds joined us for an exhibition and panel session with the artists themselves. It was clear they didn’t all agree about the role of the artist: some thought their role was to reflect the world around them, without judgement, whilst others thought that artists could look ahead to important ethical boundaries, warning of trouble ahead.

Whatever the answer, it’s clear that artists nurture their ability to imagine realities beyond the visible, predictable and concrete. Perhaps that’s something the sustainability profession would benefit from, too.

Are you Carnstone's next intern?

Interning with us, you will learn what it is like meeting and exceeding client briefs, working as an integral part of our team. Tasks range from policy research to data analysis, and from pulling together presentations to in-depth company or country investigations. You will be guided by experienced consultants as you develop your skills and learn about our approach to problem-solving. In the past, we have offered jobs to successful interns.

We work with many of the world’s leading companies, across all sectors, helping them to identify, analyse and tackle major challenges. If you are looking to embark on a successful, meaningful career, this is an excellent place to start.

We are looking for a full-time intern for three months starting from January 2017. We are especially interested in applications from a range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and geographical locations. Our interns are paid the London living wage and are based in our London office near Charing Cross station.

First and foremost, we are keen to attract candidates demonstrating exceptional levels of drive and curiosity right where business meets sustainability. Everything we do is bespoke and our clients expect us to look out for what is coming around the corner. Applying human capital is what we excel at and we intend to keep it that way.

Requirements:
• Undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering, Business, Sustainability or a related subject;
• Exceptional report writing and presentational skills in English;
• Advanced analytical and data analysis skills;
• Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy; and
• Ability to work independently and take initiative.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Lydia Elliott by Friday 25th November 2016.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 6th and 9th December 2016 at Carnstone's London office.

Job Vacancy - Management Consultant (Shanghai)

Our Shanghai team is growing, and we want you to become part of it. We are looking for someone who wants to help build a business, has lots of ideas both for clients and for the company, can consistently deliver high quality work, and has a commercial focus. The ideal candidate will have at least 4 years’ relevant experience in sustainability, be it social or environmental.

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to tackle sustainability issues in Asia, and we work globally with some of the biggest companies in the world. We have a culture which prizes flexibility and creative thinking. This means we have a fun office where everyone can, and must, speak their mind: we expect ideas and questions from all employees because clients pay us to challenge the status quo. You should have proven experience in project or client management, and will enjoy working on your own accounts and projects.

Experience
• Good general understanding of corporate responsibility and sustainability and some specialised knowledge in one or more specific areas;
• 4+ years of relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability; and
• Experience with managing client accounts or projects, and the ability to manage client relationships. Clients can also be internal clients; previous consultancy experience is not a pre-requisite.

Character
• An outgoing and confident personality: the ability to communicate in all settings, and the emotional intelligence to be able to challenge senior employees and clients;
• Self-motivated and able to manage own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
• A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly; and
• Real willingness to learn, and to be challenged.

Skills
• Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
• Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readers;
• An undergraduate degree or higher (master’s degree in a relevant subject an advantage);
• Excellent IT ability and an ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients; and
• Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese to a professional standard.

We offer a competitive salary and healthcare insurance. The consultant will primarily be based at our office in central Shanghai. There will be regular travel within China, and occasional business trips to Europe and other parts of Asia.

Please send your CV together with a covering letter in the body of your email to Tristan Edmondson, General Manager of our Shanghai office, explaining what you could offer Carnstone and what positive impacts you had in your current or previous role.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Vacancy - Administrative Assistant / Trainee Consultant (Shanghai)

Our Shanghai team is growing, and we need a recent graduate to help as an administrative assistant/ trainee consultant. The role will include administrative tasks, including liaising with our accountants, producing invoices, and updating internal financial files. There will also be a research and advisory element, such as organising marketing events and writing briefing notes. The successful candidate will have the chance to train as a consultant by starting out on research and administration for client projects, moving up to become a consultant if displaying the right skills and potential.

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to tackle sustainability issues, and we do cutting edge work with some of the world's biggest companies. We have a culture which prizes flexibility and creative thinking. This means we have a fun office where everyone can, and must, speak their mind: we expect ideas and questions from all employees because clients pay us to challenge the status quo. This is an exciting chance to gain sustainability and commercial experience in an international context.

Requirements
• Proven interest in business and sustainability
• Fluent English & Mandarin, both written and verbal
• Great attention to detail
• Confidence with all types of communication, face to face, phone, email, etc.
• University graduate
• Good numeracy skills
• Microsoft office capability: PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook
• Background in environmental science or labour practices preferred but not required

Responsibilities
• Assist in financial admin (Bills and expenses, invoicing, organising fapiao, cash flow, tax, etc.)
• Office admin (Contracts, maintaining contact lists, booking travel, replenish office supplies, etc.)
• Support the team on client projects (Supplier engagement, research, system maintenance, translation, etc.)
• Managing office suppliers and maintaining good relationships
• Organising marketing events
• Additional support for team

Personal characteristics
• Able to work independently
• Self-motivated and reliable
• Willing to engage and communicate
• Able to work under pressure
• Detail oriented and with patience

Start date – As soon as possible (Undergraduates could start as an intern)
Type – Full-time
Location – Xuhui, Shanghai
Pay – Competitive

To apply for this position, please send your CV (both in English and Chinese) and cover letter (English) to Maggie Zhang before Friday 18 November.

Cover letter should include (but not limited to):
• Your understanding of CR/ sustainability
• Why you want to work in the CR/ sustainability area
• Why you want to work in a consultancy

All information provided will only be used for recruitment purpose. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job vacancy - Part-time Office Manager

THIS VACANCY IS NOW CLOSED

We are looking for an experienced Office Manager (part-time) to support our 20-strong management consultancy.

Based in central London, we do interesting and innovative work for blue chip clients, offer a good salary and have a culture which prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

We’re looking for an individual with extensive relevant experience as a part-time Office Manager. You will have proven experience in operations and office management, including supervision of personnel, and an ability to work flexibly and think on your feet.

Our Office Manager will be responsible for:
• Providing comprehensive and high quality operations management support to the Partnership;
• Developing and maintaining a smooth-running, healthy, safe and efficient office environment;
• Overseeing office supplier relationships;
• Line managing our Office Administrator.

Personal attributes and skills required:

Experience:
• Extensive experience in Operations/Office management in a business environment;
• Proven experience in managing personnel;
• Experience and/or interest in Health and Safety.

Character:
• An easy, winning manner, and the ability to communicate in all settings;
• Self-motivated;
• Willing to accept responsibility;
• Can-do, flexible attitude.
Skills:
• Outstanding people and communication skills;
• Highly organised; good time management and ability to multi-task and prioritise work;
• Problem-solver;
• Attention to detail;
• High levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely;
• First-rate IT skills (particularly working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).

Package:
The package includes:
• Salary between £30,000-£35,000 dependent on experience (pro-rated for part-time);
• A central London HQ close to major commuting routes;
• 25 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays (pro-rated for part-time);
• Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements that are well above the statutory minimums;
• Childcare vouchers and cycle-to-work scheme;
• Group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution.

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

We know that our staff are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that helps them to meet their responsibilities outside work. Through our flexible working arrangements, we support our team in making the most of their careers with us. We are open to discussion regarding number of days/working hours, for example to take account of childcare arrangements.

For more information about who we are, the work we do and our clients, please visit our website: www.carnstone.com

Contact Address: Lucy Minshall, Carnstone Partners LLP, Durham House, Durham House Street, London WC2N 6HG
Email: careers@carnstone.com

Closing Date: Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Lucy Minshall at careers@carnstone.com explaining what you could offer Carnstone, by Friday 4 November 2016.

Interviews: for shortlisted candidates will be held Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 November 2016 at Carnstone Partners LLP, Durham House, Durham House Street, London WC2N 6HG.

Overtime Doesn’t Work

At Carnstone, we firmly believe that responsible supply chain management is good for business. Have a look at some recent work we did for H&M about the solutions for excessive overtime in garment supply chains.

The film is an edited version of a longer training video Carnstone produced for H&M merchandisers in Asia. It describes how H&M improve the way they buy products in order to increase the amount of time suppliers have to meet delivery times, thereby reducing the need for worker overtime.

Job Vacancy - Ethical Trade Partner

THIS VACANCY IS NOW CLOSED

We are looking for an exceptional individual with experience in ethical trade to join us and work within the Food Ethical Trade Team of one of our clients.

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of ethical trade. Our client is a well-known high street retailer who takes a lead on ethical trade and sustainability issues. They are accelerating their ‘beyond audit’ ethical strategy, to drive better outcomes for workers and help build more resilient supplier partners. Come and join us to help them do that…

The Role:
The individual will join us as an Ethical Trade Partner for a one-year secondment to one of our clients. This opportunity comes with the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the roll-out of the Food Group’s award-winning ‘beyond audit’ ethical framework – assessing suppliers’ performance against the framework and coaching suppliers to improve their performance;

  • Contribute strongly to the ethical trade programme, for example developing tools for suppliers, contributing to supplier ethical and HR (human resource) forums, coaching internal teams on the ‘beyond ethical’ approach; and

  • Spend time within the supply base, visiting suppliers as well as regular phone contact.

Candidates should expect to spend approx. two days per week with suppliers (some European travel required, but suppliers mainly within the UK).

We are keen to attract candidates with a desire to break new ground in responsible supply chain management, partnerships and capacity building. Specifically, we are looking for someone with a good understanding of ethical trade, HR, and the ‘beyond audit’ agenda. Candidates must have practical experience of ethical trade and working with suppliers at their manufacturing sites. Experience in the food industry and of HR management highly desirable.

The opportunity is a full-time position, based in central London with some travel (as above). However, for the right candidate, we are open to discussing more flexible arrangements. Employment will be with Carnstone, but the candidate will report into the retailer’s Ethical Trading Manager during the one-year secondment, and will be embedded within the retailer team. The contract will be for a fixed term of 12-months. Having said that, if the candidate does well in the role, there may be opportunities to work with Carnstone over a longer term.

Benefits package:

  • 12-month gross salary of between £45,000 - £50,000 (depending on experience) before tax and national insurance;
  • 25 days paid annual leave, plus 8 paid bank holidays;
  • 5% pension contribution - on top of base salary - to our Group personal pension scheme with AEGON or your own private scheme;
  • Group Life Assurance, Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover;
  • Private Medical Insurance - Executive Cover via AXA PPP Healthcare.

Applications:
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Jacqui Boardman at careers@carnstone.com by Friday 19th August 2016.

Initial interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held in late August 2016 at Carnstone’s London office. These will be followed up by second interviews with our client and potentially one of their suppliers.

Want to shape the future of ethical trade? Opportunity to join a leading Ethical Trade team

THIS VACANCY HAS BEEN RE-ADVERTISED - SEE ABOVE
Carnstone Partners LLP is a management consultancy specialising in corporate responsibility and sustainability. We work with many of the world’s leading companies, across all sectors, helping them to identify, analyse and tackle major challenges.

We are recruiting an exceptional individual for a one-year secondment to the Ethical Trading team within the Food Group of a well-known high street retailer, known for its leadership on ethical trade and sustainability. The retailer is accelerating their ‘beyond audit’ ethical strategy, to drive better outcomes for workers and help build more resilient supplier partners.

This exciting opportunity will come with the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the roll-out of the Food Group’s award-winning ‘beyond audit’ ethical framework – assessing suppliers’ performance against the framework and coaching suppliers to improve their performance;

  • Contribute strongly to the ethical trade programme, for example developing tools for suppliers, contributing to supplier ethical and HR (human resource) forums, coaching internal teams on the ‘beyond ethical’ approach; and

  • Spend time within the supply base, visiting suppliers as well as regular phone contact. Candidates should expect to spend approx. 2 days per week with suppliers (some European travel requirement but mainly within the UK).

We are keen to attract candidates with a desire to break new grounds in responsible supply chain management, partnerships and capacity building. Specifically, we are looking for someone with a good understanding of ethical trade, HR, and the ‘beyond audit’ agenda. Candidates must have practical experience of suppliers and manufacturing sites, with experience in the food industry and of HR management highly desirable.

The opportunity is a full-time position, based in central London with some travel (as above). However, for the right candidate, we are open to discussing more flexible arrangements.

Employment will be with Carnstone, but the candidate will report into the retailer’s Ethical Trading Manager during the one-year secondment, and be embedded within the retailer team.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Jacqui Boardman at careers@carnstone.com by Friday 10th June 2016.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 20th and 21st June 2016 at Carnstone’s London office.

Looking to start a career in sustainability?

[Please note that the deadline to apply for this position has now passed]

Carnstone Partners LLP is a management consultancy specialising in corporate responsibility and sustainability. We work with many of the world’s leading companies, across all sectors, helping them to identify, analyse and tackle major challenges. If you are looking to embark on a successful, meaningful career, this is an excellent place to start.

Interning with us, you will learn what it is like meeting and exceeding client briefs working as an integral part of our team. Tasks range from policy research to data analysis, and from pulling together presentations to in-depth company or country investigations. You will be guided by experienced consultants as you develop your skills and learn about our approach to problem-solving. In the past, we have offered jobs to successful interns.

We are looking for a full-time intern for three months starting from end April/early May 2016. We are especially interested in applications from a range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and geographical locations. Our interns are paid the London living wage and are based in our London office near Charing Cross station.

First and foremost, we are keen to attract candidates demonstrating exceptional levels of drive and curiosity right where business meets sustainability. Everything we do is bespoke and our clients expect us to look out for what is coming around the corner. Applying human capital is what we excel at and we intend to keep it that way.

Requirements:
• Undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering, Business, Sustainability or a related subject;
• Exceptional report writing and presentational skills in English;
• Advanced analytical and data analysis skills;
• Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy; and
• Ability to work independently and take initiative.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Jacqui Boardman by Monday 28th March 2016.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 4th, 7th and 13th April 2016 at our London office.

'Green Screen' at the Shard

Simon Hodgson spoke at the ‘Innovation that Saves Energy and Promotes Sustainability’ event in January 2016 at the Shard. The event, organised by the Warwick Technology and Global Energy Professional Networks including Dragos Petre, attracted 70 people interested in IT companies’ overall contribution to environmental sustainability.

Simon presented a summary of the ‘Green Screen’ report, discussing the direct, indirect and societal effects of the IT sector, as well as recommendations for how it can maximise sustainability benefits. He was joined on the panel by James Johnston, Co-founder and CEO of Open Utility, and Daniel Fogg, Chief Operations Officer at BuffaloGrid, who shared their experiences working in start-ups operating at the intersection of the IT, energy and utilities sectors. The panel provided excellent real world case studies for how technology brings environmental and social benefits, but also the challenges encountered. The panel was chaired by David Elmes, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School.

The 2016 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Salary Survey is now live

Brought to you by Carnstone, Acre and Flag since 2007, the CR and sustainability survey provides the clearest and most comprehensive understanding of the professional CR and sustainability landscape.

If you would like to know more about the salaries & benefits, responsibilities and backgrounds of people working in the sector, then please contribute by completing the survey. By participating you will be the first to receive a full report on the findings, including statistical analysis, comments from some of the sector's leading professionals, and some predictions as to what these trends suggest for the future.

The report will be published in mid-April. By participating you will be invited to a launch event with the chance to discuss the results and the implications for you and the sector.

Submissions are 100% confidential – no participants' names or contact details will be published or made available to any third parties at any stage. The results will be collated by the three companies and revealed at a later date, with all participants receiving a copy.

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Engaging with tourism supply chains for local economic benefit

Jacqui Boardman spoke at the World Travel Market Responsible Tourism Conference in November 2015, probing into the nature of hotel and tourism supply chains. In her presentation, she outlined their valuable contribution to global travel and tourism GDP while also providing a challenging argument for why we must engage with and strengthen these supply chains in order to maximise local economic benefits. To conclude, she gave examples of the way in which global hotel chains are currently engaging with this issue and made some recommendations for the future.

Jacqui, one of the founding partners of Carnstone, has worked with the tourism and leisure industry since the late 90s. She has been an external CR and sustainability advisor for a number of global operators, including Hilton International, Scandic hotels, Travelodge, and COMO hotels group. Jacqui has written sector reports on behalf of the International Labour Office, reviewing human resources management in tourism. She has also recently explored the challenges of promoting decent labour standards through tourism supply chains.

The full version of Jacqui's talk is available by following the link below [video].

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New office in São Paulo

Annabel Buchan, who joined Carnstone in 2011, has recently moved to São Paulo, Brazil. While we’re sad to lose her in the London office, Annabel will continue to work with us, advising existing clients and developing new relationships in South America.

Annabel’s main expertise is in ethical buying and sustainable supply chains, and she has progressed quickly from Junior Partner to Partner status. Annabel has also been instrumental in setting up and running several of our multi-client projects, including the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI)

The opening of a satellite office in São Paulo means that Carnstone now serves clients from locations across three continents, namely China, Brazil and the UK. We may be distributed geographically, but our focus is as clear as ever: offering the best sustainability advice and services money can buy. Até logo!

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We are recruiting

[Please note that the deadline for this position has now passed]

We are looking for sustainability professionals who can bring existing project and client management experience to our 20-strong management consultancy. Based in central London, we do interesting and innovative work for blue chip clients, offer a good salary and have a culture which prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

Carnstone Partners LLP is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai we serve a global client base across most major industries. We are looking for individuals with several years’ relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability, be it social or environmental. You will have proven experience in project or client management, and a particular area of expertise to complement the existing team. We appreciate commercial aptitude and consultancy experience would be a distinct advantage.

The job is at our ‘Partner’ level; partners are responsible for managing projects and client relationships, often in a lead-role although always with the support of our Senior Partners. There is also a strong element of people management, co-ordinating our Junior Partners into wider project teams and working closely with client representatives or external partners.

There is no doubt that this is a delivery role, but we also expect partners to develop their business, technical and consulting skills, with the ultimate aim of reaching Senior Partner status themselves.

Partners are expected to:

• Deliver client satisfaction - understanding client needs and managing and delivering to ensure every client always wants to work with us again, every time;
• Maintain and develop client accounts – with a deep understanding of the client accounts they are working on and the ability to develop them as client needs change; and
• Provide high quality advice and outputs to clients, based on sound business judgement and deep sustainability knowledge.

There is an expectation that Partners will secure new business, principally by growing existing accounts based on satisfied clients. We are a thinking organisation, always offering bespoke advice, so we are looking for someone who can help us identify and respond to challenges in the wider business environment.

Personal attributes and skills required:

Experience:
• Good general understanding of corporate responsibility (CR) and some specialised knowledge in one or more specific areas;
• Several years of relevant experience in one or more aspects of CR; and
• Experience with managing client accounts or projects and the ability to manage client relationships.

Character:
• An easy, winning manner, and the ability to communicate in all settings;
• Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
• A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly; and
• Real willingness to learn, and to be challenged.

Skills:
• Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
• Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readerships;
• An honours degree or higher, preferably in a related subject; and
• First-rate IT skills and an ability to use technical skills to best effect for the clients.

We offer a competitive salary within the consultancy market. The package includes medical and healthcare insurance and a group personal pension scheme. The partner will primarily be based at our office in central London but we are open to flexible working patterns.

Why work at Carnstone? Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart. We aim for a culture where you can bring your whole self to work and act with authenticity all day long. And we do really great work which we love and which – ultimately – helps huge companies to be more sustainable.

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Jacqui Boardman at recruitment@carnstone.com explaining what you could offer Carnstone, by Friday 4th September 2015 at the latest.

Interviews: for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 15th, 17th , 21st and 24th September 2015 at our London office.

Are you our next intern?

We run a three-month internship scheme allowing interns to work on client projects and to support our senior team members. This can range from policy research to data analysis, and from marketing support to in-depth company or country investigations. As our work is often bespoke and leading-edge, there will be opportunities for interns who are still studying to work on projects that can form the basis for their own academic research.

We are looking for a full-time intern for three months starting mid-September 2015. We are especially interested in applications from a range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and geographical locations. Our interns are paid the London living wage and are based in our London office near Charing Cross station.

Requirements:
• Undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering, Business & Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility (CR), or a related subject.
• Keen interest in the field of sustainability/CR
• Exceptional report writing and presentational skills in English
• Advanced analytical and data analysis skills
• Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy
• Ability to work independently and take initiative

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Jacqui Boardman by Monday 17th August 2015.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 20th, 21st and 26th August 2015 at our London office.

Debut summit for the Asian publishing, paper and print sector

Carnstone’s paper supply chain project, PREPS - the Publishers’ database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing - held its first Asian Summit on 29 June in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Over 90 delegates attended from across Asia, Europe and North America, representing major publishers, printers, paper mills, and national and international NGOs. The event brought these parties together to address the most pressing challenges with responsible paper sourcing in the region.

Delegates heard the views from customers, suppliers and manufacturers; each represented by US-publisher Chronicle Books, China-based printer Leo Paper, and global paper manufacturer UPM. Other panellists gave their views ‘from the ground’ in the form of WWF China and the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). IPE also announced a major Chinese paper sector environmental initiative.

Masterclasses in the afternoon saw dedicated PREPS database training for mills and printers, with plenty of opportunities to feed back on the system’s features and how it can be improved for a better user experience. Our publisher and NGO delegates held a separate panel discussion where FSC and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) discussed the future of forest and wood product certification in Asia. This was particularly timely given the Chinese Government’s new Forest Certification Regulation which was announced less than a week before the Summit.

Over 50 companies participated including, the Hong Kong Printers Association; mills such as Hansol, ITC, and Chung Hwa Pulp; NGOs including RAN Japan and Chinese Environmental Paper Network, and many representatives of the PREPS publishing houses.

prepsgroup.com/summit

Promoting responsible supply chains in the pharmaceutical sector

We are delighted to announce that Carnstone has been chosen to provide the secretariat for the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI). The PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies working together to promote responsible supply chain management and better business conditions across the industry. Their vision is to create better social, economic, health, safety and environmental outcomes for all those involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain, including:

  1. Fair and safe work conditions and practices
  2. Responsible business practices
  3. Environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources

You can find out more about the group on their new website – which we developed for them – by clicking the link below.

www.pscinitiative.org

China’s young migrant workers: a very different road

Carnstone Asia's General Manager, Tristan Edmondson, recently gave a TEDx talk at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). The topic was the changing aspirations and expectations of Chinese migrant workers.

20 years ago, working in a factory as a Chinese migrant worker was about earning as much as you could, as fast as you could, anyway you could. Today, the post-1990 generation is much more like teenagers and 20-somethings anywhere else. They want to build skills, get promoted, and receive the respect their hard work deserves.

Now familiar to most, TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

To watch Tristan's talk, please follow the link below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVLQFPKRRzU

Driving sustainable business in Shanghai

Tristan Edmondson, Partner and General Manager of our Shanghai office, has been made Chair of the Sustainable Business Focus Group at the British Chamber in Shanghai.

The Sustainable Business Focus Group aims to provide the members of the Chamber with a range of events with a sustainable business focus. In doing so, it encourages high profile industry leaders to present at events to keep members updated on the latest developments both in the UK and in China.

Tristan wrote the Group’s quarterly update for Q4 2014: Building trust, avoiding risk: How environmental performance is more and more important in China. He also organised and chaired the event Strengthening of China’s Environmental Protection Law: What Does It Mean for Foreign Companies? in March 2015.

The event saw Matthew Collins, Project Manager at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE); and Patrick Han, Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP talk about amendments to China’s Environmental Protection Law which came into force on 1 January 2015. The new amendments include unlimited fines on polluters, an environmental assessment system for government officials’ performance and provisions for non-governmental organisations to take polluters to court.

www.britishchambershanghai.org/focusgrou…

Intern wanted

Carnstone Partners LLP is a management consultancy specialising in corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability. We run a three-month internship scheme allowing interns to work on client projects to support our senior team members. This can range from policy research to data analysis, and from marketing support to in-depth company or country investigations. As our work is often bespoke and leading-edge, there will be opportunities for interns who are still studying to work on projects that can form the basis for their own academic research.

We are looking for a full-time intern for three months starting April 2015, but can be flexible to fit around academic commitments. We are especially interested in applications from a range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and geographical locations. Our interns are paid the London living wage and are based in our London office near Charing Cross station.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering, Business and Sustainability, CR or a related subject.
  • Keen interest in the field of sustainability/CR
  • Exceptional report-writing and presentational skills in English
  • Advanced analytical and data analysis skills
  • Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Jacqui Boardman by 31st March 2015. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 8th and 9th April 2015 at Carnstone.

Sharing the excitement in news - CDN Open Day

  • 12 November 2014

On October 16th, Carnstone colleagues Jacqui Boardman and Nick Sammons supported the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) in running the first national Open Newsroom Day. Across the nation, 30 newsrooms opened their doors to over 500 young people interested in a career in broadcast journalism. The event was sponsored by the CDN News Group: BBC, ITN, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, CNN and Turner, and the excited attendees were exposed to the full range of skills in news production; from selecting the stories, writing the scripts, presenting to camera, filming, video editing and on-site reporting.

Our social media campaign @tweetCDN #CDNOpenDay made a giant splash with over 2,100 tweets. Trending twice in the day and peaking at number four in the UK! One hundred journalists from across the country supported the event by sharing their stories of how they got started in news and by tweeting photos of themselves starting out. Several journalists got quite competitive and tried to upstage each other with photos of the famous dignitaries that they had interviewed: The Pope, The Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Simon Cowell (!), and so on.

At the end of the day, 93% of attendees were interested in a job in news, and 97% would recommend it to their friends.

We will be launching the film highlights soon. In the meantime you can have a look at the first cut by clicking the link below.

vimeo.com/110374447

Meet our new joiners

Three new Junior Partners joined the Carnstone team in October. Increasingly, we're working with an international client base and this is reflected in our recruitment strategy.

Chaochao Chen, a Chinese national, joined after successfully completing an internship with us while doing an MSc at the LSE. Dragos Petre, from Romania, joins the business having just finished a BSc in Business Management at Warwick University. Lastly, Ben Jarman is the latest recruit, bringing with him an MSc from Imperial College and experience from an environmental start-up.

More details on each of our new Junior Partners is available in the Team section.

Carnstone in Asia

We are excited to be opening our first overseas business; Carnstone Asia will begin trading in December 2014 from its new offices in Shanghai. The company will initially have three staff under the leadership of Tristan Edmonsdon. Tristan is a Mandarin speaker who has lived and worked in China on several occasions.

Carnstone Asia will work with international companies with operations and supply chains in China, as they navigate the very distinctive sustainability risks and opportunities in this amazing region. Several of our current clients have already asked for support, and the team will be working on projects from the very first day. One of the first will be Working Well, a collaboration of major multinationals to promote improved labour standards among key suppliers. Other work involves understanding the attitudes of Chinese consumers to social and environmental brands.

“We have consulted carefully about this venture” says Simon Hodgson, Carnstone’s Managing Partner “and the response from our existing clients is very positive. We feel the time is now right for us to make the move. Shanghai is a very vibrant place, and many of our customers have offices and operations there. We’re really looking forward to the new ideas and experiences it will bring as we look at familiar sustainability issues from the other end of the telescope.”

To find out more about Carnstone Asia , please contact Tristan Edmondson.

Judging the Waitrose Way Awards

In September Neil Everett took part in the judging of the 2014 Waitrose Way Awards. Waitrose Way is the sustainability strategy of Waitrose, and these annual awards recognise the contributions that Waitrose’s suppliers have made towards that strategy.

Carnstone has worked with Waitrose’s ethical trade team and so were asked to judge the Treating People Fairly category. The two worthy winners were: Dairy Crest (branded product) and Dalehead (own label).

Dairy Crest won for their holistic approach to the health and well-being of their staff. The approach covers not only the diagnosis and treatment of existing conditions, it actively encourages employees to lead healthier lives. To this end, Dairy Crest has shown real long-term commitment in terms of resources and investment. Dalehead won for their impressive employee training programme. Of all the award entries, arguably this one had the greatest impact as it covered the entire workforce.

Congratulations to all the Waitrose Way Award winners from Neil and the Carnstone team!

www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_…

Recruiting Junior Partner

[Please note that the deadline has now passed for submitting applications]

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team. This is a full-time position based in our London office. We prefer the chosen candidate to start as soon as possible, but can be flexible to suit other commitments. The preferred candidate may not have directly relevant experience, but we expect you to be interested in the area of business and sustainability and keen to learn. Experience suggests that you will need:

  • A curious and analytical mind, together with the capability to assimilate and process information quickly.
  • An easy, flexible and winning manner.
  • The ability to communicate in all settings from informal social events to formal presentations.
  • Excellent levels of numeracy (possibly gained through a background in science or other numerate subject).
  • A talent for writing clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readerships.
  • An honours degree or higher.
  • First-rate IT skills in all the standard office packages.
  • Initiative, a real willingness to learn and to be challenged.

Your role will be to work with the existing team on established accounts. You will initially take on specific tasks within projects, but we will move quickly to introduce you to the right people on the client side so that you can share some responsibility for the account. You may also take an administrative lead on some marketing activities such as client seminars and events.

We offer a competitive salary and the chance to join a leading, specialist management consultancy. You will also qualify for a comprehensive medical and healthcare package and contributory group personal pension scheme. The working environment is informal and creative, but we are uncompromising on the quality of work we deliver to clients, many of whom we have worked with for years.

To apply for the position, please send a cover letter and a CV to Christian Toennesen by June 23rd. Unfortunately, we can only offer the job to candidates who are eligible to work in the UK.

Recruiting intern with Chinese experience

[Please note that the deadline has now passed for submitting applications]

Carnstone Partners LLP runs a three month internship scheme allowing interns to work on client projects to support our senior team members. This can range from policy research to data analysis, and from marketing support to in-depth company or country investigations. As our work is often bespoke and leading-edge, there will be opportunities for interns who are still studying to work on projects that can form the basis for their own academic research.

For years, we have been working for clients who have a specific interest in corporate responsibility issues in Asia, and in particular China. Our work has been on developing local CR strategy, managing supply chain issues, partnering with local NGOs and implementing regional training programmes. This area is led by Tristan Edmondson, Partner, who has extensive experience of working across China. We now want to take on an intern who is familiar with the Chinese market to support our efforts in this area.

This is a full time internship based in our London office. We prefer the chosen intern to start as soon as possible, but can be flexible to fit around academic commitments.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from a leading university
  • Proven interest in the field of sustainability/CSR
  • Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese
  • Ability to work in China
  • Exceptional report writing and presentational skills in English
  • Advanced analytical and data analysis skills
  • Interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, medium-sized management consultancy
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

Preferred attributes:

  • (Advanced) Degree in Business and Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, International Development or a related subject
  • Work experience in sustainability or consulting with a client focus

Carnstone interns are paid the London Living Wage.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Tristan Edmondson by 26 April 2014.

We're Growing

We have recently appointed two new members to the Carnstone team, both as Junior Partners. Stephanie Attal-Juncqua has a background in marine biology and oceanography, bringing strong analytic and research skills with her. Julia Giannini comes from a background in marketing within the FMCG sector, with expertise in communications, branding and media. Both recently completed the Masters programme in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, as part of which they successfully interned with Carnstone.

We’ve Moved

  • 03 March 2014

We have outgrown our previous office at Watergate House, our professional home for the past four years. We will miss the views over Victoria Embankment, but the promise of more space and a layout over three floors makes us very excited. Our new office, Durham House, is steeped in history, with a blue plaque on the front and a medieval past - and now it's another chapter in our history. Just off the Strand, and a one-minute walk away from our old office, our closest neighbour is the RSA. We look forward to welcoming you.