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The 2020 CR & Sustainability Salary Results Are Now Live

The CR Salary & Market Survey today announced the launch of the 2020 results and report. The largest of its kind, the survey was completed this year by over 1,500 professionals globally, making for compelling and thorough results.

The survey was launched in 2008 by Acre, Carnstone and Flag with the purpose of helping CR & sustainability professionals gain a better understanding of the growing areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability, and how sustainability fits into the modern business landscape.

Now in its 12th year, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability within corporate organisations along with the impact the sector has on society and the environment.

The survey provides a snapshot on the following topics:

  • Diversity in the workplace and the gender pay gap
  • Key competencies required in the profession
  • An understanding of the varied backgrounds of CR & sustainability professionals
  • Career progression within CR & sustainability
  • Benchmark salaries and benefits by sector, location, gender and seniority

Here are the key highlights:

  • Salaries globally have risen substantially: the mean salary has increased by 21% (2018: £63k to 2020: £76k); the mode has moved from £30k–£50k (where it’s been since 2012) to £50k–£75k; and the global median rose by £10,000 to £62,500.
  • North America continues to offer the highest average salaries – at around £112,000 (US$ 140,000) for in-house roles and £100,000 (US$ 125,000) for consultants.
  • As with all our previous surveys, average salaries continue to be higher for those working in-house than for consultants with the gap widening to £16,000 this year;
  • Overall, just below two thirds of respondents received a bonus, which was similar to last time.
  • 90% of respondents have either an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree. The number of people undertaking postgraduate courses has also increased over 10%, from 61% in 2018 to 68% this year.
  • MBAs have also increased in popularity year-on-year among respondents, with 14% of respondents this year having one, versus 11% in 2018 and 9% in 2016.
  • On average, the duration of careers within CR&S has lengthened since 2018: there are fewer people having worked for less than two years and for 2–5 years, but more people having worked for more than five years in the sector.
  • The level of commitment to corporate responsibility among senior executives has risen by 7% since 2018.
  • Over a quarter of respondents were very satisfied with their jobs, with a further 52% declaring themselves to be satisfied.
  • The survey continues to highlight disparities in the levels of remuneration and seniority (especially for consultants) between men and women.

The 2020 CR Salary & Market Survey Report is now available to download for free - please get your copy here.

Introducing the Responsible Lobbying Framework

Introducing the Responsible Lobbying Framework

Lobbying is a widespread part of political processes and – when done responsibly – can lead to more stakeholder engagement in democratic government and therefore better policy outcomes.

However, the practice is open to abuse and the media is full of stories of companies acting irresponsibly to promote their own interests ahead of those of society and the environment. The right to influence policy through lobbying is a privilege granted to companies and Non-Governmental Organisations and, like all privileges it can be withdrawn.

Defining responsible lobbying based on the cause is fraught with normative judgment. We believe responsibility in lobbying is about the process followed. The Responsible Lobbying Framework codifies this through five principles of responsible lobbying: Legitimacy, Transparency, Consistency, Accountability, and Opportunity. These five principles are operationalised through 29 indicators, forming a comprehensive evaluation framework.

We believe that responsible organisations will wish to sign up to robust standards to justify society’s trust in the matter. This Framework is intended to guide those wishing to take responsibility for themselves.

The Framework can be downloaded free of charge from www.responsible-lobbying.org. On this website you will also find the latest responsible lobbying news and announcements about third-party uses of the Framework.

www.responsible-lobbying.org

Introducing the Media Climate Pact

Introducing the Media Climate Pact

Following the outcome of the US presidential election, the stage is set for global accelerated action on climate change. We are delighted to introduce the Media Climate Pact, a ground-breaking collaborative initiative joined by seven major media companies.

Pact members have committed to set science-based targets to tackle their operational footprint and, perhaps more importantly, to drive climate-friendly lifestyles through their content.

The signatories of the Pact believe climate change is the defining issue of our time and that media has a key role in tackling it. Through their content, the signatory companies reach millions of people around the world every day who rely on them for entertainment, news, inspiration, insights, and analysis.

We know climate change is a real concern for our audiences, particularly younger viewers, and we have committed to a range of measures to reduce our environmental impact including a target of being carbon net-zero by 2030. There is still much to do which is why we are pleased to be joining forces with our industry counterparts in signing the Media Climate Pact to help tackle climate change and improve the way we reflect and talk about climate on screen," says Martin Baker, Director of Commercial Affairs, Channel 4.

The Media Climate Pact is launched on the original start date of COP26 and is open to new signatories.

https://responsiblemediaforum.org/pact

Helping John Lewis develop Better Jobs

John Lewis’ Better Jobs programme aims to promote better jobs for the people involved in making their products. Over the last couple of years, we have supported John Lewis to engage with their suppliers and deliver the Better Jobs programme. We are very proud to see the programme is developing and rapidly growing, with the results for the first year showing the tangible impact it has had in promoting higher quality jobs.

In 2019, 23 UK suppliers (with a sample size of over 800 workers) took part. For 2020, John Lewis is extending it to a wider base of their UK suppliers and will aim to roll out the programme in over 20 factories in China.

Through an online portal, John Lewis’ suppliers can access guidance and dedicated resources on their new Better Jobs framework, which covers seven areas:

  • Voice – ‘We want the people who make our products to be empowered to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns.’
  • Growth – ‘We want the people who make our products to have the opportunity to progress.’
  • Reward – ‘We want people who make our products to be appropriately rewarded through pay, benefits and recognition.’
  • Security – ‘We want the people who make our products to have security within their role.’
  • Job design – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel a sense of autonomy within their role.’
  • Respect – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel respected by others.’
  • Health & wellbeing – ‘We want the people who make our products to feel well and safe.’

The programme has been covered widely by the trade press, including articles in Drapers and the Retail Bulletin

Partner needed: 12-month maternity cover

  • 13 July 2020

We are looking for a Partner (consultant) to join our growing management consultancy in Central London (Charing Cross) for a one-year fixed-term contract to start in early September, with the potential for this to turn into permanent employment.

With offices in London and Shanghai, we are 30 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us – Carnstone Partners Ltd
Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting. We have been in business for 20 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are our biggest asset; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

The vacancy
The job is at our ‘Partner’ level. You will be 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 in wider project teams and working closely with client representatives or external collaborators. Partners are expected to:

  • Work from London our office but, under the current circumstances, be able to work remotely for the foreseeable future;
  • Deliver client satisfaction – understanding client needs, developing a strong rapport with key individuals, deliver high-quality work;
  • Maintain and develop client accounts – there’s an expectation that Partners will secure new business, principally by helping to manage and grow our existing accounts;
  • Provide high quality advice and outputs – based on sound business judgement and deep sustainability knowledge, and by leading/coordinating the project team; and
  • Support colleagues on a range of accounts, including our sector sustainability initiatives.

Personal attributes and skills required
Experience:

  • Good general understanding of CR and, ideally, 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;
  • A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly and solve problems; and
  • Real willingness to learn, share and be challenged.

Skills:

  • Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, adapting your style as required for different audiences;
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • First-rate IT skills and an ability to use technical skills to best effect for the clients; and
  • Commercial aptitude and consultancy experience would be a distinct advantage

The package
We offer a competitive package consisting of 10% pension contribution and a range of healthcare insurances. The annual salary for this role is £45,000.

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart (and modest, too). 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 employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that enables 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.

For more information about who we are, the work we do and our clients, please have a look around our website.

How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Neil Everett at careers@carnstone.com. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2020. Virtual interviews will be arranged during w/c 10th August.

Junior Partner position, Shanghai

  • 15 April 2020

We are looking for a Junior Partner (consultant) to join our growing management consultancy in Shanghai.

With offices in London and Shanghai, and a presence in São Paulo, we are 30 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us – Carnstone Partners Ltd
Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London, Shanghai and São Paulo, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We have been in business for over 15 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are our biggest asset; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time.

Our Shanghai office was established in 2015 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The Shanghai team has been growing steadily, and we are looking for someone who has a true passion for the sector, who is interested in growing with the company, and can deliver high quality work on a consistent basis.

The vacancy
The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level for those new to our industry. Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone, with responsibility for specific tasks, often behind the scenes In return, they have an amazing opportunity to acquire vast amounts of knowledge about sectors and topics in a short amount of time. As a JP, you will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis, both local and abroad. We work on a variety of projects, closely with our London team and on our own: you could be working on a responsible forest sourcing project for global leading publishers one day, and visiting a garment supplier to deliver social insurance training the next.

What we are looking for

Experience

  • Good general understanding and proven interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability;
  • Minimum one-year relevant experience in one or more aspects of sustainability; or experience in general business but with proven interest in sustainability;
  • Experience with projects and external engagement (e.g. suppliers and clients). Clients can also be internal clients; previous consultancy experience is not a pre-requisite.

Character

  • Curiosity and persistence in equal measures;
  • Comfortable working in a commercial environment with big businesses across many sectors;
  • An outgoing and confident personality, with the ability to communicate in all settings;
  • Open-minded, real willingness to learn and to be challenged;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly; and
  • Empathy and attention to details.

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 in Science, Engineering, Economics or a related subject;
  • Good listening skills, able to put themselves in the audience’s shoes and deliver output with thought;
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients and;
  • Fluency in English and native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

The package
We offer a competitive package consisting of:

  • A competitive salary within the sustainability consultancy market;
  • Social insurances and housing fund paid in Shanghai based on actual salary;
  • A central Shanghai office in Xuhui District close to major commuting routes;
  • 20 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice;
  • Group medical insurance scheme with reimbursement of both in-patient and out-patient medical fees (life and critical illness insurance covered).

Why work at Carnstone?
Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart (and modest, too). 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.

How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Partner Manager and General Manager, Maggie Zhang (maggie.zhang@carnstone.com). Please include your cover letter in the body of your email, not as a separate attachment. The deadline for application is 8 May 2020.

The 2020 CR Salary Survey is now live

The 2020 CR Salary Survey is now live

The 2020 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Salary 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.

The survey remains the largest survey of its kind and promises to disclose more information than ever before; in addition to revealing earning power and skills required for success. The 2020 survey will divulge details on diversity, budgets and team sizes as well as drawing comparisons across the previous surveys.

Those who take part will contribute to the clearest understanding of the professional CRS landscape in existence, and will receive an advance copy of the report.

The more participants we research, the clearer the view we will have of how corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals fit into the modern business world.

It is important that we continue to take part in building a clear picture of growth in sustainability and its worth to the businesses they're part of.

To take part (the survey should take no more than five minutes to complete) please visit: http://crsalarysurvey.com

So what's in it for you?

  • By contributing, you are improving the quality of the results for your market place
  • Raise awareness of the importance of sustainability within corporate organisations along with the impact we have on society and the environment
  • You will be the first to receive a free copy of the report

The survey is 100% confidential – no participants' names or contact details will be published or made available to any third parties at any stage. Please help us distribute this key survey throughout the sector.

http://crsalarysurvey.com

Looking for a Partner to join our Shanghai office

  • 17 January 2020

We are looking for a sustainability professional who can bring existing project and client management experience to our growing Shanghai office.

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR). With offices in London and Shanghai, and a presence in São Paulo, we serve a global client base across most major industries.

About us – Carnstone Asia
Carnstone’s Shanghai office was established in 2015 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The Shanghai team is now 5-strong and we are looking for individuals with several years’ experience in one or more aspects of sustainability, be it social or environmental, to join and grow with the team.

We work on a variety of projects in China, some of which include:

  • Helped a global fashion retailer to roll out their store take-back scheme in China;
  • A multi-brands project on tackling the social insurance enrolment issues in Chinese supply chain;
  • Supplier engagement and project implementation in Asia for a global multi-brands initiative in publishing sector;
  • Local support and supplier engagement for a global pharmaceutical initiative; and
  • Supplier environmental performance assessment and benchmarking for a UK maternal and child products retailer.

The vacancy
The job is at our ‘Partner’ level. You will be 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 in wider project teams and working closely with client representatives or external collaborators. Partners are expected to:

  • Deliver client satisfaction – understanding client needs, developing a strong rapport with key individuals, deliver high quality work;
  • Maintain and develop client accounts – there’s an expectation that Partners will secure new business, principally by growing existing accounts; and
  • Provide high quality advice and outputs – based on sound business judgement and deep sustainability knowledge, and by leading/coordinating the project team.

Personal attributes and skills required
Experience:

  • Good general understanding of CR and, ideally, 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;
  • A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly and solve problems; and
  • Real willingness to learn, share and be challenged.

Skills:

  • Outstanding presentational skills – both written and in person;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, adapting your style as required for different audiences;
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • First-rate IT skills and an ability to use technical skills to best effect for the clients;
  • We appreciate commercial aptitude and consultancy experience would be a distinct advantage; and
  • Native Chinese speaker; fluent in English (writing and speaking).

The package
We offer a competitive package consisting of:

  • A competitive salary within the sustainability consultancy market;
  • Social insurances and housing fund paid in Shanghai based on actual salary;
  • A central Shanghai office in Xuhui District close to major commuting routes;
  • 20 days a year paid annual leave plus paid time off on public holidays;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice; and
  • Group medical insurance scheme with reimbursement of both in-patient and out-patient medical fees (annual health check, life and critical illness insurance covered).

How to apply
Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Partner and General Manager, Maggie Zhang. Please include your cover letter in the body of your email, not as a separate attachment. The deadline for applications is 17 February 2020.

Telephone interviews will be arranged during w/c 17 February and then shortlisted candidates will be invited to face-to-face interviews during w/c 9 March 2020 at our Shanghai office.

Media companies join forces to create pioneering carbon measurement tool

Carnstone and nine leading media companies, with technical support from Bristol University’s Department of Computer Science, have together launched DIMPACT – a new collaboration to map the carbon impacts of digital value chains.

The 12-month collaboration will see computer science researchers from the University of Bristol working with sustainability and technology teams at the BBC, Dentsu Aegis Network, Informa, ITV, Pearson, RELX, Schibsted, Sky and TalkTalk to map the carbon hotspots of digital media content and services. The aim is to create an online carbon calculator, DIMPACT, available to any company offering digital products and services.

“The RELX story is one of successful digital transformation. In 2006, nearly half of our revenue came from print products. Today print accounts for less than 10% of revenue. It was easier to understand the environmental impacts of traditional print (including the sourcing and processing of papers, chemicals and energy used in production, and fuels for distribution). The impact of digital media has proven more challenging to understand and quantify, but it’s something we need to do if we are going to manage this important aspect of our environmental impact,” says Dr Márcia Balisciano, Director of Corporate Responsibility, RELX.

Mapping the carbon footprint of digital services like advertising, publishing and broadcasting is difficult because the underlying technological systems are hugely complex and constantly shifting. Media content passes through content delivery networks, data centres, web infrastructure and user devices, to name just a few, with each element of the delivery chain having different owners.

With climate change high on the agenda, DIMPACT will allow participating companies to understand their ‘downstream’ carbon impacts, right through to the end user. This, in turn, will enable more informed decision-making to reduce the overall carbon footprint of digital services.

This is the first serious collaborative attempt to create a tool that takes the complexity out of calculating digital carbon emissions, backed by some of the world’s most innovative media companies and the world-class researchers at the University of Bristol. The eventual tool will help the industry overall understand and manage the carbon impact of digital media.

“We know that more and more of our interactions happen online, and screens play an ever more important role in our lives. We can say with absolute certainty that the digital economy will continue to grow. What we don’t know is how those modes of digital consumption translate into carbon impacts and where the ‘hotspots’ reside. DIMPACT will change that,” says Christian Toennesen, DIMPACT’s initiator and product manager.

“Given the overall size of the carbon footprint of the digital media sector, it is important that companies assess and report their impacts. By doing so, they can identify the carbon savings that can be made by alternative design decisions, and hopefully find ways to reduce their overall footprint,” adds Dr Dan Schien from Bristol’s Department of Computer Science. “We are excited to leverage our existing research strengths to help create a ground-breaking tool with real world applications.”

“Being a responsible and sustainable media group, Schibsted is on a mission to fully understand and manage our environmental impacts. To this effect, we consider it imperative to develop a robust and accurate understanding of the carbon footprint of our digital products and services. We’re delighted to contribute to the success of this exciting and important project. We hope that DIMPACT will result in an easy-to-use tool, acting as a standard calculation method for all relevant companies to use. Ultimately, we aim to use this understanding to reduce our carbon footprint by changing the design of our future products and services,” concludes Britt Nilsen, Head of Sustainability at Schibsted.

Following a successful kick-off meeting in 2019, the DIMPACT project partners have started developing the underlying model and initiated user experience research. The collaboration is open to other big media companies with significant digital operations.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasfea…

Looking for a Junior Partner to join Carnstone

  • 18 October 2019

We are looking for a Junior Partner (consultant) to join our growing management consultancy in Central London (Charing Cross).

With offices in London and Shanghai, and a presence in São Paulo, we are 25 people strong and do innovative and worthwhile work, helping companies become more sustainable.

We offer a competitive salary, friendly and diverse colleagues, and an office-culture that prizes flexibility and creative thinking.

About us – Carnstone Partners Ltd

Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. From our offices in London and Shanghai, we serve a global client base of big companies and international organisations like the UN. We are big enough to work as trusted advisors to blue chip companies across all sectors yet small enough to operate without too much bureaucracy and to pursue the challenges we find interesting. We have been in business for over 15 years, growing steadily and establishing a reputation for being good at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work. Our employees are our biggest asset; we invest in them and they tend to stay with us for a long time. Those who do leave move on to do great things in a variety of industries.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level. Usually fresh out of university or changing track from other industries, Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. Their role is about providing accurate, high quality and reliable support to Partners and Senior Partners. JPs will be responsible for specific tasks, often behind the scenes, but in return, they have an amazing opportunity to acquire vast amounts of knowledge about sectors and topics in a short amount of time. Ideally, the successful candidate will start with us in early January 2020.

What we are looking for

Character

  • Someone interested in making a ‘dent in the universe’ and unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom;
  • Curiosity and persistence in equal measures;
  • Comfortable working in a commercial environment with big businesses across many sectors;
  • An outgoing and confident personality, with the ability to communicate in all settings;
  • Open-minded, real willingness to learn and to be challenged;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • A quick analytical mind, able to assimilate and process information quickly; and
  • Empathy and attention to detail.

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 in Science, Engineering, Economics or a related subject;
  • Good listening and understanding skills, able to put themselves in the audience’s shoes and deliver output with thought; and
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients.

The package

We offer a competitive package consisting of:

  • 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);
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity of your choice;
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements that are above the statutory minimums;
  • Cycle-to-work scheme;
  • Group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution;
  • Private medical insurance (executive cover);
  • Life and critical illness insurance; and
  • Income protection insurance.

Why work at Carnstone?

Our working environment is friendly and creative. We are flexible and smart (and modest, too). 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 employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance that enables 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.

For more information about who we are, the work we do and our clients, please have a look around our website.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Lydia Elliott at careers@carnstone.com explaining why you want to put a bet on us – and why we should put a bet on you – by 22 November 2019.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 9 and 11 December 2019 at our London office.