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Junior Partner opening, Shanghai

  • 10 May 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Shanghai. This is a development role for people at the beginning of their career in sustainability consulting.

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

About us – Carnstone
Carnstone is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability with offices in London and Shanghai. We have been in business for over 15 years, establishing a reputation for being great at what we do. Everything we do is bespoke, and that is reflected in how we think and work.

Our Shanghai office was established in 2015 to serve the growing market for companies embedding sustainability in their Asian operations and value chains. The 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. Usually with a fresh experience within the industry, Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. 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. It’s a role that offers a lot of opportunities for professional development. As a JP, you will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis, both within China and overseas.

You will be based in our Shanghai office but work closely with colleagues in London and with client teams. We work on a wide variety of projects, from forestry to climate change, from labour standards to community development; and across multiple sectors, including: media, automotive, fashion and pharmaceutical. That makes our work incredibly varied and interesting, and it means we are always learning.

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.

Character

  • Curiosity and persistence in equal measures;
  • Comfortable working in a commercial environment with big businesses across many sectors;
  • Has good attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
  • Open-minded, real willingness to learn and to be challenged;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes.

Skills

  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Good levels of numeracy and an ability to write clearly and concisely, changing your style as required for different readers;
  • Has a quick mind, able to assimilate and process information;
  • An undergraduate degree or higher in Science, Engineering, Economics or a related subject;
  • 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 local 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 energetic 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 employees are the most productive when they have a work-life balance. That’s why we embrace flexibility as a company and support our team in making the most of their careers with us through our flexible working arrangements.

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.

The deadline for application is 31 May 2021.

Telephone interviews will be arranged, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to face-to-face interviews at our Shanghai office with our GM (and one of our Senior Partners joining online).

Opening for a Junior Partner, London

  • 28 March 2021

We are looking for a new team member to join our growing management consultancy in Central London. This is a development role for people at the beginning of their career in sustainability consulting.

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 is a management consultancy specialising in sustainability. 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.

Our work covers a huge range of interrelated topics: from governance, to human rights, to supply chain sustainability, to climate change. We work with client teams in marketing, compliance, procurement and communications as well as their sustainability functions, usually at Executive level. To find out more about our work have a look at our insights page.

The vacancy

The job is at our ‘Junior Partner’ level. Either 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 in a short amount of time. It’s a role that offers a lot of opportunities for professional development.

What are we looking for?

Intellect and energy

  • Curious and unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom;
  • Wants to learn and to be challenged;
  • Has a quick mind, able to assimilate and process information rapidly;
  • Has attention to detail and can deliver work to a high standard;
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload (plan, prioritise, etc.);
  • Numerate and analytical.

Commercial and entrepreneurial

  • Has an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Comfortable working at pace;
  • Enjoys business and believes that business can make a real contribution to solving sustainability problems;
  • Thinks profit and growth are positive concepts, not negative ones.

Good with people

  • Empathy, a good listener, and able to put themselves into other peoples’ shoes;
  • Confident and engaging;
  • Ability to communicate well when presenting, writing and speaking;
  • Resilient and persistent; able to handle knock-backs and challenges.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering or a similar subject;
  • Excellent command of IT and ability to use technical skills for maximum impact for clients.
  • (This is an intentionally short list – you’ll learn the rest on the job!)

Unsure? Please apply! Carnstone has a great team, and we have a great team because we’re all different. We don’t always know what we’re looking for in colleagues until we see it and it could well be you.

Job ads like these are always pretty daunting, so if it leaves you feeling: I like the sound of that, but I’m not sure I’m ‘their sort of person’ please do have a go.

The package

We offer a competitive package including:

  • A starting salary of £26,000 with an annual review and potential for rapid progression depending on performance;
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave arrangements well above the statutory minimums;
  • Excellent additional benefits including a group personal pension scheme with 10% annual company pension contribution, private medical insurance, and life and critical illness insurance;
  • 6 volunteering days a year to work with a charity or community organisation of your choice;
  • A great central London HQ, combined with an innovative flexible working package.

Why work at Carnstone?

Our working environment is friendly, informal and creative. We are energetic 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 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.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a covering letter to Lydia Elliott at careers@carnstone.com by 16th May 2021. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 7th and 9th June 2021 online. Ideally, the successful candidate will start in July 2021.

Accountability Framework Initiative: Book Chain Project case study

Accountability Framework Initiative: Book Chain Project case study

The Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) today announced a case study on how the Book Chain Project has applied the AFi methodology to assess paper mills' forest sourcing practices, in our Mill Assessment Framework.

We are proud that the Book Chain Project has been highlighted by the AFi - a coalition of famous NGOs including The Nature Conservancy, Rainforest Alliance, Verité, World Resources Institute and WWF. The case study recognises the Book Chain Project as one of the first sectors that took AFI recommendations and applied them to help improve improve a global commodity supply chain.

The case study describes the scale of the paper supply chain that we engage with through the Book Chain Project (290 mills in 38 countries); the challenge of ensuring forest sourcing is done responsibly and the key role paper mills play in that; and how we developed the Mill Assessment Framework to assess and engage with paper mills on their sourcing practices.

“The outcome of the evaluation helps us to improve our shared best practices and processes at the mill, and see the new opportunities and challenges we face when managing responsible sourcing. We have increased our engagement with business partners to share our best practices and help them build capacity.” Jacek I. Los, Arctic Paper’s Executive Vice President of Procurement.

https://accountability-framework.org/abo…

Looking for Junior Partner, Shanghai

  • 12 March 2021

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

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 have been in business for over 15 years, establishing a reputation for being great 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 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. Junior Partners are the fastest learners at Carnstone. JPs are 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. As a JP, you will be working directly with clients and senior colleagues on a daily basis, both within China and overseas.

We work on a wide variety of projects across multiple sectors. That makes our work incredibly varied and interesting, and it means we are always learning.

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 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 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 thoughts;
  • Good interpersonal skills to be able to interact properly with colleagues and clients;
  • 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 and 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 9th April 2021.

Telephone interviews will be arranged during w/c 12th April, with shortlisted candidates invited to face-to-face interviews during w/c 19th and 26th April at our Shanghai office (with one of our Senior Partners joining online).

Major streaming companies join Carnstone’s pioneering initiative

  • Netflix, BT and Cambridge University Press have signed up to fully operational DIMPACT tool.
  • DIMPACT now fully operational, covering digital media streaming, publishing, advertising services and business intelligence.
  • Plans to develop scenarios capability and expand coverage to gaming and music streaming.
  • New DIMPACT participants BT, Cambridge University Press and Netflix, to join our founding participants, with more to join in 2021.
  • White paper to validate the underlying model and establish the carbon impact of media streaming due in the spring.

DIMPACT is a pioneering initiative to help the digital media industry map and manage its carbon impacts. Computer science researchers from the University of Bristol have completed a 12-month pilot phase, working closely with sustainability and technology teams at leading media companies to move the DIMPACT web app beyond proof of concept, with a clear path for further development.

Recent years have seen a surge in companies setting Net Zero targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including many of the DIMPACT participants. DIMPACT was borne out of this movement as the first serious collaboration to create a tool that takes the complexity out of measuring the carbon emissions of digital products and services.
Launched in 2019 and facilitated by sustainability experts Carnstone, DIMPACT is backed by some of the world’s most innovative media companies and the world-class researchers at the University of Bristol. Three new companies have recently joined the initiative, namely BT, Cambridge University Press and Netflix.

Participating companies now have a working tool to understand their ‘downstream’ carbon impacts, right through to the end-user. DIMPACT has successfully created four modules covering digital video streaming, publishing, advertising services, and business intelligence, with gaming and music streaming modules next on the agenda.

To date, the tool has been used for reporting purposes, helping participants understand where the emissions hotspots are in their digital value chains. The next step is to develop the ability to model different scenarios, enabling technology teams to work with companies across the value chain to lower overall emissions. Such is the promise of DIMPACT that it has been awarded a major research commercialisation grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC).

Recognising that the carbon impact of streaming media content is the subject of competing claims and much discussion, DIMPACT has engaged the Carbon Trust for an independent validation of the model underpinning the tool and to establish the carbon impact of media streaming. The findings will be published in a white paper in the spring.

When we started in 2019, there was some uncertainty about whether it would even be possible to create a web tool for the digital media industry. Fast forward to today and not only do we have a working tool, but we also have an engaged group of companies and big plans for the future,” says Christian Toennesen, DIMPACT’s initiator and product manager.

It is rare to see an initiative that combines cutting-edge academic research with real-world impacts to such a degree as DIMPACT. We have seen our research and modelling skills translated into meaningful results for a whole industry. We expect this technology to go far, as we have only just started. Internationalisation, forecasting, validation and increasing the scope are the focus areas that will drive the next phase of development,” adds Dr Daniel Schien from Bristol’s Department of Computer Science.

BT, Cambridge University Press, and Netflix join our founding DIMPACT participants BBC, dentsu international, Informa, ITV, Pearson, RELX, Schibsted and Sky.

https://dimpact.org/about

Forest Risk Tool 2020 update

We have updated our Forest Risk Tool for 2020. The tool assesses forest and transhipment risks in global timber supply chains for 186 countries, and is a core part of our work with the Book Chain Project. This year, we found 116 countries with forest risk and 93 countries with transhipment risk. Take a look at the results here

https://bookchainproject.com/resources?n…

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