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Largest Sustainability Market Survey ever shows continued market growth, high levels of executive commitment, but an increasing gender imbalance.

posted Apr 11, 2014, 7:44 AM by CSR Resources   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 7:46 AM ]
London, UK, March 11th, 2014, / The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have dropped in the UK from £56,360 to £55,071 since 2012.

Natural Resources remain the most highly paid sector with an average salary of £102k, having risen 7% since 2012. Support Services (facilities management and outsourcing) emerges as the second most highly paid sector at £74k, closely followed by Telecoms, Industrials and Banking & Finance. Leisure and Retail remain the lowest paid sectors at £48k and £49k respectively.

The survey attracted 1200 respondents, an increase of 42% in comparison to the previous 2012 report indicating significant growth in the sector. High levels of executive commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability (CR/S) are reflected in the results with nearly 60% of respondents reporting high or very high levels of engagement from executive management. Andy Cartland, Founder of Acre comments “this level of engagement is encouraging for our industry, but the percentages must increase significantly before we can claim that sustainability is truly integrated”.

The survey has generated some interesting insights into how professionals spend their time. For the first time, the top five activities were the same for in-house employees and consultants; CR/S Strategy Development and Implementation remains in the top position, followed by Reporting/Performance Measurement, then Environment, Stakeholder Engagement and Auditing/Assurance.

Carbon/Energy Management, however, has completely dropped out of the top five. Paul Burke, Senior Partner at Carnstone comments “the systems and processes for collating energy data have become more developed and efficient so the activity may be taking less time. Responsibility for energy management may also be devolving from CR/S teams to those working in other functions.”

Women continue to be employed in less senior roles compared to men, especially in consultancies. The global average salaries for men and women were £67,859 and £52,201 respectively and the average for women has dropped by almost £4,500k since 2012.

The survey confirms that the CR and Sustainability sector continues to create rewarding jobs with just over 80% claiming to be satisfied or very satisfied in their current positions.

The full report can be downloaded at:

About the salary survey

  • Formerly released on 9 April 2014 
  • The largest industry survey of its kind 
  • Global in reach since 2010 
  • Produced every two years 
  • 1200 respondents in 2014 
  • The 5th installment since 2007 
  • Previous report released in 2012 

About ACRE
Acre is a specialist sustainability recruitment consultancy connecting companies and people across corporate responsibility, sustainability, environment, energy and health & safety to help build the next generation of sustainable business. The company was founded in 2003 to respond to the growing need for sustainability professionals and offers bespoke solutions for recruitment, search and business intelligence.

About Carnstone
Carnstone is an independent management consultancy specialising in CR and sustainability. We have broad expertise and advise large, mainly corporate clients on the full range of social, environmental and ethical matters, from tentative first steps through to day-to-day management, strategic planning, measuring performance and corporate reporting.

About Flag
Flag is a creative communications agency specialising in corporate reporting and communications. We work collaboratively with national and international brands from a wide range of industry sectors, as well as public sector and not-for-profit organisations, to provide: corporate reporting, sustainability and communications consultancy, sustainability copywriting and editing, creative information design, digital and in print technical and accessibility expertise, and implementation project management and production. Our 46 employees are based in Cambridge and London and we have held the ISO 9001 quality standard for 17 years.

For more information contact:
Raquel Daniels
Tel: 020 7400 5590