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San Francisco, CA. January 15, 2008 – There are more corporate social responsibility (CSR) jobs than ever available to MBA candidates, according to a new, multi-year study by Net Impact and Ellen Weinreb CSR Recruiting. However, the growth in candidates’ interest exceeds the growth in positions available.
CSR Jobs Report 2007 was published today by San Francisco-based Net Impact, which works with MBA graduate students and professionals, and Berkeley-based Ellen Weinreb CSR Recruiting.
Using two of the leading sources for CSR-type jobs – Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) jobs page and CSR-Chicks, a listserve for CSR professionals based out of London – the study found a 37% increase per year in the number of CSR jobs posting over the past 3.5 years for a total of 1255 job postings. According to BSR’s President and CEO, Aron Cramer, “Our jobs board is viewed by our members as an indispensable resource for finding quality staff.”
Net Impact has seen a growing interest in MBAs looking for jobs in the CSR space. Since 2004, active membership has grown from 2,600 to nearly 5,000 in 2007. Members join Net Impact to access many career resources and to learn more about companies that are leaders in the CSR space. According to Karin Cooke, Net Impact’s Career Program Director, “An increasing number of MBA students hope to find a career that blends business acumen with positive contributions to society and the environment. As this report shows, the demand for CSR jobs is tremendous. We advise members to not only look for traditional CSR jobs, but also look for functionally mainstream positions within companies with strong CSR and environmental values.”
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Three Sectors Cashing in on Green
Environmentally focused jobs are one of the fastest growing areas, especially in clean-technology, consumer products, and public relations.
Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com, notes clean-technology companies are a specific area of job growth. He says, “There’s a groundswell of interest among MBAs and other job seekers in companies whose products and services are in such fields as renewable energy, alternative transportation, green building, and advanced materials.”
Ellen Weinreb refers to the rise in consumer products-related environment jobs as the “Wal-martization of sustainability.” She says, “Wal-Mart is raising the bar by encouraging its suppliers to ramp up their sustainability efforts, and the sustainability jobs follow.”
Other market sectors are also climbing on-board the green bandwagon in greater number. Major Public Relations companies – such as Edelman, Fleishman Hillard – are starting or expanding “sustainability practices” focused specifically on clients’ green strategies. Financial markets have also gone green, with an increasing number of companies focusing on emissions trading, green venture capital, and green banking.
Graduate Schools Building Green
Graduate schools recognize this combined need for both environment and business expertise in the marketplace. “We find the demand from employers for qualified students with career interests in both business and the environment is growing,” says Bryan Garcia, Program Director for the new Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. “It is vitally important that academic institutions work hard to meet this growing workforce demand to better prepare leaders for business and society while helping to solve the problems that matter.”
In addition to Yale, other graduate schools are ramping up their business and environment offerings such as the recently announced $10M gift from Dow Chemical Co. to UC Berkeley in California, to develop a Sustainable Products and Solutions Program.
According to CSR Jobs Report 2007, the average annual salary for someone working in a socially responsible job was $67,000, with most of those jobs based in London. Only 17% of jobs postings disclosed salary information. Says Weinreb, “As a recruiter, I only recommend disclosure of salary information when the salary is particularly low. For this reason, I think the $67,000 figure is lower than the true average.”
In addition to London, the other top geographical hubs are San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Boston. The companies with the most number of listings were Burbank, CA-based Walt Disney with 23 postings, Beaverton, OR-based Nike Inc. with 15 postings, and Seattle, WA-based Starbucks with 14 postings.
Study by Net Impact & Ellen Weinreb CSR Recruiting
•Inform MBAs and companies about the CSR Jobs Market
•Increasing growth in CSR jobs
•Demand from MBA level candidates still outpaces supply
Companies, with specific CSR jobs or not, can attract top talent by highlighting their work in CSR and environmental issues.
•Key Findings: Supply and Demand
– In Depth: Supply
– In Depth: Demand
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world. We offer a portfolio of programs to educate, equip, and inspire more than 10,000 members to make a tangible difference in their universities, organizations, and communities. Net Impact has a job board that helps socially and environmentally-minded companies connect with top MBA talent. http://www.netimpact.org
Ellen Weinreb’s recruitment agency specializes in CSR. She comes to recruiting after a decade of CSR consulting and coaching hundreds of job seekers. Her clients include Levi Strauss, Sears, Clorox, Hewlett Packard, Nike, and the World Bank. Resources for jobseekers and for hiring managers are available at http://www.ellenweinreb.com
– All job postings on Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) jobs page and CSR-Chicks*, a listserve for CSR professionals based out of London. Tracked from January 2004 – June 2007, 1255 relevant positions analyzed
– Criteria applied to ensure a certain level in the job postings:
The position must be full time permanent
The job must have something to do with CSR
Administrative junior-level positions are not included (i.e.:Admin Assistant)
– Net Impact membership numbers tracked from January 2004-June 2007
*- To subscribe to CSR-Chicks send a blank email to: email@example.com
– Multi-national companies (MNC) – Private companies over 1000 employees
– Small companies – Private companies with <1000 employees
– Associations – Support organizations such as BSR or IBLF
– Consulting – Headcount 200-2000 such as Ernst & Young or KPMG. Please note that these firms have many types of CSR practices within the firm, such as Ethics, CSR Strategy, Community Involvement Management or Compliance.
– Compliance – Monitoring firms such as Intertek, Cal Safety, or SGS
– Research – Organizations that focus on research and education such as Great Place to Work Institute or University of Leeds
– SRI – Socially responsible investing organizations such as Calvert or Institutional Shareholder Services. Please note that BSR and CSR-Chicks are not the leading job postings sites for SRI positions so the SRI-related data is not representative of hiring practices within SRI.
– NGO – Nonprofits such as Oxfam or VolunteerMatch
– Public Sector/ Multilateral – Such as the World Bank or National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
• Growth of 37% per year in CSR jobs overall: In 2004 there were 19 postings per month while in 2007 there were 48 postings per month.
• CSR largely outsourced: Service companies (providing consulting or compliance support) have the largest number of postings.
• Multinationals hire for compliance in the apparel industry: Of the 317 positions posted by multinational companies 25% were compliance related. 19% were CSR in general. 15% were community focused and 13% were focused on the environment. The apparel and consumer products industries were the top employers with 25% and 22% positions respectively.
• Top employers were Business in the Community and Business for Social Responsibility: The top CSR employers overall were two leading CSR membership associations in the UK and US respectively, Business in the Community based in London with 86 postings and Business for Social Responsibility based in San Francisco with 53 postings. Other leaders include Cal Safety Compliance Corporation in Los Angeles, CA; Disney in Burbank, CA; Nike in Beaverton, OR; and Starbucks in Seattle, WA.
• Average disclosed annual salary was $67,000: Of the 1255 postings, 216 disclosed salary information. The average disclosed salary was $67,000 with most of those jobs based in London.
• Growing number of MBAs interested in CSR: Net Impact is the only organization of MBAs committed to CSR and sustainability. Active membership has grown from 2617 in 2004 to 4897 in 2007 (87% growth).
• CSR job seekers actively searching: Net Impact has over1000 resumes of interested MBAs looking for both internships and full-time positions. Ellen Weinreb has over 500 resumes in her database.
• CSR job searches focus on three key terms: Net Impact members searching for jobs on its site focus on three categories (in order of frequency): CSR, Consulting, Sustainability.
•MBA programs responding to increase in interest in green jobs: This includes green investments, clean technology, renewable energy, solar and more. Business schools are helping to prepare their students through joint degrees and concentrations in environmental sustainability.
CSR positions have increased on average 37% per year over the past 3.5 years. In 2004 there were 19 postings per month while in 2007 there were 48 postings per month.
• Steady rise amongst all 3 categories
• Independent positions more volatile
All of the 1255 postings were separated into 3 categories: 1) Internal(25%)- working on CSR in their own company, 2) Services (41%)-providing consulting or third party compliance support to companies and 3) Independent (34%) – working in an independent capacity to research, monitor or support CSR.
• Skews low because disclosure of salary occurs when salary is low
• From 2004 – 2005, average disclosed salary was $56,200 USD
• Mostly manager level
• Majority posted by CSR Chicks
• All things equal, for MNCs CSR positions pay less than non-CSR positions
• Net Impact has over 1000 resumes in its database. Almost 600 were submitted in relation to the largest ever 2007 Annual Conference.
-From 2005-2007, the number of resumes has increased by 46%, from 769 in 2005 to 1126 in 2007.
-Net Impact’s database has three types of candidates: first year graduate business students looking for internships; second year students looking for full time positions; and professionals who have their graduate degrees and several years of post-grad experience.
• Ellen Weinreb has over 500 resumes in her database
-Ellen’s recruiting services typically focus on candidates with at least 5 years post-MBA experience.
• University of Michigan – Joint degree between Ross School of Business and Erb Institute (Environmental)
• Yale School of Management – Joint degree with School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. And newly formed Center for Business and the Environment.
• Wharton – Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership
• UCLA – Developing interdepartmental Sustainable Leaders Program
• Haas – New Sustainable Products program sponsored by Dow
• Stanford – MBA from the Business School and an MS in Environment and Resources from the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) at the School of Earth Sciences.
• Duke – Duke Environmental Leadership Program
• UC Davis’ Graduate School of Business – Partnered with the Energy Efficiency Center and Center for Entrepreneurship to bring Green curriculum to students
• San Francisco State University – Created a Sustainable Business Emphasis
Note: list is illustrative, not comprehensive
• The Wal-Martization of Sustainability
-Consumer packaged goods and apparel companies are finding opportunities in all aspects of their businesses to become more green, including through sustainable packaging, greening the supply chain, and green product design.
-The major P.R. companies (such as Edelman, Fleishman Hillard) have all started “sustainability practices” focused specifically on communicating a companies green strategy.
-Financial markets have also gone green. With emissions trading, green venture capital, and green banks, there are many more options for MBAs interested in finance to go green.
• More job sites cropping up from ones focused on “green jobs” to meta-search engines that are now seeing more CSR postings.
-For a comprehensive list of sites posting CSR positions, visit Ellen’s site: http://ellenweinreb.com/boards.htm
-For jobs targeting MBAs specifically, visit www.netimpact.org/recruit
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New MBA Assurance Protocol – Gain valuable CSR reporting skills and insight through these student projects working with companies who need verification of their CSR reports
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CSR Jobs Sites – Links to over 35 jobs sites where you will find
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