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Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner Green Job

Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners make sure that businesses work in an ethical way.

Annual Salary

£24,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2023 was £34,963
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 39 a week

You could work: days / nights / weekends; occasionally

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • plan a corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy for your company
  • persuade internal departments, partners and community groups of the benefits of your plans
  • assess the likely impact of your organisation's projects
  • stay up to date with policy and legislation and promote best practice
  • manage a budget
  • write internal and external communications

Working environment

You could work in the community, from home or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification that includes units on corporate responsibility and sustainability, for example:

  • environment and sustainability
  • energy and engineering
  • transport and logistics
  • economics
  • community development
  • business management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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You could take a course in environmental sustainability or business management.

This may help you get some of the knowledge and skills you need to apply for trainee or apprenticeship roles.

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You could begin by doing a:

  • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Sustainability Business Specialist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

These apprenticeships can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Volunteering and work experience

An understanding of the role of sustainability is highly valued by employers and you may have an advantage if you have experience of fundraising, working with volunteers or volunteering yourself.

You can find opportunities through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Do IT.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) or Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability to:gain professional recognition; find training opportunities; make industry contacts

Further information

You can discover more about sustainability work and training through the Green Careers Hub.

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You could work for private companies, non-government organisations, charities or public bodies.

With experience you could move to more senior positions either within your own organisation or by switching to a larger company.

You might also work as a consultant, specialising in particular regulatory areas, such as net zero, modern slavery, or social and environmental impact assessments.

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioners are needed to ensure businesses in the West of England work in a way that does not cause harm to communities or the environment.

There are several different routes you can take to get into working in this job which you can explore further in the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

Click here for an explanation of the different course and apprenticeship levels.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Business, Geography, Law or Environmental Science A-levels
  • T Level Business, Management and Leadership

Click here to find a local provider

Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

Click here to search for a local apprenticeship

Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

Click here to search for other university courses

Local employers 

  • Amey
  • RSK Biocensus

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Click here to view a profile of Peter Phelps, Climate Action Project Lead at Bath University.

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What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • persistence and determination
  • customer service skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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