Launch of a new CR and sustainability organisation means a new era of change

by Shannon Houde

Earlier this month, the UK based sustainability organisation, Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), had their public launch, signaling a new era for CR and sustainability professionals. The ICRS recognizes that CR and Sustainability are no longer optional add-ons to business as usual, but have become critical drivers of organizational strategies. It strives to support those working in these fields by setting professional standards, recognising achievements, and providing or directing members towards practical support and advice.

One of the organisation’s first initiatives was to create the ICRS competency framework, outlining what it takes to be effective and inspiring. It not only details key competencies, but also, provides a roadmap for development and growth. These types of tools have become increasingly important to CR and sustainability professionals everywhere, because these fields are always evolving and many companies and HR departments are looking for ways to foster sustainability leadership and measure success at all job levels and functions.

In addition to the framework, the ICRS website also features a community space that provides members with the latest news, as well as a place to ask questions and share insights. I am very honoured to have been included amongst the initial contributors and look forward to publishing more blogs here in future. My first post discusses how to craft a killer elevator pitch.


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Finally, ICRS is organizing a diverse series of webinars featuring some of the leading thinkers in CR and sustainability, so that members can participate and learn from wherever they are.

We are excited to follow the ICRS on this journey and keep you updated along the way!


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