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Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner

Alternative titles for this job include Corporate responsibility administrator, sustainability coordinator

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 39 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could do a degree in a relevant subject like:

  • environmental science
  • environment and sustainability
  • economics
  • business

You can take a postgraduate qualification in corporate social responsibility. This will help you learn more about the subject but it's not essential for getting into the role.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could take a level 2 or 3 college course in Understanding Environmental Sustainability.

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could do the higher level apprenticeship called corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner.

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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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to:

  • gain professional recognition
  • find training opportunities
  • make industry contacts

Further information

You can discover more about sustainability work and training through the:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the size and type of organisation you work for. You could:

  • design the company strategy for corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • make sure the business works in a way that does not cause harm to communities or the environment
  • keep up to date with policy and legislation
  • work with internal and external partners
  • promote the company vision and encourage all employees to take an active part in sharing its values
  • collect company data, for example on pay by gender
  • manage a budget
  • run projects
  • write internal and external communications

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work for private companies, government or local authorities.

With experience you could move into a higher level role with leadership responsibilities. You could become become self-employed and work freelance for different companies.

You could go on to take a masters degree apprenticeship called sustainability business specialist.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Social Responsibility Apprentice

  • Wage: £16,380.00 Annually
  • Location: Blackpole Road, Worcester

Sustainable Investments (ESG) Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £25,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Moorgate, London

Courses In England

Environmental Sustainability - Level 1 Award

  • Start date: 12 April 2023
  • Location: Chessington

Award in Environmental Sustainability Level 1

  • Start date: 26 April 2023
  • Location: Not known

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