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Careers in CSR & Sustainability

There is no doubt it is an exciting time in the world of Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainabile Development.  Whether you are interested in environmental sciences, business strategy, community engagement, governance, renewable or clean technologies, change management or business ethics there are many new and interesting career paths available.

Green Careers: Unlocking Hidden Employment Potential
Published by University of Colorado Boulder's Sustainable Practices Program
Developed by the University of Colorado, this guide explores the many ways in which practical skills in sustainability can help an aspiring green leader become an essential asset to any company or nonprofit. It also explores the necessary blend of creativity, ingenuity, and flexibility required to excel in this fluid, expanding industry, and breaks down the future trends that will shape sustainable practices in the coming years.

The UN report Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World represents the first comprehensive and authoritative report which provides an overview of the complexity and policy relevance of global environmental challenges - climate change - and employment. It gathers data on employment on different sectors - renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings, sustainable transportation, and organic agriculture - and draws conclusions and recommendations for policy makers, business and industry, workers and trade unions in the context of the transition towards a low-carbon economy, which may yield a real potential, and yet is faced with formidable challenges.

Green jobs or clean energy jobs, which contribute to better environmental outcomes or increased sustainability, are set to boom in the 21st century as we move towards a global low carbon economy. Clean energy jobs range from low-skill, entry-level positions to high-skill, higher-paid jobs, and include opportunities for advancement in both skills and wages. Download the ACF factsheet on Green Jobs or Learn about Careers in Clean Energy jobs in Australia.

To assist you understand the study and qualifications available, the work being done in CSR and Sustainability, and sites you can reference to job hunt, Graduate Careers Australia have put out a great  Careers in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability introduction as well as a more detailed reference Graduate Careers in CSR.

Want a qualification?  Here's a few qualifications you should know about

Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise - Griffith Business School, Griffith University (Qld)
The Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (APCSE) at Griffith Business School is a highly collaborative entity whith strong national and international connections to industry, academia, government and relevant non-government organisations. It embraces a vibrant research culture, innovative teaching and learning programs, as well as industry and community engagement activities. The Centre promotes the research and teaching of sustainable enterprise to encourage businesses to be more environmentally and socially responsible.

APCSE offers a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise. Business now involves a triple bottom-line, where people and planet are important, not just profit. Concerns over global warming, climate change and social injustice indicate how critical it is for business leaders to be prepared for this new environment. This program aims to create a new generation of business leaders who contribute to the creation of sustainable and inclusive markets by providing a framework for understanding the challenges and opportunities ahead. Students will learn how to manage business whilst creating a positive change in society through developing a better understanding of the role, dynamics and impact of corporations in the creation of social, environmental and economic value.
This program may provide a pathway to the MBA for eligible students.
For more information visit here or refer: www.Griffith.edu.au/business/sustainable-enterprise or contact the Centre Director, Professor Malcolm McIntosh on 07 3735 3251 or email m.mcintosh@griffith.edu.au

Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development - Southern Cross University (Qld)
Core focus areas include:
Economic, Financial and Market Innovation
Technology and Infrastructure Innovation
Governance and Organisational Innovation
Engagement and Education Innovation
Ph: 07 3470 4451 or refer: www.usq.edu.au

Curtin University of Technology (WA)
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies
Curtin Course Code: 302460 v.3 Course CRICOS Code: 062561J
Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Studies
Curtin Course Code: 302470 v.2 Course CRICOS Code: 041940E
Masters of Sustainability Studies
Curtin Course Code: 302469 v.3 Course CRICOS Code: 042192F
For more information refer: www.sustainability.curtin.edu.au

Latrobe University (VIC)

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility
Ph: 03 9479 3100 or refer: www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announcements/fbel/flm-news-007 

Monash University (Vic)
Master of Environment & Sustainability (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma also available)
Refer: www.arts.monash.edu.au/ges/pgrad/mes/index.php
Master of Corporate Environmental & Sustainability Management (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma also available)
Refer: www.arts.monash.edu.au/ges/pgrad/mcesm.php

National Centre for Sustainability - Swinburn University (VIC)
Diploma of Sustainability

Ph: 03 9214 5997 or refer: www.swinburn.edu.au/ncs

Institute for sustainability Leadership-University of Cambridge (UK)
The Business & Sustainability Programme Online (BSP Online) is an engaging, interactive programme designed for mid-career, high-potential and senior managers to enable them to understand the fundamentals of sustainability, how sustainability is relevant to their role and its importance to business success. It is also suitable for sustainability professionals who would like to refresh their knowledge.

Want a career that will make a difference?
For jobs in the community sector in Australia refer: www.probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/

Ethical jobs in Australia can be found at www.ethicaljobs.com.au

For jobs in the environmental sector in Australia refer: www.environmentaljobs.com.au/ or subscribe to the EnviroJobs weekly newsletter offering jobs across Australia www.envirojobs.com.au/

For jobs in Sustainability across the Asia Pacific region refer: www.eco-business.com/jobs/

For general sustainability jobs from around the world refer:www.lowcarbon.com

For sustainability professional and green-collar jobs in the US refer: jobs.greenbiz.com

Reports and blogs relating to careers in CSR and Sustainability you may find of interest

The U.S. Green Building Council 2009 Green Jobs Report
This study, released at Greenbuild 2009, was conducted by the U.S. Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton, and predicts that the green building industry will be responsible for the creation or support of 7.9 million jobs, contributing $554 billion to the U.S. GDP, in the next four years. Download the report here

What Business Pros Can Learn from School Kids About Corporate Responsibility
By Tom Savage - Published October 22, 2009
Click here to learn more...

Six Ways to Beat the Green Job Board Paradox and Stop Wasting Time
By Carolyn Mansfield - Published August 03, 2009
Click here to learn more...

Jumping into the Green Job Market
By Leslie Guevarra - Published March 30, 2009
Click here to learn more...

Green Jobs Reality and Rhetoric
By Nick Ellis - Published February 13, 2009
Click here to learn more... 


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CSR is an issue who's time has come!

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is increasingly viewed as a new form of governance to deliver sustainability. In the absence of effective regulation across international borders, CSR is being used to make organisations (and corporations in particular) more accountable to a broad range of stakeholders - both external and internal to the organisation. Acting more in the spirit of the law, as opposed to the letter of the law.

The inability of Governments to regulate for the control of multi-national corporations operating across jurisdictions also means that increasingly we are witnessing new organisations, new organisational forms and new alliances acting in cohort to induce corporations to change their behaviours - to co-creating alternative futures. 

"In such alliances new forms of control as well as strategic collaborations are evident. These are producing a range of behaviours directed towards a range of stakeholder needs and forcing companies to re-prioritise their actions. NGOs are using partnerships to increase their reach to monitor the supply chain, and consumers are heightening their expectations and pressurising companies to act more responsibly. In the Asia-Pacific region in particular we see corporations increasingly improving their indigenous engagement activities in some sectors as a response to pressure coming from NGOs, media and community, employees and other stakeholders.

CSR can also be used as a strategy by corporations to foster and build innovation and entrepreneurship, with new products and new product design. And in other sectors we see organisations such as sporting clubs becoming more focused on community activities and outreach programs, in addition to the provision of member services.

Even so, the commentary can be quite cynical with corporations and other organisations being criticised about their CSR activities on the basis of it not being 'real', only being used for reputation enhancement or 'greenwashing', or for gaining access to critical resources, and focused on reporting rather than actual activities. Moreover, it appears that many organisations are prioritising some stakeholders at the expense of other others with a focus on environmental concerns rather than social or ethical behaviours."

Dr Suzanne Young
Director of Executive Education
Associate Professor of the Department of Management
La Trobe University Business School 


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