Sustainability & ESG Careers: Trends & Opportunities | Ellen Weinreb

On this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, we speak with Ellen Weinreb about the trends and opportunities she is seeing for (young) professionals to develop their careers in the areas of ESG & Sustainability.

Through our episode, she mentioned the following reports:
State of the Profession 2022

The Chief Sustainability Officer 10 Years Later

00:19 – Welcome
00:50 – Ellen Personal Introduction
01:42 – Trends in Sustainability & ESG
02:34 – Executive level sustainability & ESG positions that companies are looking to fill
03:10 – Opportunities for young & mid-career sustainability & ESG professionals
04:04 – Role of universities, consulting firms, and certifications to build professional skills
05:10 – Which school / certification are most valuable in the market
06:00 – Technical vs. general certifications
06:30 – Sustainability is now becoming a career
07:20 – Basic requirements for becoming a sustainability leader
08:03 – Size of gap between talent supply and market demand
08:39 – How to get your start
09:22 – State of Profession report: key findings
11:30 – Chief sustainability offers and executive trends and structure
13:16 – ESG Drivers: Regulation, consumers, and supply chain
15:15 – What are companies looking for?
16:31 – Salary Ranges & Trends for CSOs and Sustainability Executives
18:22 – Growth of Chief Sustainability Officers
20:18 – Career Advice for sustainability-minded young professionals

About Ellen:
Ellen has worked at the intersection of sustainability and human resources as a recruiter and consultant for 20+ years. A super connector, Ellen’s passion for sustainability and ESG was sparked while obtaining her MBA from Yale and interning at L.L.Bean. Ellen is a regular speaker at industry events, as well as a contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and has her own column with GreenBiz entitled “Talent Show.”

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About Collective Responsibility
Based in Shanghai, Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders.

Our mission is to:
– Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.
– Develop tangible interests, engagement, and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).
– Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises.

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