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Career in Sustainability

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Sustainability is now a key focus across many different industries. As the world grapples with pressing environmental and social challenges, businesses recognise the importance of implementing sustainable practices into their operations. 

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It’s not a question of whether companies need to consider sustainability in their business strategy. It is now a necessity. Sustainability is a top focus for businesses, quickly replacing technological innovation as the driver of market changes.

In interviews with 70 senior executives from renowned global institutional investment firms including the world’s largest asset managers such as BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street, all insisted that ESG and Sustainability are important factors that must be considered in their plans. We are seeing more requests from various industries for candidates with experience in ESG and Sustainability. As companies look for sustainable solutions and transition opportunities, this ongoing shift is creating a new demand area for highly skilled professionals.

How do you start a career in Sustainability? Here are three tips that will give you everything you need to get started…

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1. Understand your Field

Sustainability is a broad field that encompasses environmental, social, and economic aspects. Familiarise yourself with the different areas within sustainability, such as renewable energy, waste management, sustainable agriculture, or corporate social responsibility. This will help you identify your interests and determine the specific path you want to pursue. It’s important to gain a holistic perspective of key issues that combines technical, scientific knowledge with business expertise.

2. Gain Relevant Knowledge and Skills

To succeed in the sustainability field, it’s essential to have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. Consider pursuing a degree or certification program related to sustainability. Many universities now offer specialized programs in sustainability or sustainable development. There are so many courses to consider from Environmental Science to Water Sustainability to Environmental Law and Regulations …. The list goes on..

  • Sustainability Studies 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Renewable Energy Systems 
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Climate Change Science and Policy 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Urban Sustainability and Design 
  • Circular Economy Strategies 
  • Sustainable Agriculture Practices 
  • Water Sustainability and Management 
  • Environmental Law and Regulation 
  • Sustainable Architecture 
  • Innovation for Sustainability 
  • Environmental Health 

You can also enhance your knowledge through books, online courses or workshops that focus on specific aspects of sustainability.

3. Network

Building a strong professional network is crucial for any career, and sustainability is no exception. Meet likeminded people in your field by attending industry conferences, workshops, and seminars. Another great way to network in the industry is to join sustainability-focused organizations. This could be both locally and internationally. It will help you connect with individuals who have similar interests and opens the doors to find mentorship opportunities.

A few organisations include:

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

These are just a few we have listed but there are hundreds or associations and organisations out there!

  • Net Impact
  • Green Building Councils 
  • Ceres
  • The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
  • B Corp
  • Responsible Investment Association (RIA)
  • Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Starting a career in sustainability offers an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet and actively contribute to solving environmental challenges. By building a strong foundation, gaining practical experience, and continuously learning, you can position yourself for a successful and rewarding career in sustainability. 
We would love to hear about your journey and anything you have found to be useful when pursuing a career within sustainability. Tell us all about it in the comments section below. Don’t forget to like and subscribe.