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02 August 2023

King's signs Sustainable Recruitment Alliance pledge

King’s has signed the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance pledge to review and report on the impact of our careers activity through a sustainability lens.

Proud signatories of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

King's Careers & Employability has become the latest university partner to sign the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance's pledge.

The organisation, whose mission is to "create and empower a deeply connected ecosystem of stakeholders, including early talent recruiters, universities, and student organisations, who are committed to reducing their collective carbon footprint and embedding sustainability at the heart of their practices." was founded in 2019 and has driven significant change across the sector.

King's joins employers such as Accenture, British Airways, EY, Johnson & Johnson, Virgin Media O2 and becomes the eighth university partner alongside LSE, Nottingham, Oxford and Warwick. The pledge is also supported by the Institute of Student Employers, the UK's largest membership body of graduate recruiters.

Signatories make a sustained commitment to review their early talent processes and operations, reduce the amount of materials they produce and report on what positive change is being seen to collectively calculate the impact of all signatories in the sector.

King's is proud to be ranked amongst the world's leading universities for our Social Impact and our students expect this to be reflected across our careers and employer engagement activity. Through embedding sustainability into our careers education, partnerships, work-based learning and events, our membership of the Alliance drives us to innovate and work further towards these aspirations.

Andrew Wright, Senior Associate Director (Careers & Employability)

As part of our local efforts, King's Careers & Employability has introduced new guidance for its work with employers including replacing printed materials with QR codes, restricting large-scale giveaways of non-sustainable products, providing sustainably sourced catering and refillable water bottles and using digital platforms to harness greater connectivity with global employers.

This autumn will also see employers attending our careers fairs proactively nudged to assess the direct carbon footprint of this activity, and the introduction of core questions focused on the topic of environmental, social and corporate governance across our employer panels and discussions. In February 2024, our second Focus on Climate & Sustainable Careers festival will also shine a light on the breadth of opportunities available to students seeking future employment in this important space.

Nearly two decades in this industry has left me wondering why we, as recruiters, place such importance on disposable material objects when building relationships with candidates and promoting our brands. Our consumption in the name of attraction is inexcusable and it needs to change now.

Laura Yeates, Founder of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

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Andrew Wright

Associate Director (Employer Engagement & Work-based Learning)