About us

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) is the UK’s professional body for corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS).

It was established by a group of senior CRS practitioners to ensure that people and companies working in the field had the recognition and support they needed to be brilliant in their work.

Thanks to the backing of our lead supporter, the City of London Corporation, seventeen founding supporters and a team of dedicated volunteers, the Institute was formally launched by the Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf on 9 July 2014.

The idea of a professional body initially came from members of the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), a membership body for organisations with a commitment to CRS, that was established in 1987.

The CRG championed responsible business practices and supported pioneering practitioners from companies such as Marks and Spencer, Alliance Boots and IBM to make change happen within their companies. In January 2015, the CRG became the ICRS – allowing the Institute to serve both individual and organisational members.

The Institute is run by the secretariat provided by Carnstone Partners LLP, and a board of volunteer directors. 

Helping individuals and companies to be brilliant

Our mission is to help individuals and companies to be brilliant in their work so that they can make a positive difference to society and our planet. We offer two types of membership: individual and organisational.  

We help Individual members develop their careers by setting professional standards, qualifying their experience, recognising their achievements and supporting them through CPD.  

We help Organisational members by enabling them to demonstrate their organisation’s commitment to responsible and sustainable business, share best practice and build their CR and sustainability capacity through dedicated member events.

Our Founding Supporters

Establishing a professional body to serve this diverse community was a challenge. Our founding supporters are the pioneers who have helped make it happen. Their funding and pro bono support was critical to ensure that the ICRS achieved its goals. We cannot thank them enough.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows are leaders in the field of CRS, distinguished by their achievements and contribution to the development of the profession over an extended period.

To mark the Institute’s first anniversary, we appointed six honorary Fellows in September 2015 who have had a transformative impact on business and wider society while also demonstrating a genuine commitment to the development of the profession. 

The 2015 Honorary Fellows are:  

  • Philippa Foster Back, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics 
  • Sir Ian Cheshire, Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and former CEO of Kingfisher PLC. 
  • Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice President of Business in the Community and Chair of the National Literacy Trust 
  • Professor David Grayson, Director of the Doughty Centre at Cranfield University 
  • Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton (Asset Management), Chair of the Investment Association and Founder of the 30 Percent Club 
  • Jonathon Porritt CBE, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future and former Chair of the Sustainability Commission 

The 2017 Honorary Fellows are: 

  • Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrats Leader and Member of Parliament
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