Amanda Moreira - Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Student and Ethical Screening Officer
While working as an Ethical Screening Officer at LSE, Amanda completed her MSc. in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Birkbeck University. Amanda's interests lie in inequality, social mobility and development - particularly in the LATAM region.
Read about Amanda's aspirations to be involved in female empowerment and social entrepreneurship projects and her tips on how to break into CRS.
Membership Level: Student Affiliate
Why did you join the ICRS?
To build a strong network with CRS professionals. I also want to stay in touch with the latest research and development opportunities in the field. The Institute runs a lot of events and hosts opportunities to meet CRS professionals. There are plenty accessible resources that keep you up to date with current issues, and it also shares information on wider learning opportunities that are available.
Which social or environmental issues are you particularly passionate about?
Inequality, social mobility and development. I was very fortunate to live in three very different countries by the age of 10, and to have attended a large, diverse school in the heart of London with people from all different socioeconomic backgrounds. Having this experience so young was very valuable and it fuelled a passion for social mobility, with a particular interest in developing countries. As I got older and travelled more, I became more curious and interested in inequality and development, especially in the Latin American region.
What role or types of roles do you aspire to? Why?
I aspire to work with women empowerment or social entrepreneurship projects in Latin America. I am incredibly passionate about the LATAM region and truly believe in its potential. After completing my Masters in September 2017, I am now looking to work on projects in international development banks, research institutes and international corporations that have links to LATAM. I may start by working in a partnerships role, I’m a people person and able to build strong professional relationships. I would also love to apply my language skills in Portuguese and Spanish to facilitate stakeholder engagement and to develop a greater cultural understanding of the area. Alternatively, I aspire to work in a role where I will be doing on-the-ground research in the region and then work my way up.
What are you looking for in your professional career?
I am looking for adventure and fulfillment. I would love to work across Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable projects focused on female empowerment and social entrepreneurship. I am passionate about the inclusion of elderly members in societal projects, as they carry wisdom and experience that can be utilised to enrich cultural sensitivity and understanding of the social context. This is something that is often overlooked, but it is valuable and can prevent the risk of imposing the perfect solution to the wrong problem. In general, I would love to maximise corporations’ positive impact in these areas. After all corporations carry the resources, but it is the role of CRS professionals to guide them on how these can be applied to generate greater social, environmental and economic returns.
Are there any skills or capabilities you feel you need to develop further?
Stakeholder management skills. A lot of CRS roles involve working on several projects with a variety of different stakeholder groups. It is important to be able to manage conflicting interests between different groups effectively to ensure that projects run smoothly. I also think it’s essential to maintain up-to-date knowledge about current international issues and ethical dilemmas that organisations are trying to address. There is an abundance of resources, newsletters and social media accounts that I read to stay up-to-date. I would also say that cultural sensitivity and political awareness is key in an international career in CRS, and I plan to keep developing this through travelling and having interesting conversations with people who think differently.
Why should students pursue a career in CRS?
CRS is incredibly rewarding. Every Monday morning when you go to work, you know that you are contributing towards more than generating financial returns. In CRS, you are able to use your creativity to address grey-area issues. But most of all, a career in CRS enables you to have a real impact, because you will be working with large corporations who have the power and resources that are necessary to address large-scale issues towards creating a positive impact on stakeholders.