Our goal is to support you to be the best you can be as a CR and sustainability professional. That is why all members of the ICRS (Associate and above) are required to make a commitment to their continuing professional development (CPD) and keep building their professional knowledge and skills throughout their careers.
We are developing how the Institute supports its members. As a member of the Institute you have access to our own growing library of online resources, as well as curated materials from other third parties. We also hope the Institute promotes peer-to-peer learning throughout our community of CR and sustainability professionals, giving you access to a wealth of knowledge and not to mention numerous years of collective experience.
This section introduces our approach to continuing professional development. Use it to help compile your own career development plan.
Recognising CR as a profession brings structure, learning and credibility. It will make us better at our jobs and directly enhance the very purpose of our roles.
Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters
Continuing Professional Development Guide
The CPD Guide is a great place to start. It will help you to understand the principles of CPD and how to apply them as you move through your career. Use it to set objectives for your own personal development.
The ICRS has a growing number of resources for members including interviews with other CR and sustainability professionals and company case studies linked to the ICRS Competency Framework. We'll be adding to them in the weeks and months to come. Explore resources ›
What is CPD?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the ways in which you maintain and extend your professional knowledge and skills. It is fundamental to your on-going effectiveness and development. It covers both formal and informal learning and development. You should regularly reflect on your CPD and plan according to your own professional development needs.
Do all members have to do CPD?
The mission of the ICRS is to be the leading organisation for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners, supporting them to be brilliant in their work. Continuing professional development (CPD) plays a vital role in this.
All members of the ICRS will be required to undertake CPD (excluding Affiliate members). At this stage of development we will not be prescribing the number of CPD hours or units a member should complete. Members however will be responsible for assessing their development needs and designing their own CPD programme. The emphasis is on reflective learning and benefits that members derive from their CPD.
If you are an Affiliate of the ICRS, you are not required to undertake any CPD, but we encourage you to use the tools available to develop your own personal development plan.
What are the benefits of CPD?
CPD will assist you in maintaining professional competence and developing further skills and capabilities as an ICRS member. Using the tools, the CPD Development Cycle and CPD Personal Development Plan and Log provided by the ICRS will support you to benefit as much as possible from your CPD.
ICRS members are also expected to take part in CPD to maintain the integrity and credibility of the CR and sustainability profession.
What is the ICRS development cycle?
The ICRS development cycle is a step by step process which supports you in assessing your development needs, and then setting goals using the ICRS Competency Framework and CPD Personal Development Plan.
The development cycle has four stages:
- Assess your objectives;
- Act out the plan you have made for your CPD;
- Reflect on the key learning points, record what you have learnt, and;
- Evaluate your learning, supporting you in recording what you will do differently as a result of the training and if you have achieved the original goals you set out.
We recommend that you use the ICRS Development Cycle as a tool on an annual basis.
How should I record my CPD?
Use the ICRS CPD Personal Development Plan and Log to record your CPD. We recommend that you update the log after every CPD activity while it is still fresh in your mind. We recommend that you use the ICRS Development Cycle on an annual basis to update your goals and develop your ICRS CPD Development Plan.
What counts as CPD?
Anything that helps you to meet your CPD Personal Development Plan can count as CPD, as long as you can demonstrate real value in your current role or future development. This can include but is not limited to:
- Seminars, course, workshops and conferences
- Studying towards a professional qualification
- Online learning
- Reading magazines, newspapers and journals
- Networking events
- Work based learning
- Knowledge sharing
- Coaching / mentoring or being coached / mentored
- Volunteering (including trusteeships & secondments)
- Speaking at conferences/events
How much CPD should I do?
All members of the ICRS will be required to undertake CPD (excluding Affiliate members). At this stage of development we are not prescribing the number of CPD hours or units a member should complete. Members however will be responsible for assessing their development needs and designing their own CPD programme. The emphasis is on reflective learning and benefits that members derive from their CPD.
Only you can know how much CPD you should be doing for your specific goal or development need.
How do I manage CPD while on a career break?
During the course of your career, there may be times when you are on at a career break. As part of your membership with us, you have been asked to commit to maintaining your professional development and to maintain a record of the CPD activity. If you are on a career break for a significant amount of time you are expected to inform us in order to opt out the CPD requirements.
Do I need to provide records of my CPD to the ICRS?
You do not need to complete an annual return. The ICRS selects a random sample of its members to monitor each year; those selected must submit their ICRS CPD Personal Development Plan and Log and will be expected to be able to provide CPD records for at least a year. The sample is weighted to include an appropriate proportion of members within each level. If you are selected for monitoring we will contact you.
How will I be notified if selected for monitoring?
We will contact you by email to let you know you have been selected for monitoring.
How much notice will I be given if selected for monitoring?
You will be given three weeks from the point of being notified to submit your ICRS CPD Personal Development Plan and Log.
Will I receive any feedback if selected for monitoring?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ICRS has an exciting programme of webinars to support your development as a CR and sustainability professional and will be adding more events to the calendar over the coming months. Explore events ›