Mentoring Programme

The ICRS Mentoring Programme is open to all ICRS individual members.  It is designed to help you develop your competencies and knowledge of CR and sustainability, manage your career progression and grow as a leader in the industry, whilst building lasting connections across the sector.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is beneficial to ICRS members at all levels.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or quite new to the industry, we believe that mentoring is a powerful development tool for anyone who wants to learn and grow.

As mentee, you will be able to tap into the wisdom of an experienced colleague. You’ll improve your personal effectiveness and confidence, get more clarity on your career goals and the steps you need to take to achieve them. You’ll have access to a supportive sounding board and someone who will help you advance your career.

As a mentor, you’ll have an opportunity to pass on your knowledge and experience. But mentoring is much more than that. It’s an opportunity to practise new skills such as active listening and coaching and will most certainly broaden your horizon as you also learn from your mentee.

When should I apply and how will I be matched?

You can apply for the programme at any time, but the matching process takes place twice a year, so you may not hear back from us straight away. The Spring 2021 application cycle is now closed.

Both mentors and mentees must complete a short online application. This is an opportunity to reflect on what you hope to achieve and helps us to make a strong match.

We strive to match mentors and mentees based on compatibility of skills, experience and mentoring goals. This means we don’t force a pairing without an appropriate match.  As a result, some people will not be matched immediately. If you are not matched in the upcoming round we will do our best to match you at the next opportunity. Your interest in being a part of the programme, whether as a mentee or a mentor, has been noted and we’re just trying to find you a good match.

Please note that employees of organisations with a good track record of providing ICRS mentors will be prioritised during the matching process.

Who can apply as a mentee?

  • Mentees must be members of the Institute as a Student member, Member or Fellow. Applications are not open to the public.
  • Employees of member organisations must become individual members before they apply to be a mentee. This is completely free, and the Member-level application process is usually very quick.
  • Mentees who have previously received the support of a mentor through ICRS will not be matched again unless they have since given back to the programme by offering their services as a mentor.

Can I be a mentor?

We are always looking for more mentors. If you are a Fellow of the ICRS (or have at least five years of recent professional CRS experience) and want to give something back while developing your mentoring skills, please apply!

Previous mentoring experience is not required. We will provide training to give everyone the skills and confidence they need to mentor effectively.

How will the mentoring work?

Mentors and mentees are supplied with a set of guidelines and resources to help you plan and make the most of your mentor-mentee relationship. Setting specific goals and objectives – and monitoring your subsequent progress – are the responsibility of each mentoring pair.

All mentors are expected to review the mentoring guidelines and we recommend that mentors take part in one of our annual mentor training sessions. This is to support your skills development and ensure a consistent process.

Each formal mentoring relationship will last 12 months, though many mentors and mentees stay in touch beyond this time on an informal basis. 

But don't take it from us! ICRS Member, Susan Cain, former Head of Corporate Responsibility at Telereal Trillium, has written a blog about her experience as a Mentor. And Daniel Witte, Sustainability Consultant at Carnstone Partners Ltd, has also shared his experience as a mentee.

Getting the most from ICRS' mentoring resources

All participants in the mentoring programme are strongly encouraged to review our highly useful resources before initiating their first ICRS mentor-mentee relationship, and to regularly review them in order to refresh their knowledge and skills.

For mentors:

For mentees:

  • Our mentoring guidelines set out expectations of mentors and mentees, and offer guidance on how to get the most from the relationship


If the application period is currently open, you will see an 'Apply here' button below. The button is only visible to ICRS members logged into their account. If you can't see the button, you should make sure that you are logged into your account and that the application period is currently open. Please note, the next open application period will take place in Autumn 2021. If this doesn't work, contact for assistance.


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