Mentoring Programme

The Mentoring Programme is a learning tool available to all ICRS individual members.  It is designed to help you develop your competencies and knowledge of CR and sustainability, manage career developments and changes, whilst building lasting connections across the sector.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to ICRS members at all levels.

We strive to match mentors and mentees with complementary skills and interest areas. We won’t force a pairing without an appropriate match.  As a result some people will not be matched immediately.

You may apply to the programme at any time, but the matching process takes place twice each year, so you may not hear back from us straight away. The deadline for applications to the Spring mentoring round is Friday 8 March 2019.

If you are not matched in the cohort immediately following your application submission, we will do our best to match you at the next round. 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.

Applications from mentors are particularly welcome.

Am I eligible?

  • 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 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.
  • In order to apply to be a mentor, you will need to be a Fellow of ICRS, or be able to demonstrate that you have at least five years' recent professional CRS experience including management experience. Please note that previous mentoring experience is not necessary, and that training is provided to all mentors. 
  • Both mentors and mentees must complete a short online application. This is an opportunity to reflect on what you hope to achieve from and helps us to make a strong and, we hope, lasting match between mentor and mentee.

How does it 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 mentor-mentee pair.

All mentors are expected to review the mentoring guidelines and take part in one of our annual mentor training sessions, and attend a training session or listen to at least one of our archived webinars for mentors. This is to support your skills development and ensure a consistent process.

Each formal mentoring relationship will last 12 months. Many mentors and mentees continue to meet and stay in touch beyond this time on an informal basis. 

But don't take it from us! ICRS Member, Susan Cain, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Telereal Trillium, has written a blog about her experience as a Mentor.

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

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:

  • Our mentoring guidelines set out expectations of mentors and mentees, and offer guidance on how to get the most from the relationship
  • Webinars designed to develop your skills - Search "mentor" to see all relevant webinars in our archive
  • Further guidance on powerful mentoring relationships, from Liebfrog Coaching
  • We offer regular training for mentors and aspiring mentors. The next training session will take place on 9 April 2019 on the same day as the ICRS Exchange. Typically, we need a minimum of six attendees to run each mentoring training workshop. These workshops last 2.5 hours can be run virtually or in person. Please email us if you are interested in taking part in the training.

For mentees:

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


You can apply for the programme via the '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 check the programme dates and log into your account. If this doesn't work, contact for assistance.

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