Associate Membership

Joining the ICRS as an Associate provides you with professional recognition of your skills, capabilities and experience as a CR&S practitioner.

The benefits include:

  • Professional recognition as a CRS practitioner, including the use of letters after your name if you are at Associate, Member or Fellow level.
  • CPD to proactively grow your skills and capabilities.
  • Free fortnightly webinars on key sustainability topics delivered by sector experts and access to our extensive on-demand webinar archive.
  • Free access to award-winning online learning materials from Ashridge Business School.
  • Mentoring opportunities within the ICRS community.
  • Access to career case studies and interviews with leading practitioners.
  • The opportunity to grow your network through events and meet ups.
  • Access to special offers and discounts on subscriptions, events and other products/ services.


As an Associate you:

  • have at least two years’ experience in a CR&S role within the last five years or
  • have a CR&S-related Master’s Degree or PhD recognised by the ICRS and have worked in a CR&S role for at least one year within the last three years
  • estimate that you dedicate 50-100% of your working time to CR&S
  • agree to abide by the ICRS Code of Conduct
  • commit to continuing professional development in line with the ICRS CPD Policy


Applications for Associates are assessed by the ICRS. The application form is an opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the requirements of an Associate set out in the ICRS Competency Framework. An Associate positively contributes to CR&S work but may not necessarily be leading, directing or managing in their role.

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We aim to notify all applicants regarding the outcome of their application within a month of receiving it. If successful the notification email will contain details on how to pay. You will need to pay within 30 days of this notification.

Payment may be made by credit or debit card

The Core Competences of an Associate

Engage with stakeholders Plan, develop strategy & manage projects Research & analyse Influence & persuade Measure & report impact

Associates will...

...positively contribute towards engagement with stakeholders on CR&S matters within an organisation.

...contribute towards CR&S planning within an organisation, and demonstrate a good understanding of an organisation's CR&S strategy.

...assist with the development and delivery of CR&S projects.

...contribute towards CR&S research and facilitate its analysis within an organisation. ...contribute positively towards influencing and persuading others within an organisation on matters relating to the CR&S agenda.

...positively support the measurement of CR&S activity.

...positively support the reporting of impact of CR&S activities.

To become an Associate you need to supply evidence of your achievements in relation to at least two of the five competences shown above.

Associates also need to supply evidence of their achievements relating to two of the four Guiding Principles of the ICRS Competency Framework:

  • Champion ethical behaviour
  • Pursue positive social impact
  • Pursue positive environmental impact
  • Promote development of sustainable products and services
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