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Business leaders convene to reward high impact sustainability professionals

The worlds leading Sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has launched Acre365 to honour individuals who have made exceptional progress in their first year at an organisation and discover new influential initiatives to which the employees have contributed.

The initiative has attracted a high profile judging panel Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefonica, is a welcome addition to the team of judges who are all esteemed senior business and sustainability professionals and experts in their field.

Mr Dunne is joined by Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP Jim Woods, CEO of The Crowd Steven Lang, Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and Andrew Cartland, Founder of Acre.

The Acre365 recognition programme, which kicks off this month, will see three innovators, one who is noted for achievements in social impact, one for achievements in environmental impact and one who has excelled in both categories. 

These agents of change deserve to gain credibility for outstanding work in their field and for remarkable performance to enhance the image of the sustainability marketplace.

Applications to Acre365 will also contribute to a knowledge platform of best practices which will be shared among the sustainability community and help raise the bar for future environmental and social impacts.

Mr Woods believes that “a great first year can set people on a steep trajectory, where they are creating a personal brand as a change agent. And as with everything in business, there are things we can all learn from these exceptional people. Acre365 will put these in a place where peers can learn from each other efficiently.”

Andy Cartland, founder and director of Acre, said: “Placing talented professionals in roles where they can effect change is core to Acre’s mission and we want to recognise and celebrate these achievements via the recognition programme.

“We believe that people who do remarkable things in their first 12 months of employment have the ability to create a foundation of change that can help achieve the seemingly impossible.”

The deadline for the submission of completed applications is 18 February 2015 and successful applicants will be selected and announced in March 2015 by the panel.

The three winners will receive an Acre365 trophy, invitation to the celebratory awards dinner at a prestigious London restaurant and &pound1,000 to invest via the Kiva micro-financing platform ( To find out more about the Acre365 recognition programme, or to enter, visit or contact Raquel Daniels at


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