GRI is looking to recruit a research assistant interested in sustainability and corporate responsibility issues for the GRI Program Implementation Team. The main tasks will be to provide research support related to GRI’s donor-funded work. The objectives of the tasks are to uncover evidence that sustainability reporting drives the adoption of sustainable business practices and to communicate this evidence to GRI’s stakeholders. The position is available 4 months on a part-time or full-time basis.

Overview

GRI seeks a Research Assistant

Consulting engagement: Between 20-40 hrs p/w

Start date: ASAP

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Project Summary

GRI is looking to recruit a research assistant interested in sustainability and corporate responsibility issues for the GRI Program Implementation Team. The main tasks will be to provide research support related to GRI’s donor-funded work. The objectives of the tasks are to uncover evidence that sustainability reporting drives the adoption of sustainable business practices and to communicate this evidence to GRI’s stakeholders. The position is available 4 months on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

Tasks include

·         Undertake research into the practice of sustainability reporting by corporations

o  Compare the practice of reporting by a sample of corporations in 2014 with the same sample of companies in 2017;

o  Identify self-reported practices/innovations/interventions that are examples of how companies have adopted sustainable business practices;

o  Identify trends in key topics such as CO2 emissions, water usage, average salaries paid, investment in training of staff, etc.

o  Utilize text analysis software such as ATLAS.ti, NVivo, MAXQDA.

·         Create an inventory of sustainability reports of publicly listed companies (regional and global)

·         Contribute to the development of case studies based on previously undertaken interviews with companies in emerging markets that have produced their own sustainability reports

 

Key competencies

·         Advanced level fluency in written and spoken English.

·         Research experience (through either course/field work)

·         Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, especially PowerPoint

·         Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural setting

·         Good team player with a “can do” attitude.

·         Results-focused ability to handle multiple tasks and work on precise timelines.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact details

Interested people, eligible to work in the Netherlands, are asked to submit a detailed CV and a short cover letter that describes how this placement may advance their future intentions and goals in the sustainability field and what their qualifications are for the position. Applications should be submitted in English by latest Friday, 16th November 2018 at 12:00 noon CET to the HR Department on recruitment@globalreporting.org.

Employment prospects:

This engagement is not linked to full time employment opportunities at GRI and the program should be valued by its own merits. Interns should not expect to be offered an employment contract after ending their internship; nevertheless, they are very welcome to apply for job openings at GRI.

About GRI

GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, over 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Our Vision: A thriving global community that lifts humanity and enhances the resources on which all life depends.

Our Mission: To empower decisions that create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.