Acre is a sustainability recruitment agency, with the purpose of helping businesses build a safer, more sustainable future for generations to come. It operates from offices in London, New York and Amsterdam.

  • The judges said Acre demonstrated a positive impact through both the work they are doing with clients and their own initiatives. Core markets include energy, cleantech & climate change; environment, social & governance (ESG) and sustainable & impact investing.
  • The company strives to deliver recruitment that isn’t just good for businesses, but good for the planet. Its core markets are orientated around progressing different areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Sustainability is the DNA of the business and is what drives Acre forward – placing purpose on the same pedestal as profit. Acre’s culture helps the company and its employees to shape the quality of life for future generations.
  • Supported Plastic Oceans UK with pro bono recruitment to hire its CEO and a leadership team of five, plus helping the organisation with its skills and leadership coaching on a pro bono basis via the Acre Frameworks development business (five sessions).
  • Staff also supported Plastic Oceans UK – Acre’s charity for the past three years – by fundraising £9k with a hike across the Accursed Mountains in the Balkans.
  • Dedicated staff volunteering days (two days per person, per year) to support the London Wetlands Centre or a cause of choice.

Judges’ comments: “They showed an impressive appreciation of the broad range of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as a coherent and strategic approach to developing meaningful responses to the sustainability challenges we face.”


Also: The judges said the number and quality of submissions this year was great to see and all the entrants were to be congratulated for bringing sustainability into their thinking. There were great examples of how sustainability could be used to engage clients and workforce, and there were some inspiring initiatives of activities designed to address the sustainability challenges the world faces.