As businesses strive to become more socially responsible, there has been a push to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles into their operations. Much of the initial focus on implementing ESG principles has been on how to measure and report the various metrics, particularly for the main operations of the given company. As these exercises mature and companies go into a greater level of detail, they will also incorporate all central corporate activities, such as the ESG impact of projects being run by the companies.

As project delivery specialists we like to think about the impact and role of project management on everything. Can Sustainable Project Management benefit the environment and society and also help companies achieve long-term success? In this article, we explore what ESG is and how to incorporate its principles into project management, the benefits of Sustainable Project Management, and how to implement it in your organization.

What is ESG and how to incorporate its principles into project management?

ESG is a set of principles that companies can use to evaluate the environmental, social, and governance impact of their operations. Incorporating ESG principles into project management can help organizations improve their sustainability performance and reduce risks associated with environmental and social issues. To incorporate ESG principles into project management, companies can start by integrating sustainability considerations into their project planning processes. This involves identifying and assessing potential environmental and social impacts, setting targets for reducing negative impacts, and establishing monitoring and reporting mechanisms to track progress. Companies can also engage stakeholders, including local communities and employees, to ensure that their projects align with the needs and expectations of these groups. Finally, companies should consider implementing sustainable procurement practices to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains.

The benefits of Sustainable Project Management.

Sustainable Project Management offers numerous benefits to organizations. One of the most significant benefits is that it can improve a company’s reputation and brand image, which can help attract customers and investors who are increasingly concerned about sustainability issues. Additionally, Sustainable Project Management can help companies reduce costs associated with waste, energy consumption, and other environmental impacts. By considering social factors such as human rights and labour practices, companies can also improve their relationships with local communities and avoid potential conflicts that could delay or derail projects. Finally, Sustainable Project Management can help companies comply with regulatory requirements related to environmental and social issues, reducing the risk of legal action and associated costs.

How to implement Sustainable Project Management in your organization.

Implementing Sustainable Project Management in an organization requires a commitment to sustainability at all levels of the organization. One of the first steps is to establish a sustainability policy that outlines the company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility. This policy should be communicated to all employees, stakeholders, and suppliers to ensure everyone understands their role in achieving sustainability goals. Next, companies should integrate sustainability considerations into their project management processes, including project planning, risk assessment, and monitoring and reporting. Companies should also consider implementing sustainable procurement practices, such as selecting suppliers based on their environmental and social performance. Finally, companies should regularly evaluate their sustainability performance and set targets for improvement to ensure they are continually working towards a more sustainable future.

Incorporating ESG principles into project management and adopting Sustainable Project Management practices can help organizations achieve their sustainability goals, reduce risks, and improve their reputation. By implementing these practices, companies can demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility while also achieving long-term success. It is crucial for organizations to prioritize sustainability and make it an integral part of their business operations.

As a job applicant you need to pass over at least two hurdles to land that dream job. Firstly, you need to make your application stand out enough to be called for interview. Secondly, you need to impress the company enough to be offered the role over any other interviewees.

In this article, we look at the first of those hurdles. In a market where we regularly get multiple applicants for every role, yet have limited resources and time to read through applications and CVs, what can you do to maximise your chances of us calling you for that first interview?

Whilst having a good CV is essential, you should also consider other ways you can increase your profile with us. For example, we really value having a recommendation from people we know who have worked with you before, so if you can get someone we know to refer you, do so.

It is important to understand that working for Projecting also means working for our clients. We are not only evaluating candidates as a fit for us, but also assessing how well we think you will be able to represent Projecting with our clients.

So, what are some of the things that Projecting hiring managers look for in a CV?

 

  1. Professionalism and Attention to Detail

The saying, “First impressions are lasting impressions,” holds true for CVs. A well-crafted CV immediately conveys professionalism and attention to detail. One of the most noticeable aspects is formatting. Ensure your CV maintains a consistent format throughout, avoiding erratic fonts or colours that distract from the content. Consistency suggests that you are meticulous and capable of maintaining standards, a quality that we look for in our potential hires.

On the topic of formatting, we occasionally receive CVs in unconventional formats. Whilst these CVs are often more visual, most companies, including us, use systems that auto-process CVs which struggle with unconventional formats. We recommend sticking to more traditional formats.

 

  1. Alignment with the Job Posting

We seek candidates who are the perfect fit for the role. If you don’t have the right experience and skills, your CV will be quickly discarded. To demonstrate your suitability, your CV should align with the job posting. Carefully review the job description and tailor your CV to highlight relevant experiences, skills, and qualifications that closely match the requirements outlined in the posting. This not only shows that you’ve done your homework but also positions you as an ideal candidate for the position.

 

  1. Communication Skills and Conciseness

Effective communication is a key competency in the roles we look for as any person involved in a project needs to be a good communicator. Your CV serves as a sample of your communication abilities. Write your CV in a clear, concise, and well-structured manner. Avoid verbosity and ensure that your achievements and responsibilities are easy to understand. We particularly appreciate candidates who can convey complex information succinctly, as this skill is vital when interacting with stakeholders in a professional setting.

 

  1. Comprehensiveness and Transparency

Transparency is vital in building trust with potential employers. Your CV should comprehensively cover your professional journey. Be sure to explain any employment gaps, short tenures, or unconventional career changes. Honesty and clarity in addressing these aspects demonstrate integrity and help employers understand the context behind your career choices.

 

In conclusion, put yourself in the shoes of the Projecting person who will be reviewing your CV. Would you be interested in meeting the person who has submitted this CV or is it missing something? Is it clear for someone who doesn’t know you or the companies you have worked at? Does it tick all the boxes that Projecting is looking for?