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Is Working for a Not-For-Profit the Only Way You Can Give Back in Your Professional Life?



Working for a not-for-profit organisation can be an incredibly rewarding experience; however, the not-for-profit space is rather competitive with many people wanting to give back in their professional life.

The good news is that working for a not-for-profit organisation is not the only way to give back in your professional life.

There are a number of for-profit organisations, which describe themselves as for-purpose organisations. These are profit earning business focused on creating a difference as a core operation of their business. For example, Strategic Sustainability Consultants would be considered a for-purpose organisation as creating sustainable businesses is at the core of our operations.

There are also a number of for-profit organisations, which prioritise sustainability in their business practices. For instance, Hasbro, Intel and Microsoft were named the Top 3 Corporate Citizens respectively for 2016. These are large corporates with economic, social and environmental sustainability as key values within their company. By working in organisations such as these, you will be assisting a larger organisation in giving back to the community.

Finally, there are a number of large for-profit organisations looking for sustainability managers to join their team. These positions require a background knowledge of sustainability practices and implementation; however, they often provide the most flexibility when it comes to the ways in which you can give back.

Another benefit of working in a for-profit organisation is that the average salary is significantly higher than not-for-profit organisations. For CEOs, the average salary is approximately 50% more for those working in a for-profit enterprise than a not-for-profit organisation.

If you are looking for a way to give back in your professional life, don't be afraid to explore options other than a not-for-profit!

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