Are you passionate about the role of the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Are you a strong analytical thinker who is comfortable researching, interpreting corporate disclosures, handling data and writing clear conclusions? The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is now recruiting:

Sustainability Research Analysts

WBA is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone. The private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the SDGs, but to boost companies’ motivation, there needs to be real change in the way that their impact is measured. That’s why we are assessing the progress of 2,000 keystone companies through publicly available rankings of corporate performance on the SDGs. Our benchmarks are used by investors, civil society, governments and companies to accelerate a race to the top. We are now recruiting additional Research Analysts to join our values-driven and global team. In this role you are responsible for collecting and analysing large volumes of company disclosures, evaluating performance against scoring guidelines and engaging companies in the benchmark process. You should have strong attention to detail and thrive in an agile and purpose-driven work environment that promotes minimum oversight and maximum responsibility.

What you will do:

  • Retrieve and interpret relevant corporate information from publicly available sources (e.g. CSR/sustainability/ESG reports; policies etc.) and analyse the findings to produce scores of company performance;
  • Engage with stakeholders, including companies, as part of the benchmark process (e.g. company calls to explain methodologies and scoring decisions);
  • Translate data and research into clear, understandable insights on companies and industries through written scorecards that will be published and used by investors, policy-makers, companies and WBA Allies;
  • Input into our annual cycle of reviewing methodologies, indicators and scoring guidelines;
  • Support our wider engagement to ensure different stakeholders are aware of our benchmarks, participating in external events and sharing learnings about the impact of business on the SDGs;
  • Contribute to organisational development as part of the WBA Research Team, helping to improve our research capacity and processes.

What we are looking for:

  • 1-5 years of relevant experience in research-related roles that involve handling and analysing company data, as well as interpreting the economic/social/environmental impacts of companies based;
  • Proven knowledge and interest in sustainability/ESG/CSR issues. Going into 2022, we are particularly interested in candidates with experience of the following: nature and biodiversity; financial institutions; climate and energy; or key social topics (including human and labour rights, gender, living wages and just transition). Other topics of relevance to draw out in your application are digital inclusion, food and agriculture or urban sustainability.
  • Strong academic qualifications and qualitative and quantitative analytical skills – the ability to evaluate data and explain your conclusions. Experience with Excel, survey tools, databases and statistics are an advantage;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, able to write clear and concise findings. Additional language skills (particularly Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, French, Arabic or Russian) are an advantage;
  • Passion for making a difference with a ‘can do’ mentality and professional attitude;
  • Ability to work across different virtual teams and global cultures, comfortable in a ‘Teal’ working environment that promotes flexibility whilst able to meet tight deadlines.

Our offer

A challenging role with room to grow in a driven team focused on impact, ambition and teamwork. We stimulate personal growth, believe in flexible working arrangements and you will receive market-based employment benefits. We have a physical presence in Amsterdam and London, alongside many employees who work across the world. You can be based anywhere for this role as inclusivity is one of our values. We particularly welcome applicants in the global South.


Send your resume to with a brief cover email explaining why you want to join the WBA and how you meet ‘What we are looking for’. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible but no later than 21 November 2021 and first interviews are conducted on 3, 6 and 7 December. For more information about us and our benchmarks, explore our website or follow @SDGBenchmarks.

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