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An Introduction

Society is a global executive search firm dedicated to serving responsible businesses and purpose-driven organisations. We work for a wide range of clients

This allows us to tackle

We help to put great people into

across the private, public and not-

everything from CEO or Board-

great organisations, because great

for-profit sectors, helping them to

level appointments, through to

organisations have the power to

appoint talented and motivated

mid-level roles, or programmes

change the world.

people who share their values and

of recruitment resulting from


expansion or restructure.

Society’s experienced team couples

Our firm is values-driven and gives

in-depth sector knowledge with

at least 10% of its annual profits to

cross-cutting functional expertise.


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The Value of Headhunting It's important to remember that there are essentially two types of candidate: the active candidate and the passive candidate.

Active candidates have made a

Public advertisements and contingent

you move beyond appointing only ‘the

conscious decision to find a new role.

recruitment firms only succeed

usual suspects’.

As such they will be looking at job

in accessing active candidates. A

adverts and networking furiously.

retained executive search firm like

Passive candidates are much more

Society can add value by reaching out

elusive. They’re usually busy people,

to passive candidates as well.

currently giving little thought to their next job move.

you want, unconstrained by sector or geographical boundaries. And at the end of the day you will be able to

Through a process of creative

appoint from a larger, higher calibre

research, patient courtship, and

and more diverse field of candidates.

nuanced advocacy, we are able to help


We can cast the net as widely as

We source talent for organisations that care about more than just their bottom line.


Our Approach i. Full Executive Search

Our goal is to solve your recruitment challenges, and to help you interact with and access the best talent in the marketplace.

Here are some of the ways in which we do it: 4

This forms the majority of our work. A full executive search process is the best way of making senior appointments. It typically consists of the following stages:  we take an in-depth briefing from you in person, seeking to understand as much about your business and the role as possible;  we conduct an extensive headhunt, making use of both our existing networks and creative research;  we interview a longlist of suitably qualified candidates on your behalf and make recommendations as to who should be shortlisted;  we help you to organise all the logistics of your own face-to-face interviews;  we assist you with taking up references and conducting any final salary negotiations with your preferred candidate.

Take a look at our online portals for clients and candidates at

ii. Research-Only

iii. Bespoke Services

For mid-level appointments, a truncated research-only approach is sometimes appropriate. This streamlined model works as follows:

We look to form long-term partnerships with our clients and will therefore frequently help them on other projects. These might include:

 we take an in-depth briefing from you over the phone;

 conducting salary and benefits surveys for a specific role, gathering together data from an agreed set of comparator businesses;

 we conduct an extensive headhunt, making use of both our existing networks and creative research (this is sometimes undertaken in parallel with a public advertisement);

 mapping the organisational structure of an agreed competitor (or a specific team within it);

 at the conclusion of the research phase, we sift all the candidate CVs and produce a preliminary grading;

 running specially designed assessment centres to make sure you get the best results from your formal interview processes;

 we then send you all the candidate paperwork electronically;

 delivering an enhanced reference check on appointable candidates, including verifying their academic and professional qualifications;

 you confirm which people you wish to take forward to interview, and we turn down any unsuccessful candidates.

 conducting internal benchmarking exercises to help you identify existing talent or plan for organisational restructures.


Responsibility We're committed to being a responsible business. This means we don't just want to create profit, we also want to play our part in securing a fairer world and a more sustainable future. Our 10% pledge:

Our business actions:

Our client portfolio:

Society gives at least 10% of its annual

We are active members of Business

We have established a simple ethical

profits to charity. This is partly done

in the Community and participate in

framework that serves as an internal

through the Society Foundation

many of their flagship campaigns and

checklist for us when deciding, which

programmes, such as Give & Gain Day

whether to take on a new client.

provides capacity building grants

and the Ready For Work scheme.

to organisations that are seeking to assist potentially disadvantaged people into work.


We are bringing responsibility and sustainability into the engine room of how we run our company. 7

Our Values We are trying to build a new kind of search firm – one where tenacity and commerciality are matched by integrity and innovation.


Partnership We’re a close-knit team, not just a collection of individuals. We collaborate and share expertise. We work in genuine partnership with our clients, remaining transparent throughout.

Authenticity We’re not 'salesy'. We hire colleagues who are genuine and personable. We value being trustworthy and approachable.

Integrity We treat people as people, not as a means to an end. We’re fair, ethical, and straightforward. We never 'blag'. If we don't know something, then we'll admit it.

Creativity Excellent search involves effective storytelling. We listen to the nuance of each brief, put bespoke research into every project, and think outside the box when sourcing great people. We embrace technology.

Diligence We’re all about the details. We take in-depth briefings. We follow up leads and leave no stone unturned when searching. We hold ourselves to the highest quality standards. You can count on us to be thorough.

We believe that organisations can have a positive societal impact, and that careers should have purpose and meaning.


T: +44 (0)207 935 4052 E: W: A:

Ariel House, 74a Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QJ


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An Introduction  

A brief overview of Society, our values, our approach, our loyalty points scheme, and our culture.