Aspen Holdings: Group Sustainability Graduate Programme 2024

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Aspen Holdings invites qualifying candidates to submit their applications for the Group Sustainability Graduate 2024.

Reference Number: GroupSustainabilityGraduate2023

Location: Durban North


Reporting to the Group Sustainability Manager, the Group Sustainability graduate will provide technical and administrative support in the development, execution and reporting in the Group Sustainability and Environmental strategies and projects.


Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited is a public multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in uMhlanga, South Africa.

Founded in 1997, it listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1998 and purchased South African Druggists in 1999 before expanding into international markets.

With a 170-year heritage, Aspen is a global specialty and branded multinational pharmaceutical company with a presence in both emerging and developed markets.

We have approximately 9 100 employees, 23 manufacturing facilities on 15 sites across 6 continents. We improve the health of patients in more than 115 countries through our high quality, affordable products.

Aspen focuses on manufacturing and marketing a broad range of post-patent, branded medicines, and domestic brands covering both hospital and consumer markets through our key business segments.


Contribute to the Development of a Sustainability Vision, Strategy, Policies, and Framework for the Group:

  • Perform research on evolving stakeholder requirements, global sustainability and ESG trends and tools, metrics and KPI’s
  • Perform research to routinely benchmark Aspen relative to our industry competitors on sustainability performance.
  • Assist in the development of the sustainability strategy KPI reporting scorecard.

Contribute to the Development of the Group Environmental Strategy:

  • Support the review and tracking of climate-related risks (physical, transition and liability risks) and opportunities across the Group
  • Understand sustainability and ESG disclosure requirements relating to climate and environmental performance (e.g. CDP and TCFD) and assist in the processes and data collection to support these.

  • Assist in the projects relating to greenhouse gas emissions, methodology on Science Based Targets and calculations of carbon footprints across supply chain (scope 1, 2 and 3),
    life cycle assessment (LCA) studies of various ingredients and packaging materials to establish their carbon footprint.
  • Assist in the review and benchmarking of evolving environmental sustainability imperatives for the Group.

Accurate, Reliable and Timely Sustainability Data Collection:

  • Assist in the development of sustainability-related KPI measurement criteria, data collection processes and baseline performance determination.
  • Assist in the preparation of qualitative and quantitative data for all manufacturing facilities across the Group and consolidate for public disclosure in Corporate Governance Reporting requirements, e.g. Carbon Disclosure Project, Water Security Project.

Contribute to Sustainability Reporting and ESG Positioning:

  • Assist in the compilation and collation of responses to sustainability and ESG related data requests from customers, ESG rating agencies, voluntary frameworks, UN Global Compact and support the business units in responding to site level requests.

Sustainability Reporting Frameworks:

  • Assist in the project to assess the Group’s current sustainability reporting against new reporting standards (ISSB and EFRAG), compile gap assessments, determine data requirements and facilitate action planning to implement reporting requirements.


  • Assist in the development of internal communications relating to the sustainability and ESG strategy and performance of the Group.


  • Minimum of 3 year tertiary degree/ diploma in Environmental Sciences or Engineering. 
  • At least 1 to 2 years’ experience within the fields of Sustainability, ESG, SHE and/or Environmental Sustainability would be advantageous.



  • Technical knowledge of sustainability reporting. environmental management, climate change strategies and resource conservation initiatives would be advantageous


  • Sustainability and integrated reporting.


  • A passion for sustainability and the ability to champion and drive change
  • Ability to think independently and strategically, link sustainability objectives to overall corporate strategy
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Assertiveness, diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to work collaboratively and foster positive relations across functional areas within the business

  • Exceptional organisational and attention to detail
  • Able to withstand pressure
  • Financial and analytical skills and business acumen
  • Effective project management to achieve deadlines
  • Good ability to work with data


  • Knowledge of Sustainability Reporting Standards (e.g. GRI) would be highly beneficial



  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Problem-solving and good judgment
  • Cooperation
  • Proactive
  • Responsibility & Accountability
  • Resilience


  • Team player
  • Value people
  • Cross-cultural skills
  • Flexibility and tolerance for ambiguity
  • Credibility


  • Optimism
  • Passion 
  • Self-awareness
  • High standards
  • Technical / professional knowledge
  • Personal responsibility
  • Self-assurance
  • Honesty
  • Ethical conduct


Ensure you upload your motivation letter with your CV, Matric Certificate, ID Copy and academic transcripts.  

Aspen is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and suitably qualified job applicants are invited to submit their CV online.

Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups through a fair recruitment and selection process in accordance with laws governing employment equity, where such laws are applicable to the Aspen entity that will employ the successful candidate. 

If you have not heard from the HR department within 30 days of this advert closing, please consider your application unsuccessful.


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