064 / SoulCycle, Storytelling & A Bike Made Entirely Of Old Nespresso Pods

Hi Friends,

Last issue I shared my personal elephant-in-the-room when it comes to climate change — travel. It struck a chord; many of you responded by email and on social, sharing your own struggles and solutions. 

I was inspired by some of your tips:

  • 🍴BYO flight amenities to cut back on waste. “As a former flight attendant, I’ve been thinking about the sheer amounts of waste generated from each flight. I was gifted a travel blanket for Christmas so now travel with that and don't need to use the one provided (and then cleaned/recycled/??) by the airline. I always bring my own headphones, eye mask and socks so I don't need to use the disposal ones given. I carry a thermos which I fill at the airport just before a flight and just last week, I vowed to travel with my own silverware and cup to save on single-use waste both on the plane and where I'm going.” — Sara Otto, Senior Director of Compliance at Nest

  • 🛍 Get your souvenirs from crafts(wo)men. “I prefer to shop from local flea and craft markets to meet the people selling the items. I always love finding new (to me) eco-friendly alternatives to plastics - like a small wood and straw face brush I bought in Mexico City earlier this year.” — Tara St. James, Founder, Study NY and Re:Source (who also shared this great guide from Public Goods)

  • 🗣 Small talk with a purpose. “Besides my intention to not eat meat and only travel by road, train or ship for distances below 500km, I’ve also set the following goal: during conversations, I use weather as a starting point to keep climate change top of mind. You might just catch a climate change denier and plant a thought in his/her head.” — Liza Jansen, Founder, Newspresso (who also shared this inspiring post from the Digital Nomad Girls community)

Any of these “small steps” you can commit to *right now* to decrease the impact of your travel? Hit reply and let me know. 

✌️ Jess


📣 THE FUTURE OF FOOD

The Amsterdam Alternative Protein Show brings together the brightest foodtech innovators to design the future of food — timely given the UN's recent call to shift away from meat toward plant-based alternatives (more below!). The show takes place at the NEMO Science Museum from August 26-28; Reconsidered readers can use coupon code HALF for 50% off tickets. (sponsored)


That bike up there is made from 300 recycled Nespresso pods  😲

That bike up there is made from 300 recycled Nespresso pods 😲

This Week's 5 Links

🚴‍ The Hypocrisy of SoulCycleThe Atlantic

We've been following the spike in consumer activism after it was reported that Stephen Ross, an investor in companies like Equinox and SoulCycle, would host a big fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 campaign. Celebrities rushed to cancel their memberships as both fitness empires attempted to distance themselves from Ross. Some thought pieces argued that we should keep politics and push-ups separate — but as this thoughtful Atlantic piece points out, a big driver of the Equinox and SoulCycle backlash is the fact that they have built their brands on purpose, selling passion and commitment as well as workouts. It’s a good reminder that once companies start the conversation on purpose, consumers will also start holding them to higher standards. (4 minutes)


🚜 Climate Report Makes Agri-Business a Target — The Hill

The latest in the UN’s series of climate reports was released last week and calls for an overhaul of food systems and land management. Many follow-up articles focused on how people need to stop eating meat — but it's clear that consumers adopting plant-based diets won't be enough. Businesses have to get involved too, and the agricultural sector can play a big role  by transitioning to more sustainable practices. The U.S. farming community predictably had a mixed response to the report, with some groups stepping up to the challenge and others, like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, pushing back. (5 minutes)

👉 TAKE ACTION: If you’re looking to transition to a plant-based diet, follow Beyonce and Jay-Z’s lead and commit to one of The Greenprint Project’s pledges.


🍦 Unilever Warns It Will Sell Off Brands That Hurt the Planet or Society — The Guardian

As of this year, Unilever will require every one of its 400+ consumer brands to put a sustainability plan in place — or risk being sold off. The group's portfolio includes brands like Dove that have already defined their social purpose, but new CEO Alan Jope wants the others to catch up, challenging brands like Magnum and Marmite to "figure out how to make society or the planet better in a way that lasts for decades." Public ultimatums are one way to drive internal action; we look forward to seeing how Unilever’s collection of brands take up the mantle. (3 minutes)


I Spent a Day Riding a Bike Made Entirely of Old Nespresso Pods Fast Company

Swedish cycle startup Vélosophy has partnered with coffee company Nespresso to create a bicycle made entirely of used aluminum coffee pods, cleverly titled the Re:Cycle (YES wordplay 🙌). While Vélosophy has always used recycled materials, the founders hope that using aluminum from a specific, recognizable product will spark excitement and create awareness for recycling. Mission accomplished, at least for us. (6 minutes)


💬 How to Use Stories to Bring ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Together Stanford Social Innovation Review

You’re probably familiar with the usual social impact storylines —those “against-all-odds” anecdotes of people raising themselves out of poverty or “apocalyptic” narratives to drive environmental action. These frameworks are common because they can be powerful, but this SSIR piece co-authored by RC reader Annie Neimand argues that departing from familiar narrative arcs can engage even wider audiences. We love their actionable ideas for coming up with new stories. Bonus: Annie contributed to our “Making Change Sustainable” playbook — check it out for even more ideas on how to use storytelling to drive social change. (9 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Cool Effect — We were delighted to see how many of you clicked through for more information about purchasing carbon offsets! Explore our archive for other actionable insights.



Social Impact Jobs

Catalyst at Large — Projects Administrator/Coordinator (London). Catalyst at Large is seeking a Projects Administrator/Coordinator to support trailblazing gender-smart investing initiatives. Two part-time freelance roles are open, ideally held by one person for a total of 4-5 days/week. The position is London-based, with some remote work possible. Deadline to apply is August 20th; contact Annie at info@bethedifferenceservicesva.com to learn more.



Early Career

ascena retail group — Program Analyst, Community & Philanthropy (New York)

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre — Research & Projects Trainee (London)

Fairware — Account Manager (San Francisco or New York)

Futerra — Account Executive (New York)

Levi Strauss Foundation — Program Coordinator (San Francisco)

Looptworks — Community Manager (Portland, Oregon)

mRelief — Product Designer (Chicago)

The Nature’s Bounty — CSR Specialist (Ronkonkoma, New York)

Mid-Career

Ariel Investments — ESG Analyst (Chicago)

BSR — Associate, Human Rights & Tech (Copenhagen, San Francisco, or New York)

CityBase — Product Manager (Chicago)

Coca-Cola Company — Sustainability Specialist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Facebook — Corporate Communications Manager, Community Engagement (Seattle, Washington)

Google — Equity & Inclusion Learning Experience Designer (Mountain View, California)

IDEO.org — Sr. Designer, Brand & Visual Storytelling (San Francisco)

Imperfect Produce — Product Manager (San Francisco)

Intuit — Brand Marketing Manager, Social Impact (Mountain View, California)

Obama Foundation — Email Developer (Chicago or Washington, DC)

Patagonia — Senior Analyst, Customer Insights (Reno, Nevada)

Solstice — Low-Income Inclusion Program Manager (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Splunk — Global Impact Technology Manager (Seattle)

Twitter — Public Policy Manager (Dublin, Ireland)

Who Gives A Crap — Digital Product Designer (Los Angeles) (bonus — this is one of the best-written job descriptions we’ve seen in a while!)

VCOSS — Policy Advisor, Social Impact of Climate Change (Melbourne, Australia)

Vote.org — Director of Partnerships (Remote)

Experienced

Autodesk — Employee Impact Manager, Sustainability & Foundation (San Francisco)

Chanel — Sr. Professional, Program/Engagement & CSR (Seoul, South Korea)

Cisco — Senior Architect, Corporate Social Responsibility Platform (San Jose, California)

Diageo — Global Brand Sustainability Director, Scotch & Reserve (Amsterdam)

Hatcher Group — Vice President, Digital Communications (Bethesda, Annapolis, or Baltimore, Maryland)

National Instruments — Director, Global Corporate Responsibility (Austin, Texas)

PwC — Senior Manager, Economics & Sustainability (Dubai or Riyadh)

Salesforce.org — Director, Nonprofit Insights (Vancouver, Canada)

Sesame Workshop — Vice President, Social Impact (New York)

Soko — Senior Director or Vice President, Digital Marketing & Ecommerce (San Francisco)

Tata Consultancy Services — Manager, CSR Storyteller (Edison, New Jersey)

Tesla — Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Leader (Fremont, California)

Tyton BioSciences — Chief Scientific Officer (Danville, Virginia)

WeWork — Energy & Sustainability Director (Shanghai)



Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


Touched by this    powerful and heartbreaking work    of “artivism” from Canadian artist Sean Yoro

Touched by this powerful and heartbreaking work of “artivism” from Canadian artist Sean Yoro

063 / Overshoots, Rhino Bonds & Small Steps To Address My Addiction To Travel

Hi Friends,

Last week, I sailed by ferry into Finland — my 60th country.

Travel is a huge passion of mine (my husband Dave might use the word “addiction”). Growing up multicultural between several different nodes — Guam, San Francisco, Rome and later New York and Amsterdam — it’s also been a constant. 

Like many of you, travel serves an important function in my life and in my work. It nourishes and enriches me, providing inspiration and facilitating cross-cultural connection. My friend Mark said it well: “The more dots you collect, the more dots you have to connect.” This is especially important in a field like social impact.

But this trip, it was impossible to ignore the environmental impact of my inclination to roam — especially with Earth Overshoot Day falling just a few days after. I was particularly struck by the New York Times piece shared below, as well as the follow-up article from the Travel Desk announcing that they will now be purchasing offsets to address the environmental impact of their travel coverage. 

So, I’ve decided to start taking action in small ways:

  • I’ve committed to purchasing carbon offsets for my personal travel throughout the year. I’m going to use Cool Effect, the platform recommended by NYT.

  • I’m exploring local options to help me scratch my late-summer travel itch (inspired by this article on “traveling at home”).

  • I’m going to reduce the carbon impact of my travel when I can — for example, by packing light and opting for direct flights (this list shares some nice tips). 

  • I’m going to make my flights count, staying for longer, seeking deeper experiences and spending my money in ways that support the local economy (quite inspired by my friend Marieke Eyskoot, who recently requested that her trip to Brazil for Rio Ethical Fashion be turned into an itinerary of learning and connection).

These are small efforts. But they’re a start. How are you approaching the environmental impact of your travel? Reply to let me know and I’ll share a list of your ideas and responses in our next letter.

✌️Jess

P.S. Thanks to everyone who filled out our survey — and congratulations to Kristine, who’ll be receiving “How Change Happens” off our Sustainable Business Reading List very soon. If you didn’t fill out our survey and have a few minutes to spare, here’s the link. We’re working on an exciting new project and your input would be really useful.


explore, dream, discover... but also try to be conscious of your impact.

explore, dream, discover... but also try to be conscious of your impact.

This Week's 5 Links

✈️ If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?The New York Times
This article lays out the true cost of our travel simply and powerfully: "One seat on a flight from New York to Los Angeles effectively adds months worth of human-generated carbon emissions to the atmosphere." Climate activist Greta Thunberg recently made headlines when she announced she would travel across the Atlantic by sailboat for COP 25, and even airlines like KLM are encouraging customers to “fly responsibly”. Conscious consumption has so far centered mostly on the things we buy and eat; air travel may be the next big lifestyle choice to reconsider. (10 minutes)


👉 TAKE ACTION: Taking a flight this summer? Calculate and offset the carbon footprint of your travel — then tell us about it!


🌍 Earth Overshoot Day Is Earlier Than Ever This Year —and It Underestimates the CrisisQuartz
Monday marked Earth Overshoot Day — a “holiday” hosted and calculated by the non-profit Global Footprint Network marking the day when humanity overshoots the planet’s ability to recover from the resources we consume within the year. While this news — and the fact that the date gets earlier and earlier each year — is a major eco-anxiety trigger, comparing the earth's natural resources to a bank with limited funds is a visual and compelling way to make the case for conservation.🤞people hear the call to action. (4 minutes)


🦏 Rhinos Come to the Bond Market, and Other Species May FollowBloomberg
The Zoological Society of London and Conservation Capital have launched the first financial instrument for species conservation. Investors who purchase a five-year “rhino impact bond” will be paid back their capital — plus a yield — if the number of nearly-extinct black rhinos at five sites in South Africa and Kenya increases. If the experiment works, we may start to see other impact bonds develop around outcomes like girls education in rural India and sustainable fisheries projects in the Seychelles. Exciting stuff for a historically underfunded sector. (3 minutes — link discovered via Kyle Westaway’s Weekend Briefing newsletter)


🍌 Is Fair Trade Finished?The Guardian
Fairtrade International is one of the oldest and most widely recognized sustainability certifications out there. But in recent years, the logo has started to pack less of a punch.This fascinating long read tracks the history of Fairtrade International and the broader world of sustainability labels, questioning their relevance as companies like Sainsbury’s, Mondelēz and Starbucks abandon third-party certification in favor of their own labelling schemes. (32 minutes)


📖 The Anti-CEO PlaybookTED
“Spreadsheets are lazy. They don't tell you about people, they don't tell you about communities. But unfortunately, this is how too many business decisions are made today.” Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya drops this gem (and others) in this inspiring TED Talk laying out his “Anti-CEO” playbook — an impassioned case for prioritizing employees, communities and consumers over profit and shareholders when making business decisions. Protip: the talk starts off a little slow, so you might want to watch at 1.5x or skim the transcript if you’re low on time. (17 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Why a Hipster, Vegan, Green Tech Economy is Not SustainableAl Jazeera. Find more thought-provoking perspectives here.



3 Questions With…

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KEOKI KAKIGI, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Keoki Kakigi’s lifelong goal is to mitigate the effects of climate change — a personal mission born from the climate risks facing our shared home island of Guam.  Full interview here 👉


Reconsidered Jobs

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute — Manager, Built Environment - Europe (Amsterdam). The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is seeking a motivated, resourceful professional with business development and building industry experience to lead efforts to increase Cradle to Cradle Certified building products and materials across Europe.

Fashion for Good — Impact Measurement Specialist (Amsterdam). Fashion for Good, the global go-to platform for sustainable fashion innovation, is looking for an Impact Measurement Specialist who will be responsible for reviewing and assessing the impact of key innovators in the Fashion for Good portfolio through life cycle assessments (LCA) and detailed technical analysis.

The Walt Disney Company — Enterprise Social Responsibility (ESR) Insights & Reporting Manager (Los Angeles). The Walt Disney Company is seeking an ESR program manager to serve as a subject matter expert on insights gathering and reporting. This person will be responsible for gathering and curating consumer marketplace, reputation and ESG stakeholder insights and trends to inform the company’s ESR strategic program development and CSR reporting.


EARLY CAREER

Arabella Advisors — Operations Assistant (Washington, DC)

Bureau Veritas Group — Assistant Sustainability Consultant (London)

Chatham House — Programme Coordinator, Energy Environment and Resources (London)

Invenergy — Associate, Thermal Asset Management (Chicago)

Returnity Innovations — Business Development Associate (New York)

Twitter — Public Policy Fellow (Singapore)

Unilever — Environmental Sustainability Scientist - Business Application (Sharnbrook, UK)


MID-CAREER

Blue Garnet — Senior Associate (Los Angeles)

Business in the Community — Senior Team Manager (London)

Cabot Creamery — Marketing Project Manager (Waitsfield, Vermont)

Circle Economy — Senior Circular Economy Strategist for Cities (Amsterdam)

CLIF Bar — Brand Manager, Luna Protein & Innovation (Emeryville, California)

Futerra — Senior Copywriter (London) 

Gildan — Advisor, CSR Communications (Montreal, Canada)

Giving Assistant — Brand Partnerships Manager (San Francisco or Remote)

John Lewis & Partners — Senior Manager, Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing (London)

Loyola University — Senior Program Manager, Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise (Chicago)

Patagonia — Environmental Community Coordinator (part-time) (Berlin)

PRI — Relationship Manager, US Signatory Relations (Chicago)

Ralph Lauren — Manager, Sustainability (New York)

Rockwell Automation — Manager, Social Impact & Global Affairs Communication (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Starbucks — Senior Manager Energy and Sustainability, UK (London)

T-Mobile — Sustainability Sourcing Manager (Frisco, Texas)


EXPERIENCED

Adobe — Senior CSR Manager (San Francisco)

Edelman — Vice President, Business + Social Purpose (New York)

Google — Technical Program Manager, Environmental Compliance (Mountain View, California)

Grove Collaborative — Vice President, Product Development & Innovation (San Francisco)

Herman Miller — Corporate Sustainability Manager (Zeeland, Michigan)

Impossible Foods — VP, Marketing (Redwood City, California)

KIT Royal Tropical Institute Company — Head of Unit, Sustainable Economic Development & Gender (Amsterdam)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation — Executive Director, Bay Area (Oakland, California)

Microsoft — Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement (Redmond, Washington)


Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


a comic (but definitely not funny) visualization of    where plastic goes

a comic (but definitely not funny) visualization of where plastic goes

062 / Prime Day, H&M Conscious & Why A Hipster, Vegan, Green Tech Economy Isn’t Sustainable

Hi Friends,

It’s been a super busy summer. In addition to client work, we’ve also been making progress on an exciting Reconsidered project that will be ready to share very soon.

But first, I want to hear from you so I know we’re on the right track. 😊

We’ve put together an easy, super-short survey that will take just three minutes to fill out. Seriously — our summer associate Amirah doesn’t mess around. And to sweeten the deal, we’ll choose one respondent at random to receive a book of their choice off our Sustainable Business Summer Reading List!

Take 3 minutes to answer our short survey 👉

I'll be back in touch later this summer to give you a sneak peek into what we have planned. In the meantime, thank you for being such rad readers and helping us serve this wonderfully inspiring community of changemakers.

✌️ Jess


Avocado toast might not save the world… but it sure is delicious.

Avocado toast might not save the world… but it sure is delicious.

This Week's 5 Links

🥑 Why a Hipster, Vegan, Green Tech Economy is Not SustainableAl Jazeera

Here's yet another compelling argument for fundamentally changing our economic system to a more sustainable model — not just making green lifestyle choices or starting eco-preferable product companies. Canadian researcher Vijay Kolinjivadi systematically picks apart several sustainability trends that on the surface seem positive, such as industrial veganism, sustainable development and even the positioning of conscious consumption as “cool”. While some points are a stretch, this op-ed introduced several interesting new ideas to chew on. (12 minutes — 🙏🏽 reader Christian for sharing)


📦 Here’s Why Some Activists and Shoppers Are Calling for Amazon Prime Day BoycottsVox

Amazon Prime Day is quickly becoming the world’s biggest online celebration of consumerism. At the same time, it’s become an opportunity for employees, consumers and stakeholders to protest the e-comm giant’s harmful practices. This year, Amazon was petitioned around improving warehouse working conditions, cutting ties with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and acknowledging the true environmental costs of next-day shipping. Amazon’s business model has revolutionized the way we buy, but there’s a growing understanding that its value and convenience don’t come for free. (5 minutes)


♻️ Norway Wants H&M to Explain What's So Sustainable About Its "Sustainable" ClothesQuartz

Last month, Norway's Consumer Authority announced that it was investigating sustainability claims made by H&M, saying the brand is not clear enough about how the clothes in its Conscious Collection are more sustainable than other products. This questioning comes at an interesting time: as brands increasingly respond to consumer demands for transparency, they run the risk of having their marketing called out as greenwashing. Just this week, Zara was criticized in the media and on social after a PR blitz announcing new sustainability goals failed to acknowledge the downsides of their fast fashion approach. The sustainable fashion conversation is evolving — it’s no longer enough to use eco-conscious materials if your business model is built on waste. (3 minutes)


🌳 Inside Apple’s plan to protect a 27,000-acre forest in ColombiaFast Company

Last year, Apple announced that it had reached its goal of powering all operations with renewable electricity. Now, it’s turning its carbon reduction efforts elsewhere — specifically, a mangrove-surrounded fishing community in Cispatá Bay, Colombia. While corporate-sponsored carbon offset projects are common, what differentiates Apple is the way it’s doubling down on investing in the most efficient solutions to global problems (even if those investments might seem unrelated to the brand on the surface). Said Apple environmental lead Lisa Jackson: “We hope that by showing we can successfully apply the same innovation that goes into our products to our efforts to protect the environment, other companies will be encouraged to take action.” (6 minutes)


📈 Women in Innovation: Eight Behavioural Nudges to Keep Moving the Dial ForwardPwC

Gender parity in the tech sector is embarrassingly low; according to a recent study, only 13% of executive teams are women and 53% of tech companies have no female executives at all. We loved this actionable toolkit from PwC Canada, which shares eight “nudges” that can help make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive, for women as well as people of color, different backgrounds and different sexual orientations.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable ProductsHarvard Business Review. Find more compelling research here.



3 Questions With…

MOLLY ERNST-ALPER, SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY MANAGER, UNILEVER

Molly has built her career around protecting human rights and the environment in business supply chains. As Social Accountability Manager at Unilever, she’s part of the company’s re-upped mission to make all of its brands purpose-driven.

Full interview here 👉


Social Impact Jobs

Tommy Hilfiger/PVH Europe — Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam). Tommy Hilfiger/PVH Europe is looking for an enthusiastic Corporate Responsibility Coordinator to join its Environmental Sustainability team. This entry-level role will focus on the Green House Gas and Sustainable Packaging programs and interact with all divisions across the company and with multiple countries and cultures.


Early Career

Enclude — Analyst, Impact Investing (London or Washington, DC)

Funko — Social Compliance Analyst (Seattle)

GlobalGiving — Software Engineer for Good (Washington, D.C. or Remote)

Sephora — Supplier Responsibility Program Manager (San Francisco)

Social Finance Inc. — Communications Associate (Boston)

Tata Consultancy Services — Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Sydney, Australia)


Mid-Career

Allbirds — Director, Product Development (San Francisco)

Amazon — Senior Program Manager, Sustainability Initiatives (Luxembourg) *Contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested*

Ben & Jerry’s — Activism Manager (Paris)

Coca-Cola Company — Director, Sustainability Program (Atlanta, Georgia)

Diageo — Manager, Communications & Sustainability (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

HUGO BOSS — Corporate Sustainability Manager (Metzingen, Germany)

Lendlease — Sustainability Manager (London)

McDonough Innovation — Project Coordinator (Charlottesville, Virginia)

National Philanthropic Trust — Director, Employer Partnerships (Seattle or Remote)

Olly — Supply Planning Manager (San Francisco)

Participant Media — Manager, Social Impact (Los Angeles)

PepsiCo — Senior Analyst, Sustainability (Purchase, New York)

Rituals — Sustainability Manager (Amsterdam)

Salesforce — Senior Product Manager, Grants Management (Remote)

Seventh Generation (Unilever) — Director, Consumer & Market Insights (Burlington, Vermont)

Sidewalk Labs — Director, Business Development (New York City)

Starbucks — Senior Project Manager, Ethical Sourcing & Supplier Diversity (Seattle)

TerraCycle — Marketing Manager, Loop (Trenton, New Jersey)

TUI — Sustainability Associate (Rijswijk, Netherlands)

United Airlines — Senior Consultant, Social Impact Optimization (Chicago)

Viacom — Director, Environmental Social and Governance Reporting (New York City)


Experienced

AARP — Senior Advisor, Social Impact Marketing (Washington, DC)

Brussels Airport — Innovation & Sustainability Manager (Brussels) 

Cruise — Head of Community Engagement and Social Impact (San Francisco)

Nisolo — Vice President of Product and Merchandising (Nashville, Tennessee)

Warby Parker — Director, Digital Product & Business Systems (New York City)



Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


Loving    the new inclusive, nonbinary fashion line    from the U.S. Women’s World Cup champs. Now how about making those tees from organic cotton?  😉  (🙏🏽 reader Jackie for sharing)

Loving the new inclusive, nonbinary fashion line from the U.S. Women’s World Cup champs. Now how about making those tees from organic cotton? 😉 (🙏🏽 reader Jackie for sharing)

061 / Pride, Employee Activism & Proof That Consumers Will *Actually* Pay More For Sustainable Products

Hello Friends,

I’m just back from a silent meditation weekend in Twello, a small town in the east of the Netherlands. The quiet was calming and oh so necessary. I spent a lot of time looking at the big trees in the backyard, letting my mind wander while trying (sometimes successfully, sometimes less) to be more conscious of my thoughts.

Like many of you, I care deeply about what I do and I work hard at it. But sometimes, that passion can translate to stress and anxiety. I know I'm not alone. A few issues ago, we shared research concluding that social entrepreneurs are at a higher risk of burn-out due to the “conflicting of goals” between doing well and doing good. 

That’s why we need to take extra care of ourselves. To carve out time for rest. To still our thoughts. To be personally sustainable as well as environmentally sustainable. (This is as much a reminder to myself, by the way 😉)

The world needs our full energy. I hope you take time this summer to regenerate, whatever that means for you.

✌️Jess


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Happy Pride!

Happy Pride!

This Week's 5 Links

🏳️‍🌈 Pride Branding: Is All This Rainbow-Washing for Good or Greed?Chowhound

This Pride, rainbow flags are everywhere — from product packaging, to retail windows, to alllll over our LinkedIn feeds as companies "rainbow-fy" their social media profiles. At the same time, there's a raging debate about corporate involvement in Pride. Is it a positive sign of how far the movement has come that brands feel compelled to express their support for the LGBTQ+ community? Or is it all a bunch of empty purpose marketing, or "woke-washing"? This article expresses a nuanced view and also shares a handy list of brands that the author views as taking meaningful action. (8 minutes)


👟 Black Superstars Pitch Adidas Shoes. Its Black Workers Say They’re SidelinedThe New York Times

Adidas' North American market share is growing, partly thanks to high-profile collaborations with celebrities like Beyoncé, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. But there's a disconnect, some employees say, between how Adidas markets itself and how it operates internally when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Not only is there a lack of racial diversity in senior leadership, but some employees also report feeling marginalized and discriminated against. This report joins last week's Wayfair walkout against U.S. border facility sales, Amazon employees' open letter on climate change and other recent examples that demonstrate employees’ rising prominence in the stakeholder landscape. (11 minutes)


🛍️ Over 1,000 Shopping Sites, from J.Crew to Walmart, are Deceiving UsersFast Company

Here at Reconsidered, we’re big believers in using behavior change insights for good (we even wrote a whole playbook on it). But too often, these same insights are used to drive less positive behaviors — like buying shit you don’t need. Welcome to the world of “dark patterns”, or online user interfaces that are intentionally deceptive or manipulative. Think the endless “someone else is looking at this listing!” pop-ups on Booking.com, or confusing sign-up forms, or overly complicated cancellation processes. These techniques usually walk the fine line between manipulation and persuasion — a tension that CSR practitioners should also be aware of when applying these techniques in their organizations. (4 minutes)


🍔 Impossible Foods’ Rising Empire of Almost-MeatEngadget

A few issues ago, we celebrated the launch of the first Impossible Whopper, a collaboration between Burger King and rising startup Impossible Foods. This piece dives deeper into the factors that have made this fake meat producer a success, like partnering with high-end chefs to position the brand as aspirational. I found it particularly interesting how Impossible has sought to distance itself from traditional meat alternatives, avoiding the V-words (vegan, vegetarian) and instructing restaurant servers to frame it just as another kind of meat. A fascinating case study of what happens when you market product over purpose. (30 minutes)


📈 Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable ProductsHarvard Business Review

When tasked with making the "business case" for sustainability, those of us working in this space have likely referenced one of many reports saying that consumers are willing to spend more on products that make a positive impact. Now, we finally have the evidence to back it up. 🎉 New research from NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business found that 50% of consumer packaged goods (CPG) growth from 2013 to 2018 came from sustainability-marketed products. This article is full of solid statistics demonstrating that consumers are increasingly backing up their intentions with action. (3 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // ICYMI we published our first Reconsidered Sustainable Business Reading List, just in time for summer travel 😎


3 Questions With…

ERICK BOUWER, CEO, CIRCOS
After a successful corporate career in pricing strategy, Erick pivoted to support impact entrepreneurs in raising funding and growing their businesses. His latest venture, CIRCOS, is like a "Rent the Runway" for baby clothes and launches in Europe this fall.

Read the full interview here 👉


Social Impact Jobs

Heart of the City — Responsible Business Intern (London). Heart of the City is a charity working to fulfill every business’ potential to do well by doing good by giving business leaders the tools and practical advice they need to improve their community, environment and workplace. This paid role will focus on connecting members to a responsible business expert network, delivering a series of workshops, sending regular communications and providing wider admin support. Deadline to apply is next Monday (7/15).

Holstee — Design and Social Media Intern (Remote). Holstee creates tools that help people live fully and mindfully. They are looking for a self-starting designer and social media maven who will be tasked with continuing social media efforts, as well as finding creative new ways to meaningfully connect with their audience.



Early Career

BBMG — Associate Program Manager (New York)

EILEEN FISHER — Merchandising Assistant (New York)

Nike — Project Manager, Social Community (Tokyo)

Mara Hoffman — PR & Brand Communications Assistant (New York)

OpenIDEO — Outreach Specialist (Contract) (San Francisco)

Paladino & Company — Associate Consultant, Sustainability (Seattle)


Mid-Career

Arabella Advisors — Coordinator, Operations (Chicago) *Contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested*

C&A Foundation — Programme Officer, Sustainable Raw Materials (Gurgaon, India)

Catalyze — Consultant, Sustainability Communications (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Counter Culture Coffee — Sustainability Manager (Durham, North Carolina)

Circle Economy — Project Manager Circular Textiles and Apparel (Amsterdam)

Diageo — CSR Program Manager (Alloa, UK)

Elevate Textiles — Sustainability and Customer Compliance Manager (Charlotte, North Carolina)

GlobeScan — Senior Project Manager (London)

Greyston Bakery — Project Assistant & Retention Specialist (New York)

Kickstarter — Manager, Experimentation (New York)

McDonald’s — Manager, International Public Affairs & Sustainability (Chicago)

Radley Yeldar — Sustainability Project Director (London)

Tommy Hilfiger — Communications Manager, Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Verizon — CSR Consultant (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)

Vermont Creamery — Director, Marketing (Websterville, Vermont)

UN Women — Program Associate (Panama City)

Univision — Manager, CSR & Social Impact (Miami)

Experienced

Adobe – Senior CSR Manager (San Francisco)

Arabella Advisors — Associate Director, Advisory Services – Evaluation Practice (New York)

Athleta — Director, Brand Marketing & Planning (San Francisco)

UC Berkeley-Haas — Program Director, Sustainable and Impact Finance Initiative (Berkeley, California)

BIRDEO — Managing Director, Sustainability (Berlin)

Calvin Klein — Director, CSR (New York)

Etsy — Senior Manager, Policy (New York)

Facebook — Director of Health Partnerships, Social Good (Menlo Park, California)

Global Impact Investing Initiative — Director, Research (New York)

Grainger — Senior Manager, CSR (Chicago Area)

Kleen Kanteen — Director, Product (Chico, California)

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth — Director, Data Philanthropy (Purchase, New York)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition — Senior Manager, Brand and Retail Tools (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

UnitedHealth Group — VP, Social Responsibility (Minnetonka, Minnesota or Washington, DC)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce — Director, Corporate Citizenship Center (Washington, DC)

World Economic Forum — Program Lead, Climate, Energy, & Innovation (Geneva, Switzerland)



Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


ahhh, the beauty of forest bathing.    #outsideican

ahhh, the beauty of forest bathing. #outsideican

060 / Our Essential Summer Reading List of Top Sustainable Business Books

Hi Friends,

We’re so excited to share Reconsidered’s first summer reading list with you.

From searing exposés to pioneering classics to the fascinating backstories behind your favorite sustainable companies — we’ve compiled a list of essential reads to last you through your summer travels (and beyond).

We’ve also shared recommendations from our community of readers. Special thanks to Amy, Inge, Heather, Denise, Becky, Nikita, Alden, Karina, Joanne and the others that chimed in.

Enjoy — and let us know which books really stick with you!

✌️
Jess, Amirah, Sam & Bryn

(learn about our growing team of collaborators here)


Our Essential Summer Reading List of Top Sustainable Business Books

bookworm’s paradise

bookworm’s paradise

📈 How Change Happens (Cass R. Sunstein)

I’m deep into this new read from legal scholar and behavioral economics pioneer Cass Sunstein, which explores the important and relevant question of how social change happens. From political activism, to sexual harassment, to attitudes around climate change, Sunstein highlights the role of social norms and nudges in driving societal transformation. —Jess

Bonus: If this summary sparks your interest, download our free playbook “Making Change Sustainable” to dig deeper into how insights from the world of behavioral science can supercharge the way companies embed social responsibility into their business.


🤚 Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time (Leila Janah)

As our sector trends away from CSR as an afterthought, models like impact sourcing are becoming more relevant. This memoir from Samasource founder Leila Janah — whose hybrid for-profit/non-profit social enterprise model has ushered in a new way of doing business— is useful for understanding this shift. —Amirah


💰Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Anand Giridharadas)

This book is appropriately summed up by the headline of an op-ed Giridharadas wrote (and we shared) last year: “Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World”. The full read is just as searing as you might expect — and if you work in social impact, it’s likely to spark all sorts of emotions, from frustration to guilt to complete and utter agreement. Above all else, it will make you rethink the assumptions and context behind the notion of “doing well by doing good”, which is more important now than ever as we enter a new chapter of social and environmental urgency.  —Jess (also recommended by readers Alden W. and Amelia A.)


🌳 The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (Peter Wohlleben)

This pick is a wildcard, but hear us out. German forester Peter Wohlleben humanizes trees by explaining how they co-exist within social networks much like those that exist in ours — communicating, competing with and supporting one another. It provides an important reminder of how interconnected our world is, and a timely invitation to reconnect with nature. —Sam


👗 Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Elizabeth L. Cline)

Even if you're familiar with the ills of fast fashion, this 2013 book is worth reading for Cline’s thorough overview of how the business of fashion has changed over the last three decades and her practical ideas for a path forward. If you've already enjoyed it, pre-order ‘The Conscious Closet,’ her consumer-focused style guide due out this August. —Bryn

👉 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST 👉


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3 Questions With…

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CHRISSIE LAM, FOUNDER & CEO, LOVE IS PROJECT
After over a decade in corporate fashion, Chrissie Lam started The Love Is Project out of a simple desire to find out what love means. What began as a passion project now employs hundreds of female artisans to create jewelry sold in retailers like Whole Foods and American Eagle Outfitters — and an exciting new project is underway.

Full interview here 👉


Social Impact Jobs

charity: water — Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Associate (New York) charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. This role will support finance leadership on budgeting, forecasting, analyzing, and presenting the financial performance of the organization in order to enable senior management to make data-driven and strategic decisions. (sponsored)

Early Career

3x5 Partners — Venture Capital Analyst (Portland, Oregon)

Bulgari — Intern, Corporate Social Responsibility (Rome)

New Look — CSR Administration Assistant (London)

The Terrace — Strategy & Sustainability Consultant (Amsterdam)

Mid Career

Ahold Delhaize — Sustainable Retailing Reporting Analyst (Zaandam, Netherlands)

Allbirds — Director, Product Development (San Francisco)

American Standard Brands — Associate Manager, EHS and Sustainability (Piscataway, New Jersey)

Away — Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

Brew Dr. Kombucha — Brand Manager (Portland, Oregon)

BSI — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (London)

Disney — Specialist, Citizenship and Community Relations (Shanghai)

Facebook — Program Manager, Sustainability (Menlo Park, California)

Royal Mail — Corporate Responsibility and Community Manager (London)

Starbucks — Senior Manager, Social Impact Communications (London)

sweetgreen — Project Manager, Supply Chain and Sustainability (Los Angeles)

Twilio — Director, Crisis Responses & Product (San Francisco)

Viacom — Director, Environmental Social & Governance Reporting (New York)

Virgin Australia — Group Leader, Sustainability (Brisbane, Australia)


Experienced

AARP — Social Impact Marketing, Sr. Advisor, Loyalty Program (Washington, DC)

ATB — Managing Director, Sponsorships & Community Initiatives (Calgary, Canada)

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — Manager, Community & Partnerships, Whole Child (Redwood City, California)

Gap — Senior Manager, Sustainable Product Innovation (San Francisco)

Harvard Innovation Labs — Associate Director, Social Enterprise (Boston, Massachusetts)

Impossible Foods — Director, Communications (Redwood City, California)

LeanIn.org — Head of Programs, Lean In Initiative (Palo Alto, California)

Nike — Community Impact Director, Latin America (Mexico City)

North Face — Sr. Manager, Social Impact and the Explore Fund (Denver, Colorado)

PepsiCo — Director, Global Sustainable Plastic (Purchase, New York)

Riot Games — Director, Strategic Partnerships & Community (Los Angeles)

Sonos — Senior Director, Global Communications & Sustainability (Santa Barbara, CA)

Visa — Director, Social Impact Marketing (Los Angeles)


“Glowing, Glowing, Gone”    — a  new color line  from Pantone and Adobe inspired by coral’s reaction to climate change

“Glowing, Glowing, Gone” — a new color line from Pantone and Adobe inspired by coral’s reaction to climate change

059 / Biomimicry, Boycotting "Y'allywood" & The Gen Z Reckoning

Hi Friends,

It’s June, which means extra long days here in Amsterdam. One of my favorite ways to while away the extended evenings is with a great book and a beer on my little balcony ☀️

In that spirit, I’m compiling a list of compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking social impact/sustainability reads to add to my list and share with the Reconsidered community.

Any books you’d recommend for our first-ever Summer Reading List? Reply to share along with a short (<50 word) reason why.

I can’t wait to read your recommendations!

✌️ Jess

P.S. We have an ambitious goal to reach 5,000 subscribers by the end of summer! Can you help us grow by forwarding this issue to 5 friends that might appreciate it? 


CLIENT LOVE

EILEEN FISHER recently launched a new Supporting Women in Environmental Justice grant program, which recognizes that women and girls globally are the most vulnerable to climate change and hold the firsthand experience to solve it. It will award $200,000 total to nonprofits that support women in taking action for environmental justice. Apply here; deadline is June 14. And keep an eye on EF’s website for the release of their 2018 Benefit Corporation Report, which we supported on 🤗  


Chris Murray

Chris Murray

This Week's 5 Links

🎬 Hollywood Boycott Would Hurt the Film Industry and Georgia’s EconomyCNBC

In response to Georgia’s controversial ‘Heartbeat Law’, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, several Hollywood studios, producers and actors have said they will reconsider projects there if the law goes into effect next January. A boycott would have big economic repercussions on the state, which currently reaps $9.5bn from production and has become known as “Y’allywood” for the number of movies and TV shows filmed there (including faves like Black Panther and Queer Eye). Bigger players like Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia are treading lightly — perhaps keeping an eye on Netflix, which is facing backlash from the anti-abortion camp after announcing their support of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) efforts to block the bill. Curious how the industry will use its influence to take a political and moral stand. (6 minutes)


❄️ These Days, It’s Not About the Polar BearsThe New York Times

It’s no news that climate science has a messaging problem. According to researchers, people are increasingly recognizing climate change as an important issue — but not enough that they feel motivated to act. For those struggling to communicate the importance to your organization (or even just to your friends and family) this New York Times piece is a gold mine of information and a great place to learn more about driving positive behavior change. (6 minutes)


👉 TAKE ACTION: Next time you’re creating a social post or whipping up a presentation, reference this Climate Visuals library, which compiles the most compelling images based on scientific research.


♻️ We're All Recycling Wrong, So Companies Are Finally Trying To Make It EasierHuffington Post

A small waste management company in Pennsylvania is testing out an innovative partnership with major consumer brands like PepsiCo and Target to make flexible plastics more easily recyclable. At the moment, items like chip packaging and plastic grocery bags are only recycled if they are returned to store drop-off points (which basically no one knows or does). If Mascaro & Sons has its way, people will be able to dispose of them in curbside recycling alongside their plastic bottles and milk cartons. This is one case where systems change coupled with consumer behavior change could result in the most environmentally-beneficial outcome. 🙌 (7 minutes)


Report: The Gen Z ReckoningBBMG & Globescan

This gorgeous new report from agencies BBMG and Globescan digs into the mysterious Generation Z, exploring what 18 to 22-year-olds care about, what motivates them and what type of social impact they’re seeking from brands. It outlines five strategies for engaging a generation that “is demanding more of themselves, more of society and more of business than any generation before” and is 3x more likely than other generations to say that the purpose of business is to serve society. As this generation graduates into the workforce, companies will need to adjust if they want to attract them as customers and employees—this report makes clear that having a clear purpose and taking action to back it up will help. (18 minutes)


🌿 Mini-Course: Using Biomimicry for Delivering the Good LifeMinneapolis College of Art & Design

All week I’ve been following the flagship Sustainable Brands conference, one of my favorite convenings in the biz. For those who couldn’t make it, SB partnered with MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program to create a set of four free mini-courses around the conference theme of “Delivering the Good Life”. I especially liked this one on how biomimicry (taking cues from nature) can be applied to both technologies and organizations, taught by Taryn Read and RC reader Denise DeLuca. Other courses focus on Empathic Action, Whole System Mapping and Regenerative Systems. (92 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Complicated Gender Politics of Going Zero WasteVox. Find other thought-provoking pieces in our archive.



Social Impact Jobs

Nest — Chief Programs Officer (New York). Nest is furthering global workforce inclusivity, gender equity and cultural preservation through development of the global craft sector. They're seeking a Chief Programs Officer to oversee implementation of both direct-to-artisan programs and brand initiatives, including Nest’s compliance program for homes and small workshops, sourcing partnerships, and special projects. (sponsored)

Early Career

ARYTZA — Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Playa Vista, California)

The Conduit — Programme Coordinator (London)

Deloitte Digital — Senior Associate, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (Toronto)

Facebook — Executive Assistant, Partnerships (San Francisco)

Greenfish — Intern, CSR & Sustainability (Brussels, Belgium)

Guess Europe — CSR Coordinator (Bioggio, Switzerland)

Guggenheim Partners — Intern, Sustainability (New York)

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business — Administrative Aide (New York)

Patagonia — Copy Editor / Proofreader (contract) (Ventura, CA)

WeWork — Social Impact Associate, EMEA (contract) (London)


Mid Career

AccountAbility — Managing Associate, Sustainability Consulting (New York)

Acreage Holdings — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (New York)

Amazon Lab126 — Program Manager, Social Responsibility (Sunnyvale, CA) *Contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested*

Andela — Chief of Staff (New York)

Ashoka — Senior Marketing Specialist (Berlin, London or Remote)

BT Group — Manager, Human & Digital Rights Strategy (London)

Dropbox — Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco)

EY — Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility, Commercial and Innovation (Flexible)

Gartner — Program Manager, Global Corporate Social Responsibility (Washington, DC)

Gymshark — Manager, Sustainability (Solihull, UK)

Kenneth Cole Productions — Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (New York)

KiwiCo — Senior Manager, Social Enterprise (Mountain View, CA)

Morgan Stanley — Senior Manager, Sustainable Sourcing (New York)

Nest — Program Consultant (contract) (San Antonio, TX or Austin, TX)

Rimi Baltic Group — Corporate Responsibility Expert (Riga, Latvia)

Samasource — Impact Manager (San Francisco)

Snap, Inc. — Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (Los Angeles)

Social Tech Trust — Director, Operations and Finance (London)

Tata Consultancy Services — Manager, CSR Storytelling (Edison, New Jersey)

Teck Resources Limited — Leader, Social Responsibility (Vancouver)

Uber — Senior Associate, Social Impact (San Francisco)

Verizon — Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant (Basking Ridge, NJ)


Experienced

Beautycounter — Senior Director, Social Mission (Los Angeles Area)

Colgate-Palmolive — Associate Director, CSR & Sustainability Communications (New York)

Dairy Management, Inc. — Director, Global Sustainable Food Systems (Chicago Area)

Nisolo — Vice President, Product Development (Nashville)

REI — Director, Communications and Public Affairs (Seattle Area)

Salesforce — Director, Ethical and Humane Use (San Francisco)

Starbucks — Director, Social Impact & CSR (Shanghai)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) — Executive Director (San Francisco)


“We shouldn’t see Greta as a young cute thing,” said    TIME cover    photographer Hellen van Meene. She’s a serious girl with a serious message.”

“We shouldn’t see Greta as a young cute thing,” said TIME cover photographer Hellen van Meene. She’s a serious girl with a serious message.”

058 / Copenhagen, Just Do(n’t Do) It & The Gender Politics of Going Zero Waste

Hi Friends,

I am positively buzzing from a week spent reconnecting with friends old and new in New York City. Thanks to everyone who came out to the NYCxDesign Week panel on Thinking Green in 2019 with Daly and MistyWest. We had a fast-moving conversation in a magical Greenpoint garden with twinkle lights and sustainable vodka cocktails, and it was awesome.

This is a transition week for Reconsidered as we say “see you soon” and thank you to spring interns Lizzie and Melina. These talented women played a huge role in our newsletter refresh earlier this spring and have set the foundation for some exciting projects to come.

I’m also pumped to introduce Amirah Jiwa as a new collaborator. A social impact strategist based between NYC, London and Mumbai, Amirah comes to us from luggage brand Away and has an approach to change-making that is grounded in pragmatic idealism and leverages an organization's unique strengths for good. She also might be just as big a pizza fan as I am.

Big things ahead this summer — stay tuned.

✌️ Jess

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MASTERS DEGREES DESIGNED FOR THE BUSINESS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Glasgow Caledonian New York College is offering unique, research-based Master’s programs in Impact-Focused Business and International Fashion Marketing starting September 2019. In just 16 months, immerse yourself in the fundamentals of socially responsible business and learn how to use the industries of fashion and finance as forces for good. Click here to learn more and be considered for the GCNYC Common Good Scholarship, which ties business to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (sponsored)


(2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit)

(2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit)

This Week's 5 Links

👠 Statement on the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion SummitThe Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

Last week, the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit brought together 1,300 participants and 450 brands to discuss the future of fashion. The conference served as a springboard for sustainable initiatives like Nike’s new open-source Circular Design Workbook and French president Emmanuel Macron’s tapping of Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault to lead an ethical brand coalition. But on the sidelines of the summit, skeptics like the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion called out organizers for misleading language and shared three questions they felt were being ignored. In a world of more and more convenings, I’m glad to see watchdog groups pushing these types of events to be less self-congratulatory and more substantive. (6 minutes)


🏆 Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a BabyThe New York Times

Most athletes in track and field rely on brand sponsorships for their income, typically based on the athlete’s ability to compete. So what happens when an athlete wants to become a mom — with all of the bodily changes that entails? In this video op-ed and article, runner Alysia Montaño explains how female track and field athletes are often left to choose between racing and parenthood, calling out Nike in particular for contradicting its aspirational slogans with its approach to female sponsorships. A week later, Allyson Felix followed up with her own story of getting pregnant as a Nike athlete.  Now, Nike says it is including clauses in future contracts to protect athletes who want to become mothers. (11 minutes)


🚺 The Complicated Gender Politics of Going Zero WasteVox

Scroll through the #zerowaste hashtag on Instagram and you’re bound to notice that the faces of this movement are predominantly female. In this Vox piece, Alden Wicker explores how the zero waste movement reinforces traditional gender roles by putting the bulk of the sustainability burden on women. “It’s essentially another layer to ‘having it all’: a career, a family, a perfectly Instagrammable life, and now you’re saving the planet, too.” (17 minutes)


🗑️ Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?NPR

Over the past few years, plastic bag bans have quickly gained momentum across cities, states and countries around the globe. But are these bans successfully leading to the #zerowaste world they promised — or could they unintentionally be resulting in worse outcomes? A University of Sydney economist shares the findings of a recent study… and just when the whole effort starts to seem completely hopeless, surfaces some solutions. (10 minutes)


📹 Kevin Groen: The Skin We’re InCreative Mornings Amsterdam

A few weeks ago, I heard Dutch “behavioral change enthusiast” and spoken word artist Kevin Groen give a talk on inclusivity at Creative Mornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that’s now hosted in hundreds of locations around the globe. His words hooked me with their “Dutch directness” and their rawness and gave me a new perspective on issues of diversity and inclusion — including the idea of questioning our “assumed expertise” and the notion of going beyond visible indicators like gender and skin color to also consider hidden disabilities and impediments. (50 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // (Even More) Social Impact Statistics You Should KnowEngage for Good. Access more resources like this in our archive.



Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Atlassian — Atlassian Foundation Internship (Amsterdam)

Change.org — Creative Content Producer (New York)

Expedia — Communications & Diversity Manager (London or New York)

Henkel — Social Initiative & Sustainability Internship (Hamburg, Germany)

Impossible Foods — Content Intern (Redwood City, California)

ISS — ESG Research Analyst (Manila, Philippines)

Non-GMO Project — Information Systems Intern (Bellingham, Washington)

Urban Remedy — Brand Ambassador Lead (Pasadena, California)

Walt Disney Television Group — Assistant, CSR (Burbank, California)

Zenabis — CSR Project Coordinator (Vancouver, Canada)

Mid-Career

Aldi — Corporate Responsibility Specialist, Supply Chain (Sydney, Australia)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — Senior Communications Officer (Seattle or Washington, DC)

Cora — Manager, Retail Sales Planning (San Francisco)

Eileen Fisher — Performance Marketing Manager (New York)

The Estee Lauder Companies — Global Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Strategic Initiatives Manager (New York)

Fair Labor Association — Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington, DC)

Honest Company — Brand Manager, Feminine Care (Los Angeles Area)

Method — Project Manager, Product Experience (San Francisco)

Movember Foundation — Manager, Social Impact Campaigns (London)

Numi Organic Tea — Communications Manager (San Francisco Area)

Patagonia — Digital Brand Designer (Ventura, California)

REI — Product Creation Process Manager (Kent, Washington)

Upfield — Head of Brand PR and Corporate Social Engagement (London or Amsterdam)

Verizon — CSR Business Intelligence Manager (Basking Ridge, New Jersey)

Vodafone — Worker Rights Manager (Hong Kong)

Warby Parker — Senior Product Manager (New York)

Williams-Sonoma — Manager, CSR Supply Chain Sustainability (Singapore)

Wonderful Company — Manager, Social Impact Recruiting (Los Angeles)

Experienced

Abbott — Ethical Marketing Lead (Sydney, Australia)

Amazon — Sr. Manager, Sustainability & Transportation (Seattle) (contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)

Casper — Director, Marketing Analytics (New York)

Etsy — Director, Strategic Finance (New York)

Grove Collaborative — Vice President, Product Development & Innovation (San Francisco)

Novartis — Head, Global Health & Corporate Responsibility Communications (Basel, Switzerland)

Samsung — Employee Experience Manager, Branding & Engagement (Ridgefield Park, New Jersey)

World Resources Institute — Behavioral Scientist (contract) (Washington, DC)



Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


Brand activism    — it’s just getting started…

Brand activism — it’s just getting started…

057 / Extinction Rebellion, Charity:Water & Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out (Plus, 3 Questions With Christine Bader)

Hi Friends,

Lots on deck this week, so let’s dive in!

👉 We’re excited to introduce “Hot Job Alerts” — a new sponsored feature highlighting exciting job openings in social impact. Our first opportunity from the C&A Foundation is 🔥🔥🔥. Click here if you want to submit an opportunity for our May 24th newsletter — there are only three slots available per issue.

👉 We’re also bringing back our popular “3 Questions” series with a profile of writer/speaker/advisor Christine Bader. Her new project is The Life I Want, a platform dedicated to reimagining the role of work in our lives and societies, co-founded with Eva Deniel. Into it. Scroll down for the link to the full interview.

👉 On May 21st, I’m joining a New York Design Week panel on “Thinking Green in 2019” hosted by Daly and MistyWest. So excited for this conversation on what it means to *actually* incorporate sustainability into a company’s everyday practices and values. If you’re in New York, sign up here (it’s free!) and say hi.

✌️ Jess


CLIENT LOVE

Non-profit Nest recently unveiled its first State of the Handworker Report, a comprehensive source of data on artisan small to medium sized enterprises and home-based workers engaged in craft work around the globe. Read the full report here.


(Reuters/Peter Nicholls via Quartz)

(Reuters/Peter Nicholls via Quartz)

This Week's 5 Links

Extinction Rebellion succeeded where most climate protests failQuartz

If you’ve only heard of Extinction Rebellion recently, you’re not alone. In just eight months, the climate activism group has managed to propel climate change to the top of Britain’s political agenda — so much so that they are widely credited with influencing the UK’s decision to announce a climate emergency last week. While it’s still unclear what this “climate emergency” actually entails, it’s a strong signal that climate change is an urgent risk that governments, businesses and citizens must start prioritizing. (7 minutes)


💻 “Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War On Hate SpeechVanity Fair

This behind-the-scenes peek into Facebook’s “shadow government” from Vanity Fair’s March issue is particularly relevant after the social media behemoth announced plans to ban “dangerous individuals” last week. In recent years, Facebook has been pressured to take more responsibility for the (mis)information spread via its social networks. Caught between freedom of speech and public safety, it’s needing to act more like a government than a corporation — a new business reality with challenging ethical dilemmas. Writes Simon van Zuylen-Wood: “If Facebook has created a parallel online society for a quarter of the world to live in, the question facing [the] team is: What kind of society is it going to be?” (23 minutes)


💧 A Charity Accepts Uber Stock as Donations. Then Uses It to Pay Staff Bonuses. Is That O.K.?The New York Times

Nonprofit workers have traditionally been expected to work long hours for low pay. Charity: water founder Scott Harrison is challenging that idea, arguing that his staff should benefit from the same “monetary upside” as leading employers like Google and Apple. Last month, the nonprofit announced a new plan to accept tech company stock as donations — but instead of funding their signature water projects, earnings will be paid out as employee bonuses. Oof. Harrison’s plan spotlights the tension between profit and purpose and has sparked much-needed conversation around social impact compensation. I appreciated this response from She’s The First founder Tammy Tibbetts, who argues that non-profits should cultivate and retain talent through a strong mission, flexible work culture and fair compensation — instead of trying to attract fickle tech employees with surface-level perks. (12 minutes)


💤 Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned OutHarvard Business Review

Speaking of the purpose/profit tension, social entrepreneurs are feeling it. New research demonstrates that the “conflicting of goals” between helping those in need and running a commercially viable business can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing. Stress is a major problem (surprise, surprise) but researchers have identified a few characteristics that can help reduce burnout… and increase impact. (4 minutes)


📌 (Even More) Social Impact Statistics You Should KnowEngage for Good

Add this to your bookmarks for the next time you need to make the business case for CSR. Engage for Good’s database brings together compelling statistics from major sustainable business, cause marketing and philanthropy reports published over the past decade. You can finally close those 50 tabs of research and reports (you’re welcome). 🤗


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Your H&M Addiction is Wreaking Havoc on the Environment. Here’s How to Fix It.Fast Company. Learn about more social impact challenges — and solutions —in our archive.



3 Questions With…

CHRISTINE BADER, WRITER, ADVISOR, SPEAKER & CO-FOUNDER, THE LIFE I WANT
After leaving a high-profile role leading sustainability at Amazon, Christine Bader relocated with her family to Bali to explore “a way of life that is sustainable in every dimension”.

Full interview here 👉


Social Impact Jobs

C&A Foundation — Programme Manager, Circular Fashion (Amsterdam). The C&A Foundation was created to help spark the change that will fundamentally transform the fashion industry. This role will be responsible for developing, executing, and measuring the impact of programmes to transition the fashion industry from a linear model to a circular model. Deadline to apply is May 15th.

Early Career

Engie — Sustainability Compliance Administrator (Leeds, UK)

Fenton — CSR Internship (New York)

Floyd — Sustainability Intern (Detroit, Michigan)

GANT — Sustainability Intern (Stockholm, Sweden)

Hello Fresh — Supply Chain Sustainability Intern (Berlin)

Impact Capital Managers — Summer Associate Internship (New York City)

International Flavors & Fragrances — Sustainability Intern (Union Beach, New Jersey)

L’Oreal — Supply Chain Graduate (Copenhagen)

Mercedes-Benz — Marketing & CSR Administrator (Surrey, UK)

Natural History Museum — Environment & Sustainability Officer (London)

Nava — Design Researcher (Washington, DC)

New Profit — Associate, Investor Relations (Boston)

PopSockets — Social and Environmental Sustainability Intern (Boulder, Colorado)

SAILMATE — Sales & Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)

Selina — Impact Project Manager Internship (Panama City, Panama)

The R Collective — Marketing & E-Commerce Assistant (Hong Kong)

The World Bank — Social Development Specialist (Washington, DC)

United Nations — Environment Affairs Intern (Geneva)

Unilever — Assistant Social Accountability Manager ( Singapore)

Warner Brothers — Executive Assistant, Public Affairs (Los Angeles)


Mid-Career

Amazon — EU Environmental Manager (Luxembourg)

American Express — Manager, Sustainability & CSR (Sydney, Australia)

Bank of China — Corporate Communications Manager, CSR (Hong Kong)

Divine Chocolate — Marketing Director (contract) (London)

IBM — Program Manager, CSR (Atlanta, Georgia)

J.P. Morgan — Associate, CSR (Mumbai, India)

KeepCup — Brand & Sustainability Manager (Los Angeles)

PepsiCo — Drinkfinity Communications & Sustainability Coordinator (Miami, Florida)

PVH Corp. — Communications Manager, Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Radley Yeldar — Sustainability Project Director (London)

SurveyMonkey — Social Impact/Employee Engagement Specialist (San Mateo, California)

The Freedom Fund — Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager (London)

Tiffany & Co. — Climate & Environment Manager (New York City)

UnitedHealth Group — Director, Social Responsibility Operations (Washington, DC or Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Vistaprint — Senior Specialist, Sustainability (Windsor, Canada)

World Resources Institute — Behavioral Scientist (contract) (Washington, DC)


Experienced

Benetech — VP, Benetech Labs & Data Platforms (Palo Alto, California)

Grove Collaborative — Director, Sustainability (San Francisco)

Johnson & Johnson  — Senior Manager, Human Rights & Sustainability Compliance (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Lululemon — Director of Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

RSF Social Finance — Senior Director, Credit (San Francisco)

Tri-Sector Associates — Director (Singapore)

Visa — Senior Director, Purpose Communications (San Francisco)



Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to learn about submitting a “Hot Job Alert”.


Apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and apricots — all thrive together in “The Tree of 40 Fruit” by artist Sam Van Aken, a living art installation that uses centuries-old techniques to preserve heirloom and rare fruit varieties threatened by industrial fruit production. On display at the    Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial    exhibition, which opens today in New York.

Apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and apricots — all thrive together in “The Tree of 40 Fruit” by artist Sam Van Aken, a living art installation that uses centuries-old techniques to preserve heirloom and rare fruit varieties threatened by industrial fruit production. On display at the Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition, which opens today in New York.

056 / Fast Fashion, Ray Dalio & Why Earth Day Might Not Be So Relevant Anymore

Hi Friends,

What a week, eh? Between #EarthDay on Monday, #StopFoodWasteDay on Wednesday and #FashionRevolutionWeek wrapping up today, I’m pretty spent.

These “holidays” allow us to raise awareness around social and environmental issues — to celebrate our progress and call out the work that has yet to be done. But it can also be tough to separate out the substance from the PR and social media blitz.

It makes me reflect on why I started this newsletter in the first place — as a bi-weekly opportunity to cut through the clutter and surface content that triggers new ideas, new approaches, new ways of thinking.

I'm curious — what stood out to you this week? Anything that made you “reconsider” the role of business in this crazily changing world of ours? Hit reply to let us know.

✌️Jess

P.S. If a link in this letter made you think, why not forward it on to a friend? Your referral is the biggest thanks you can give. 


CLIENT LOVE 😍

Congratulations to our partner CleanDye on opening their first water and chemical free textile dyeing factory in Vietnam! An exciting milestone toward a cleaner fashion industry.


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This Week's 5 Links

🌎 Interest in Earth Day is falling in the 2010s. Does it matter?Quartz

Is Earth Day old news? The April 22 holiday was initially launched in 1970 to spark substantive public and governmental action on environmental issues. But today, with subjects like climate change and plastic pollution well on the public radar, it’s become little more than a PR opportunity. This article charts the history and decline of Earth Day and questions its relevance in a changing world. (7 minutes)


👕 Your H&M Addiction is Wreaking Havoc on the Environment. Here’s How to Fix It.Fast Company

The fashion industry has a problem. To sell more and more, brands are producing more and more, listing new arrivals weekly. In this Fast Company op-ed, Elizabeth Segran makes the case for sustainable fashion, arguing that brands have the responsibility to produce less and consumers have a responsibility to consume less. This piece had particular resonance for us this week as we commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse with Fashion Revolution Week. (9 minutes)

👉 TAKE ACTION: To change fashion for the better 💪. This guide we created with our partner Fashion for Good might help — it contains 30+ easy, actionable #goodfashion tips.


🔥 Why Does It Always Take a Crisis to Get Something Fixed?Slate

Last week, a devastating fire partially destroyed the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. The image of the iconic spire in flames prompted a spree of commitments from France’s wealthiest billionaires, including the heads of LVMH, L’Oréal and Kering. While initially applauded, the pledges (and their sponsoring companies) soon faced backlash as the donation amount passed $1 billion. Observers questioned why philanthropists were so quick to convene around Notre-Dame while other causes, like climate change or disasters in lesser known locations, struggle to receive the same attention. Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg poignantly captured this sentiment in a speech to the EU parliament: “I want you to act like the house is on fire. I want you to panic.” This Slate article explores why it takes a historic landmark to literally catch fire in order to spark action. (11 minutes)


♻️ “You can’t be an environmentalist if… [insert BS, self-defeating standard here].”Medium

“You can’t be an environmentalist and eat meat.” “You can’t possibly talk about bike advocacy if you’re not first curbing your flying.” “How can you boast about insulating your home when you use an energy-hungry clothes dryer?” Statements like these are all too common in the environmental movement. Author Sami Grover calls out the tendency of environmentalists “to focus their fire on each other”, arguing that such hyper attention on the individual can eventually become counterproductive. The same might be said for business too — in our rush to point out inconsistencies in a company’s CSR efforts, we can sometimes fail to acknowledge the progress being made. (8 minutes)


📹 Ray Dalio Says Wealth Inequality Is A National Emergency60 Minutes

Earlier this month, hedge-fund billionaire Ray Dalio made headlines when he called out capitalism on the international stage. In this 60 Minutes interview and a LinkedIn post, he argues that the widening wealth gap threatens to split the United States and advocates economic reform — including (controversially) higher taxes on billionaires like himself. I’m eager to see if this missive, like the investor letters from BlackRock’s Larry Fink, will change how the mainstream investor community views social responsibility. I’m also waiting to see how Dalio will back up his words with meaningful action. (13 minute excerpt)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Are Bankers and Venture Capitalists Really Getting Fleeced by Patagonia?The New York Times. Read more about how businesses are challenging the status quo in our archive.



Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Avery Dennison — Sustainability Intern (The Hague, Netherlands)

Ellevate — Social Media Coordinator (New York City)

Female Quotient — Executive Assistant & Chief of Staff (Los Angeles)

Gymshark — Sustainability Manager (Solihull, UK)

Intertek — Auditor, Supplier Management/CSR (Remote)

Invisible Hand — Executive/Administrative Assistant (New York City)

MasterCard — Analyst, Center for Inclusive Growth (London)

Peloton — Brand Coordinator, Social Impact (contract) (New York City)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition — Project Manager (Irvine, California)

Mid-Career

Airbnb — Social Impact Experiences Lead, North America (Los Angeles)

Allbirds — MBA Intern, Product Strategy & Consumer Insights (San Francisco)

Amazon — Sustainability Science Researcher (Seattle) *if interested, reach out to Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com*

Charlotte’s Web — Ecommerce Project Manager (Denver, Colorado)

Circulate Capital — Investment & Operations Director (Singapore)

Cisco / Inlea — CSR Program Manager (Bogotá, Colombia)

Grab — Social Impact Communications Manager (Manila, Philippines)

Harley-Davidson — Community Affairs Manager (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

LinkedIn — Senior Social Impact Programs Manager (London)

Lockheed-Martin — Senior Analyst, Sustainability (Bethesda, Maryland)

Maiyet — Brand Partnerships Manager (London)

Mercado Global — Design & Product Development Manager (Panajachel, Guatemala)

Participant Media — Manager, Social Impact (Los Angeles)

PepsiCo — Supply Chain Sustainability Manager (Shanghai, China)

PIE Strategy Limited — Senior Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)

PwC — Project Manager, Responsible Business Leadership (Seattle)

Revolution Foods — Senior Director, Operations (Edison, New Jersey)

Salesforce — Director, Product Management, Philanthropy Cloud Giving (Multiple Locations)

stok — Sustainability Project Manager (San Francisco)

Experienced

Arbonne International — Director, Corporate Responsibility & Social Impact (Irvine, California)

Coca-Cola — Senior Communications Manager, Sustainability Reporting (Atlanta, Georgia)

Comcast — Senior Director, Partnerships & Community Impact (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Geneva Global — Managing Director, Philanthropic Services (Paoli, Pennsylvania)

Goodweave — Director of Communications (Washington, DC)

La Prairie Group — Sustainability Manager (Zurich, Switzerland)

Our jobs board is curated by Danielle L. Vermeer. Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.


Artist Pablo Decan’s interpretation of “Putting a Price on The End of the World” — the theme of The New York Times’ Magazine’s recent    Climate Issue

Artist Pablo Decan’s interpretation of “Putting a Price on The End of the World” — the theme of The New York Times’ Magazine’s recent Climate Issue

055 / The Impossible Whopper, Last-Chance Tourism & Why Ryanair Is The New Coal

Hi Friends,

Maybe you have a sustainability strategy. You may even have strong leadership buy-in. Yet, you’re struggling to get your colleagues to change the way they approach their jobs so you can actually get stuff done and reach your goals.

If you work in corporate social responsibility, this problem might sound familiar. It’s certainly the case for many of the companies I work with.

One way to turn this situation around is to understand the behavioral dynamics at play. I recently wrote a Medium article (loosely based off our CSR/behavior change playbook) that explains why the concept of “social norms” might be just the unlock you’re looking for.

If this is a challenge you’re facing, give it a read and let me know what you think.

✌️Jess

P.S. I'm planning travels to London and New York this May. If you’d like to link up or host one of RC’s CSR strategy and behavior change workshops for your organization, reach out! I have a few slots open between scone and pizza dates. 😉


CLIENT LOVE 😍

Our partner Tommy Hilfiger just announced its second Fashion Frontier Challenge together with Impact Hub Amsterdam. The global competition is seeking start-ups and scale-up stage businesses developing solutions that promote inclusion and positive change in fashion. Apply by May 12 →


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cue mouth watering 😍

This Week's 5 Links

🍔 Burger King is Testing a Plant-Based Impossible WhopperBusiness Insider

It looks like beef. It tastes like beef. But nope — that Whopper patty is 100% plants. As more consumers learn about the environmental and climate change impacts of meat, they’re starting to seek out plant-based alternatives. Soon, they’ll be able to find one such alternative at Burger King. In partnership with startup Impossible Foods, BK is now testing its new Impossible Whopper, which boasts “100% Whopper 0% Beef”, in select locations. If successful, they plan to roll it out nationwide. (2 minutes)


👉 TAKE ACTION: Check out Impossible’s locator to find an Impossible Burger near you. Then take your most meat-loving friend along for a blind taste test to see if she/he/you can tell the difference. Our intern Lizzie recently did one with her dad and he couldn’t believe his taste buds; actual quote: “I would order this every single time over beef”. 🙌🎉


🏔 Are Bankers and Venture Capitalists Really Getting Fleeced by Patagonia?The New York Times  

Is Patagonia leaving “bros out in the cold”? Kinda. Recently, the outerwear company announced that it would only produce co-branded product with B Corps, nonprofits and members of the One Percent for the Planet initiative. This led finance folks — whose love for co-branded Better Sweater vests has sparked “Midtown Uniform” memes — to say they’re feeling “fleeced” (groan 🙄). It’s a unique example of a company saying no to business as a way of staying true to its values. Says founder Yvon Chouinard: “Life’s a lot easier if you break the rules instead of trying to conform to them. If you invent your own game, you can always be a winner.” (6 minutes)


🗺 Tourists Are Flocking to Locations Threatened By Climate Change. That Only Makes Things Worse.Vox

One of the latest trends in travel is “last-chance tourism” — the urge to visit at-risk destinations like the Great Barrier Reef and the Galápagos Islands before they are irreparably damaged due to climate change. But according to this Vox article, over-tourism is becoming a problem for many of these destinations, forcing Denmark’s Faroe Islands to close for a weekend and Palau to ask visitors to sign an environmental pledge in their passports before they’re let in. The irony? “When your motivation for traveling is to appreciate nature, it’s all the more difficult and unpleasant to accept your role in destroying it.” Tread consciously, friends. (6 minutes)


✈️ ‘Ryanair Is The New Coal’: Airline Enters EU’s Top 10 Emitters ListThe Guardian

Speaking of irony — Ryanair, which has proclaimed itself “Europe’s greenest airline”, is now the first non-coal company to be ranked on the EU’s list of its 10 worst carbon emitters. Ryanair’s aggressively low pricing has fueled the market for cheap, short flights — plus, aviation companies are permitted a large amount of untaxed emissions under the EU’s cap-and-trade system, so they face few economic consequences for growing emissions. Beyond regulation, experts say that the only real solution is to drive down demand for low-cost aviation. (2 minutes)


📽 Our Planet Netflix

In time for Earth Month, Netflix just released Our Planet, an original documentary series voiced by the iconic Sir David Attenborough. And yes — the footage is as magnificent as the trailer implies. But what’s more fascinating is how Attenborough connects the wonders onscreen with the destructive forces changing the world as we know it. It’s no accident; in recent years, 92-year-old Attenborough has emerged as a leading climate change activist.“What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future of life on Earth,” Attenborough intones in episode 1. “Never has it been more important to understand how the natural world works and how to help it.” (eight 50 minute episodes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // 2019 Future of Sustainability Report The Futures Centre. Access more sustainability and social impact resources in our archive.



Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

GANT — Global Sustainability Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)

GUCCI — CSR Internship (Scandicci, Italy)

Guggenheim Partners — Summer 2019 Intern, Sustainability (New York City)

Hubbub Foundation — Sustainability Intern (London)

Pledge 1% — Executive Assistant & Member Success Coordinator (San Francisco)

TerraCycle — Resource Development Associate (Trenton, NJ)

The B Team — Executive Assistant (New York City)

Unilever — Social Impact Program Coordinator (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)

Warner Bros. — Philanthropy Administrator (Burbank, CA)

WAYB — Brand Adventure Coordinator (Pasadena, CA)

Mid-Career

ABB — Health, Safety, & Environment Specialist (Istanbul, Turkey)

ALDI — Corporate Responsibility Specialist, Reporting (Sydney, Australia)

Cicero Group — Associate Consultant, Social Impact (Salt Lake City, UT; Dallas, TX; or Washington, DC)

Diageo — Manager, Environment & Sustainability Excellence (Chicago Area)

Eco-Age — Account Director, Sustainability Practice (London)

Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. — Assistant Manager, Philanthropic Partnerships (New York City)

International Flavors and Fragrances — Corporate Sustainability Manager (Union Beach, NJ)

KIND — Sr. Manager, Continuous Improvement (New York City)

Louis Vuitton — Project Manager, Environment and Carbon (Paris)

Lyft — Senior Diversity Business Partner, Tech (San Francisco)

MACY’S — Manager, Corporate Giving (New York City)

Target — Senior Manager, Local Activation (Minneapolis)

Verizon — CSR Manager (New York City)

Vote Solar — Manager, Communications (Oakland, CA)

Wilbur-Ellis — CSR Manager (San Francisco)

Zendesk — Tech for Good Manager (San Francisco)

Experienced

GlobalGiving — Director of Business Partnerships (Washington, D.C.)

Mondelez — Sustainability Lead Americas (East Hanover, NJ)

Ralph Lauren — VP, Sustainability (Lyndhurst, NJ)

Twilio — Director, Crisis Response and Product (San Francisco)

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts — GVP, Social Responsibility (Parsippany, NJ)

Our jobs board is curated by Danielle L. Vermeer. Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.


how much do we love    these posters    celebrating women in STEM?

how much do we love these posters celebrating women in STEM?