Issue 038 / Woke Robots, Ecoanxiety & My New Favorite Podcast 🎧

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


Hello Friends,

Won’t lie — this newsletter was a tough one to write. The headlines these past few weeks have been heartbreaking and relentless: 

It's easy to feel scared, frustrated and powerless, especially when reading these articles on uncharacteristic 90°+ days. The ecoanxiety is real.

But then you find bright spots. Like the women of color driving climate justice efforts (more in the Mothers of Invention podcast below). The inspiring teens behind the Zero Hour climate march. The unlikely coalitions. The surprising innovations. The case studies of transformation. 

These stories remind us that people are taking action to change the world for the better — and that we can too. What articles, podcasts, videos and other Internet tidbits keep you motivated and inspired? 

✌️
Jess

P.S. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making some changes to make the newsletter even more valuable for you. If you have a few minutes, I’d be so appreciative if you could answer a few questions to help us out.

P.P.S. Did you know that our content strategist Ysabel is also a talented humor writer? Her latest piece for McSweeney’s had me laughing to the point of crying. 😂


This Week's Five Links

🎧 Mothers of Invention
Take the badassery of environmental advocate and former Irish President Mary Robinson, sprinkle in some sassy humour from comedian Maeve Higgins and you’ve got one of my new favorite podcasts. Each Monday, Mothers of Invention shares stories of influential women — many from underrepresented communities — who are leading the fight for climate justice. I particularly enjoyed Episode 2 on divestment.

Meet the Teenagers Leading a Climate Change Movement  The New York Times
Zero Hour is an environmentally focused, creatively minded and technologically savvy coalition against climate change. It’s also run entirely by teenagers. The group caught the nation’s attention with July’s Youth Climate March, but they’re only getting started. “The march is a launch,” said 16-year-old founder Jamie Margolin. “It isn’t, ‘That’s it, we’re done.’”
👉 TAKE ACTION: Support the Zero Hour movement with a donation.  

The NRA Says It’s in Deep Financial Trouble, May Be ‘Unable to Exist’ — Rolling Stone
Talk about bright spots. In a recent court filing, the National Rifle Association — a powerful U.S. gun advocacy organization that’s pretty much the worst — reported that financial difficulties could soon make it “unable to exist... or pursue its advocacy mission.” In May, New York state financial regulators clamped down on an NRA-branded insurance policy that “unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for certain acts of intentional wrongdoing.” Beyond that, the NRA has had a tough time finding insurers, banks and financial service providers who will do business with them in the months since #BoycottNRA first trended on Twitter. Their struggle to find financing is an encouraging example of how consumer activism and business action can have a real influence on national issues.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Fix Wikipedia’s Gender Problem  WIRED
Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. It’s also plagued by gender bias. Only 18% of its biographies are of women, and an overwhelming majority of the site’s editors are men. AI is usually under fire for perpetuating bias, but in the case of Wikipedia it’s now helping even the split. A new software tool uses machine-learning to find notable women, particularly scientists, and write fully sourced Wikipedia entry drafts that a human editor can clean up and publish.

🔧 Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking — Medium
This multi-part Medium series can help you quickly learn the fundamentals of systems thinking, with a focus on how it can be used for social change. It was created by Leyla Acaroglu, a designer, sociologist and entrepreneur with an impressive track record of challenging people to think differently about the status quo. Her popular TED Talk breaks down why the question "Paper or plastic?" isn't so simple from a sustainability perspective, and why understanding the entire system, as well as human behavior, is key to addressing environmental challenges.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany — The New Yorker. Explore our archives for more weekend #longreads.


“You don’t just want to be throwing around, ‘This is due to climate change, that is due to climate change.’” Well — why not?
— From "How Did the End of the World Become Old News?" (New York Magazine)

Spotlight On: That New York Times Climate Article

Screen Shot 2018-08-08 at 4.44.56 PM.png

You know the one we’re talking about. 30,000 words, 18 months of reporting, over a hundred interviews — The New York Times Magazine cover story “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” made waves when it was published last week.

The article takes up the entire issue and is worth reading in full. It’s a historical account of the critical decade between 1979 and 1989 when — per author Nathaniel Rich — we could have acted on climate change, but didn’t. In both print and digital, this account is juxtaposed with powerful imagery of climate change’s modern day impacts. Its epilogue delivers a searing analysis of climate action since; this passage in particular continues to haunt me:

"Everyone knew — and we all still know. We know that the transformations of our planet, which will come gradually and suddenly, will reconfigure the political world order. We know that if we don’t act to reduce emissions, we risk the collapse of civilization. We also know that, without a gargantuan intervention, whatever happens will be worse for our children, worse yet for their children and even worse still for their children’s children, whose lives, our actions have demonstrated, mean nothing to us."

Heavy… but important (though not without its critics). When you’re done reading, don’t despair — do something


CLIENT LOVE // Etsy just released its 2018 Impact Report, which includes exciting updates on their renewable energy efforts, advocacy achievements and diversity and inclusion work. Check out the highlights here


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1. DonorsChoose.org — Partnerships Manager (San Francisco, California)
2. FedEx — Business Strategy Analyst, CSR/Sustainability (Memphis, Tennessee)
3. Participant Media — Manager, Social Impact Digital Campaigns (Los Angeles, California)
4. PYXERA Global — Local Consultant (Dublin, Ireland; Recife, Brazil; San Jose, Costa Rica; Seattle, Washington)
5. Savanna Institute — Investment Analyst (part-time) (Remote / Midwest USA)
6. Swell Investing — Influencer Marketing (contract) (Santa Monica, California)
7. The Wonderful Company — Associate Manager, Strategy - Energy (Los Angeles, California)
8. TOMS — Social Media Coordinator (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Mid-Career

9. Cotton Incorporated — Manager, Sustainability (Cary, North Carolina)
10. Creative Artists Agency — Social Impact Strategist (New York, New York)
11. FactSet — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager - EMEA & APAC (London, UK)
12. Kleen Kanteen — Assistant Marketing Manager (Chico, California)
13. Kohler — Product & Brand Manager – Innovation for Good, Sustainability and Stewardship (Kohler, Wisconsin)
14. Hawaii Nature Center — Education Program Manager (Honolulu, Hawaii)
15. Lyft — Sustainability Manager (San Francisco, California)
16. Mashable — Social Good Editor (New York, New York)
17. Movember Foundation — Corporate Partnerships Manager (London, UK)
18. NIKE — Sustainability Consultant (Zapopan, Mexico)
19. Provenance — Marketing Manager (London, UK)
20. SolarHome — Country Manager (Myanmar)
21. Signify (Philips Lighting) — Sustainability Reporting Manager (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
22. The Body Shop — Ethical Trade Manager(Littlehampton, UK)
23. The Conduit — Programme Manager (London, UK)
24. The Honest Company — Manager, Social Marketing (Los Angeles Area, California)
25. Tom’s of Maine — eCommerce Manager (Seattle, Washington)

Experienced

26. AARP — Vice President, Impact Areas (Washington, DC)
27. J.Crew — Senior Manager, Sustainability (New York, New York)
28. LEGO Group — Local Community Engagement Manager (La Ciénega, Mexico)
29. Markle Foundation — Human Resources Generalist (New York, New York)
30. Sesame Workshop — Head of Early Childhood Development Initiatives (Johannesburg, South Africa)
31. Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation — VP, Marketing Communications (Palo Alto, California)
32. Sustainable Pittsburgh — Executive Director (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 037 / Made In Italy, Smart Philanthropy & My Complicated Reaction To This Summer’s Heatwave 😬 (Plus 34 🔥 Social Impact Jobs!)

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


Hello Friends,

“Summer, I love that day!” goes a joke in the Netherlands. 

It’s pretty true. My first summer in Amsterdam was filled with grey, temperate days, the kind where you’re warm if the sun breaks through the clouds and hits you directly, but just a little too cold if not. 

But this summer, the weather has been incredible — 80 degree days, glorious sun, balmy nights that don’t get dark until close to midnight. The city has turned into one giant party. Everyone’s tan. 

I’m grateful for the chance to have a “real” summer. But I also feel a twinge of anxiety every time my weather app lists five little sun icons in a row, and when I heard that today might be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK. That’s because scientists agree that a major contributor to this summer’s European heatwave is (you guessed it) climate change. 

This issue’s Spotlight shares a cheeky, creative, potentially powerful solution to climate resilience — the Church of Climate Change, a project from creative agency Dr. Monk. By combining tactics from one of the oldest institutions in the world with modern elements (heyyy Taylor Swift dance-offs 👯) Lynn and Ama are breaking new ground when it comes to collective action.

We also have 34 hot new social impact jobs, if the heat has you feeling restless. 😉 

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

✌️Jess

P.S. It was a big week for my husband Dave and his company Holstee. They just launched a new product: Holstee Reflection Cards, a deck filled with questions to spark meaningful conversation and reflection. I’ve loved posing these questions to friends and using them as journal prompts — and I’ve found that the self-reflection is helping me become a better change agent. 💪🏽 Check out their Kickstarter page and watch their fun video here → 


This Week's Five Links

WeWork Will No Longer Serve Meat at Events or Expense Meals With It — The Guardian
Poultry, pork and red meat are officially off the menu at coworking giant WeWork. The company estimates that by 2023, the policy will have saved 445.1 million pounds of C02 emissions and over 15 million animals. Though WeWork’s decision might seem radical (some even say draconian), it’s the type of bold leadership the world needs more of if we’re going to be serious about fighting climate change.

As Customers Turn Away From Leather Shoes, the Beef Industry Is Left With a Glut of Hides — Quartz
Though WeWork is banning it, don’t moo-rn the beef industry just yet (#cheesyjokes). People are eating more beef than ever — they’re just not wearing it. The rise of ethical fashion, coupled with more relaxed dress codes and more stylish sneakers, is driving leather shoes out of vogue, leaving behind a surplus of hides.

Why Environmentalists Should Donate to Women’s and Family-Planning Organizations — EcoCult
Sorting through recyclables can feel futile when literal waves of plastic are rolling into shores around the world. EcoCult’s Alden Wicker has long been a proponent of supporting systemic over individual change, and one way she walks her talk is by setting up monthly donations to nonprofits doing environmental work. Check out which organizations made her hit list (and see why she includes women’s health and family-planning groups too).

The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany — The New Yorker
What does the label “Made In Italy” mean in an increasingly globalized society? This piece takes you to Prato, a town in Tuscany where some of the world’s most recognizable luxury brands source from Italian (and increasingly Chinese-owned) factories. It’s a story of immigration, identity and opportunity — and a reminder that exploitative working conditions can be found everywhere.

🔧 Tool: Resource Watch
Resource Watch helps uncover the unexpected connections between the world’s biggest environmental problems. It brings together over 200 global data sets on issues ranging from food insecurity to ocean health. Explore the topics to find data that will help you make better decisions and tell more impactful stories.


What we call an ‘extreme heatwave’ today we will simply call ‘summer’ in a matter of decades if we do not sharply reduce carbon emissions.
— U.S. climate scientist Michael Mann in “Why Is Europe Going Through A Heatwave?” (The Guardian)

Spotlight: The Church of Climate Change

ChurchOfClimateChange.jpg

A few weekends ago, I found myself on a houseboat in Amsterdam Noord, dancing ecstatically with a group of strangers to Taylor Swift — all in the name of global warming.

I was attending a prototype “mass” for the Church of Climate Change: a new project started by my friends Lynn Zebeda and Ama van Dantzig through their creative agency Dr. Monk.

It’s a provocative idea. After all, people increasingly need to unite against the impacts of global warming. And when we consider the strongest, most enduring institutions in the world... well, the church is right up there. Whatever your feelings around organized religion — and mine can be critical — it’s hard to argue against the fact that over thousands of years, belief systems have connected people to purposes larger than themselves. That’s the type of “sustainability” needed for the climate resilience movement.

So Lynn, Ama and the Dr. Monk team are exploring what a modern-day, secular, environment-oriented “church” might look like, prototyping workshops across the Netherlands and Ghana. During the session I attended, our multi-generational, multi-cultural group sang Beatles songs, played games, heard readings and had an animated group discussion around the concept of “LIBTYFI” — the idea of “leaving it better than you found it” and one of the fundamental principles of the project.

Global warming typically provokes feelings of anxiety and despair, which can be isolating. The Church of Climate Change aims to replace these emotions with joy, purpose and community, converting climate change concerns into collective action. Definitely an approach worth exploring — and dancing to. 💃


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1. Accenture — Communication Intern, Corporate Citizenship (internship) (Brussels, Belgium)
2. Aspire — Research Manager: Policy, Finance & Social Impact (London, UK)
3. Deloitte — Sustainability Analyst (Bologna, Italy)
4. Greater Good Studio — Designer (Chicago, Illinois)
5. Guggenheim Partners — Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (New York, NY)
6. Net Impact — Program and Marketing Associate (Oakland, California)
7. sweetgreen — Supply Chain Manager, Packaging and Innovation (Los Angeles, California)
8. Twilio — Technical Advocate for Social Impact (San Francisco, California)
9. Vox Media — Staff Writer, Effective Altruism (Washington, DC)
10. Zero Waste Europe — Zero Waste Consumption & Production Campaigner (Brussels, Belgium)

Mid-Career

11. Allbirds — Material Innovation Manager (San Francisco, California)
12. Boeing — Regional Community Engagement Specialist (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
13. Crown Family Philanthropies — Strategy Analyst (Chicago, Illinois)
14. G-Star Raw — Environmental Specialist (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
15. Innpact — Senior Board Advisor and Relationship Manager (Luxembourg)
16. Kellogg Company — Global Sustainability Manager (Battle Creek, Michigan)
17. Kier Group — Social Impact Manager (Cambridge, UK)
18. Microsoft — Nonprofit Digital Learning & Community Manager (Redmond, Washington)
19. Mondelez International — Sustainability Manager (Singapore)
20. Oath (Tumblr) — Coordinator, Social Impact (New York, NY)
21. Once Upon A Farm — Head of Ecommerce (Berkeley, California)
22. Sancroft — Consultant (London, UK)
23. Starbucks — Brand Manager, Social Impact & Marketing (Seattle, Washington)
24. Tiffany & Co. — Sr. Analyst, Strategic Sourcing (New York, NY)
25. Triple Jump — Senior Legal Counsel, Fund Transactions (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
26. WeWork — Senior Manager, Public Policy & Social Impact – Veterans Initiatives (New York, NY)

Experienced

27. C&A — Unit Leader Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement (Düsseldorf, Germany
28. FrieslandCampina — Safety, Health, & Environment (SHE) & Sustainability (Amersfoort, Netherlands)
29. Global Reporting Initiative — Chief Development Officer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
30. Impact Engine — Principal (Chicago, Illinois)
31. Lendlease — Head of Sustainability (London, UK)
32. Sattva — Principal Consultant (Mumbai, India)
33. Sephora — Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion (San Francisco, California)
34. UTC Aerospace Systems — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 036 / Cristiano Ronaldo, SF’s Restaurant Problem & A History Of Modern Capitalism From The Perspective Of A Straw

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

Disposable America — The Atlantic
Straws have come a long way from the days of being made out of actual straw. This article charts the evolution of this humble plastic drinking accessory and with it, the societal trends and corporate systems that have enabled straws to become so widespread. A fascinating read (especially for nerdy History majors like me 🤓).

Union To Strike at Fiat Chrysler Over Juventus Cash Splurge on Ronaldo  Reuters
Though Italy didn’t make it to the World Cup this year 😢, Italian football is still making headlines. This week, the Juventus soccer club announced a €100 million contract with Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Just one problem — Juventus is majority-owned by Exor, which also owns 30% of Fiat Chrysler, which in recent years has put thousands of workers on state-sponsored temporary layoff schemes because they failed to invest in new models. Now, an independent union is calling for a strike. “It is unacceptable that while the (owners) ask workers of FCA ... for huge economic sacrifices for years, the same decide to spend hundreds of millions of euros for the purchase of a player,” the USB union said in a statement. This follows other campaigns targeting exorbitant celebrity contracts, like the Clean Clothes Campaign calling on new UNIQLO spokesman Roger Federer to advocate for workers’ rights.

San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work. — The New York Times 
Income inequality is on the rise in San Francisco, with the working class steadily being pushed further and further out. It’s now a city where teachers can’t even afford to live, much less people working in service occupations. Enter a new trend of “fine-casual” restaurants, which are dealing with the labor shortage and new $15/hour minimum wage by removing waitstaff from the equation. At restaurants like Souvla, customers wait in line to order their $13 free-range chicken sandwiches at the counter and bus their own tables at the end of their meals. It’s a case study of how high housing costs alter the economics of everything else — and as a born San Franciscan, it breaks my heart. 

Transforming Air Pollution Into Talk-Provoking Art — The Christian Science Monitor 
If you could write with pollution, what would you say? Anirudh Sharma, a graduate student from New Delhi, began experimenting with turning carbon pollution into ink while studying at MIT. The result is Air-Ink marker, an innovation that is sparking necessary conversation about a problem that affects over 95% of the world’s population and contributed to over 6 million deaths in 2016.

🎧 Unteachable Moment: All the Caffeine in the World Doesn’t Make You Woke — This American Life 
On May 29, Starbucks closed 8,000 stores in the United States so its employees could attend anti-racial bias training. This came after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for a friend, an event that sparked protests and calls for a boycott. Starbucks let a This American Life reporter sit in on the training. The resulting episode is provocative, awkward and raises important questions about how effective diversity and inclusion trainings really are.


According to the inner monologue of millions upon millions of citizens, while not necessarily ideal, throwing away one empty bottle probably wouldn’t make that much of a difference, and could even be forgiven, considering how long they had been carrying it around with them, the time that could be saved by just tossing it out right here, and the fact that they had bicycled to work once last July.
— From “'How Bad For The Environment Can Throwing Away One Plastic Bottle Be?' 30 Million People Wonder” (The Onion)

Spotlight: Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July.jpg

Plastics are polluting our oceans, our soil, even our bodies. It’s an enormous problem that’s growing larger by the day, and only urgent, bold, systemic change will solve it.

Businesses and governments bear the greatest share of responsibility. But consumers play an important role too — by questioning the way plastic has infiltrated our lives, by demanding change from bigger players and by taking a good look at our own relationship with plastics, especially those we take, use and throw away without a second thought.

This month, over two million people are participating in Plastic Free July — a global movement and pledge to refuse single-use plastics.

Depending on where you live, going plastic free can be a challenge. But everyone can start somewhere. Here are a few of our favorite tips:

 Request no straw when you order drinks (and when buying takeout coffee, ask for no lid)

🥒 Opt for non-plastic wrapped produce and skip the plastic produce bags (those cucumbers can go straight into your reusable shopping bag)

🛁 Ditch your plastic body wash containers for good old fashioned bar soap (the all-natural kind also feels more luxurious, IMHO)

️☕️ Invest in a reusable water bottle and coffee cup, and bring your own reusable containers from home for restaurant leftovers  

💪 Don’t be shy about sharing your plastic pledge with the people in your life — you can never underestimate your power to influence others 

For more tips, visit the Plastic Free July website, which has a whole glossary of fun alternatives.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Mid-Career

Experienced


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 035 / RAICES, Refurbished & Why It’s Time To Rethink The Concept Of “Triple Bottom Line”

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It — Harvard Business Review
John Elkington is issuing a recall on the concept of the triple bottom line — a sustainability framework he developed that examines a company’s social, environment, and economic impact. He argues that it has become diluted and is most often used to enable a “trade-off” mindset. The term could be saved, he says, but only if companies embrace radical systems change instead of incremental efforts.

Why Even Viral-Fundraising Skeptics Can Feel Good About Donating to RAICES — Slate
“Rage-giving” is all the rage since Trump took office. But the record-breaking Facebook fundraiser for RAICES — the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas — shattered all expectations. To date, it’s earned over $20M. But is it effective philanthropy? Writing for Slate, Felix Salmon says yes, because the non-profit’s solution is scalable.

👉 TAKE ACTION: Donate to RAICES to help keep families together.

Financial World’s A-List Could Take Hollywood’s Cue on Inclusion — The New York Times
At the Oscars, Frances McDormand introduced us to “inclusion riders” — a contract clause that ensures diverse hiring on set. The idea is now spreading to the financial world. But to work, says Andrew Ross Sorkin, it’ll need the “big pools of money” like pension funds and college endowments to demand diversity in their investment firms.

‘Refurbished’ Is the New Frontier for Outdoor Gear Retailers — TreeHugger
Secondhand is hot right now. Top brands like EILEEN FISHERPatagoniaREI and now The North Face have created mechanisms that allow customers to easily give a second life to old clothing. It’s a smart move for the environment, but it’s also good marketing. After all, only high-quality products can be used again and again and again.

The Magic Number of People Needed to Create Social Change — Fast Company
Only 25% of a group needs to adopt a new social norm before the whole group follows, says a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania. The lead author, Damon Centola, says: “When a community is close to a tipping point to cause large-scale social change, there’s no way they would know this. And if they’re just below a tipping point, their efforts will fail." But reach that magic number and things can change fast.


Whereas CEOs, CFOs, and other corporate leaders move heaven and earth to ensure that they hit their profit targets, the same is very rarely true of their people and planet targets. Clearly, the Triple Bottom Line has failed to bury the single bottom line paradigm.
— John Elkington in “25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase 'Triple Bottom Line.' Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It” (Harvard Business Review)

Spotlight: Brands & The Border

Border_Spotlight.jpg

Profiting from childhood trauma is not a good look, to put it mildly. But the tentacles of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy have reached a lot of businesses, some unwittingly.

For instance, many airlines were quick to distance themselves from the policy after it was reported that separated children were being flown to different states. Employees at Microsoft and Amazon protested their companies’ work with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. And CEOs came out with statements denouncing the policy, donating money and resources to the cause.

But other businesses are still complicit. Take the companies that house and transport migrants, some of which have made millions through government contracts. After these reports surfaced, at least one of those companies, MVM, said it will no longer pursue new contracts associated with undocumented families and children. It’s further proof that when citizens express outrage, businesses listen — and perhaps a nudge to express your opinions on the subject to the other companies highlighted in the report. 


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Mid-Career

Experienced

Special Opportunities


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 034 / The Vehicle of the Future, Slow Fashion Summer & What Google’s AI Principles Left Out

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

What Google's AI Principles Left Out — Bloomberg
Last week, Google released new artificial intelligence (AI) guidelines after thousands of employees campaigned against its controversial drone project with the Pentagon. It’s a first step, but is it enough? As algorithms exert more control over our lives, ethical AI is a growing concern that companies like Google need to take more seriously, including through external engagement.  

Coke Claims to Give Back As Much Water As It Uses. An Investigation Shows It Isn’t Even Close — The Verge
To tout its water conservation initiatives, Coca-Cola came up with the tagline, “For every drop we use, we give one back.” Sounds great — if only it were true. Coke only factored in the water used in the soda bottle itself, but left out the water used throughout its supply chain, which has a significantly greater impact. It’s a lesson for all CSR professionals, both of the need to be comprehensive with impact mapping and not to lose touch with the facts when crafting those catchy one-liners.

Black Plastic Is Killing the Planet. It’s Time to Stop Using It — Fast Company Design
Black plastic is harmful for a surprising reason: recycling. A lot of it gets sent to landfill because the sensors at recycling plants are bad at detecting it. So the black plastic that does get recycled tends to come from e-waste, which contains harmful toxins. When this toxic plastic gets recycled into things like takeout containers, it’s a big problem. The bottom line? Small choices, even around things like color, matter.

The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike — WIRED
The future of transportation is exciting: solar-powered roads, autonomous vehicles, flying cars, the bicycle. Yes, the humble bike. Thanks to new technologies like RFID, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile-payment systems, the bicycle is going high-tech and enabling cities to become smarter through initiatives like dockless bike-sharing.

80,000 Hours
This free resource gives practical, evidence-based advice on how to do the most good throughout your career — all 80,000 hours of it. The entire guide is worth exploring, but we want to call attention to this section that outlines how anyone can make a difference, regardless of their career path.


The bike-tech revolution reminds us that innovation isn’t always about the totally new. It’s often just as powerful to blend a robust, old tool that works well with a bit of new tech to make it better.
— From The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike (WIRED)

Spotlight: Slow Fashion Summer

arnel-hasanovic-673679-unsplash.jpg

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and our obsession with new clothes is costing the planet. For instance, producing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water, which is the amount a person drinks in three years. And the industry creates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is more than international flights and shipping combined.

This summer, take action — or rather, inaction. Join Collaction’s Slow Fashion Summer campaign and commit to not buy any new clothes from June 21st to September 21st. 

We only wear 20% of our wardrobes, so take a summer trip into your closet to rediscover long-lost favorites. You can also buy secondhand or trade with a friend. 

Sign the pledge by June 20th and join the Facebook group to swap tips, tricks and clothes.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Arabella Advisors — Program Assistant (Chicago, IL)
Beautycounter — Manager, Sustainability & Giving (Santa Monica, CA)
Belazu Ingredient Company — Charity & CSR Coordinator (London, UK)
Chalhoub Group — Corporate Social Responsibility Executive (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Economic Security Project — Administrative Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Farmer’s Fridge — Financial Analyst (Chicago, IL)
Next Street — Senior Analyst (Location Flexible)
Salary Finance — Team Assistant (Boston, MA)

Mid-Career

Fair Food Network — Digital Strategist (Ann Arbor or Detroit, MI)
Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility — Director of Service and Product, Southeast Asia (Hong Kong)
Center for Court Innovation — Senior Project Manager, Technology (New York, NY)
General Mills — Sustainability Senior Analyst (Berkeley, CA)
Global Fund to End Modern Slavery — Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager (Asia, flexible)
LinkedIn — Global Employee Programs & Strategy Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
Lyft — Social Impact Manager (San Francisco, CA)
Microsoft — Business Program Manager, Tech for Social Impact (Redmond, WA)
Organic Cotton Accelerator — Program Officer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
PVH Corp — Corporate Responsibility, Systems Manager (New York, NY)
Starbucks — Senior Project Manager, Research & Innovation (Seattle, WA)
Swarovski — Sustainability Manager (London, UK)
The World Bank — Social Development Specialist (Yangon, Myanmar)
Who Gives A Crap — Growth Marketing Manager, Paid Social (Los Angeles, CA)

Experienced

Autodesk — Industry Marketing Manager, AEC Sustainability (San Francisco, CA)
Califia Farms — Senior Manager, Experiential Marketing (Los Angeles, CA)
Fair Trade USA — Supply Chain Director, CPG (Oakland, CA)
Hilton — Director, Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific (Singapore)
ICTI Ethical Toy Program — Program Director, Asia Operations (Hong Kong)
IDEO.org — Partnership Lead (New York, NY)
Ketchum Digital — Vice President, CSR/Purpose (New York, NY)
LEGO — PlayDay Programme Director (Billund, Denmark)
PayPal — Director, ESG Reporting Lead (San Jose, CA)
The Fresh Market — Director of Communications and Community (Greensboro, NC)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 033 / Coffee Waste, Circularity & The Business Case For Hiring Refugees

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

Why the New CEO Activism Is Bad for Everyone  Quartz
From the dissolution of the President's Manufacturing Council to Patagonia’s public lands campaign, CEO activism is gaining momentum. But can companies really fill the policy void created by a volatile political environment? Should they try? And what are the risks with this approach? These are the questions raised by BSR’s Alison Taylor in this provocative op-ed offering a different perspective on a trend otherwise hailed as positive.

Study: Refugees Stay In Manufacturing Jobs Longer Than Other Employees — Forbes
Hiring refugees is good business, according to a recent study of employment trends in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The study, commissioned by non-profit Tent, found that the average employee turnover rate for refugee workers is 4%, while the overall average is 11%. That higher retention rate could translate into thousands of dollars saved for every refugee hire.

Fashion’s Woman Problem  New York Times
Women are everywhere in fashion — except at the top. Only 14% of major brands are run by a female executive. A new report attempts to understand this gender imbalance and propose solutions. The reasons are painfully familiar and the solutions aren’t unique to fashion (they include flexible hours, pay-gap audits and mentorship) but the study itself is worth reading for its insights and anecdotes.

Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself — Bloomberg
The husk that encases coffee beans, called cascara, used to be considered trash. Today, it’s selling for $7/pound, while the humble bean averages at just $1.20/pound. Starbucks, Blue Bottle and Stumptown are even making fancy lattes from it. They say “Waste not want not”... but now we just really want to try one of those lattes.

Circle Lab: Inspiring Stories of the Circular Economy in Practice
Last week, Amsterdam circularity organization Circle Economy launched a database of more than 1,000 case studies demonstrating how organizations around the world use circular strategies to create value. It’s full of creative ideas and practical solutions, and it’s organized by sector to make it super easy to search. The hope is that these case studies help to move the circularity dialogue from exploration to action.


We don’t talk about it as much, because there’s a feeling everyone knows. But sometimes you have to say something so people can’t pretend it’s not true.
— Diane von Furstenberg in “Fashion’s Woman Problem” (The New York Times)

Spotlight: The Apps Battling Food Waste

Imperfect Produce.jpg

1.3 billion tons of edible food are wasted every year. That’s 4,000 pounds for every person who goes hungry. If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Another statistic? Over 2 billion people own a smartphone and that number is only growing. So when it comes to battling food waste, of course there’s an “app for that.” Several, in fact. And they’re genius.

  • Too Good To Go is one that’s scaling fast across Europe. The idea is simple: it connects users to nearby restaurants, cafes and supermarkets selling off surplus food that would otherwise go to waste — at serious discounts. 
     
  • In the U.S., Food for All is a similar concept currently available in New York City and Boston. 
     
  • One app available worldwide is OLIO, which helps both businesses and households give away their extra food to neighbors. Simply upload a picture of what you’re sharing and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.

A shout-out also goes to Imperfect Produce, a subscription box of fresh fruits and vegetables that are considered too “ugly” for grocery stores (but not for our bellies!).

P.S. If this spotlight gets you fired up about food waste, check out our jobs board for an exciting Amsterdam-based career opportunity from Too Good To Go.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

ASOS — Senior Ethical Trade Associate, Brands (contract) (London, UK)
Carnegie Fabrics — Design Assistant (New York, NY)
Encourage Capital — Analyst/Senior Analyst (New York, NY)
Living Goods — Business Development Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Randstad — Marketing Specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility (contract) (Richardson, TX)
Too Good To Go — Business Developer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Mid-Career

Amadeus IT Group — Program Manager, Social Responsibility (Madrid, Spain)
Bimbo Bakeries — Regional Environmental Sustainability Manager (Chicago, IL)
Co-Impact — Communications and External Affairs Associate (New York, NY)
Comcast — Community Impact External Engagement Manager (Livermore, CA)
DLL — Sustainability Consultant, Business Development (Wayne, PA or Des Moines, IA)
Fair Labor Association — Licensee Program Manager (Washington, DC)
Fors March Group — Senior Researcher, Behavior Change (Arlington, VA)
Enviva — Community Relations Manager (Raleigh, NC)
Hatch — Regional Lead, Environmental Services Group Australia Asia (Brisbane, Australia)
Honest Tea — Brand Manager, Mission & Natural Channel (Bethesda, MD)
lululemon — Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver, Canada)
Niuversity — Chief Tech Officer (Berlin, Germany)
Pact — Cobalt Project Lead, Global Battery Alliance (Washington, DC)
Shift Foundation — Senior Innovation Lead (London, UK)
Stanford University — Associate Director, Social Entrepreneurship Program (Stanford, CA)
The Women's Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications — Feminist Researcher (Flexible)
Twitter — Community Outreach & Corporate Philanthropy Manager (San Francisco, CA)
UL — EHS & Sustainability Consultant (Chicago, IL)

Experienced

Cisco — Social and Environmental Responsibility Program Manager (San Jose, CA)
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative — Senior Manager, Learning & Innovation (Utrecht, Netherlands)
One Acre Fund — Malawi Country Director (Zomba, Malawi)
ServiceNow — Senior Director, Global Impact (Santa Clara, CA)
Uptake.org — Uptake Data Fellowship (Chicago, IL)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 032 / Coral-Killing Sunscreen, Unboxings & Creative Things To Say To Climate Deniers

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

Hawaii Approves Bill Banning Sunscreen Believed to Kill Coral Reefs — NPR
By 2050, researchers estimate that half the coral reefs in the world will be destroyed. Rising temperatures are a major contributor, but they aren’t the only culprit. Sunscreen also causes coral bleaching — and 14,000 tons of it end up in our oceans each year. Now, Hawaii has become the first state to ban commercial sunscreen’s two deadliest ingredients: oxybenzone and octinoxate. The ban goes into effect in 2021, but many Hawaiian businesses have already stopped selling the bad stuff.

👉 TAKE ACTION: If you’re headed to the beach this summer, make sure your sunscreen is ocean-friendly. Here’s a list to get you started

Treating Workers Fairly at Rent the Runway — The New York Times
Jennifer Hyman, co-founder of Rent the Runway, recently did something radical: she gave hourly employees the same parental leave, family sick leave, bereavement leave and sabbatical packages as salaried employees. But should this really be considered “radical”? Why can’t it just be the status quo? These are the questions this op-ed forces us to consider. 

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Save the Planet — Fast Company
Data-driven disaster response. Autonomous water and energy systems. Satellites that can detect environmental destruction in real-time. These are just a few of the 80+ environmental applications of artificial intelligence identified in a recent PwC report. The possibilities are incredible. 

Unboxing the Truth — Thomson Reuters Foundation
“$5 is the cost of a child slave today. Less than 2% of slaves will be rescued. $150 billion illegal profits are made each year from slavery.” These statistics appear on a pair of sneakers sent to YouTube star and professional ‘unboxer’ Jacques Slade in a stunt to raise awareness about modern slavery. Slade looked visibly stunned as he uncovered each of these stats, concluding, “We all contribute to this, and we don’t know that.” 

Today We Will
Every weekday, Olivia Gossett Cooper sends subscribers a tip for living more sustainably that is drop-dead simple but can have a real positive impact. And when we say simple, we mean simple. I loved the recent suggestion to choose lonely bananas at the grocery store (because single bananas are 60% more likely to be thrown out as food waste than bunches 😢). Definitely a must-subscribe.


I had inadvertently created classes of employees — and by doing so, had done my part to contribute to America’s inequality problem.
— Jennifer Hyman discusses how she broke with the status quo by equalizing employee benefits in “Treating Workers Fairly at Rent the Runway” (The New York Times)

Spotlight: Creative Responses to Climate Change Deniers 

ThredUpSpotlight.png

You’re in a conversation and someone casually questions the existence of climate change. “The climate’s changed before.” “All the science is exaggerated.” “Today is freezing! See, the earth isn’t getting warmer.” “IT’S ALL A LIBERAL CONSPIRACY!”

Yeah, we’ve all been there. Maybe you delivered an impassioned rebuttal. Maybe you dropped some knowledge. Or maybe you just sat in silence, seething with frustration and judgement. 

But what if you responded with humor and creativity?

“Climate Change is Not Real” was the prompt given to 12 artists by thredUP, a secondhand marketplace. The result is Project re:made, a collection of creative, whimsical designs intended to spark discussion about climate change with believers and non-believers alike. As we’ve written about before, humor might be the most effective way to communicate the dangers of climate change. thredUP’s designs might help us open the door to real dialogue.


Guam Conference

University of Guam Conference on Island Sustainability

In March, I had the opportunity to go home to Guam, the U.S. island territory where I grew up, to deliver a keynote speech on sustainable business at the University of Guam’s 2018 Conference on Island Sustainability. It was an invigorating few days, filled with ideas, talks and dialogue on environmental challenges in a small island context. It was deeply fulfilling to reconnect with my home in a different way, and I can’t wait to stay connected with what happens next. 
 
🌴 Watch my presentation on Business as a Force for Good here.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Global Impact Investing Network — Communications Associate (New York, NY)
Rubicon Global — Sales Operations Analyst (Atlanta, GA)
SustainAbility — Administrative Assistant (Berkeley, CA)
United Nations World Food Programme — Business Support Assistant (Johannesburg, South Africa)
VF Corporation — Sustainability Trainee (Stabio, Switzerland)

Mid-Career

1% for the Planet — Brand Manager (Burlington, VT)
AARP Foundation — Advisor, Impact Areas (Washington, DC)
AgGrad — Co-Director, Agricultural Sustainability (Madison, WI)
BerlinRosen — Campaign Strategist, Social Impact & Philanthropy (New York, NY)
C&A — Sustainability Energy Manager (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Girlboss — Product Manager (Los Angeles, CA)
Greenpeace — Global Project Management and Change Management Specialist (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
PATH — Innovation Manager, Impact Lab (Seattle, WA)
PIE Strategy Unlimited — Senior Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)
prAna — Social Responsibility and Traceability Specialist (Carlsbad, CA)
Stanley/Stella — Product Manager (Brussels, Belgium)
Stella McCartney — Social Sustainability Coordinator (Milan, Italy)
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific — Sustainability Manager (Bundall, Australia)
Yerdle Recommerce — Director of Product (San Francisco, CA)

Experienced

BSI — Senior Environmental Health & Safety Consultant (Los Angeles, CA)
CoDesign Studio — Principal (Melbourne, Australia)
Classy — Sr. Manager of Product Marketing, Small & Midsize Nonprofits (San Diego, CA)
Dropbox — Senior Social Impact Manager (San Francisco, CA)
Intercontinental Hotels Group — Director, Global Corporate Responsibility (Denham, UK)
Enso — Director of Strategy (Santa Monica, CA)
Nuveen — Director, Responsible Investing (New York, NY)
Palladium — Civil Society Engagement Manager - Peru Forest Governance (Lima, Peru)
PPG — Executive Director, PPG Foundation & Corporate Global Social Responsibility (Pittsburgh, PA)
Reformation — VP, Merchandising & Planning (Los Angeles, CA)
Theo Chocolate — Vice President, Marketing (Redmond, WA)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 031 / Tiny Homes, Transparent Fashion & How To Change Customer Behavior

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

The Top Jobs Where Women Are Outnumbered by Men Named JohnThe New York Times
You know what they say – behind every successful woman is at least five men named John. This sad and almost funny comparison from the Upshot raises an urgent question: how do we create more equitable workplaces? If you’re at Nike, you Just Do It. A group of women recently shined a light on Nike’s culture of sexism, which led to the departure of six male executives. There is power in numbers — we just have to decide if that power belongs to the Johns, or to everyone.

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got ThereFast Company
From its data centers to its retail stores, Apple now runs on 100% clean energy. This article takes a deep-dive into how Apple sweated the details to reach this milestone and outlines what’s next for the tech giant, which includes getting its supply chain on board. 

Amazon Gets Huge Subsidies to Provide Good Jobs—But It’s a Top Employer of SNAP Recipients In at Least Five StatesThe New Food Economy
While Amazon accepts massive government subsidies — including through a much-publicized city competition to host the company’s second headquarters — new data suggests that 1/3 of Amazon’s own employees rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) to put food on the table.

2018 Fashion Transparency IndexFashion Revolution
Who made my clothes? It’s a question everyone should know the answer to, which is where the Fashion Transparency Index comes in. The index ranks 150 of the biggest brands and retailers on how transparent they are about their supply chain and their social and environmental impact. Is it perfect? No, because like many rankings it relies on self-reporting from brands, which can be skewed by many factors. But more information is better than none, and the index keeps the pressure on.

Dan Ariely on Changing Customer Behavior+Acumen
To change the world, you have to figure out how to change people’s (often irrational) behaviors. So if you work in social impact or sustainability, you may benefit from this online course taught by Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. It is a great primer on how to leverage behavioral science in your work. 


If you don’t take (this class), you will regret it. Maybe not now, but later or for the rest of your life.
— Dan Ariely employing one of his key behavior change principles to convince you to take his Acumen+ course on Changing Consumer Behavior

conscious chatter jm.jpeg

#ConsciousChatter’s Addvantage Podcast

How does price relate to luxury and sustainability? I recently represented RC partner Fashion for Good in this dialogue with Vogue Australia Sustainability Editor Clare Press, Sitra’s Matti Aistrich, Helsinki Fashion Week’s Evelyn Mora and Kestrel Jenkins on the Addvantage podcast, Conscious Chatter's latest series.

🎧 Listen to our conversation here.


Spotlight: Tiny House 2.0

Life Edited.jpg

Tiny homes, casitas, bungalows, cabins. Call them what you will; I love them all. With millennials pretty much screwed when it comes to the four-bed-two-bath-white-picket-fence home ownership dream, small living seems infinitely more practical. And now, with top designers weighing in, it’s way more exciting and environmentally friendly. 

Take this aspirational home designed by Graham Hill, founder of Treehugger and minimalist design consultancy LifeEdited. At 1,000 square feet, the LifeEdited Maui property is less than half the size of the average 2,697 square foot American home — but through smart design elements like adjustable furniture and sliding walls, it can function as a much larger space. Plus, with solar panels, composting toilets and rainwater catchment, it is completely off the grid. 

LifeEdited Maui joins LifeEdited New York — a 420-square-foot "micro apartment" — as showcase pieces for the small living movement. They represent a vision of luxury that eschews the mansion for more minimal, streamlined and sustainable homes. I’m sold.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Arabella Advisors — Program Assistant (Chicago, IL)
Chobani — Corporate Affairs Specialist (New York, NY)
Futerra — Junior Consultant (London, UK)
Global Brands Group (Member of Fung Group) — Associate, Social and Environmental Affairs (Greensboro, NC)
RXBAR — Category Analyst, Specialty (Chicago, IL)
THINX — Social Media Associate, Icon (New York, NY)
Wellcome Trust — Diversity & Inclusion, Project Officer (London, UK)

Mid-Career

412 Food Rescue — Chief Program Officer (Pittsburgh, PA)
Allbirds — International Marketing Manager (San Francisco, CA)
BBMG — Senior Program Manager (New York, NY)
Farmer’s Fridge — Digital Marketing Director (Chicago, IL)
Fashion for Good — Experience Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Food+ by Compass — Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)
Ford Foundation — Investment Associate - Mission Investments (New York, NY)
Grist — Senior Editor (Seattle or Various Locations)
LOLA — Senior Marketing Manager (New York, NY)
IDEO.org — Business Designer (Nairobi, Kenya)
Impact Hub Amsterdam – Community Catalyst (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Macy’s — Director, Corporate Giving (New York, NY)
Nigerian Stock Exchange — Corporate Social Responsibility Support Officer (Lagos, Nigeria)
Okta — Program Manager, Nonprofit Success, Okta for Good (San Francisco, CA)
Patagonia — Environmental Programs Manager (Ventura, CA)
Sustainable Apparel Coalition — Global Project Manager (contract) (San Francisco, CA)
Synergistiq — Consultant, Social Impact Design (Melbourne, Australia)
T-Mobile — Senior Communications Manager, Corporate & Brand Communications (Bellevue, WA)
Visa — Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Reporting & Transparency (Foster City, CA)
Yara International — Environmental, Social & Governance Manager (Oslo, Norway)

Experienced

Bulletin — Director of Digital Marketing (New York, NY)
Forum for the Future — Head of Communications and Marketing (London, UK)
Gap Inc — Vice President, Sustainability Field Operations (Hong Kong)
Moneythink — Chief Executive Officer (San Francisco, CA)
The North Face — Senior Director, Corporate Communications & CSR (Alameda, CA)
Purpose — Head of Office (London, UK)
Tala — Chief Financial Officer (Santa Monica, CA)
VentureWell — Senior Program Officer (Greater Boston Area)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

🌎 Issue 030 / Magical Cities, Mac ‘n Cheese & Starting a Fashion Revolution

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


Hello Friends,

It’s Earth Week — a week for dialogue, for action and for shameless use of the color green in all of its iterations. To commemorate, we’ve dedicated this issue to wacky, wonderful stories about the world around us. From magical city designs, to climate-friendly mac ‘n cheese, to stunning photography of global warming’s impacts, these links tickled our fancies and opened our eyes to new possibilities.

And when this special week ends, another begins. From April 23-29, millions of activists will make themselves heard during the fifth-annual Fashion Revolution Week. We shine a spotlight on this global movement and share ways you can get involved. 

Let’s not forget our growing social impact jobs board! Danielle Vermeer has curated 34 awesome opportunities — AND categorized them by level so it’s even easier for you to find your next great gig.

As always, we want to know what you like, what you don’t and what’s on your mind. Email us — we’d love to hear from you.

️️✌️🌎
Jess & Team Reconsidered

P.S. I hate when people say it’s too bothersome/expensive/annoying/difficult to live consciously. So I wrote up a quickie blog post sharing Three Life Hacks That Have Improved My Life, Saved Me Money & Are Also Better For The Environment. What life hacks work for you?

This Week's Five Links

A Smog Vacuum Cleaner and Other Magical City Designs — TED
From a Van Gogh-inspired bike path, to a dance floor that generates electricity, to (yes) a smog vacuum cleaner — Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce whimsical, earth-friendly innovations that blew my mind. You’ll never say “yes, but” again. 

This Macaroni and Cheese Helps Fight Climate Change — Fast Company
Can you name the farmer who grew the food in your kitchen? You could if you picked up a box of Annie’s new macaroni and cheese. By printing the farmer’s name on the box, Annie’s is raising awareness for regenerative farming practices, which promote soil health, increase biodiversity, and sequester carbon. The limited-edition product is sourced from one farm, but it serves as a proof of concept for larger-scale initiatives. 

How Clean Indoor Air Is Becoming China’s Latest Luxury Must-Have — The Guardian
Many of us believe we’re safe from air pollution if we just stay inside. We’re not. In China, filtered air has turned into a business opportunity and a marketing tool. It’s an amenity at luxury hotels, and a workplace perk to help attract and keep employees. The latter is true in more ways than one: a study found that a high-level filtration system can actually raise an employee’s life expectancy. 

What I Learned From 14 Years of Shooting ‘Images From a Warming Planet’ — Sustainable Brands
After witnessing first-hand the rapid warming of the Arctic in Alaska, Ashley Cooper made it his life’s work to document our changing planet. In this moving reflection, he recounts his 14-year journey of amassing the largest collection of climate change images. His photographs take viewers around the world to witness the devastating effects of global warming and also — perhaps more importantly — to see how people are working to address it.

Scientists Stumbled Upon a Plastic-Eating Bacterium—Then Accidentally Made It Stronger — Popular Science
It takes hundreds of years for plastic to degrade — until now. While studying a bacterium that evolved to eat PET (the material used to make those plastic bottles that are all the rage in the world’s oceans right now), scientists accidentally made it even more efficient. Now, the process of turning PET back into its raw components can begin within days. 


In the future you can imagine the scenario where you want to go out for a coffee or a meal, but before you choose the restaurant or coffee shop you look up which one has the best indoor air quality.
— Tom Watson, director of engineering at PureLiving, in "How Clean Indoor Air Is Becoming China’s Latest Luxury Must-Have" (The Guardian)

Spotlight: Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution Spotlight.jpg

It’s been five years since 1,138 people died and thousands more were injured during the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The factory complex had produced clothes for global brands including Zara, Walmart, Benetton, and J.C. Penny, and its devastating collapse was an industry-wide wakeup call and catalyst for change. 

Since 2013, a lot has changed for workers’ safety. But there is still a long way to go, in Bangladesh and across the industry. 

Consumers have a powerful voice in pushing for change — a power that has been harnessed incredibly by Fashion Revolution, a movement and annual campaign commemorating the anniversary of Rana Plaza.  Four years ago I had the honor to serve on the U.S. steering committee for the first-ever Fashion Revolution Week; now, Fashion Revolution has grown into an impressive global movement across more than 90 countries.  

This year, Fashion Revolution Week takes place from April 23-29. It’s an opportunity for all of us to demand transparency by asking a simple question: “Who made my clothes?” 

To get involved:

📷 Take a picture of your clothing label and share it with the brand or on social media with the hashtag question #whomademyclothes?

🌎 See if there’s a Fashion Revolution event near you

👗 Download Fashion Revolution Week’s super informative 2018 Action Guide for more tips, templates and tools.   

A revolution needs voices. Make yours heard — the fashion industry is listening.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Acumen — Innovation Associate (New York, NY)
GlobeScan — Senior Research Executive/Project Manager (London, UK)
Landed — Customer Development (San Francisco, CA)
Open Philanthropy Project — Research Analyst (San Francisco, CA)
Tesco — Responsible Sourcing Manager, Marine (Welwyn Garden City, UK)
TOMS — Global Giving Partnerships Coordinator (Los Angeles, CA)
UCLA — Program Manager, Skoll Center For Social Impact Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA)
UL — Entry Level Social Compliance Auditor (Washington, D.C.)
UNDP — National Consultant, Social Innovation Platform Project Coordinator and Communication (Bangkok, Thailand)
Yakima Chief – Hopunion — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Yakima, Washington Area)

Mid-Career

Dr. Martens - Airwair International — Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator (London, UK)
Everlane — Inventory Planner (San Francisco, CA)
Futerra London — Group Operations Manager (London, UK)
H&M — Inclusion and Diversity Manager, North America (New York, NY)
Hunkemöller — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hilversum, Netherlands)
Ketchum — Account Supervisor, Brand/Purpose (New York, NY)
Kiva — Lifecycle Marketing Manager (Portland, OR)
Lyft — Associate Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
New Look — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (London, UK)
Next Street — Managing Associate (New York, Chicago, or Boston)
Redress — Sponsorship Manager (Hong Kong, HK)
Reformation — Product Owner (Los Angeles, CA)
SOKO — eCommerce Merchandising Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Walgreens — Senior Manager, Ethical Sourcing Program (Northbrook, IL)
Warby Parker — Ecommerce Product Manager (New York, NY)

Experienced

Baxter International — Foundation and Global Community Relations Lead (Greater Chicago Area)
Comedy Central — Vice President, Social Impact Strategy (New York, NY)
Ellis Jones — Director, Social Impact (Melbourne, Australia)
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative — Senior Manager, Learning and Innovation (Utrecht Area, Netherlands)
Palo Alto Networks — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (Santa Clara, CA)
Sesame Workshop — Managing Director, Refugee Programs, Middle East (New York, NY)
Target — Foundation Program Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility (Minneapolis, MN)
The Honest Company — Senior Brand Manager, Baby (Los Angeles, CA)
TOMS — Vice President, Ecommerce (Los Angeles, CA)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!

Issue 029 / Open-Source Design, Climate Change LOLs & The World’s First Sustainable Tourism Passport Pledge

Reconsidered is a bi-weekly newsletter curating thought-provoking content on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social impact. Click here to subscribe. 


This Week's Five Links

We’re Buried in Starbucks Cups. What Are They Doing About It? — Eater
Starbucks estimates it’s responsible for six billion of the roughly 600 billion paper and plastic cups circulated each year. Now, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy, Starbucks has announced a competition to develop a compostable or recyclable cup for its customers. Eater charts where Starbucks has fallen short in the past, and the challenges it faces as it embarks on this ambitious new goal. 

Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data— The New York Times
Grindr was recently praised for a feature that reminds users to get tested for HIV. But just a few days later, the gay dating app came under fire for sharing sensitive user data, including HIV status, with outside vendors. The CSR initiative and the data scandal are unrelated — Grindr has long allowed users to share this health information. But it’s a significant sequence of events. Data can help inform powerful CSR initiatives, but it can also cause real harm if not treated with the appropriate ethical considerations. 

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Likely to Get Funding If They Emphasize Their Social Mission — Harvard Business Review 
File this in our “sad but not surprising” folder. A study found that while female-led ventures were generally perceived as less viable than male-led ones, female entrepreneurs who more “heavily emphasized their social impact managed to avoid this gender penalty.” There are a number of takeaways from this, including 😱❗😡❗😵❗. But the biggest is that it’s absolutely critical for all of us, regardless of our gender identity, to recognize the biases that inform our business environment.

Humor Can Get Young People Fired Up About Climate Change — Grist
Climate change isn’t very funny. In fact, it’s downright terrifying. But a new study from researchers at Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund found that using humor to communicate the dangers of climate change was the best way to galvanize 18- to 24-year-olds to take action. Another recent study, this one from Princeton University, found pride to be a significant driver of environmental behavior too, even more than guilt.

Nike “Design With Grind” Challenge — OpenIDEO
For years, Nike has recovered used footwear and manufacturing scraps into a palette of recycled materials called Nike Grind. These materials have been given a second life in the brand’s footwear and apparel, as well as in sport surfaces. Now, Nike wants to know what you would do with it. Together with OpenIDEO, Nike is looking to find and fund the most innovative ideas. The deadline is May 1st, so put on those reusable thinking caps and go read the brief. 


The only footprints I shall leave are those that will wash away.
— The Palau Pledge (more below)

Spotlight: The Palau Pledge

The Palau Pledge.jpg

Of the places I’ve visited, Palau is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful. But in recent years, the Pacific island nation has suffered from an influx in tourists who aren’t quite aware or conscious of their impact on the islands’ environment and culture. Natural treasures like the archipelago’s vibrant coral reefs and unique Jellyfish Lake have been damaged. Water supplies have been threatened. Biodiversity has suffered.

Rather than let tourism go unchecked, a coalition of concerned citizens, government leaders and local businesspeople have taken action. Earlier this year, Palau became the first nation on Earth to change its immigration laws with the expressed purpose of encouraging environmental and cultural preservation. Now, visitors are required to sign the Palau Pledge — a commitment, stamped in passports, through which visitors promise the island’s children that they will “tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully”.

The eco-pledge is paired with a beautifully filmed in-flight video, an environment-focused school curriculum and a reduction in the number of inbound flights. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Rolling Stones and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are just some of the celebrities that have signaled their support.

"Human impact on our Earth's environment is one of the biggest challenges facing our world today," said Palau president Tommy E Remengesau Jr. "As a small country we feel the impact of these actions acutely. We hope that the Palau Pledge raises global awareness of the responsibility that this generation has to the next."


Social Impact Jobs

Accenture — Sustainability Consulting Professional (Stockholm, Sweden)
Amazon — Sr. Operations Program Manager, Social Responsibility (Seattle, WA)
Apple — Program Manager, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives (Cupertino, CA)
Bard College: MBA in Sustainability — Program Associate (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
Bombas — Community & Giving Relationship Manager (New York, NY)
Charles Schwab — Portfolio Manager, Community Development (Henderson, NV)
DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation — Director (Pittsburgh Area, PA)
Disney Parks & Resorts — Associate Citizenship & Community Relations Manager (Shanghai, China)
Edesia Nutrition — Brand Manager, Little Nut (Rhode Island Area)
ELEVATE — Senior Manager, Client Services (London, UK)
EY — Senior Executive, Corporate Sustainability, EMEIA Financial Services (Brussels, Belgium)
Facebook — Instagram Wellbeing Program Lead (Menlo Park, CA)
Fair Food Network — Digital Marketing Manager (Ann Arbor or Detroit, MI)
Hasbro — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Rhode Island Area)
Hero Balancer — Product Manager & Partner (North Holland, Netherlands)
HESTA — Social Impact Specialist (Melbourne, Australia)
HSBC — Sustainable Finance Manager (London, UK)
KIND — Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO (New York, NY)
KPMG — Sustainability Manager - Corporate Citizenship (Sydney, Australia)
Lockheed Martin — Sustainability Analyst (Washington, DC Area)
Moody’s Corporation — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hong Kong, HK)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — Environmental Sustainability Administrator (Pasadena, CA)
Overdeck Family Foundation — Communications Officer (New York, NY)
Proximity Designs — Head of Marketing & Communications (Yangon, Myanmar)
RXBAR — Senior Manager, Internal Communications (Chicago, IL)
Sesame Street — Senior Project Manager, US Social Impact (New York, NY)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation — Associate Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Mountain View, CA)
Smithsonian Institution, My Armenia Program — Technical or Professional, Non-personal Services (Yerevan, Armenia)
Umbra — Corporate Social Responsibility Officer (Shenzhen, China)
Vaisala — Environmental Manager (Helsinki, Finland)
Verizon — Social Impact Manager (Denver, CO)


This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!