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

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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

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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 

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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.


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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

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#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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Issue 028 / Microplastics, Climate Migration & The Designer Giving Chewing Gum a Second Life

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This Week's Five Links

The Data HarvestersThe Daily Podcast by The New York Times
Last week The New York Times broke the story of how Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy credited with helping Trump win the U.S. presidency, harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users to target — and many would say, manipulate — the American electorate. The breach has caused Facebook’s stock to plunge, motivated a #DeleteFacebook movement and led many to criticize the company’s approach to social responsibility. In this podcast, the reporter who broke the story shares how he did it and his thoughts on Facebook's future.

Welcome to the Age of Climate MigrationRolling Stone
“Climate change is going to remap our world, changing not just how we live but where we live,” writes Jeffrey Goodell in this piece that plots out the parts of the United States that are predicted to become virtually uninhabitable due to climate change. As rising sea levels eat away at our cities and soaring temperatures become fatal, where will we take refuge? And who will be able to afford the move?

Microplastic Contamination Is Found in Most Bottled Water, a New Study SaysTIME
Microplastics — those tiny plastic particles found in sources like synthetic clothing, beauty products and deteriorating plastic trash — plague our oceans, rivers and lakes. And now, they’ve been detected in our bottled water. Researchers tested 259 bottles across nine countries and 11 brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestlé and San Pellegrino, and found signs of contamination in 93% of the samples — which makes us 110% certain it’s time to ditch the bottle. 

Regenerative Organic Certification Wants to Be the Ethical Standard to Rule Them AllFast Company
Patagonia and Dr. Bronner’s have teamed up on a new agricultural sustainability standard that rolls best practices from existing certifications like Fair Trade, Certified Organic and Certified Humane into a single “standard to rule them all.” Regenerative Organic Certification launched last week and considers factors like environmentally friendly farming practices, economic justice, animal welfare and fair labor.

Dear Tech People
Developed as a passion project by three tech insiders, this new index ranks 100 technology companies on diversity and inclusion using public data from LinkedIn and AngelList — because as one job-seeker put it, “scrolling through LinkedIn to find other black people isn’t sustainable.” Clover Health, Blue Apron and Patreon topped this year's list.


How do you put down roots in a place that won’t exist?
— Jeff Kaplan, a former Florida resident who relocated to North Carolina because of flood risks, in “Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration” (Rolling Stone)

Spotlight: The Designer Giving Chewing Gum a Second Life

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Spitting out a piece of gum on the sidewalk might seem harmless. But this small act has a big impact — in the U.K. alone, cleaning up littered gum is estimated to cost local governments £60 million (around US$82 million). 

When designer Anna Bullus learned there were no good solutions for recycling all this waste, she got to work on one. The result is Gumdrop, a company that collects gum waste and repurposes it into products like frisbees, combs, reusable coffee mugs and recycled shoes — giving new meaning to the act of “stepping in gum.” 

To collect the waste, Gumdrop supplies pink bins (which are themselves made from recycled gum) that are placed strategically on street corners, train stations, college campuses and places with heavy foot traffic. The containers and the gum are then collected, processed and turned back into raw material. 

Says Bullus: “If we’re able to make people change such a small habit, then we’ve got more chance of solving some of the other litter problems."


Social Impact Jobs

Aldi — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Atherstone, UK)
Bulgari — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Florence, Italy)
Diageo — Corporate Relations Manager (Bogota, Colombia)
DoorDash — CSR Manager, Project DASH (San Francisco, CA)
Estée Lauder Companies — Manager of Sustainability (New York, NY)
Expedia — Associate Project Manager, CSR & Communications (London, UK)
Fair Trade USA — Vice President, Consumer Packaged Goods (Oakland, CA)
Girl Effect — Account Executive, Institutions and Corporate Philanthropy (London, UK)
H&M — Sustainability Developer (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
JP Morgan & Chase — Executive Director, Global Head of Social Good Programs (Wilmington, DE)
Kiva — Portfolio Manager, South & Southeast Asia (Portland, OR)
One Acre Fund — Strategy & Research Analyst/Manager (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda)
Optimizer Foundation — Impact Investment Manager (Nairobi, Kenya)
PepsiCo — Diversity & Engagement Manager (Purchase, NY)
Primark — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Dublin, Ireland)
Proof of Impact — Head of Operations (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
PUMA — Senior Manager Environment & Climate (Herzogenaurach, Germany)
RSF Social Finance — Senior Credit Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Sattva Consulting — Consultant, Social Impact (Delhi, India)
Swarovski — Sustainability Coordinator (London, UK)
TerraCycle — Account Manager, Brand Partnership (Trenton, NJ)
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation — Mission Investing Associate (Los Altos, CA)
The Honest Company — Associate Brand Manager, Baby Care (Playa Vista, CA)
ThinkWell — Revenue Generation Advisor (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Third Sector Capital Partners — Manager (Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA)
Under Armour — Sustainability Operations and Engagement Manager (Baltimore, MD)
Walt Disney Company — Manager, Strategic Philanthropy (Glendale, CA)
Weber Shandwick — Account Director, Social Impact & CSR (Washington, DC)


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 027 / #BoycottNRA, Inclusion Riders & Why We Can’t Talk About Sustainable Fashion Without Talking About Colonialism

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who took the time to share thoughts and ideas through our first-ever subscriber survey. Here are a few things we’ve learned so far:

  • Two-thirds of you work in the CSR/sustainability/social impact space and subscribed to this newsletter because you want to think critically and be inspired. 💡

  • You want to see more toolkits, resources, research studies and videos. We love the SHIFT tool shared below and think you will too. 📈

  • You are most interested in the Consumer Goods and Technology/Media sectors. 📲

  • You love our jobs board! Scroll down — we have 22 opportunities waiting for you this week. 🤘 

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With gratitude,
Jess


This Week's Five Links

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking MachineEsquire
In this sweeping argument for busting up big tech, thought-provoking questions (“If ice cream were making teens more prone to suicide, would we shrug and seat the CEO of Dreyer’s next to the president?”) combine with hard numbers (Google commands a 92% share of Search, a market worth $92.4 billion) to paint a disturbing picture of unchecked power and wealth concentration. This is a must-read for anyone wondering how we got here, and what we can still do about it.

What’s an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept ExplainVanity Fair
Before Frances McDormand’s call to action at Sunday’s Oscars, many of us had never heard the term “inclusion rider.” In fact, after 35 years in the business, McDormand says she only learned about it a few weeks ago. An inclusion rider is a stipulation added to an actor’s contract to ensure diverse representation in casting. If you’re wondering how the idea could work in businesses outside of film, Management Today has a primer, arguing that it would rely on investors to implement.

“Businesses Exist to Deliver Value to Society”Harvard Business Review
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier made headlines after speaking out against Trump’s ignorant and dangerous remarks following the events in Charlottesville, which led others to follow his lead and resign from presidential business advisory councils. In this interview, Frazier discusses that decision and what advice he would give to CEOs in similar positions, as well as the greater role of business in society and how to be an effective leader.

Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About ColonialismThe Cut
Modern trade routes have hardly changed since European colonialism, and the cheap clothing sent to the West today mirrors the exploitative practices set in place 150 years ago. But being part of the solution doesn’t mean you have to buy $600 sweaters. Rather, it’s about understanding that sustainable fashion is a global movement with a long history and culture. Using less, repairing more and keeping things for longer are rooted in craftsmanship and having pride for your things, which is a feeling that should never be in short supply.

Tool: Climate Change and Life Events— SHIFT
People have the unfortunate tendency to think short-term and only about ourselves. This tool exploits both those impulses by showing how the climate has changed and will change for our grandmothers, our mothers, ourselves and our (future) children. By the time a baby born in 2018 graduates from high school, the climate is estimated to be 3 degrees hotter, which is not exactly something to celebrate. For more tools like this one, visit SHIFT, an MIT Sloan database of sustainability tools created by businesses, institutions and organizations.


I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion. Rider.
— The final words of Frances McDormand’s epic 2018 Oscar acceptance speech. More in “What’s an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept Explain” (Vanity Fair).

Spotlight: #BoycottNRA

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It’s almost unbelievable that the Florida legislature, just six days after the Parkland school shooting, would vote down a motion to ban semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines while teen-aged survivors looked on in disbelief.

That’s until you remember that the U.S. government has long been in the hands of the National Rifle Association, an organization with deep political influence and a definition of freedom that apparently includes the freedom to kill as many people as you want using a weapon built for war.

But even as the U.S. government fails to protect its citizens, its citizens will not give up. With #BoycottNRA, individuals are putting pressure on businesses to do their part in putting an end to mass shootings.

Over the past few weeks, a number of companies have gotten involved with this movement. Dick’s and Wal-Mart raised the minimum gun purchasing age to 21. Lyft will offer free rides to people attending nationwide March For Our Lives rallies. Delta joined dozens of companies by ending its NRA discount program — a decision that earned backlash from the Georgia state legislature and the denial of a $40 million tax break. And BlackRock stepped into the CSR spotlight again as it weighs options to exclude stocks from gun makers in its funds.

#BoycottNRA has shown us that consumer action remains a powerful tool to push businesses to take action for social good. As citizens and as consumers, we all have a role to play in making mass shootings a thing of the past.


Social Impact Jobs

Adobe — Senior Manager, Sustainability & Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
AECOM — Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Consultant (Jakarta, Indonesia)
A Hundred Years — Director of Business Development (Los Angeles, CA)
ASOS — Junior Ethical Trade Associate (London, UK)
Centre for Public Impact (Boston Consulting Group) — Program Associate (Arlington, VA)
Coca-Cola Beverages — Sustainability Manager (Tampa, FL)
Divine Chocolate — Operations Manager (Washington, DC)
EILEEN FISHER — Environmental Specialist (Irvington, NY)
Facebook — Strategic Partner Manager, Community Programs (Menlo Park, CA)
Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator — Ventures Associate (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Global Development Incubator — Associate Director (Hong Kong or mainland China)
Kellogg Company — Associate Director, Philanthropy / Social Impact (Battle Creek, MI)
Mastercard — Analyst, Social Impact Partnerships Marketing (Rome, Italy)
Matter Unlimited — Director of Strategy (New York City, NY)
MPower Financing — Head of Social Impact (Washington, DC)
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs — Brand Manager (Lebanon, NH)
Provenance — Chief Operating Officer (London, UK)
PwC Consulting — Sustainability & Climate Change Consulting, Manager/Senior Associate (London, UK)
Salesforce.org — Senior Analyst, Market Strategy (San Francisco, CA)
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society — Fellow/Associate (Stanford, CA)
Telos Impact — Impact Investing Associate (Brussels, Belgium)
This Bar Saves Lives — Staff Accountant (Greater Los Angeles Area, CA)


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1st Anniversary Issue! / Unilever’s Ultimatum, Conscious Capitalists & The Exciting Sustainability Jobs Awaiting Us In The Future

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Yesterday marked one year since launching Reconsidered. What a year it's been!

Since first hitting "send" in February 2017, I left New York, moved to Amsterdam and expanded Reconsidered into a social impact strategy and communications consultancy that counts forward-thinking organizations like Etsy, Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion for Good, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Holstee and Nest as clients.

And we're just getting started. 🌍

I started Reconsidered because I saw first-hand how impactful content can inspire the action needed to change how business is done. My hope is that the Reconsidered newsletter provides a bi-weekly opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and immerse yourself in material that gets you thinking, plotting and ultimately influencing the world around you in a more positive direction. 

Now that we're going into our second year, I want to learn how this newsletter can better equip you as a changemaker. And for that, I need your help.

👉 If you've gotten value from the Reconsidered newsletter, could you spare 5 minutes to complete a short questionnaire? Your answers will help us build a better newsletter experience for 2018.

And as always, if you come across any links that you think could be a good fit for Reconsidered, please share them. Or shoot me a note just to say hi! I’d love to hear from you.

✌️
Jess

P.S. You may have noticed I used the word "we" a lot. That's because we've expanded! I'm thrilled to introduce two new contributors to the Reconsidered family: writer and creative strategist Ysabel Yates, who is supporting on content development, and social impact strategist and career coach Danielle L. Vermeer, who is helping to curate our (significantly longer and more awesome) Social Impact Jobs board.
 


This Week's Five Links

Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean Up ‘Swamp’ or We’ll Pull AdsCNN Money
Hate speech, cyberbullying, fake news, radicalization, and tech addiction are among the troubling problems plaguing social networks, and the demand for solutions is mounting (including from former employees who helped build the companies). Now, Unilever has joined the fight, and it’s bringing a weapon with more teeth than just bad PR: it’s threatening to pull its digital advertising if Facebook and Google don’t step up. And, with 25% of its $9.8B advertising budget spent on digital ads, that’s a powerful bite.

At Tesla’s Factory, Building the Car of the Future Has Painful and Permanent Consequences for Some Workers Buzzfeed
A Buzzfeed News investigation of Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California reveals unsafe labor practices that have led to severe health and economic consequences for many workers, as well as the company’s fight against unionization. For a company that has built its brand around ushering in a sustainable future, it’s a reminder that sustainability is about much more than being environmentally friendly. It’s about health, human rights, and building an economy that’s fair for everyone.

GOP Lawmakers Take Aim at WHO Agency Over Roundup IngredientAssociated Press
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is probably carcinogenic to humans. That was the finding of the International Agency for Research on Cancer — a finding that mobilized United States House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to threaten to defund the agency. Critics say the study relied on cherry-picked science. Others believe it’s being discredited by an industry with political influence and deep pockets, pointing to the more than $4.3 million Monsanto spent on federal lobbying just in 2017.

Panera Bread CEO and Co-Founder Resigns to Join the Conscious Capitalism MovementB the Change
Ron Shaich, the co-founder and CEO of Panera, is leaving the American bakery chain to focus his attention on personal causes, including reducing “short termism” in business. He joins a growing number of leaders in the Conscious Capitalism movement, founded by Whole Foods’ John Mackey, who are speaking out against the financial sector’s “profit for the sake of profit” mindset.

Designer Mara Hoffman: ‘As a Creative, Standing Still Will Kill You’ The Glossy
On Glossy’s weekly podcast, designer Mara Hoffman discusses the ongoing process and creative challenges of making her company fully sustainable, and why the decision boiled down to “change or die.”


2018 is either the year of techlash, where the world turns on the tech giants — and we have seen some of this already — or the year of trust ... The year where we collectively rebuild trust back in our systems and our society.
— Keith Weed, Unilever Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, in “Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean Up ‘Swamp’ or We’ll Pull Ads” (CNN Money)

Spotlight: Our Futuristic New Jobs

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Who doesn’t love futuristic concept art? While we’re usually treated to bleak visions of the future complete with government drones and dystopian acid rain, a new series of illustrations presents a different, more optimistic version.

The illustrations, commissioned by AKQA and the MiSK Foundation and created by Salt & Pepper Creative, draw inspiration from the panelists at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. They show a world in which advanced technology opens up new possibilities for sustainable careers — like the Landfill Recycler, who salvages existing materials from landfills to be reused in new production, or the Public Technology Ethicist, who evaluates new technology to decide whether it is appropriate for public use.

“We love Black Mirror, but almost every sci-fi film or TV show at the moment is predicting a dystopian world, and in a way we are being conditioned to believe that for the future to be considered real, it has to be dystopian,” said Salt & Pepper’s Senan Lee. “We needed this campaign to be a positive reflection of our future world.”

Until that day comes, check out this selection of social impact jobs that are only slightly less cool than riding a giant turbine around a garbage heap.


Social Impact Jobs

Amazon — Sr. Program Manager, Sustainability Services (Seattle, WA)

Blue Diamond Growers — Sustainability Manager (Sacramento, CA)

BSR — Design Futurist, Sustainable Futures Lab (New York or San Francisco)

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — Vice President, Communications (Palo Alto, CA)

Citi — Environmental, Social and Governance Disclosure Analyst, Corporate Sustainability (NYC)

Citi Bike / Motivate International — Deputy General Manager (NYC)

Design Impact — Senior Social Innovation Specialist (Cincinnati, OH)

Driscoll’s — Corporate Social Responsibility Marketing Manager (Watsonville, CA)

Facebook — Strategic Partnership Manager, Social Good (London, United Kingdom)

IDEO.org — Partnerships Lead (San Francisco, CA)

InclusionVentures — Inclusion Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association — Executive Director (Geneva, Switzerland)

Kering — Project Manager, E-Learning on Sustainable Luxury (Paris, France)

Mama Cash — Senior Officer, Women's Funds (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Mastercard — Vice President, Strategy & Operations, Center for Inclusive Growth (Purchase, New York)

Nike — Director of Global Corporate Communications, Sustainability (Portland, OR)

Numi Organic Tea — Vice President, Marketing & Sales (Oakland, CA)

Practice Makes Perfect — Program Manager (NYC)

PVH — Corporate Responsibility Programs Data Analyst (NYC)

Revolution Foods — Director of Marketing (Oakland, CA)

Starbucks — Sr. Project Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Store Development (Seattle, WA)

Thomson Reuters — Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion Specialist (São Paulo, Brazil)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation — VP, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability (Washington, DC)

Weber Shandwick — Senior Associate, Social Impact (NYC)

West Elm — Associate Manager, Social Consciousness (NYC)

World Wildlife Fund — Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement (Washington, D.C.)


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 025 / Super Bowl Ads, Ethical Laziness & Meghan Markle’s Jeans

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This Week's Five Links

Your Laziness Is Saving the PlanetPacific Standard
According to a recent study, couch potatoes and Netflix bingers are inadvertently helping the U.S. battle climate change. In 2012, America’s love for the great indoors led to 1,700 trillion BTUs of energy savings, or 1.8 percent of the nation’s energy use. An increase in activities that don’t require travel or going to commercial buildings — think telecommuting or enjoying a quiet night in — led to the reduction. The study didn’t take into account the energy needed to power the Internet, and also underscores the need for more energy-efficient homes. Still, we’ve got to celebrate wins where we can.

Fact-Checking Matt Damon's Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl AdNPR
Stella Artois used its $5M Super Bowl spot to introduce a limited edition chalice and showcase its clean water partnership with Water.org (oh, Matt Damon was there too). In the ad, Damon exhorts viewers, "If just 1 percent of you watching this buys [a chalice], we can give clean water to 1 million people.” But how true is that really? NPR investigates and finds a load of oversimplification.

Condé Nast’s Code of Conduct is Here. Is it Enough?The Fashion Law
Following sexual harassment allegations against longtime collaborators Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, the Condé Nast publishing house has released a code of conduct for all who work with its brands. While a momentous step for the media industry, this analysis from The Fashion Law argues that the code isn't all that groundbreaking, since most of the provisions reflect existing laws.

Don’t Boycott Bad Companies, Spend More With Good OnesFast Company
To boycott or buycott, that is the question for socially conscious consumers. And according to a recent poll from Weber Shandwick, all signs point to buycott. Around 83% of people surveyed said “it’s more important than ever for consumer activists to show support for companies by buying from them.” And the impact can be powerful. After Patagonia took a stand with its “The President Stole Your Land” campaign and blacked out its website, the company’s external web sales increased six-fold.

The Embedding Project 
Are you a change agent looking to shake things up within your company? You'll love The Embedding Project — a powerful set of open-source resources to help you identify and start to play with the levers for change in your organization. Get ready to geek out big-time. 🤓


Couch potatoes of America, stand up and take a bow. You are helping the nation conserve energy.
— Your Laziness is Saving the Planet (Pacific Standard)

Spotlight On: Meghan Markle’s Jeans

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During Meghan Markle’s first visit to Wales, the princess-to-be sported a pair of Dina skinny fit high waist jeans from home-grown Welsh brand Hiut Denim Co. Within hours, the small business was inundated with orders and is now sitting on a significant backlog (each jean is made-to-order, or else they would have sold out).

It’s proof of the power of celebrity to boost ethical brands, as demonstrated by Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge and Emma Watson's @the_press_tour Instagram account. Even more, it's a good reminder of the way clothing can be used to communicate — in this case, Markle's support for Welsh industry.

Royal endorsement aside, Hiut is a pretty rad company. Their made-to-order jeans are made in their on-site factory from Italian artisan denim. They encourage customers to join their “elite" No Wash Club by abstaining from washing their jeans for six months. And they have an artfully written mission to bring ethical manufacturing back to Wales. The story is powerful:

Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades.

Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do.

That’s why we have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into our town.


If it's true that "you are what you wear", Markle's fashion choice reflects well. 



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