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

Hi Friends,

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

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

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

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

✌️Jess

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


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cue mouth watering 😍

This Week's 5 Links

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


📽 Our Planet Netflix

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


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



Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

GANT — Global Sustainability Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)

GUCCI — CSR Internship (Scandicci, Italy)

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

Hubbub Foundation — Sustainability Intern (London)

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

TerraCycle — Resource Development Associate (Trenton, NJ)

The B Team — Executive Assistant (New York City)

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

Warner Bros. — Philanthropy Administrator (Burbank, CA)

WAYB — Brand Adventure Coordinator (Pasadena, CA)

Mid-Career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Target — Senior Manager, Local Activation (Minneapolis)

Verizon — CSR Manager (New York City)

Vote Solar — Manager, Communications (Oakland, CA)

Wilbur-Ellis — CSR Manager (San Francisco)

Zendesk — Tech for Good Manager (San Francisco)

Experienced

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

Mondelez — Sustainability Lead Americas (East Hanover, NJ)

Ralph Lauren — VP, Sustainability (Lyndhurst, NJ)

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

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

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


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

054 / Dirty Money, Water Innovation & Why Rent The Runway Might Be The Future Of Fashion

Hi Friends,

Recently I asked what you were loving — and not quite loving — about the Reconsidered newsletter. Here are some of the things you like:

  • Our curation of articles and resources — “like you’re chatting with a close, socially conscious friend who knows what’s up”

  • Our social impact jobs board — “the exact types of jobs I'm looking for"

  • And my personal favorite… “you guys aren't annoying!” (aw thanks 🤗)

And here are a few things you want to see:

  • More interviews with people in the field (we took a brief hiatus on our “3 Questions” series but we're bringing it back soon)

  • More ideas on taking action, both in and outside your work

  • More user-friendly navigation

To address that last one, I’m excited to share a refreshed design for our bi-weekly newsletter. Same simplicity you told us you love, but spruced up a bit for navigation and style points. What do you think about our new look? Hit reply, I’d love to hear from you.

✌️ Jess


SHARING IS CARING

Another thing we learned from the survey? A whopping 63% of you heard about us from a friend or colleague. If you get value out of this newsletter, please consider forwarding it or giving us some LinkedIn love.


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the life-changing magic of a closet full of clothing rentals 😍

This Week's 5 Links

🦄 Rent the Runway Joins the Unicorn ClubForbes

Meet the latest tech start-up to reach a $1 billion valuation — Rent the Runway. Not only does RTR’s latest investment round add a female CEO to the traditionally all-boys “unicorn club”, it’s also good news for circular apparel models, underscoring a larger trend toward rental and resale in the fashion industry. Such models have the opportunity to upend fast fashion — with its mountains of textile waste and challenges with charity-shop donations — and RTR’s rise is a strong proof point demonstrating that consumers (and investors) are hungry for it. (4 minutes)

👉 For your next wedding — or just because — why not try renting an outfit instead of buying new clothes? This referral link will get you $30 off your first RTR order.


💧 Tackling the Water Crisis Will Be Just As Hard As It SoundsFast Company

Awesome. But before you scroll past that god-awful headline, hear us out. In honor of World Water Day last Friday, this article highlights three of the world’s biggest water challenges — but also serves up some solutions from the ImagineH2O startup accelerator, which aims to solve water challenges around the globe. Innovations include Aquacycle, which has a new approach to wastewater treatment that it’s piloting at the Joshua Tree Brewery, and Wellntell, which has figured out a better way to track groundwater levels. Let’s all be glad these folks are turning their anxiety into action. (8 minutes)


💻 Kickstarter’s Employees Are Forming a UnionBusiness Insider

Last week, employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter announced they would be forming a union called Kickstarter United. If the union is recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company to have union representation. Not only does this continue a larger trend (see: Google walkout, Amazon open letter, Microsoft petition), it also demonstrates that companies need to more actively consider their employees as major stakeholders when it comes to social responsibility. Just hours after Kickstarter employees declared their union, co-founder and CEO Perry Chen stepped down. (4 minutes)


💊 The Family That Profited From the Opioid CrisisThe New York Times’ The Daily Podcast

In recent weeks, cultural institutions like the Guggenheim and the Tate have cut ties with one of their biggest philanthropic donors — the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma, which has been heavily implicated in the opioid epidemic. This podcast dives into the saga, exploring how a little-known family helped propel a drug crisis that kills hundreds each day. It also touches on the implications for philanthropy. In the past, it didn’t matter where philanthropists got their money; they were simply celebrated for donating it. Now, institutions are needing to become more critical. (28 minutes)


🔮 2019 Future of Sustainability ReportThe Futures Centre

For many in sustainability, 2020 was viewed as a key milestone opportunity. But now that it’s almost upon us (how?!?!) it’s time to look forward to the next decade. In its latest report, Forum for the Future’s Futures Centre outlines the key areas that will define and shape our world in the 2020s — things like climate-induced migration, changing consumerism in Asia, and biodiversity loss. Plus, we love its nifty interactive format. (33 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st Century Status Symbol — The Atlantic. Read up on more trends in our archive.


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GENERATE PRIDE, NOT GUILT

A study out of Princeton (my alma mater, go Tigers! ) suggests that pride is a stronger motivator for environmental decision-making than other emotions, like guilt. Learn more in our free playbook, which lays out why we think behavior change is the unlock CSR practitioners have been waiting for. Download it here 👉


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken — CSR/Sustainability Champion (Singapore)

Arabella Advisors — Program Associate (Washington, DC) *if interested, reach out to Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com*

Burton Snowboards — Sustainability Analyst (Burlington, Vermont)

Common Objective — Marketing & Communications Intern (internship) (London)

Dalberg — Analyst (New York, San Francisco, or Washington, DC)

Dentsu Aegis Network — Social Impact Coordinator (London)

Oke USA/Equal Exchange — Supply Chain Coordinator (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts)

PVH Corp. — Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, Programs & Operations (New York City)

The Good Lab — Project Officer (Hong Kong)

Tri-Sector Associates — Impact Investing Associate (Singapore)

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

Zipline — Business Development, Global Partnerships (San Francisco)

Mid-Career

Elevate Destinations — Associate Director, Social Impact Journeys (Boston, Massachusetts)

Fairphone — Product Manager (Amsterdam)

FoodCorps — Business Applications Manager (Portland, Oregon)

Gildan — Advisor, CSR Communications (Montreal, Canada)

IDEO.org — Design Strategy Lead (San Francisco)

Inspire Brands — Foundation Marketing & Communications Manager (Atlanta, Georgia)

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

JLL — Sustainability Consultant (London)

JUST Capital — Wages & Workers Sector Analyst (New York City)

MSLGROUP/Salterbaxter — Senior Consultant (New York City)

New Relic — Program Manager, CSR (Portland, Oregon)

Organic Cotton Accelerator — Program Officer (Amsterdam)

PagerDuty — Program Manager, Global Social Impact (San Francisco)

PwC — Investment Community Engagement Manager (London)

Theo Chocolate — Brand Manager (Seattle)

The Nature Conservancy — New York Climate Mitigation Director (Albany, New York)

Virgin — Sustainability Manager (London)

Weber Shandwick — Manager, Social Impact (New York)

VF Corp. — Manager, Sustainable Products Data (Denver, Colorado)

Zalora — Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)

Experienced

Clinton Foundation — Director, Clinton Climate Initiative, Island Energy Program (New York City)

Co-Impact — Director, Programs (New York City)

Comcast — Director, Technology & Analytics, Community Impact (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Delta Air Lines — Managing Director, Global Environment, Sustainability, & Compliance (Atlanta, Georgia)

Hasbro — Director of Engineering Sustainability (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

NIKE — Director, Social & Community Impact (Beaverton, Oregon)

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change — Head of Prosperity and Sustainability (London)

United Nations Foundation — Senior Director, Sustainable Development (New York City)

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


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recent obsession: drone pics. reminds me what we're fighting for.

053 / Girl Power, Air Pollution & How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st Century Status Symbol (Plus, Meet Our New Interns!)

Hi Friends,

I’ve spent the past few weeks hopscotching across California, meeting and exchanging ideas with many of you. What a journey! I’m feeling inspired, somewhat over-caffeinated and overall very, very grateful for the community we’re building through Reconsidered.

While on the road, I’ve been supported by two wonderful new interns:

👉 Lizzie Russler is a student at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill studying Contemporary European Studies and Sustainability. Her first foray into CSR came as a Sustainability, Social Impact and Diversity & Inclusion Intern at Sephora.

👉 Mélina Labrosse is a French Canadian living in Berlin. She is passionate about design and committed to incorporating sustainability and positive social change within her work.

With the help of Lizzie, Mélina and jobs board curator Danielle, we’ll be rolling out some newsletter improvements in the coming weeks. Stay tuned — good things are coming.

✌️
Jess

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This Week's Five Links

23 Eye-Rolling Examples of Brands Pandering on International Women’s DayFast Company
Our newsfeeds blew up on March 8th with all sorts of women’s empowerment messaging. All well and good, right? Why NOT celebrate women? The problem, as Fast Company points out, is that “brands tend to treat International Women’s Day as a festival for pandering with cheap Girl Power-isms. It’s as though Ivanka Trump’s books got their very own day.” I’m hopeful that these more critical views will push companies to make next year’s IWD an opportunity to make meaningful commitments that actually push women forward — like equal pay, access to leadership opportunities and more family-friendly benefits.
👉TAKE ACTION: What do you think about companies using IWD as a marketing moment? Great that businesses are engaging in the conversation — or shameful that companies are co-opting the movement without making substantive changes? Join the conversation on LinkedIn.  

What Happened When These Brands Put Women-Owned On Their ProductsMarket Watch
Speaking of, more and more women are getting their businesses officially certified as “women-owned” — and it seems to be making a difference. Launched in 2014, the certification now covers ~15,000 companies and is facilitated by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Though research is limited, some brands with the certification have reported increased customer loyalty. However barriers remain in other areas, like getting investment.

Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes ItNPR
On Monday, a new study was published demonstrating that air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans' consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans. These results inevitably raise the question, “Are those who produce pollution, through their consumption of goods and services, fairly sharing in the costs?” It also creates the opportunity to more meaningfully address consumption-related pollution drivers like urban development and automobile transport.

How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st Century Status SymbolThe Atlantic
“If you can understand why so many people would spend 50 bucks on a water bottle, you can understand a lot about America in 2019,” posits this Atlantic article on the rise of S’well, Yeti, Sigg, Hydro Flask and their pricy reusable hydration vessel competitors. Their success points to sustainability as a status symbol — to sometimes complicated effect. A fascinating read.

🎬PurlPixar
Now here’s an example of a company using its platform to start a substantive conversation around women’s equality. In this eight-minute short, Pixar tackles toxic work cultures with humor and empathy. When Purl, a feminine ball of bright pink yarn, starts a new job at the investment firm B.R.O. (😉😉) she is ridiculed and excluded for her differences. She responds in a way that will feel familiar to many women — but then comes a plot twist that will make you feel as warm and fuzzy as the protagonist.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // 2069Medium. Check out our archive for more tips and tools. 


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

BBMG — Summer Intern, Design (New York City)

Crisis Text Line — Business Development Associate (New York City)

Fashion for Good — Digital Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)

GlobalGiving — Business Partnerships Fellowship (Washington, DC)

LGT Venture Philanthropy — Impact Fellowship (Zurich, Switzerland)

LM Wind Power — Sustainability Trainee (Amsterdam Area)

Nisolo — Brand Partnership Intern (internship) (Nashville, Tennessee)

Nokia — Corporate Responsibility Trainee (Espoo, Finland)

Propper Daley — Coordinator, Digital Strategy (Los Angeles)

The Estée Lauder Companies — Associate, Environmental Sustainability (New York City)

Obvious Ventures — Senior Associate (San Francisco)

Weber Shandwick — Junior Associate, Social Impact (New York City)


Mid-Career

Agoda — Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (Bangkok, Thailand)

Airbnb — Social Impact Experiences Manager (contract) (Cape Town, South Africa)

ALDO — Sustainability Analyst (Montreal, Canada)

Amazon — Sr. Product Manager, Sustainable Packaging (Seattle, Washington) (contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)

BESTSELLER — Sustainability Reporting & Communications Manager (Multiple Locations: Denmark or Amsterdam)

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — Grants Manager, Science (Redwood City, California)

Columbia Sportswear — Product Sustainability Manager (Portland, Oregon)

Facebook — Technical Program Manager, Charitable Giving (Menlo Park, California)

Fair Trade USA — Brand Partnerships Manager, Apparel & Home Goods (Oakland, California)

Humanity United — Strategy, Learning, and Impact Manager (San Francisco)

IBM — Corporate Responsibility Lead (Markham, Canada)

Keurig Dr. Pepper — Sr. Specialist, Responsible Sourcing (Shenzhen, China)

Levi Strauss & Co. — Sr. Analyst, Global Product Sustainability (San Francisco)

Oath — Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights (New York City or Washington, DC)

Oracle — Sustainability Manager (Reading, UK)

PepsiCo — Business Manager, Sustainability (Plano, Texas)

RB — Global Sustainability Performance & Reporting Manager (Slough, UK)

Resonance — Manager, Strategic Partnerships (Burlington, Vermont)

Sidewalk Labs — Data Scientist, Sustainability (New York City)

Uber — Senior Brand Manager, Global Social Impact, Uber Eats (San Francisco)

XPRIZE — Junior Partnerships Officer (Los Angeles)


Experienced

Ball Corporation — Director, Sustainability (Broomfield, Colorado)

Bayer — Head of Diversity & Inclusion (Whippany, New Jersey)

Brilliant Earth — Director of Product, Ecommerce (San Francisco)

BSR — Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)

Calvert — ESG Portfolio Manager (Washington, DC)

Chanel — Group Director, US Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainability (New York City)

Cone Communications — Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility (Boston, Massachusetts)

Coty — Corporate Affairs Director, Asia-Pacific (Shanghai, China)

Hilton — Head of Corporate Responsibility (McLean, Virginia)

JP Morgan Chase — Director of External Programs, Military & Veterans Affairs (New York City)

Lidl — Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

Lyft — Senior Diversity Business Partner (San Francisco)

Net Impact — Chief Executive Officer (San Francisco)

Patagonia — Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)

Ralph Lauren — Senior Director, Sustainability (New York City Area)

Spring Impact — US Director (San Francisco)

Time’s Up — Vice President, Communications (New York or Los Angeles)

Univision — Vice President Community Partnerships (Miami, Florida)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 50 — number of inspiring social and environmental “fixers” spotlighted in the annual Grist 50. A scroll through their projects will leave you feeling fired up and ready to go. 🚀


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052 / 2069, Plastic-Free Islands & The Life-Changing Magic Of Just Buying Less

Hello Friends,

This issue marks Reconsidered’s 2nd birthday! 🎉🎉🎉

First, a huge thank you to everyone who’s been along for the ride. I know your inbox is sacred space, and I am grateful that you have allowed us in.

I also wanted to take this occasion to get your thoughts. What are you digging? What do you want to see more of? Your honest feedback will help us make the newsletter more valuable for you.

Click here to complete a quick survey →
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To sweeten the deal, readers who respond before Wednesday, March 6, at 5pm CET will be entered to win a $50 Airbnb gift card — ideal for your next conscious adventure. 🌎

Again, thank you for being part of the Reconsidered community. We wouldn’t be entering our terrible twos without you.

✌️
Jess


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This Week's Five Links

Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Buying Less — Grist    
In the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the Japanese cleaning guru helps people find joy through her trademark KonMari method. During the few episodes I watched, I couldn’t help but consider the sustainability implications of the stuff, the disposal and the journey to a more edited lifestyle. I wasn’t alone. This exchange between Grist staffers Eve Andrews and Annelise McGough addresses some of the social and environmental themes of the show, like why people own so much in the first place and the privilege inherent in the KonMari movement.
👉 TAKE ACTION: Ready to KonMari your way to a more minimal and sustainable lifestyle? Get started with Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (bonus points if you borrow from the library instead of purchasing your own version).

Bill Gates Says Poverty is Decreasing. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong — The Guardian
Just before Davos, Bill Gates tweeted an infographic claiming that poverty has gone down dramatically over the past 200 years. Though compelling, the University of London’s Jason Hickel calls “wishful thinking”. Not only does Hickel call out the ambiguity of pre-1980s data, the debate over the $1.90 poverty line and the outsized role of China, but he also questions whether the shift from a subsistence to a capitalist society is necessarily better for the global population. His Guardian op-ed sparked a fascinating back-and-forth between author Steven Pinker (whose data was called out) and Hickel about the role of neoliberal capitalism in reducing (or exacerbating) global poverty. It highlights the evolving conversation around capitalism as a driver of progress — and underscores the danger of convenient statistics.

Amazon’s $0 Corporate Income Tax Bill Last Year, Explained — Vox
Despite Amazon’s staggering growth, the company did not pay federal taxes for 2018 — and yes, that was completely legal. How is it possible that a company valued at roughly $800 billion with $11.2 billion in 2018 profits does not have to pay taxes? This Vox piece points to the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts paired with several tax loopholes. But that hasn’t stopped news outlets from publishing searing headlines and the public from protesting. The outcry points to a bigger theme — that corporate taxation is increasingly becoming a hot public interest area for both companies and governments. Watch this space.

Vanuatu Has One of the World’s Strictest Plastic Bans. It's About To Get Tougher. — The Huffington Post 
Last summer, the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu banned single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and styrofoam food containers in an effort to preserve their local environment and combat ocean plastic. Now, lawmakers are considering expanding the ban to include disposables like diapers, plastic cutlery and grocery packaging. Though Pacific island nations contribute less than 1% to global ocean plastic volume, Vanuatu hopes to set an example for other countries by proving that bold solutions like single-use plastic bans can work. In doing so, they are proving the power of islands as living laboratories for sustainability policy and innovation.

📖 2069 — Medium
What will the world look like in 2069? The latest issue of Medium’s online magazine attempts to predict how the world will change by my 83rd birthday. Several pieces touch on social and environmental topics, from e-waste to the future of wine to why Los Angeles is ground zero for climate change 😬. In my work to communicate the necessity of social responsibility to companies, I’m constantly trying to paint a picture of what will happen in the future if we don’t take action now. This is a powerful resource for developing that kind of futurist mindset.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // No online shopping company can figure out how to quit this one plastic bag — Vox. More fascinating content in our archives.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Boston Cares — Corporate Volunteer Project Manager (Boston, Massachusetts)

Georgetown University — Digital Communications Associate - The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation (Washington, DC)

ESPN — Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship (Bristol, Connecticut)

Kohler — Project Coordinator, Sustainability (contract) (Kohler, Wisconsin)

Royal Bank of Canada — Assistant Manager, Regional Marketing & Citizenship (Toronto)

The Wing — Impact Coordinator (New York)

Mid-Career

Atalanta — Social Media Manager (London)

Endeavor — Director, Social Impact (New York or Los Angeles)

Etsy — Program Manager, Workplace, Sustainability, and Sourcing (New York)

Farfetch — Sustainable Business Manager (London)

Fashion for Good — Business Controller (part-time) (Amsterdam)

G2 Crowd — Director of Corporate Impact (Chicago)

Golin — Senior Media Manager, Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability (San Francisco)

H&M — Environment Sustainability Program Manager (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Harvard Business School — Project Director & Senior Researcher, Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative (Boston, Massachusetts)

Rockefeller Foundation — Program Manager, Innovation (New York)

Salesforce — Product Manager, Nonprofit Impact Measurement (Multiple U.S. Locations)

Samhita — Director, Social Ventures & Corporate Partnerships (Mumbai, India)

Thomson Reuters Foundation — TrustLaw Program Manager, UK and Northern Europe (London)

The White Company — CSR Manager (London)

Unilever — Associate Manager, Sustainability (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey)

VisionSpring — Government and Foundation Senior Development Officer (New York)

Vitol Group — Sustainability Manager, Biofuels (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Experienced

Coca-Cola Company — Communications & Social Impact Manager (Athens, Greece)

Disney — Director, Enterprise Social Responsibility (Los Angeles Area)

Futerra — Sustainability Strategy Director (USA)

Nike — Senior Director of Advocacy, Global Sustainability (Portland, Oregon)

R U OK? — Chief Executive Officer (Sydney, Australia)

Sesame Workshop — Vice President, Social Impact and Philanthropy Business Operations (New York)

Shift — Chief Operating Officer (New York)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 30 MILLION — tons of dairy wasted each year in Italy. Tuscan company Duedilatte is spinning this spoiled milk protein into a chemical-free silky fiber for clothing 🥛

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051 / A Green New Deal, Super Bowl LIII & Why The World Needs More Greta Thunberg

California, I’m coming for you! For most of March, I will be up and down the coast leading workshops and meeting with organizations that are committed to social and environmental change.

I have many roots in California — I was born in San Francisco, my husband and I got married in Monterey and my in-laws live in Orange County. The openness and progressiveness of the state never fails to inspire me. And the burritos. THE BURRITOS. 🌯🌯🌯

If you’re interested in having me lead one of RC’s CSR strategy and behavior change workshops for your organization — or if you’d just like say hi — give me a shout! I have a few chunks of time open in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

✌️
Jess

P.S. I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to unplug and refresh, so the next issue will be bumped back by a week. Thank you for understanding. 😊


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This Week’s Five Links

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal OutlineNPR
Yesterday, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released an outline of the “Green New Deal”, a progressive set of policy proposals that would take urgent action to eliminate U.S. carbon emissions, bolster the middle class and reorient the American economy. The framework is admittedly ambitious. But then, “Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us,” says AOC. The proposal, which includes clean energy investments, agricultural reform and universal healthcare, has generated a lot of buzz in Washington —and nearly ensures that environmental issues will (finally) be a major talking point in the 2020 elections. Watch this space.

Why Super Bowl Ads (Mostly) Dodged Political Messages This YearAdweek
“The Super Bowl is a barometer about how the country thinks about itself, and how brands think about themselves.” If that’s the case, then Super Bowl LIII ads played it pretty safe when it came to social responsibility. Humor was big. So were feel-good spots on issues that are hard to push back on, like women’s empowerment. Only Budweiser caused a stir with its spot against corn syrup. It's encouraging to see companies use their marketing spend to promote purpose — but while watching Carrie Bradshaw tip back her Stella Artois to promote clean water, “I couldn’t help but wonder” if there’s a better use for the $175K/second cost of a Super Bowl ad. A few reporters from The Washington Post, which released a powerful ad on protecting journalism, felt the same. Reporter Sarah Kaplan tweeted: “I’m really proud to work at a newspaper that does this vital work. But maybe next $10 million could go toward better health benefits, parental leave, equal pay, and more jobs for reporters?”

How to Solve the World’s Plastics Problem: Bring Back the Milk ManCNN
Sometimes, you have to take a step back in order to take a step forward. That’s the idea behind Loop — a new zero-waste packaging initiative launched by Terracycle and a coalition of consumer goods companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Danone. Loop essentially brings back the “milkman model” of reusable packaging, which faded after single-use plastics were introduced to consumers in the 1960s. If successful, it will offer about 300 iconic products — think Tide detergent and Häagen-Dazs ice cream — in reusable packaging that can be picked up by a delivery service, cleaned, refilled and shipped out again. This article dives into how this unlikely partnership came about and what obstacles need to be tackled in order for it to become a reality.

No Online Shopping Company Can Figure Out How to Quit This One Plastic BagVox
Speaking of packaging, what the heck is up with those flimsy plastic bags that come with pretty much everything you order online? Alden Wicker explores why e-commerce companies and retailers are so reliant on “polybags” — low-density, polyethylene, #4 virgin plastic film bags that accompany everything from clothing to meal kit ingredients to little electronic components. She also shares how companies like Patagonia, Mara Hoffman, Seed and For Days are exploring alternative materials and business models to design this wastefulness out of existence.

📹 Greta Thunberg: The Disarming Case To Act Right Now On Climate ChangeTED Talk
One of the rising heroes of the climate change movement is Greta Thunberg — a 16-year-old Swedish student whose courage, activism and real talk has demonstrated the power of the youth voice. Her campaigns — like staging a school strike on the steps of the Swedish Parliament and camping in sub-zero temperatures at Davos — have propelled her to the world stage in a matter of months. They’ve also made her the target of the worst kind of Internet trolls, to whom she bravely clapped back on Facebook last weekend. In this moving TEDxStockholm talk, Greta opens up about a little-known part of her background — her diagnosis with Asperger syndrome, a type of autism. She sees her autism as a gift that allows her to speak truth in a way that few others can:

“For those of us who are on the spectrum, almost everything is black or white. We aren't very good at lying, and we usually don't enjoy participating in this social game that the rest of you seem so fond of. I think in many ways that we autistic are the normal ones, and the rest of the people are pretty strange, especially when it comes to the sustainability crisis, where everyone keeps saying climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before. I don't understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or white. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.”

Amen to that. 👏👏👏


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // World’s Biggest Investor Tells C.E.O.s Purpose Is the ‘Animating Force’ for ProfitsThe New York Times. More goodness in our archives


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

Bridges Fund Management — Analyst, Impact Investing (London)

Dalberg — Analyst (Mexico City)

Dolby Laboratories — Sustainability Initiative Intern (internship) (San Francisco)

EVERFI — Senior Analyst, Impact & Education (Boston)

Holstee — Customer Experience & Marketing Support (part-time) (Remote)

Panera Bread — Corporate Social Responsibility Assistant (temporary) (St. Louis, Missouri)

Shahi — Organizational Development and Sustainability Senior Executive (New Delhi, India)

Social Impact — Program Assistant, Impact Evaluation (Washington, DC)

Sundar — Sustainability Intern (internship) (New York/Remote)

Tideline — Analyst/Coordinator, Impact Investing (New York)

TOMS — PR Coordinator, EMEA (Amsterdam)

Mid-Career

Alan Turing Institute — Data Science Research Fellow, Women in Artificial Intelligence (London)

Amazon — Operations Program Manager, Social Responsibility (Seattle, Washington)

Arconic Foundation — Program Officer (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

C&A Foundation — Senior Learning Specialist (Amsterdam)

Charity:water — Water Programs Manager (New York)

Clarity — Social Impact Researcher (Madrid)

Fashion for Good — Strategy and Business Development Manager (Amsterdam)

Google.org — Lead Product Marketing Manager (San Francisco)

GoPro — Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Cause (San Francisco Area)

Kraft Heinz — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Chicago)

Purpose — Strategist (contract) (London)

Salesforce.org — Senior Associate, Grant Operations (San Francisco)

Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation — Senior Manager, Social Media - LeanIn.org (San Francisco Area)

Sprint — Energy and Sustainability Project Manager (Overland Park, Kansas)

Experienced

Blueprint Local — Managing Director, Impact Investments (Multiple U.S. Locations)

Coca-Cola — Senior Director, Social Impact (Atlanta)

Dropbox — Head of Government Affairs and Social Impact, UK & Ireland (London)

Girl Effect — Senior Manager, Institutional Partnerships (Abuja, Nigeria)

MasterCard — VP, Social Impact (New York)

Microsoft — Director, Social Good Marketing (Redmond, Washington)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition — Senior Manager, Public Affairs (Amsterdam)

Wells Fargo — Head of Philanthropy (San Francisco)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 30 — the number of years of free Beyoncé and Jay Z concert tickets you could win by joining The Greenprint Project, a new campaign that encourages plant-based eating as good for the planet 🥗

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CREDIT: RAVEN VARONA/PARKWOOD/PICTUREGROUP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK (via Variety)

050 / Razors, Davos & Tilda Swinton As The Face Of Corporate Greed

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Hi Friends,

This week, all eyes are on Davos — the picturesque Swiss ski town that hosts the biggest names in government, business and society each January for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

Davos is not uncomplicated. On the one hand, it provides a forum for world leaders to come together and explore big ideas. It’s a platform for launching bold sustainable business initiatives like The B Team and Y Analytics (Bono’s new impact investing measurement project announced this year). Just 10 years ago, an integrated CSR program was seen as a “nice-to-have” by companies. Now, it’s table stakes for the Fortune 500. I don’t think that would have happened if not for the way Davos and gatherings like it have elevated and pushed forward the conversation on business’s role in society.

At the same time, those leading the purpose backlash have likened it to “a family reunion… for the people who broke the modern world”. The Guardian chalked it up to a bunch of “elites without action”. Several outlets called out the hypocrisy of world leaders flying in on private jets to discuss solutions to climate change (while WEF rushed to assure us that private jet use is actually down 14% from 2018 🤦‍♀️).

So yes, Davos is complicated. What do you make of it all — is it a useful platform for change or does it hurt more than it helps? I’d love to hear what you think.

✌️
Jess

P.S. HOT JOB ALERT! 🔥Reconsidered is seeking a paid intern to join our remote team. The ideal candidate is a strong English language communicator, has experience with email and social media marketing and is endlessly curious about the changing role of business in society. Know someone who fits the bill? Here’s the link to learn more and apply.


This Week’s Five Links

World’s Biggest Investor Tells C.E.O.s Purpose Is the ‘Animating Force’ for ProfitsThe New York Times
Just in time for Davos, BlackRock’s Larry Fink is back with his annual message for CEOs. In short: the world needs your leadership, and getting clear on your company’s purpose is a good first step to get there. His 2019 letter echoes the sentiments in his pivotal 2018 letter, which introduced his views on purpose and is widely seen as a turning point for the way mainstream business views corporate social responsibility.

Why a PG&E Bankruptcy Could Change Climate CalculusBloomberg
In what’s being called the world’s first climate change bankruptcy, PG&E, California’s largest electric utility, recently filed for bankruptcy citing damage from the wildfires that have ravaged the state in recent years. This article breaks down why this development will change the way companies assess climate risk. Many still treat climate change as a difficult-to-pinpoint long-term risk, while the reality is that companies are feeling real business impacts NOW.

Don’t Give Gillette Credit Unless It Does A Lot More Than Making An AdFast Company
Not gonna lie, that Gillette “The Best Men Can Be” spot got me a little teary at the end. But before we all go celebrating the Procter & Gamble razor brand for bravely tackling toxic masculinity — or alternately, get so offended you try to flush your Gillette down the toilet — Public’s Phillip Haid suggests taking a beat and asking, okay, so what are they doing about it? How is Gillette going to not just raise awareness of the issue, but also make substantive progress? Without a clear plan of action beyond philanthropic donations, Gillette is just latching on to what Haid calls a “worrying trend of brands appropriating social purpose for compelling advertising creative”. 

Applying Behavioural Insights at the United Nations: A Year in ReviewMedium
Organizations are quickly realizing the power of behavioral insights to drive more impactful social change. Over the past year, several UN agencies have embraced the science of behavior change to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. This “year in review” highlights a few of the applications, from a simple exercise that helps motivate rural Kenyans to save money for emergencies to a nudging program to increase immunizations in the Middle East.
👉 If you’re new to the world of behavior change, we recently published a playbook with relevant insights for people working in corporate social responsibility. Download it here.

OkjaNetflix
I’ve been on a lot of long-haul flights lately, which has given me the chance to catch up on A LOT of downloadable Netflix movies. One of the better ones is Okja, directed by Korean visionary Joon-Ho Bong and starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. The fantastical film centers around a (“Green! All-natural! Eco-friendly!”) scheme to breed genetically modified pigs using “sustainable” animal raising techniques from countries like South Korea, where most of the film is set. Only, it’s all a grotesque form of spin. A satirical commentary on corporate responsibility, greed and consumerism that has stuck with me for weeks.

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MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Beyond The Bottom Line: Should Business Put Purpose Before Profit?Financial Times. Explore how the conversation on business and purpose has evolved in our archives.


Social Impact Jobs

EARLY-CAREER

1. Adobe — Project Manager, Sustainability & Social Impact (San Francisco)

2. Chicago Ideas — Digital Content & Social Media Associate (Chicago)

3. Corporate Citizenship — Content Marketing Manager (London)

4. Estée Lauder — Analyst, Sustainable Package Development (New York)

5. Kickstarter — Analyst, Trust & Safety (New York)

6. Oxfam — Supplier Relationship Coordinator (Oxford, UK)

7. Reconsidered (that’s us! 🤗) — Intern (part-time) (Remote)

8. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship — Program Manager, Social Ventures (Oxford, UK)

9. Sustainable Brands — Detroit Innovation Open Coordinator (part-time) (Remote)

10. TerraCycle — Account Manager, Brand Partnerships (Trenton, New Jersey)

MID-CAREER

11. Ball Aerocan — Sustainability Manager (Lille Area, France)

12. BESTSELLER — Chemical Compliance Specialist (Aarhus, Brande or Copenhagen, Denmark)

13. Bloomberg Intelligence — Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Analyst (New York)

14. BSR — Manager, Women's Empowerment (New York or Paris)

15. Dalberg — Associate Partner (New York, San Francisco, Seattle, or Washington, DC)

16. Ellen MacArthur Foundation — Project Manager, Make Fashion Circular (UK Flexible)

17. Henkel — Global Sustainability Manager (Düsseldorf, Germany)

18. Maersk — Sustainability Manager (Copenhagen)

19. Material Bank — Sustainability Research Specialist (New York)

20. PVH Corp. — Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship (New York)

21. Spring Impact — Senior Consultant, US Office (San Francisco)

22. UN Women — Program Specialist, Women, Peace and Security, and Governance (Kyiv, Ukraine)

23. Zendesk — Program Manager, CSR Content (San Francisco)

EXPERIENCED

24. Allbirds — Head of Product Strategy & Merchandising (San Francisco)

25. Change.org — Senior Director of Campaigns (San Francisco, New York, or Washington, DC)

26. Cloetta — Head of Health, Safety, & Environment (Netherlands)

27. Common Impact — Director, Consulting (New York)

28. DoorDash — Senior Public Policy & Community Engagement Manager (San Francisco)

29. Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation — Team Lead (part-time) (The Hague, Netherlands)

30. Kiva — Director, Strategic Development (San Francisco)

31. Sesame Workshop — Vice President, Social Impact and Philanthropy Business Operations (New York)

32. The Wonderful Company — Head of Philanthropy (Los Angeles)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 10% — percentage of the world’s population that lives in extreme poverty. In the early 1980s, that number was 44%. Until the 1950s, it was over 50%. Just one of many tidbits in Nicholas Kristof’s recent column on “Why 2018 Was the Best Year in Human History!

049 / Purpose > Profit, Parental Leave & The Biggest Fake News In Fashion

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Hi Friends,

I’m kicking off 2019 with a series of workshops — starting where I grew up, the Pacific island of Guam. 🇬🇺

The case for sustainable business is strong in a place like Guam, a U.S. territory with a centuries-old colonial legacy located smack in the middle of the Pacific. It means nurturing the island’s ability to truly sustain itself — independently, without relying on foreign imports, tourism (the #1 industry) or the U.S. military (the #2 industry). On an island just 32 miles long and between 4 and 9 miles wide, it’s impossible to ignore nature’s constraints.

During the workshop, which was hosted by the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability and School of Business and Public Administration, we walked through the steps of creating a sustainability strategy and designed a series of pilot projects. Packaging for a line of natural beauty products? Bring together a coalition to co-invest in manufacturing equipment that can transform the bamboo clogging up our waterways. Equipping people to turn waste into want? How about a training program with the local girls empowerment organization, funded by private companies?

I left Guam feeling inspired and energized — and reminded of how many ideas can spark when you build bridges between work and home. How did 2019 start off for you?

✌️
Jess

P.S. One of my new year’s resolutions is changing my relationship with technology. Just in time, my friend Barbara and “crowdacting” platform CollAction are launching a campaign called Screen Free Sundays. The premise is simple: Every last Sunday of the month, opt to go screen-free, put down your phones and reconnect with the world around you. I’ve just signed onto the campaign, maybe you want to join?


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This Week’s Five Links

Beyond The Bottom Line: Should Business Put Purpose Before Profit? Financial Times
For the past 50 years, business has been governed by Milton Friedman’s 1970s doctrine that the only “social responsibility” of business is “to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” This Financial Times article suggests that Friedman’s approach is on its way out, making way for a new model of capitalism based on purpose, inclusion and sustainability. A must-read if you want to understand the state of sustainable business going into 2019. (14 minutes)

Big Business Has A New Scam: The Purpose ParadigmThe Nation
While many are optimistic about the potential of a purpose-led business movement, others are more skeptical. This article by Cambridge PhD student Maria Hengeveld questions the whole notion of corporate social responsibility, arguing that the “purpose paradigm derails and delays progress” by “obscuring the fact that real justice requires a radical redistribution of corporate profits”. Like Anand Giridharadas in his much-read NYT op-ed (which made our list of the top 10 articles of 2018) Hengeveld points to taxes and lobbying as two areas where so-called “purposeful” companies fail to address their full range of impacts — confirming that those areas will need to be a major focus for companies in the year ahead. (21 minutes)

Costco’s 100 Million Chickens Will Change the Face of NebraskaCivil Eats
Costco sells 78 million of its $4.99 rotisserie chickens each year. Now, it’s working with the state of Nebraska to set up its own supply chain for the chickens — both as a way to have more control over social and environmental factors and to break free of the monopoly from suppliers like Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride. The plan is ambitious, with the power to transform Nebraska’s economy as well as set a new model for vertical supply chains in the food industry. But will Costco be able to execute in a way that’s friendly to people, planet and animals? (26 minutes) 

The Biggest Fake News in FashionThe New York Times
“The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world.” Except, it isn’t. Vanessa Friedman untangles this pervasive untruth, tracing its origins back through Eileen Fisher, The True Cost documentary, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Fair Fashion Center, the Global Fashion Agenda and Deloitte Consulting. In the process, she examines the “gorgeous simplicity of the accusation” and the power of catchy statistics (however murky) to drive action. (7 minutes)

Microsoft’s Letter To New ParentsLinkedIn
Last week, a Microsoft finance manager posted a LinkedIn photo of the heartwarming letter Microsoft sent him after the birth of his child. The letter was accompanied by a thoughtful selection of NGO-made gifts and arrived during the father’s 12 weeks of parental leave. The story went viral. As of writing, the post had nearly 200,000 likes and 5,000 shares, demonstrating the goodwill that can result when a company goes above and beyond to take care of its people. Microsoft is known for offering generous parental leave benefits to its employees — and more recently, for mandating that all of its contractors offer paid leave to their employees too. (They’re also hiring for a number of corporate responsibility positions — see our jobs board below!) (4 minutes)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Science of What Makes People CareStanford Social Innovation Review. ICYMI, our last issue featured our picks for the top 10 articles of 2018.


Social Impact Jobs

Early-Career

1. Brave Bison — Content Creator, Instagram (London)

2. Comcast — Sustainability Scholar MBA Intern (internship) (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania)

3. Code.org — Product Manager (Seattle, Washington)

4. IREX — Program Associate (Washington, DC)

5. Metabolic Lab — Circular Cities Consulting Intern (internship) (Amsterdam)

6. Quorum Initiative — Marketing Coordinator (New York City)

7. Sainsbury’s — Community Affairs Coordinator (London)

Mid-Career

8. Amazon Web Services — Manager, Internal Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility (London) *contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested*

9. Burberry — Responsibility Project Manager (London)

10. Charity:Water — Technical Project Manager, Remote Sensors (New York City or Remote)

11. Colgate-Palmolive — Global Corporate Social Responsibility Associate Manager (New York City)

12. Columbia Sportswear — Corporate Responsibility Manager (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

13. Element AI — Senior Community Development Manager (Toronto, Canada)

14. Ergon Associates — Human Rights, Labor, & Gender Researcher (contract) (London or Haarlem, Netherlands)

15. Global Reporting Initiative — Manager, Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement (Amsterdam)

16. Grove Collaborative — Email Marketing Manager (San Francisco)

17. Heller Consulting — Senior Technical Consultant (Remote)

18. Humanity United — Program Associate, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (San Francisco)

19. LEGO Group — Senior Manager, Responsible Sourcing (contract) (London)

20. Microsoft — Philanthropies Lead, Western Europe (Amsterdam Area, Netherlands)

21. Morgan Stanley — Global Sustainable Finance Associate (New York City)

22. Pacific Community Ventures — Associate Director, Impact Investing Research and Consulting (Oakland, California)

23. Sustain Natural — Head of PR + Communications (New York City)

24. UBS — Program Manager, UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs (New York City)

Experienced

25. Barclays — Vice President, Sustainability (London)

26. Google — Carbon Free Energy Lead, Data Centers (Sunnyvale, California)

27. MIT Media Lab — Head of Community and Long-Term Social Impact, Digital Currency Initiative (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

28. Mondelēz International — Manager, MDLZ Foundation and Mindful Snacking Platform (Greater Chicago Area)

29. Jack Wills — Ethical Trade & Brand Protection Executive (London)

30. Salesforce.org — Humanitarian Technology Impact Director (San Francisco, New York City or Washington, DC)


THE HIGH NOTE //  50% — the percentage of women that will be part of actress and director Regina King’s future production projects, per her 💪💪💪 acceptance speech at the 2019 Golden Globes.

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048 / Our Top 10 Reads of 2018

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

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Hi Friends —

What a year for socially responsible business.

✊Brands embraced their power as activists. 📈Investors confirmed the business case for sustainability. ️☀️A particularly hot summer made climate change impossible to dismiss. 🥤The plastics crisis hit the mainstream. 📵Silicon Valley came under increased scrutiny post-Cambridge Analytica (yes, that was this year).  👩 The #MeToo movement reverberated across the business world.  🎬“Inclusion riders” became a thing. 👚So did clothing rental. And the list goes on.

To cap off 2018, we’ve pulled together 10 of our favorite reads from the past year — the articles that made us think, made us fear, made us laugh, made us hope and made us reconsider the role of business in this rapidly changing world of ours.

What news item most sparked your interest this year? Hit reply to let us know.

Wishing you an energizing start to 2019!

✌️
Team Reconsidered (JessYsabelDanielle, Kim and Caitlin)

P.S. Have you downloaded our ( 💯free!) playbook on how behavior change insights can supercharge your CSR efforts? Have a look here.

P.P.S. Ever wondered how your college fiction professor would rip apart your favorite Christmas songs? Our content collaborator Ysabel explores this in her hilarious humor piece published in The New York Times. 👏


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Our Top 10 Links Of 2018 (In No Particular Order) 

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support — The New York Times
In what’s being called a watershed moment for corporate social responsibility, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink stressed in his annual letter that a company must "not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society". The letter marks the first time that a major institutional investment firm has made such a strong statement in support of CSR. Not only that, but Fink intends to hold companies accountable by adding staff to monitor businesses' response. Read Fink's full letter here.
👉Published in January, this letter set the stage for many of the social responsibility milestones that followed. With the business case for sustainability confirmed by one of the world’s most influential investors, companies had the leeway to set moonshot goals and commit to ambitious action. — Jess

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.
👉 Technology companies have done an incredible job at branding themselves as renegade little outfits who want to enable the revolution. In reality, they're just like any other giant corporation: they want to make money. I think this is an issue that doesn't get talked about enough, and this article does a great job of putting it all into context. — Ysabel

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change — The New York Times
The article is 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. Heavy… but important (though not without its critics). When you’re done reading, don’t despair — do something.
👉 Author Nathaniel Rich details how, during the 80s, a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians almost saved our world from global warming — "almost" being the operative word. A painful realization, but an important one. — Caitlin

We Cannot Recycle and Beach Clean Our Way Out of a Plastics Crisis Huffington Post 
Plastics are everywhere — in the soil, in the water, even in our 💩 (yes, it’s true and it’s very disturbing). But change is coming. In this op-ed, Dame Ellen MacArthur introduces a new collaborative initiative to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. To date it has over 250 global signatories, including brands, retailers, NGOs and governments. The initiative comes on the heels of a recent EU ban on single-use plastics like plastic straws, disposable plates and cutlery. It’s pretty awesome to see meaningful action on this complex problem — let’s just hope the implementation is swift.
👉During my travels this year, I was surprised to see a greater awareness of single-use plastics from San Francisco to Sri Lanka to Seoul. In fact, “single-use” was even named Collins’ 2018 Word of the Year! I’m hopeful that this will continue to be a meaningful issue area in the year ahead. — Jess

Will We Soon Be Renting Rather Than Buying Our Clothes? — BBC
Clothing rental is seen as one of the best circular economy ways to keep clothes in use for as long as possible. But will it become mainstream? It’s easy to see how the concept appeals to fashionistas who want to stay ahead of the latest trends, but early adopters also include people who hate to shop and just want one less thing to worry about (um, hi).
 👉I think about the intersection of tech, fashion, and sustainability every day. It's literally part of my job! The continued growth of companies like Rent the Runway and YCloset indicate that the trend of "access over ownership" isn't fading anytime soon. Consumers are looking for new, convenient and delightful ways to access products they love—and what better than to start with Clueless-like closets! — Danielle

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.’”
 👉The teen activists behind climate change movement Zero Hour convey a powerful reminder that it is unfortunately the decisions made now that will impact the future liveability of our world. It is inspiring to read about the individuals behind the organization, who — without any guidance or experience — are fighting the status quo and taking matters into their own hands. — Caitlin

Oysters on the Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York’s Eroding Harbor — NPR
As climate change causes storms to increase in intensity, coastal cities are being forced to protect their shores. New York City is pioneering a brilliant solution: living breakwaters made from leftover oyster shells, which protect harbors while also filtering water and contributing to a healthier ecosystem. The shells are sourced from local restaurants, then populated with new oysters hatched by students in a public high school’s aquaculture program — a unique model that brings together non-profits, businesses, schools and local government.
 👉This project just ticks so many of my boxes: food waste, civic engagement and fascinating science. It's very exciting to me when I read about a climate solution that harnesses the power of the natural world and this one does that brilliantly. — Ysabel

Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World — The New York Times
In this op-ed, author Anand Giridharadas uses the term “fake change” to describe most corporate responsibility and non-profit efforts out there. Sure, it’s technically change, he argues. But it’s change “the powerful can tolerate” because it doesn’t topple existing power structures. There’s truth in what he says, and it’s certainly a wake-up call to not become complacent with incremental efforts. But change is messy and complex. Some believe the only way forward is to dismantle the system, while others choose to work within it to effect what change they can.  There’s room for both approaches to exist. In fact, I’d argue that it’s necessary. Business as a force for good isn’t the only answer, but has to be a part of the solution.
👉This article — and Giridharadas’ book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” — initiated vital dialogue about the dark side of social impact, the glorification of social entrepreneurs and the need to expand corporate responsibility expectations to include a company’s lobbying, tax and public policy practices. — Jess

The Science of What Makes People Care — Stanford Social Innovation Review
Simply put, this article is everything. In fact, these insights are why Reconsidered got started in the first place — to help organizations make not just a business case for prioritizing sustainability and social impact, but also an emotional case driven by what we know about behavior change. In the article, Ann Christiano and Annie Niemand from the University of Florida outline five social science-backed principles to help you communicate your cause more effectively. And they don’t sugarcoat things, either. The article addresses head-on some of the most uncomfortable truths about human psychology, like the fact that people don’t want to hear things that will make them feel bad or challenge their beliefs. It offers actionable insights to craft messaging that works with people’s natural tendencies, not against them. Amen to that. 👏
👉An interesting read for anyone looking to engage others to get behind a cause, create social change, or in general, communicate more effectively. This article would be particularly helpful for all my fellow fundraisers out there working on their next campaign appeal! #donatenow — Kim

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.
👉Let’s hope that 2019 is the year we reclaim the true essence of the triple bottom line — or find a powerful concept to replace it. — Jess


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Strange Phenomenon of L.O.L. Surprise DollsThe Atlantic. Find more surprising content in our archives.


Social Impact Jobs

An abbreviated list of 10 great opportunities to match our 10 top links of 2018. The full curation will return next issue.

Early Career

1. Fenton  Public Relations & CSR Fellow (fellowship) (New York City)
2. Leidos — Corporate Responsibility Specialist, STEM Education (Washington, DC Area)
3. PwC — Program Senior Associate, Responsible Business Leadership - Foundation (New York City)

Mid-Career

4. Chanel — CSR Content Development Lead (London)
5. Elemental Excelerator — Portfolio Manager, Energy / Mobility (Honolulu, Hawaii or Bay Area, California)
6. TJX (TJ Maxx Companies)  Responsible Business Manager, Supply Chain (London)

Experienced

7. adidas — VP Sustainability Operations (Herzogenaurach, Germany)
8. PetSmart — Sr. Director, Product Integrity & Social Responsibility (Phoenix, Arizona)
9. World Wildlife Fund — Plastics Manager (Washington, DC)
10. ZDHC Foundation — Implementation Senior Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 7 — The number of scientists joining the next U.S. Congress, which convenes at the start of 2019.  


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Hi Friends —

This was a big week for us! After months of research and writing, we published Making Change Sustainable — a new playbook exploring how insights from the world of behavioral science can supercharge the way companies embed social responsibility into their business. You can download the free resource here.

We celebrated the launch with an interactive “workshop-meets-cocktail party” held at the Fashion for Good Experience in Amsterdam. I was blown away by the warmth, intelligence and creativity of the group that came together. Pics below.

If you’ve downloaded the playbook, I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Did any chapters feel particularly relevant? Are there other change insights you would add? Hit reply and let me know what you think.

✌️
Jess

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Making Change FUN 🕺

More than 50 people joined Reconsidered’s first-ever meet-up in Amsterdam, held at the inspiring Fashion for Good Experience. Special thanks to 🏛 Fashion for Good for providing the perfect venue, 🍷YanFlorijn Wijn for the delicious natural and biological wines and 🍻Two Chefs Brewing for the locally-brewed craft beers. The meet-up was organized by marketing and PR pro Caitlin Clark, whose effort and dedication made the event go flawlessly. View more pictures on our Facebook page →


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This Week's Five Links

Forget Trinkets. These Gifts Change Lives.The New York Times
Each year, more than $1 billion worth of holiday gift cards are never redeemed. Why not redirect those gift-giving dollars to a present with purpose? Nicholas Kristof shares his annual list of “gifts with meaning,” which include sponsoring women’s health programs and supporting overlooked causes like post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. (Thanks to RC reader Cathy for sharing this useful resource!)

The Strange Phenomenon of L.O.L. Surprise DollsThe Atlantic
Speaking of holiday gift-giving, this Atlantic piece dives into one of the biggest children’s toys trends of 2018. L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls were created specifically for a YouTube generation raised on “unboxing videos”. Basically, after tearing away seven layers of packaging, you wind up with a cheap toy that’s bound to be in landfill by New Year’s. Ridiculous? Yes. Wasteful? You betcha. This article explores the sociological and psychological reason kids are losing their s*** over them.

We Built a Sim of World’s Climate Battle – Here’s What Happened When Delegates Played It At COP24The Conversation
This past week was COP24, the annual UN climate conference hosted in Katowice, Poland. Though government action has been shameful (ahem, U.S. and Australia) business stepped up in a big way, with a major investor statement and fashion industry pledge among the notable commitments. Hidden among the press releases was this gem on an interactive role-playing game showcased at COP24 that simulates how current climate action will impact the world in the future. "The whole point is to use narrative storytelling and imagination to make the human and economic cost of these events more concrete,” said the creators, which include researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University, Utrecht University and Purdue University. “People have emotional reactions to what is apparently real – not to what actually is real. Games give us a platform to create just such an apparent reality."

Period-Tracking Apps Are Not for WomenVox
The “femtech” market is estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2025, and fertility and period-tracking apps are among the fastest-growing segments. This article argues that most apps on the market aren’t actually built for women, but rather for the men, marketers and medical companies that see a business opportunity in women's health. From inaccurate algorithms to stereotypically gendered design (SO MUCH PINK) to a deep insensitivity to real challenges like miscarriage and abortion, this fascinating piece goes deep.

🎧 Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The MindNPR Hidden Brain
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and behavioral economist whose research on judgement and decision-making forms the bedrock of modern behavioral science. This conversation with Hidden Brain’s Shankar Vedantam is wide-ranging, but the part I found most fascinating comes around minute 23:50, when the two start to discuss the behavioral response to climate change. “If you were to design a problem that the mind is not equipped to deal with, climate change would fit the bill,” Kahneman said. The two discuss this phenomenon — as well as some possible solutions, which we quoted in our new playbook.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The State of the Sustainability Profession 2018GreenBiz. Our archive is the best place on the Internet to get lost this holiday season. 


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1. 4imprint — Corporate Social Responsibility Associate (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

2. ALDI — Corporate Responsibility Assistant (Chicago Area)

3. Creative Artists Agency — Brand Consulting, Social Impact Assistant (New York)

4. ESPN — Project Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship (Bristol, Connecticut)

5. Happy Socks — CSR & Sourcing Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)

6. Nike — Sustainability Graduate Intern (internship) (Beaverton, Oregon)

7. People Tree — Design Assistant (part-time) (London)

8. Raise for Good — Partnership Associate (Flexible) *contact mary@raiseforgood.co if interested in this role*

9. Samasource — Digital Marketer (Nairobi, Kenya)

10. The Estée Lauder Companies — Associate, Sustainability (New York)

11. Tommy Hilfiger — Intern, Corporate Responsibility (internship) (Amsterdam)

12. Twitter — Project Manager, Public Policy & Philanthropy (contract) (Washington, DC)

13. VIZIO — Social Responsibility Analyst (Irvine, California)

Mid-Career

14. Allstate — Community Engagement Sr. Consultant (Chicago Area)

15. Apparel Impact Institute — Director of Mill Improvement Program (Flexible U.S. or Europe)

16. ASOS — Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

17. Benetech — Sr. Human Rights Program Manager (Palo Alto, California)

18. Fair Trade USA — Senior Standards Manager, Apparel & Home Goods (Oakland, California)

19. Goodnation — Philanthropy Advisor (New York)

20. IKEA — Health & Sustainability Manager (Malmö, Sweden)

21. League of Intrapreneurs — Digital Community Manager (Flexible)

22. JCPenney — Director, Responsible Sourcing (Dallas, Texas) *contact jlippman@jcp.com if interested in this role*

23. Johnson & Johnson — Senior Manager, Responsible Procurement Compliance (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

24. Razer — Employee Experience, Internal Communications & CSR Lead (Singapore)

25. SAP — Sustainability and Ethics Program Manager (Walldorf/St. Leon-Rot, Germany)

26. Samsung Electronics — Corporate Citizenship Manager (Panama)

27. Solidaridad — Communications & Campaigning Advisor, Europe (Amsterdam)

28. Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society — Events & Partnerships Manager (Stanford, California)

29. Target — Senior Analyst ESG Systems and Reporting, Corporate Responsibility (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

30. Too Good To Go — Country Manager (Warsaw, Poland)


Experienced

31. Airbnb — Manager, Global Refugee Response Program (San Francisco)

32. Amazon — Principal Product Manager, Sustainability (Seattle) *contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested in this role*

33. Converse — Global Social Impact Director (Boston)

34. Fenton — Vice President (Washington, DC)

35. Next Street — Director of Finance & Administration (New York) *contact careers@nextstreet.com if interested in this role*

36. Nike — Senior Director for Partnerships & Engagement, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (Portland, Oregon)

37. Nokia — Head of Human Rights (Espoo, Finland)


THE HIGH NOTE //  15 — age of the bad-ass teenager who called out world leaders at COP24. “Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” said Sweden’s Greta Thunberg. 💪

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046 / Instant Delivery, Influencers & A Sneak Peek At Our New Sustainability + Behavior Change Project

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Hi Friends,

The role of the sustainable business professional is changing, according to the latest GreenBiz State of the Sustainability Profession Report (see 5 Links below).

Sure, the core skills of data analysis, impact measurement, project management and deep subject matter expertise are still needed. But now, teams are also being called on to educate, empower and equip people across the business to own the sustainability agenda. They need to spark culture change, create internal movements and build consensus among people who don’t usually agree with each other. They need to persuade, nudge and influence people to change the very way they approach their jobs.

This shift requires a whole new toolkit of skills. We still need to make a rational business case for social responsibility — but we also need to layer on a clear understanding of what drives people and organizations to change.

Over the past several months, I’ve dug deep into the literature of behavior change science and spoken with leading behavioral researchers and social responsibility practitioners. The result is a new playbook that shares a few of the insights I think are most fascinating and relevant to people working in social responsibility. It’s called “Making Change Sustainable: Using Behavior Science to Embed Social Responsibility Into Your Business” and I’m excited to share it with you in the coming weeks.

If the topic sparks your interest, enter your information here and I’ll send you the playbook right when it comes out.

I’m also hosting a small in-person meet-up next week in Amsterdam to celebrate the launch. You can learn more and register here — and if you know anyone who’d be interested, feel free to share!

👉🏽 UPDATE: We have sold out of meet-up seats, but if you're interested in attending please join the waitlist. We hope to be opening up some spots early next week.

✌️
Jess

P.S. I’m still taking part in Grist’s 21-Day Apathy Detox — now on Day 9! It’s been educational and eye-opening to explore different ways of engaging with social and environmental issues. Check RC’s Facebook page for some of my recent dispatches.

P.P.S. My friend Kestrel Jenkins hosts the Conscious Chatter podcast (see RC’s episode here) and is one of the most consciously stylish people I know. She just launched LEFT EDIT, a new line of sustainable, made-in-USA essentials that are just so lovely and feminine (especially that Eve dress 😍). Check out the collection on Kickstarter.


This Week's Five Links

🎧 The Human Toll of Instant Delivery — The Daily from The New York Times
‘Tis the season for #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday and TONS of online shopping. But before you default to that next-day or same-day delivery option, have a listen to this podcast from The Daily. It takes a look into a rapid fulfillment warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee, that is filled with the types of horrific human rights abuses you’re used to hearing about in developing countries. It is one of the most tragic, frustrating and powerful stories I’ve heard all year.

15 Takeaways From The U.S. Climate Change Report — CNN
Speaking of Black Friday, the U.S. federal government chose that day (🙄) to release a massive climate report compiled by 13 federal agencies. It warned that if we don’t take drastic action on climate change, the U.S. economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars — up to 10% of its total GDP. This handy round-up outlines 15 of the biggest takeaways, including business impacts like declining crop production, loss of seafood stocks and lost working hours due to extreme temperatures.
👉 TAKE ACTION: We need to engage with our elected representatives, but also with our business leaders. Climate Nexus's Jeff Nesbit offers three ways businesses can tackle climate change — if you work in a company, ask leadership how they’re moving forward on these issues.

A Victoria Secret Exec’s Comments on Why It Doesn’t Hire Trans and Curvy Models Backfired Spectacularly — GOOD
Oh, Victoria’s Secret. This month, its annual fashion show riled up spectators for being… exactly the way it’s been since 1995. Meaning, instead of adapting to an evolving culture that values diversity, inclusion and feminism, it continues to perpetuate outdated gender stereotypes and beauty norms. It doesn’t help that when questioned, the CMO for L Brands (which owns Victoria’s Secret) said the company would never include trans and plus-sized models in the show because it “is a fantasy.” 🤮 The backlash was swift and fierce, including an open letter and full-page ad in The New York Times penned by the female CEO of ThirdLove, a new direct-to-consumer lingerie brand, that was as progressive and empowering as L Brands’ comments were archaic and insulting. To me, this situation illustrates the danger of standing still when it comes to social issues — and shows that when older brands stumble there are plenty of smaller, more purposeful companies ready to take their place.

Can Influencers Unionize? — VICE
When you think of the gig economy worker, you don’t typically think of the “influencer” — that person on your Instagram feed whose perfectly curated life of avocado toast and fancy hotel rooms never fails to inspire envy and FOMO. But many influencers face the same challenges, like financial instability, lack of healthcare and heavy upfront costs. This piece is a fascinating perspective on the changing face of organized labor, which increasingly includes contractors, freelancers and white collar workers.

📖 The State of the Sustainability Profession 2018 — GreenBiz
Looking to break into the sustainability profession? Every other year, GreenBiz releases a report tracking notable trends in the field. My biggest takeaway is the continued shift from CSR’s “tactical origins of reporting and stakeholder engagement” to a role requiring more “business strategy, change management and on-the-ground execution” expertise. This shift necessitates a whole new set of skills around creating movements, sparking innovation and catalyzing behavior change. (Psst… we’ve created a new playbook to help you build those skills! Sign up here to have it sent to you when it’s released 🚀)


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Ask Umbra’s 21-Day Apathy Detox — Grist. Follow us on Facebook where I’m posting regular updates from my own detox. 


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  Accenture — Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (internship) (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
2. Fawkes & Reece — Sustainability Advisor (London, UK)
3. GreenSpace Brands — Assistant Brand Manager (Toronto, Canada)
4. Kuli Kuli — Operations Coordinator (San Francisco, California)
5. Our Climate — Organizer (part-time; email Nicole Crescimanno at nicole@ourclimate.us if interested) (Upstate New York, New York)
6. Patagonia — Environmental Campaigns & Advocacy Intern (internship) (Ventura, California)
7. Philanthropy University — Instructional Designer (contract) (Oakland, California)
8. REI — Specialist, Search and Social Performance Marketing (Kent, Washington)
9. The Honest Company — Senior Product Manager (Los Angeles, California)
10.The Planet Mark — Business Development Executive (London, United Kingdom)
11. Twilio — Account Executive, Social Impact (San Francisco, California)
12. United States Council for International Business — Assistant Policy and Program Manager (New York, New York)
13. Worn — Project Manager (New York, New York)
14. Yale University — Urban Sustainability Program Manager (New Haven, Connecticut)

Mid-Career

15. AESG — Senior Sustainability Consultant (London, United Kingdom)
16. Autodesk — Sustainability Manager (San Francisco, California)
17. Benetech — Sr. Human Rights Program Manager (Palo Alto, California)
18. Charity:water — Head of People and Culture (New York, New York)
19. The Clorox Company — Safety, Health, and Environmental Manager (Chicago Area, Illinois)
20. Context Partners — Project Manager (Portland, Oregon)
21. HALO, Purely for Pets — Social Mission / Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant (contract) (New York or Remote)
22. KPMG — Assistant Manager, CSR (Hong Kong)
23. Oath — Manager, Socially Responsible Business Team (New York, New York)
24. Propeller — Technical Program Manager/Consultant (San Francisco, California)
25. Rothy’s — Senior Marketing Copywriter (San Francisco, California)
26. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) — Manager, Corporate Citizenship (Halifax, Canada)
27. Target — Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
28. Walmart — Senior Manager, Dignity of Women Program (Bentonville, Arkansas)

Experienced

29. Apple — Labor & Human Rights Expert, Supplier Responsibility (Cupertino, California)
30. Change.org — Managing Director of Campaigns (New York, San Francisco, or Washington, DC)
31. enso — Brand Impact Director (Los Angeles, California)
32. Illumina — Director/ Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (San Diego, California)
33. NationSwell — Managing Director, NationSwell Council (New York, New York)
34. Kimberly-Clark Professional — Global Environmental & Energy Technical Leader (Atlanta Area, Georgia)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 02:03:49 — the half-marathon time of Justin Gallegos, a college runner who was recently chosen to be Nike’s first pro athlete with cerebral palsy. The video where Justin learns he’s made the cut will make you 😭😭😭 .


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!