🕺047 / COP24, L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls & Making Change FUN

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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

P.S. If you read the playbook and found it valuable, would you consider sharing it? Here are some special links to make it easy. #pathofleastresistance #behaviorchangejokes

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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 😭😭😭 .


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Issue 045 / Single-Use, Cheap Swag & A 21-Day Apathy Detox

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Hi Friends,

I love a good action plan. So when I learned about Grist’s 21-Day Apathy Detox (see 5 Links below) I was intrigued. With challenges like “protest like a pro” and “ditch the excuses”, it seems like just the way to get reenergized and recommitted to environmental issues following the midterm elections.

I’m giving it a shot and will be posting about my experience on RC’s Facebook page. Maybe you want to join too?

✌️
Jess


CLIENT LOVE //  Etsy CEO Josh Silverman took the main stage at last week’s BSR Conference to discuss the company’s unique value creation model. Have a look here.


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This Week's Five Links

‘Single-Use’ Is Collins’ Word of the Year for 2018 — CNN
“Single-use” items like plastic forks are only used once before they are thrown out. But as a term, single-use has staying power — so much so that Collins dictionary has made it their 2018 Word of the Year. Their decision is a positive sign that awareness of our current waste crisis is here to stay... just like that plastic fork in a landfill somewhere 😰

It’s Time to Stop Spending Billions on Cheap Conference Swag — Fast Company
Conference season is in full swing, which means we’re all drowning in free giveaways. Like fast fashion, these items need to be cheap, abundant and quick to produce — which means that in most cases, quality is low, waste is high and working conditions are inhumane. But there is another way. Liz Segran proposes that companies look into sourcing more ethically or doing away with swag altogether, instead offering memorable experiences like a yoga class, a new headshot or a great meal. What’s the best sustainable freebie/experience you’ve ever gotten? Tweet us your response at @reconsideredco.

Iceland’s Christmas TV Advert Banned for Being Too Political — The Guardian
The UK supermarket chain Iceland made waves this year for pledging to remove palm oil from its branded products. Palm oil plantations are one of the biggest drivers of deforestation and for its holiday ad, Iceland teamed up with Greenpeace to raise awareness of this environmental crisis’ impact on animals. Unfortunately, their tear-jerking commercial won’t be on TV anytime soon because it was deemed “too political” by Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting ads before they are broadcast to the public. The silver lining? For a banned ad, the spot is everywhere. At the time of this writing it has over 4.4 million views on YouTube.

👉 TAKE ACTION: Join over 900,000 people who have signed a petition to overturn the ban.

How a Tweet Turned Prop. C From an Underdog to a Winner — San Francisco Chronicle
In last week’s midterm elections, San Francisco voted Yes on Proposition C, a measure to raise taxes on big businesses in order to fund homeless services, which are desperately needed in the city. Prop C made national news when it gained an unexpected ally: Marc Benioff, the billionaire CEO of Salesforce. Salesforce donated $5 million to support the campaign, even though the company would lose millions if it passed. This article shares how a simple Twitter exchange between Benioff and a local homeless advocate led to his support and bolstered Prop C’s chance of winning at the ballot box. (Psst… Salesforce is also hiring, see our Social Impact Jobs Board below!)

21-Day Apathy Detox — Grist
Ask Umbra is Grist’s advice column on green living and civic engagement. And this resource is a perfect example of why we love it so much. The Apathy Detox is a three-week challenge to get you off the couch and into the world to make a positive difference on the environment. From navigating the muddy waters of social media to fighting your inner cynic, the advice here is clear, actionable and chock-full of insights and research. You really can’t ask for a better kick-in-the-butt than this. We’re signing onto the challenge and posting about it for the next 21 days on Facebook.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // How to Make Sustainability Every Employee’s Responsibility — Harvard Business Review. Visit the Reconsidered archives for more ideas and perspectives on how business can be a force for good.  


3 Questions With: Nigel Salter, Founder, SB&Co 

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“The fact that you're now seeing mega-businesses make absolutely huge changes that impact pretty much everybody — that gets me very excited. There is a real shift from business saying, ‘we just need to make ourselves look a little bit better’ to a proper, fundamental reengineering of operations to deliver completely different outcomes that change how the whole supply chain works."


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  DELL — Corporate Social Responsibility Sales Enablement (Austin, Texas)
2. Echoing Green — Individual Fellow Support Associate (New York, New York)
3. Empatico / The KIND Foundation — Associate Product Manager (New York, New York)
4. Ericsson — Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Trainee (internship) (Rome, Italy)
5. Fashion for Good — Analyst, Innovation Platform (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
6. PG Impact Investments — Private Equity Analyst (Zug, Switzerland)
7. SunTrust — Corporate Responsibility Analyst (Atlanta, Georgia)
8. Unilever — Social Mission Global Assistant Brand Manager, Dove Masterbrand (London, UK)

Mid-Career

9. Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship — Manager, Digital Communications (Boston, Massachusetts)
10. Coty — Corporate Affairs Manager (contract) (Shanghai, China)
11. Fair Wear Foundation — Verification Officer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
12. Flag Communications — Account Director, Sustainability Reporting and Communications (New York, NY, or virtual within the US)
13. Hasbro, Inc. – Manager, Ethical Sourcing (Hong Kong or Shenzhen, China) (contact Louis.Vanegas@ap.hasbro.com if interested)
14. International Labor Rights Forum — Senior Finance & Operations Manager (Washington, DC)
15. John Lewis Partnership — Sustainability Manager, Circular Economy (London, UK)
16. Metabolic — Sustainability Consultant, Industries (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
17. Microsoft — Business Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Seattle Area, Washington)
18. Rubicon Global — Sustainability Manager (Atlanta, Georgia)
19. Sainsbury’s — Ethical & Social Responsibility Manager (London, UK)
20. Salesforce.org — Senior Product Manager, Philanthropy Cloud Mobile App (San Francisco, California)
21. Symbiotics — Investment Analyst, South & East Asia (Singapore)
22. Tesla — Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist (Fremont, California)
23. The Honest Company — Visual Merchandising Manager (Los Angeles Area, California)

Experienced

24. Amadeus Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (Madrid, Spain)
25. Change.org — Senior Director of Campaigns (New York, New York)
26. Expedia Group — Director, Communications & Diversity (Seattle Area, Washington)
27. National Geographic — Vice President, Life at the Extremes (Washington, DC)
28. Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship — Head of Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland)
29. Social Finance, Inc. — Managing Director, Social Investment (Boston, Massachusetts)
30. TJX Companies (TJ Maxx) — Senior Community Relations Manager (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
31. Tulane University — Professor and Associate Director, Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // 15-30 — new workers expected to be hired by ethical fashion brand Outland Denim due to the “The Meghan Markle Effect”.

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Issue 044 / Netflix Targeting, Automation & A New Partnership To Tackle Plastic Pollution

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Hi Friends,

I don’t need to tell you that it’s a rough world out there. Climate change, inequality, ethics violations left and right. This can make it difficult to curate a newsletter that dives deep into issues that are important to us, without making it all doom and gloom.

So starting today, we’re committing to end each newsletter on a high note with a new mini-feature called, well, “The High Note”! Think if it as the dessert of each issue — a stat that gives us reason to smile, hope and keep trucking on. Scroll all the way down to see the first.

✌️
Jess

P.S. Huge thanks to everyone who has submitted a nomination for our “3 Questions” series — we’ve gotten dozens of entries! We’re planning our 2019 line-up and will be in touch if we move forward with your nomination. To recommend a friend, colleague or just someone you admire, click here.

P.P.S. You may have noticed us getting more chatty on LinkedIn. 🤗 Give us a follow for news and jobs as we’re finding them.


CLIENT LOVE //  New Yorkers, this is the last weekend to swing by Everlane's ReNew Experience concept shop in SoHo. In addition to checking out their new recycled polyester outerwear collection, you can also partake in fun events like a Wine & Weaving Workshop (Sunday) and a Sustainability Panel featuring IDEO’s Lauren Yarmuth, National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay and journalist Elizabeth Cline (Monday). Reconsidered had the pleasure of supporting Everlane and Imprint Projects with sustainability and programming guidance for the experience. Learn more and RSVP here.


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This Week's Five Links

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.

👉 TAKE ACTION: Take steps to reduce your own plastic footprint. The Less Plastic campaign has ideas if you’re just getting started.

Companies Should Help You Retrain When You’re Automated Out of a Job — Quartz
McKinsey estimates that by 2030, hundreds of millions of people will need to change jobs because of automation. Scary. To prepare for this new world, the chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute says that companies and governments need to take responsibility for reskilling their workforce so that they can take advantage of new opportunities that will arise. While it’s encouraging to see McKinsey advocate for proactive efforts, it’s impossible to ignore the role that the consulting firm and ones like it have played in “optimizing out” human labor through their engagements with the world’s biggest companies.

Janet Reno’s Sister Owes a Florida Developer $4 Million. She Has Zero Intention of Paying. — Medium
Maggy Hurchalla (aka Janet Reno’s sister) is a 77-year-old environmentalist living in Florida. For the past several years, she has spoken out against the efforts of billionaire developer Lake Point to build a 2,200 acre sugarcane development projected to have serious impacts on the fragile surrounding ecosystem, which includes Florida’s largest freshwater lake. In turn, Lake Point hit Hurchalla with a SLAPP lawsuit, short for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. This illuminating long read explores this legal tactic, which is frequently used by corporations to intimidate people who oppose their activities on the grounds of social and environmental justice.

Some Viewers Think Netflix Is Targeting Them by Race. Here’s What to Know. — The New York Times
Netflix recently faced a social media backlash for the thumbnail art it uses to promote movies and shows on its platform. Anecdotal evidence found that black users were more likely to see art featuring black characters — even if they had very minor roles — and vice versa for white people. Netflix denies that they target users based on race, gender or ethnicity, saying that the artwork you see is determined by your viewing history. But in this day and age, you can’t just blame your algorithm. Companies are increasingly being held responsible for the ways they target and market their products, and this is something every social impact team should be attuned to.

How to Make Sustainability Every Employee’s Responsibility — Harvard Business Review
Creating a sustainability strategy is a lot easier than implementing it. The key to reaching those targets? Ownership by people across the organization. University of Pittsburgh business professor CB Bhattacharya lays out a practical and useful framework for galvanizing employees to take charge of their company’s sustainability agenda. The framework includes three phases: incubate, launch, and entrench.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // You Buy a Purse at Walmart. There’s a Note Inside From a “Chinese Prisoner.” Now What? — Vox. Visit our archives for more long reads, short reads and everything in-between.


3 Questions With: Brandee Butler, Head of Gender Justice & Human Rights, C&A Foundation 

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“I feel that it's my job to advocate that resources are invested in the places where they are most needed, and to support the courageous activists who put themselves at great risk each and every day fighting for causes like anti-slavery and women’s rights.”


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  ADAY — Marketing Manager, Growth (New York, New York)
2. Arabella Advisors — Program Associate (Chicago, Illinois) (contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)
3. Brew Dr. Kombucha — Field Marketing Manager (Chicago, Illinois)
4. Brewin Dolphin — Corporate Responsibility Executive (London, UK)
5. Capria Ventures — Investor Relations & Analytics Intern (internship) (Seattle, Washington)
6. Florida Gulf Coast University — Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability (Fort Myers, Florida)
7. Globe In — Social Impact Project Intern (internship) (San Francisco, California)
8. Mission Measurement — Associate, Consulting (Chicago, Illinois)
9. Spring Impact — Consultant (San Francisco, California)

Mid-Career

10. Ameriprise Financial Services — Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
11. Anheuser-Busch — Director of Better World Communications (New York, New York)
12. BSR — Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York, New York)
13. Cuyana — Product Marketing Manager (San Francisco, California)
14. EcoVadis — Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (Toronto, Canada)
15. Electronic Arts — Sr. Consultant, Inclusion, Diversity, & CSR (Redwood City, California)
16. Gotham Greens — Chief of Staff (New York, New York)
17. lululemon — Collective Impact Partnerships Manager (Vancouver, Canada)
18. Mara Hoffman — PR Manager (New York, NY)
19. Microsoft — Business Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Redmond, Washington)
20. Mondelēz International — Sustainability Manager (East Hanover, New Jersey)
21. New Balance — Project Manager, Compliance Analytics & Operations (Boston, Massachusetts)
22. Kiva — Director of Data Science (San Francisco, California)
23. Patagonia — North American Direct Merchandise Planner (Ventura, California)
24. PepsiCo — Sustainability Analyst (Purchase, New York)
25. Public — Project Specialist (Toronto, Canada)
26. Social & Labor Convergence Project — Senior Program Manager, Stakeholder Engagement (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
27. Singularity University — Product Manager, Web & Mobile (Mountain View, California)
28. Tent Partnership for Refugees — Senior Communications Strategist (New York, New York)
29. United Nations Foundation — Manager, Programs and Impact, Girl Up (Washington, DC)
30. UTC (Pratt & Whitney) — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (East Hartford, Connecticut)
31. Visa — Director, Employee and Stakeholder Engagement (Flexible Location)
32. Work+Shelter — Client & Production Manager (Chicago, Illinois)

Experienced

33. B Lab — Director of Inclusive Economies (New York or San Francisco)
34. Black Girls Code — Regional Program Director, West Coast (Oakland, California)
35. Edelman — Vice President, Business & Social Purpose (New York, New York)
36. Everlane — International General Manager (San Francisco, California)
37. LEGO Group — Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility Engagement (London, UK)
38. NBCUniversal — Director, Community and Communications (New York, New York)
39. Reformation — Chief Technology Officer (Los Angeles, California)
40. Ro — VP, Communications (New York, New York)
41. Unilever — Unilever Foundry Global Director (London, UK)
42. Vera Solutions — Consulting Director, Europe (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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


THE HIGH NOTE // $100,000 — Amount donated by Ben & Jerry’s to four progressive causes along with the launch of its politically-themed “Pecan Resist” flavor. 


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Issue 043 / Oysters, Purses & What Patagonia’s Ex-CEO Is Up To Now

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Hi Friends,

Did you know that every other week, our team collaborates across three different time zones to bring you this newsletter? 🌎 Ysabel is a New York-based content strategist who also writes hilarious satire that never fails to make me LOL. Danielle is an incredible connector who curates our jobs board and works at the intersection of fashion, tech and impact in Seattle. And our latest team member, Kimberlee, is a social impact strategist and recent Amsterdam transplant who’s leading the charge on our growth strategy.

And me? Well, at my core I’m passionate about making positive change happen. In addition to publishing this newsletter, I also work with companies and organizations on projects that combine social impact, strategy, communications and behavior change.

You can get to know us a bit better here. And if you have time, give us a shout to introduce yourself! We’d love to hear what excites and inspires you.

✌️
Jess


CLIENT LOVE //  WWD did a great write-up on the Fashion for Good Experience, which launched last week in Amsterdam. Reconsidered led content development for this first-of-its-kind museum, which uses behavioral insights to educate, empower and equip visitors to be more conscious consumers.  


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This Week's Five Links

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. 

Climate Change Will Get Worse. These Investors Are Betting on It — Bloomberg
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a groundbreaking report warning that a global climate crisis will be felt by 2040 if we don’t radically curb emissions. Reactions ranged from fear to denial (guess who?) to… well, opportunism. A growing number of investors are seeing dollar signs in investments like storm protection, desalination plants, new agriculture approaches and land that’s far from the ocean. “I would love to give up these investment opportunities in a second if people would listen and stop polluting the environment,” says one investor. The silver lining? “If people are making money off it, that gets attention.”

You Buy a Purse at Walmart. There’s a Note Inside From a “Chinese Prisoner.” Now What? — Vox
In March of 2017, a woman in Arizona discovered a note inside a purse she purchased at her local Walmart. Written in Mandarin Chinese, the message detailed horrific abuses and forced working conditions inside a Chinese prison where the purse was manufactured. Was the note real or was it an activist stunt? Does it matter? A reporter travels 7,000 miles to find the prison and get answers.

Indonesia’s Tsunami and the Problem of Human Empathy — The Atlantic
This article uses the case of the recent tsunami in Indonesia to explore “compassion collapse” — a social phenomenon that explains why people have an easier time connecting with individual stories of pain over the suffering of a large group. Understanding this phenomenon can help NGOs and aid groups craft stories that override our tendency to tune out.

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We first learned about Mr. Money Mustache, a blog created by personal finance guru Peter Adeney, in an article on the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) that spent nearly a week at the top of The New York Times’ most emailed list. FIRE is a radically simple concept: live well below your means and invest your salary so that you can quit your job and do what you really want to do. What we found fascinating was the environmental motivation behind Adeney’s way of life — he regularly talks about the pro-environment benefits of reducing his consumption and focusing on the essentials. His blog can offer a clue on how sustainability communicators might reframe their messaging to reach different audiences.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Will We Soon Be Renting Rather Than Buying Our Clothes? — BBC. Our archives have a lot more where that came from.


3 Questions With: Michael Crooke, Co-Founder of WAYB & Ex-CEO of Patagonia 

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“I like to say we are on a path to sustainability. No company is truly sustainable. There’s waste in any company. The bottom line is we have to stay transparent. And transparency means that we have to say what we aren’t, as well as what we are.”


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  Allbirds — Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Operations (San Francisco, California)
2. BlueOrchard Finance — Portfolio Manager, Investment Solutions (Zurich, Switzerland)
3. Elekta — Corporate Responsibility Program Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)
4. Host Hotels & Resorts — Corporate Responsibility Program Coordinator (Bethesda, Maryland)
5. Iridescent Learning — Corporate Volunteer Engagement Manager (Remote) (Email Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)
6. ITW — Matching Gift and Volunteer Program Coordinator (Chicago, Illinois)
7. PwC — Corporate Responsibility Associate (Hong Kong)
8. The Black Sheep Agency — Community Engagement Intern (internship) (Houston, Texas)
9. TwentyFifty — Human Rights/Responsible Sourcing Consultant (London, UK)
10. Twilio — Account Executive, Social Impact (San Francisco, California)

Mid-Career

11. AccountAbility — Manager, Sustainability Services (London, UK)
12. Alexander McQueen — Senior Manager, Sustainability (London, UK)
13. Ascena Retail Group — Manager, CSR Strategy & Communications (New York, New York)
14. Barilla Group — Sustainability Professional (Parma, Italy)
15. Baxter — Manager, Global Community Giving & Engagement (Chicago, Illinois)
16. Bupa — Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager (London, UK)
17. Capital One — Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (Washington, DC or Richmond, Virginia)
18. Cathay Pacific — Assistant Manager, Sustainable Development (Hong Kong)
19. Electronic Arts (EA) — Senior Consultant, Inclusion, Diversity & CSR (Redwood City, California)
20. Facebook — Finance Manager, Ads and Social Impact (Menlo Park, California)
21. Global Fund to End Modern Slavery — Communications & Media Specialist (Washington, DC)
22. GlobalGiving — Business Partnerships Manager (Washington, DC)
23. GoFundMe — Region Manager, North Europe (London, UK)
24. LEGO Foundation — Sr. Communications Manager (Billund, Denmark)
25. L'Oréal — Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Mumbai, India)
26. Patagonia — Global Marketing Manager, Sportswear (Ventura, California)
27. PVH Corp — Corporate Responsibility Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
28. Radley Yeldar — Sustainability Consultant (London, UK)
29. Snap Inc. — Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Program Manager (Los Angeles, California)
30. Tata Consultancy Services — Graphic Designer and Web Master, Corporate Social Responsibility (Edison, New Jersey)
31. ULTA Beauty — Community Relations Specialist (Chicago, Illinois)
32. Unilever — Senior Content Marketing Manager (Burlington, Vermont)

Experienced

33. Emory University — Assistant VP of Social Impact Innovation (Atlanta, Georgia)
34. Girl Effect — Director of Partnerships (London, UK)
35. Rothy’s — Director of Product Management (San Francisco, California)
36. RSF Social Finance — Chief Financial Officer (San Francisco, California)
37. The Wonderful Company — Director of Marketing and Communication, Social Impact Initiatives (Los Angeles, California)

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Issue 042 / #TimeToVote, Clothing Rental & The Launch of Our “3 Questions” Series with L’Oreal’s Danielle Azoulay

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Hi Friends,

Big week here in Amsterdam. Yesterday, the Fashion for Good Experience — the world’s first interactive, technology-driven museum focused on sustainable and circular fashion innovation — opened its doors to the public. After nearly a year of intense work and collaboration, it was so fun and fulfilling to celebrate the launch with the dream team that made it happen. Learn more and plan your visit here.

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Speaking of dream teams, there are a lot of people I respect in the social impact space and Danielle Azoulay, Head of CSR & Sustainability for L'Oréal USA, is up at the top. She is unafraid to use her presence and voice to push for the kind of change she believes in. I’m excited to share her story as the first in our 3 Questions With interview series, which kicks off today.

Enjoy and happy weekend ✌️
Jess


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This Week's Five Links

Lyft, Patagonia Gear Up Effort to Make It Easier for Workers to VoteInc
Less than half of eligible U.S. voters hit the polls in 2014. So for the 2018 midterm elections, 150 businesses are coming together to do what they can to increase voter turnout. Lyft will offer free and discounted rides to voting sites. Patagonia will close on Election Day and give paid time off to their employees. Levi’s aired a powerful ad campaign and will also give employees time off to vote (we love this op-ed from their CEO on why they feel strongly about it). Some see the effort as partisan. But if work stops people from exercising their right to participate in the political process, businesses should feel a responsibility to help employees get to the polls.

👉 TAKE ACTION: If you’re a U.S. citizen, for god’s sake VOTE! This free tool helps you make a voting plan, which behavior science says is the best way to make sure that nothing stops you from making your voice heard. 🇺🇸

The Future of Electric Cars Is Brighter With Elon Musk in ItThe New York Times
Elon Musk has been in the news a lot lately for all sorts of crazy behavior. But it was a tweet about taking Tesla private that finally crossed the line, attracting the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, which sued Musk for misleading investors. Last week, Musk reached a settlement with the SEC, agreeing to step down as chairman for three years while keeping his CEO seat. Our big question in the midst of all of this: What does Musk’s breakdown mean for the environmental progress he pioneered? Will the auto industry be able to continue its transition to electric without him? This op-ed wrestles with some of these questions.

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).

Airbnb Wants to Give Its Hosts Equity in Its BusinessTechCrunch
The sharing economy has recently come under fire for lowering wages and eroding safety nets. This story is a bright spot in an otherwise dark slate of gig economy news: Airbnb recently petitioned the U.S. government to allow its hosts to have equity in the company. We don’t yet know how, or if, this would work, but it’s encouraging to see companies like Airbnb acknowledge the need for a fairer model.

Dutch Cities Spy Beauty in Trash Recycled for Parks and Crafts Place
Amsterdam and Rotterdam both pledged to become circular cities. But what does this look like in action? This article spotlights the unique initiatives taking hold in the two Dutch cities, including a floating park built entirely from plastic waste and workshops that teach children how to reuse and upcycle materials. Yet another reason I love living in the Netherlands.


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Your Plan, Your Planet — Google and the California Academy of Sciences. Explore our archives for more helpful resources and think pieces.


*New Series* 3 Questions With: Danielle Azoulay, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, L'Oréal USA

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"While in school, I researched inspirational people that I thought were doing meaningful work and reached out to them ... If you are a student, reach out to the people you look up to. They just may be willing to give you some time that may provide you with the insights you need to figure out where you fit in this fight."


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Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  Acre — Research Consultant (London, UK)
2. ASOS — Ethical Trade Assistant (London, UK)
3. B Lab — Standards Analyst (Berwyn, Pennsylvania)
4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — Associate Program Officer (Washington, DC)
5. Cabot Creamery — Sustainability Programs Specialist (Waitsfield, Vermont)
6. City of New York — Analyst, Division of Energy Management (New York, New York)
7. Devondale Murray Goulburn — Communications & Community Relations Coordinator (Melbourne, Australia)
8. Morgan Stanley — Pro Bono Program Assistant (temp) (New York, New York)
9. Quarter Zero — Associate, Brand & Marketing (Santa Barbara, California)
10. Root Capital — Grants Research Associate (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
11. Run for Something — Operations Associate (Remote)
12. Year Here — Social Innovation Fellowship (fellowship program) (London, UK)

Mid-Career

13. Accenture — Corporate Responsibility & Environment Specialist (Lisbon, Portugal)
14. Amazon Web Services — Product Marketing Manager, AWS re:Start (Seattle, Washington) (contact Danielle L. Vermeer at danielle.l.vermeer@gmail.com if interested)
15. AXA — Manager, Brand, Communication & Corporate Responsibility (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
16. Bridgespan — Consulting Manager (San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Mumbai, India)
17. BSR — Manager, Women’s Empowerment (Paris, France or New York, New York)
18. Cause Consulting — Consultant (Boston, Massachusetts)
19. Circle Economy — Project Manager Circle Textiles Programme (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
20. CLIF Bar — Associate Brand Manager (Emeryville, California)
21. Climate Disclosure Standards Board — Communications & Marketing Manager (London, UK)
22. CUNA Mutual Group — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (Madison, Wisconsin)
23. Dress Barn — Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (Mahwah, New Jersey)
24. EILEEN FISHER — Senior Media Manager, Digital Commerce (New York, New York)
25. Fair Wear Foundation — Senior Information Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
26. Fanatics — Sr. Social Compliance Coordinator (Hong Kong)
27. INSEAD — Senior Program Manager, Gender Initiative (Singapore)
28. Lendlease — Social Impact Consultant (Sydney, Australia)
29. McKinsey & Company — Associate, Public Sector (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
30. Moody’s — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Dallas, Texas; West Chester, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois) (contact Danielle L. Vermeer at danielle.l.vermeer@gmail.com if interested)
31. New York Public Radio — Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (New York, New York)
32. NYU Stern — Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Business (New York, New York)
33. Pictet Group — Strategic Development Manager, ESG & Impact Investing (Geneva, Switzerland)
34. REI — Senior Manager, Sustainability (Kent, Washington)
35. RingCentral — Senior Manager, Social Impact and Diversity (Belmont, California)
36. Skoll Foundation — Manager, Marketing, Communications and Public Engagement (contract) (Palo Alto, California)
37. Sustainable Brands — Senior Manager, Conferences (Remote)
38. Sweetgreen — Sustainability Manager (Los Angeles, California)
39. Unilever — Manager, Advocacy and Movement-Building (Burlington, Vermont)
40. VisionSpring — International Finance and Accounting Associate (New York, New York)
41. Visit.org — Product Manager (New York, New York)

Experienced

42. The Coca-Cola Company — Director, Sustainable Procurement (Atlanta, Georgia)
43. EY — Director, Global Corporate Responsibility Program Delivery (London, UK)
44. Facebook — Product Policy Director, Human Rights (Menlo Park, California or Washington, DC)
45. Interface — Director, Global Sustainability (Atlanta, Georgia)
46. lululemon — Sustainability Director, Product & Manufacturing (Vancouver, Canada)
47. Presidio Graduate School — President (San Francisco, California)
48.Rich Products Corporation — Sustainability Director (Buffalo, New York)
49. Teva Pharmaceuticals — Director, Social Impact and Responsibility Excellence & Patients Advocacy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
50. Viacom — SVP, Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility (New York, New York)

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


CAREER TIP // Passion is something that’s frequently spoken about in the social impact space. But if you haven’t yet found that one thing that drives you, don’t stress. Research shows that passions aren’t found — they’re developed over time. It’s all about cultivating a growth mindset. This article in The Atlantic is a fascinating read: ‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice.  


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Issue 041 / iPhones, Burning Man & Why We Won’t Save The Earth With A Better Kind Of Disposable Coffee Cup

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Hi Friends,

This has been the summer of podcasts for me. To keep me company on my bike commutes, I’ve been turning to long-form interview series like The Tim Ferris ShowHurry SlowlyForever 35Conscious Chatter and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. I love getting lost in people’s stories — hearing about how they started their careers, how they overcame early obstacles, how they structure their days and orient their lives. 

It got me thinking about the incredible people I know in the social impact space. What are their stories? How did they get started? What keeps them excited?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a new series answering just these questions. Is there anyone you think we should feature? Click here to nominate someone special

Jess
✌️


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This Week's Five Links

Buying an iPhone XS Is Bad for the Planet — Motherboard 
Our biggest takeaway from the latest iPhone unveiling? Apple’s plans to finally start addressing its “planned obsolescence” problem by creating phones that are (hopefully) built to last. “Because they last longer, you can keep using them. And keeping using them is the best thing for the planet,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, told the audience. If your existing phone is on its last legs, the new iPhone XS and XR use recycled tin in their logic boards, 35% post-consumer recycled plastic in their speaker enclosures and 32% bio-based plastic for the frame around the cover glass. Not quite the 100% recycled phone we’ve been waiting for, but certainly a step in the right direction.

Exclusive: Burning Man, a Utopia for Guests, Was Hell for Many Workers — Salon
“Burning Man = Walmart.” It’s not the kind of comparison you’d expect. Burning Man is synonymous with art and anarchy. And Walmart is, well, Walmart. But according to the seasonal employees and volunteers protesting against Burning Man working conditions, the comparison is apt. “They’ve taken Guerilla art and turned it into a real corporation,” said one employee. Salon investigates the alleged labor abuses, including unequal wages, on-the-job injuries, a suicide rate much higher than the national average and a leadership team accused of turning a blind eye to it all. 

We Won’t Save the Earth With a Better Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup — The Guardian
In this op-ed, The Guardian columnist George Monbiot challenges the notion that a better form of consumerism will save the planet, arguing that we are trapped in a system that seeks to transfer responsibility for structural forces from corporate interests to individuals. “One-planet living means not only seeking to reduce our own consumption, but also mobilising against the system that promotes the great tide of junk,” Monbiot writes. “This means fighting corporate power, changing political outcomes and challenging the growth-based, world-consuming system we call capitalism.”

Hollywood’s New Development Partner: The United Nations — The Washington Post
The latest reboot of Thomas & Friends, the legacy children’s TV series featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, includes storylines on sustainable communities, responsible consumption, gender equity, education and healthy ecosystems. It’s the result of a unique partnership between Mattel and the United Nations to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into children’s programming — a new model for entertainment that combines storytelling with education around social and environmental issues. It’s a win-win for both parties: The UN gets greater reach for its initiatives, while Mattel has the opportunity to modernize Thomas and win back the pre-schoolers (and their parents) who had started to drift away.

🔧 Your Plan, Your Planet 
This fun, interactive and incredibly useful resource from Google and the California Academy of Sciences surfaces small household changes that can make a big impact on the planet. It’s divided into three areas — food, water and energy — and offers individualized tips based on your habits, along with data points that put your resource consumption in context. Bonus points for the playful graphics and easy-to-navigate interface, which make this resource something you’ll actually want to spend time with. 


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the WorldThe New York Times. Warning: Our archives are a verifiable Internet rabbit hole if you’re interested in social impact. 🐰🌀


We cannot address our environmental crisis by swapping one overused resource for another.
— George Monbiot in We Won’t Save the Earth With a Better Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup (The Guardian)

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  adidas — Assistant Manager, Employee Engagement & Community Service (Portland, Oregon)
2. Apple — Labor Development Program Manager (Shanghai, China)
3. Arabella Advisors — Program Associate, Managed Organizations (Washington, DC)
4. Arup — Sustainability Consulting Intern (internship) (San Francisco, California)
5. Closed Loop Partners — Communications Associate (New York, New York)
6. Corporate Citizenship — Senior Environmental Researcher (London, UK)
7. Equileap — Research Analyst (Amsterdam, Netherlands or Remote)
8. Everlane — Site Content Coordinator (San Francisco, California)
9. Fashion for Good — Marketing Intern (internship) (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
10. FENDI — Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (internship) (Rome, Italy)
11. Nisolo — Marketing & Data Analyst (Nashville, Tennessee)
12. Sesame Workshop — Administrative Assistant, Refugee Programs (New York, New York)
13. Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies — Analyst (Sacramento, California)
14. Tyson Foods — Administrative Coordinator, Social Responsibility (Springdale, Arkansas)
15. Warby Parker — Strategic Project Manager, Customer Experience (New York, New York)

Mid-Career

16. Aesop — Sustainability Manager (Melbourne, Australia)
17. Accenture — Marketing Associate Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship (Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; or Boston, Massachusetts)  
18. Bird — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Los Angeles, California)
19. Blue Shield of California — Corporate Citizenship Specialist (San Francisco, California)
20. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre — Project Lead – Workers’ Empowerment (New York, New York or London, UK)
21. Censeo Consulting — Engagement Manager (Washington, DC)
22. Humanity United — Strategy, Learning & Impact Manager (Washington, DC)
23. KeepCup — Sustainability Program Manager (Melbourne, Australia)
24. Lam Research — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Communications (Tualatin, Oregon)
25. L'Oréal — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Jakarta, Indonesia)
26. Moody’s — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Omaha, Nebraska)
27. OfferUp — Sr. Product Manager, Emerging Products (Seattle, Washington)
28. Red Bull — International Social Innovation Project Manager (Salzburg, Austria)
29. Under Armour — Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)
30. WeWork — Supply Chain Sustainability Specialist (San Francisco, California)
31. Winrock International — Private Sector Engagement Manager (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Experienced

32. Brilliant Earth — Director of Responsible Sourcing (San Francisco, California)
33. Greyston Bakery — General Manager, The Center for Open Hiring (New York, New York)
34. Johnson & Johnson — Senior Manager, Product Stewardship (Santa Ana, California; New Brunswick, New Jersey)
35. Kiva — Director, Financial Planning & Analysis (San Francisco, California)
36. Nike — Senior Director, Global Communications & Partnerships (Beaverton, Oregon)
37. Purpose — Country Director, India (New Delhi, India)
38. Santander — Director of Philanthropy (Boston, Massachusetts)
39. Social Enterprise Greenhouse — Chief Operating Officer (Providence, Rhode Island)
40. SunRice — Head of Sustainability (Sydney, Australia)
41. Tuthill Corporation — Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager (Chicago, Illinois)
42. United — Director, Environmental Strategy & Sustainability (Chicago, Illinois)
43. Uptake — Director, Uptake.org (Chicago, Illinois)

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


CAREER TIP // We’re big believers that you don’t need to work for a non-profit or have “CSR” in your job title to make a difference. You can have an impact right where you are. We loved this round-up from the Forbes Coaches Council on 10 Ways To Initiate A Positive Change At Work Even If You're Not The One In Charge.


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Issue 040 / Fake Change, Colin Kaepernick & The Case For Less But Better

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


Hi Friends,

I’ve heard a lot of conversation this week about Anand Giridharadas’ provocative editorial in The New York Times — “Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World” (shared below). In it, he dismisses most corporate responsibility and non-profit efforts as “fake change” — or “change the powerful can tolerate.”

Ouch.

I agree with Giridharadas’ view that many social responsibility efforts ignore the deeper systemic issues that lead to inequality. We need proper business incentives. And tax reform. And a smartly-designed social safety net. But the provocative headline dismisses so much of the progress made by the social impact sector. And it ignores the fact that so-called “fake change” efforts have the power to raise consciousness and elevate the conversation in a way that can ultimately lead to “real change”.

What did you think about the article?

✌️
Jess

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This Week's Five Links

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.

What Would It Take to Get Businesses to Focus Less on Shareholder Value? — Harvard Business Review
In related news, a few weeks ago U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill called the Accountable Capitalism Act that would make businesses accountable not only to their executives and shareholders, but also to all the stakeholders that support them. This article takes a deeper dive into what this means and offers some concrete ideas for how it could be enacted. To make it work, “we need to change the rules so that racing to the bottom is no longer the most effective way to compete, and to ensure that treating people well is the profitable thing to do.” 👏👏👏

Chanel Shoes, but No Salary: How One Woman Exposed the Scandal of the French Fashion Industry — The Guardian
Human rights abuses in the fashion supply chain is an ugly stain on an industry supposedly devoted to aesthetics. But a recent book by anthropologist Giulia Mensitieri brings to light another dirty secret of the fashion world: the exploitation of entry-level employees who, instead of receiving a living wage, are often paid in clothing vouchers and even social currency. There are so many powerful insights in this article that covers the psychology of denial, the dangers of normalization and why the radical act of simply talking about this form of exploitation is key to ending it.

Colin Kaepernick Makes Nike Seem More Progressive Than It Is — Fast Company
Colin Kaepernick is the new face of Nike, and the public reaction is just about what you’d expect. While some are burning their Nikes (🙄), others are buying new ones and posting their receipts online in solidarity. In our black-and-white, good-and-bad, highly polarized world, one interesting question emerges from the gray area: does Nike deserve our unadulterated praise when its track record includes past labor abuses and, more recently, inequitable treatment of women at its corporate headquarters? Brands can be incredibly influential advocates for social change. But if they don’t walk the walk, how can we take their message seriously?

Y Combinator Learns Basic Income Is Not So Basic After All — WIRED
Startup incubators like Y Combinator bet on their ability to predict the future. Y Combinator president Sam Altman is betting that automation will create a lot of wealth, but also kill a lot of jobs. His answer is Universal Basic Income — that “crazy fringe idea” that no longer seems crazy at all. Next year, Y Combinator plans to launch a $60 million UBI pilot program in two U.S. states. This WIRED article looks into how the pilot is being designed and why it’s “harder to give away free money than you might think.”


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Science of What Makes People Care — Stanford Social Innovation Review. Explore our archives for more great articles and helpful resources.


Activewear brands should take a stand and use their power in the marketplace to help fight for progressive change in this dark moment in American history. And this is why these companies need to work hard to make sure their business practices, treatment of employees and workers, and environmental impact are unimpeachable.
— Elizabeth Segran in Colin Kaepernick Makes Nike Seem More Progressive Than It Is (Fast Company)

Spotlight On: Less But Better

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This week was Zero Waste Week, a grassroots movement to raise awareness of the environmental impact of waste. While we could point to statistics about where all this waste is going (landfills, the ocean, the soil, up turtles’ noses😢), we instead wanted to look at where this waste is right now: clogging up our homes, apartments and offices. We are surrounded by stuff, and so much of it is completely unnecessary.

A recent article in The Atlantic argues that the ease of online shopping is turning us all into hoarders. This passage in particular stuck out: “Humans get a dopamine hit from buying stuff… Online shopping allows us to get that dopamine hit, and then also experience delayed gratification when the order arrives a few days later, which may make it more physiologically rewarding than shopping in stores.”

How do we override this impulse to keep buying more? We were inspired by the founder of Zero Waste Week, Rachelle Strauss, and her post on the benefits of reducing household waste. We should do it because it’s environmentally-friendly, sure. But we should also do it because it’ll make life simpler. Less clutter and less time doing chores = more money in our bank account and more time to do the things that are important to us. That’s a movement we can get behind.


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  Airbnb — Open Homes Cause Coordinator (San Francisco, California — contact Danielle Vermeer, danielle.l.vermeer@gmail.com; mention Reconsidered) 
2.  ASOS — Fabric Compliance Administrator (London, UK)
3. Chobani — Product Innovation Analyst (New York, New York)
4. DuPont — Sustainability Data Analyst (Wilmington, Delaware)
5. EILEEN FISHER — Charitable Giving Database Assistant (temp) (Irvington, New York)
6. Mata Traders — Marketing Coordinator (Chicago, Illinois)
7. New York Life Insurance Company — Senior Administrative Assistant, Corporate Responsibility (New York, New York)
8. One Acre Fund — Strategy and Research Analyst (Nairobi, Kenya)
9. Redstone Strategy Group — Analyst, Social Sector Consulting (Boulder, Colorado; Redwood City, California; or New York, New York)
10. Revolution Foods — Marketing Associate (Oakland, California)
11. Silicon Valley Community Foundation — Corporate Responsibility Associate (Mountain View, California)
12. Techstars — Customer Success Coordinator (Boulder, Colorado)
13Too Good to Go — Community Manager, Marketing Intern (internship) (Madrid, Spain)

Mid-Career

14. Autodesk — Sustainability Manager (San Francisco, California)
15. BlueDot — Marketing & Communications Manager (Toronto, Canada)
15. BSR — Financial Services and Impact Investing Manager (New York, New York)
17. Cartier — Assistant, Cartier Women's Initiative Awards (Paris, France)
18. eos Products — Public Relations Account Executive, Global (New York, New York)
19. Fresh (LVMH Company) — Senior Manager, Sustainability (Jersey City, New Jersey)
20. Grameen America — Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis (New York, New York)
21. LinkedIn — Senior Data Scientist, Economic Graph Analytics (New York, New York)
22. Macy’s — Manager, Corporate Giving Events & Volunteerism (New York, New York)
23. Pymwymic — Community Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
24. Salterbaxter — Sustainability Project Manager/Researcher (Contact: Kristina Joss, kristina.joss@salterbaxter.com; mention Reconsidered) (New York, New York)
25. Toly Products — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Malta)
26. Thomson Reuters Foundation — Senior Project Manager, Slavery Programs (London, UK)
27. Universal Music Group — Analyst, Vendor Management & CSR (Woodland Hills, California)
28. Walgreens — Manager, Ethical Sourcing (Chicago Area, Illinois)
29. WAYB — Director, Ecommerce (South Pasadena, California)

Experienced

30. Amazon Web Services — EMEA Public Relations Manager, Internal Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility (London, UK — contact Danielle Vermeer, danielle.l.vermeer@gmail.com; mention Reconsidered)
31. Blue Orchard Impact Investing Managers — Senior Investment Officer (Tbilisi, Georgia)
32. Boskalis — CSR Manager (South Holland, Netherlands)
33. CooperVision — Director, Corporate Responsibility (Pleasanton, California)
34. Facebook — Director, Social Good Partnerships (Menlo Park, California)
35. Fair Trade USA — Business Partner Marketing Director (Oakland, California)
36. Karisimbi Business Partners — Manager (Kigali, Rwanda)
37. lululemon — Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver, Canada)
38. PepsiCo — Senior Manager, Global Sustainability Sourcing (Chicago, Illinois; Purchase, New York; or Plano, Texas)
39. Rent the Runway — Director, Environmental Health & Safety (New York Area, New York)
40. S’well — Director, Retail Marketing (New York, New York)

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Issue 039 / Protest Posters, Behavior Change Bars & The Science of What Makes People Care

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Hi Friends,

Last weekend I was in Brussels and visited the MIMA — a contemporary art museum housed in a converted brewery in the Molenbeek district. I was attracted by the exhibit on display, “Get Up, Stand Up: Changing the World Through Posters”, which showcased protest posters from the pivotal period between 1968 and 1973. 

The exhibit reminded me of the power of symbols and imagery to ignite movements. I noted down this line from the introduction:

“A protest, however noisy, does not impress the eyes. It must be accompanied by lasting signs, and the poster is indispensable in that respect: you cannot help but see it.” 

I posted some snapshots of my favorite posters on our Facebook page, and I’m continuing to collect examples of strong imagery from the environmental and social justice movements. As shared in “The Science of What Makes People Care” (one of our five links below) communicating in images can be a powerful way to spark behavior change.

Curious — are there any symbols or images, recent or historical, that have had a strong impact on you?

✌️
Jess

P.S. I love products that are smartly and sustainably designed — like the Better Backpack from Thread, which just flew past its funding goal on Kickstarter. The video is awesome too.

P.P.S. Huge thanks to everyone who responded to our latest Subscriber Survey. We’ve picked up some good insights and ideas, and we’re planning to roll out some changes in the coming weeks. If you have feedback on how this newsletter can be more valuable to you, please do share.


This Week's Five Links

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. 👏 

🎧 The Green Pill — The Ezra Klein Show
This is a story about food — and so much more. In this podcast, Ezra Klein chats with Dr. Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, about the ethics of meat-eating. Joy is best-known for coining the term “carnism”, which puts a name to the dominant but invisible ideology of eating meat. She argues that only by naming a dominant ideology can we start to question it — an approach that has far-reaching implications for other mainstream but unsustainable practices, like fast fashion and the throwaway economy. There were so many gems in this conversation, I had to listen to it twice.

“What Have We Done?”: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster — Vanity Fair
Last year, Susan Fowler blew the whistle on Uber’s sexist and hyper-competitive culture. In this article, she reflects on her time at Uber through a different lens: one of enabler. Tech employees are now grappling with the ethical implications of their work, including screen addiction and labour issues within the gig economy. These informal discussions have given rise to interventions such as Ethical OS, a new toolkit for technologists to assess the potential dangers of their work. Even Google is getting on board with a feature set for Pixel phones that aims to make JOMO happen by encouraging more reflection around individual technology use.

The Man Who Fought Monsanto Will Leave a Lasting Legacy — Civil Eats  
Last week, a San Francisco jury issued a groundbreaking verdict against Monsanto, for the first time finding the chemical company liable for cancer associated with its glyphosate-based herbicides. The ruling awarded $289 million in damages to 46-year-old Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who was exposed to Monsanto’s signature products Roundup  and Ranger Pro while working as a groundskeeper at a Bay Area school and is now terminally ill with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphona. This case — and the man who initiated it — sets an encouraging precedent for 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States that link Monsanto’s chemical-laden products with health issues. Monsanto plans to appeal.

Stop Buying Crap, and Companies Will Stop Making Crap — Fast Company
The headline says it all. In this article, Liz Segran analyzes the recent shuttering of Ivanka Trump’s brand, highlighting our waning appetite for fast fashion and the power of the consumer buycott. From voting with their wallet to speaking out against human rights abuses to demanding better quality goods, consumers are asking businesses to step up and do better. And it’s working. More on Ivanka’s business woes in this gut-wrenching Onion article (we had to). 


MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking — Medium. Explore our archives for more helpful resources


What we refer to as mainstream is another way to call an ideology that is so widespread, so entrenched that its assumptions and practices are seen as simply common sense. It is considered fact, rather than opinion. Its practices are a given rather than a choice. It is the norm. It is the way things are. It’s the reason carnism has not been named until now. When an ideology is entrenched, it is essentially invisible. And that invisibility gives it so much power.
— Dr. Melanie Joy discussing “carnism” in The Green Pill (The Ezra Klein Show)

Spotlight On: Heineken’s Bar of Behavior Change

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Globally, drunk driving kills nearly half a million people each year. But how do you convince people not to drink and drive? Heineken brought in the experts — the behavioral change experts. 

Together with Krukow and Innovia Technology, Heineken is reimagining the bar environment by adding nudges, reminders and prompts to encourage people not to drive while intoxicated. They recently launched a two-week pilot across 10 UK bars with interventions like:

🚦When entering the bar, signs on the door said, “This establishment proudly supports drivers who go alcohol-free” (serves as a visual reminder of positive social norms)

🍟 Drivers were invited to sign a pledge committing to stay alcohol-free for the night, and in exchange received free food and drink rewards to share with their friends (public commitments and incentives are shown to facilitate behavior change)

🚶‍Signs were placed on the ground leading towards the parking lot that read, “Drivers, if you’ve had a drink you are on the wrong path” (reminder of commitment at a crucial part of the user journey)

Early results are promising, with some bars seeing a reduction in drunk driving behaviour of up to 50%. “This is just the beginning of our journey,” said Gianluca Di Tondo, Heineken’s Senior Global Brand Director. “The next step in this campaign is to work in partnership with our markets as we aim to roll this out globally.” 🍻


CLIENT LOVE // For the past year, I have been working with Fashion for Good to create content for an exciting, technology-driven museum that aims to educate, equip and empower consumers to change the way they view fashion. Now, the word is officially out! Countdown is on ⚡️


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1. B Lab — Senior Associate, Partnerships & Programs (New York, New York)
2. Common Objective — Digital Marketing Manager (London, UK)
3. EILEEN FISHER — Production Assistant, DesignWork (Irvington, New York)
4. Everlane — Data Analyst (San Francisco, California)
5. Good On You — Social Media Manager (part-time) (Sydney, Australia)
6. Guggenheim Partners — Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (New York, New York)
7. Levi Strauss & Co — Sustainability Analyst (San Francisco, California)
8. PVH Corp. — Corporate Responsibility Programs Coordinator (New York, New York)
9. The Wonderful Company — Administrative Assistant, Social Impact (Los Angeles, California)
10. William Roam — Social Media/Marketing Coordinator (Indianapolis, Indiana)
11. Women’s World Banking — Finance Associate (New York, New York)

Mid-Career

12. Amazon — Social Responsibility Business Engagement Manager (London, UK)
13. Cargill — Sustainability Analyst (Wayzata, Minnesota)
14. Corporate Reports — Sustainability Strategist (Atlanta, Georgia)
15. Fairphone — Head of People & Culture (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
16. H&M — Sustainability Manager (Oslo, Norway)
17. Johnson & Johnson — Manager, Community Impact Switzerland (Zug, Switzerland)
18. Lojas Renner S.A. — Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (Shanghai, China)
19. Moody’s Corporation — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hong Kong)
20. PUBLIC — Client Lead (Toronto, Canada)
21. Redress — Education Manager (Hong Kong)
22. RXBAR — Consumer Insights Manager (Chicago, Illinois)
23. SEPHORA — Program Manager, Sustainability (San Francisco, California)
24. Social Impact — Program Manager, Impact Evaluation (Washington, DC Area)
25. Social Ventures Australia — Associate Director (Social Procurement), Impact Investing (part-time) (Melbourne, Australia)
26. Standard Textile — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Cincinnati, Ohio)
27. Sustainalytics — Associate Product Manager, ESG Ratings (Frankfurt, Germany)
28. WeWork — Global Energy Management Specialist (San Francisco, California)
29. YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP — Organizational Effectiveness Manager (London, UK)

Experienced

30. Beyond Vision — Director of Government Products (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
31. Kemira — Director, Corporate Responsibility (Helsinki, Finland or Atlanta, Georgia)
32. Men’s Wearhouse — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & Compliance (Houston, Texas)
33. Merck — Director, Corporate Responsibility (Kenilworth, New Jersey)
34. Nike — Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing Health and Safety Deployment Director (Singapore)
35. RSF Social Finance — Director of Client Development (San Francisco, California)
36. Samasource — FP&A Senior Director/Vice President (San Francisco, California)
37. Tala — VP, People Operations (Santa Monica, California)
38. The Children’s Place — Environmental, Social and Governance Manager (Hong Kong)
39. The Estée Lauder Companies — Executive Director, Sustainability (New York, New York)
40. Visionspring — Director, Partnerships (Delhi Area, India)

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

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


Hello Friends,

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

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

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

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

✌️
Jess

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

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


This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Spotlight On: That New York Times Climate Article

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

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

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

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


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


Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

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

Mid-Career

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

Experienced

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

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