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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.
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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.
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
“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
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)
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)
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.