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


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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)


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)


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, (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

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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.”


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?


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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


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,; 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)


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,; 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)


30. Amazon Web Services — EMEA Public Relations Manager, Internal Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility (London, UK — contact Danielle Vermeer,; 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?


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


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)


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)


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 🎧

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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? 


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. — 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)


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)


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

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Hello Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: The Church of Climate Change


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

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

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

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

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

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: Plastic Free July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Impact Jobs

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

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

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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: Brands & The Border


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

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

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

Social Impact Jobs

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

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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: Slow Fashion Summer


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

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

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

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

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

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


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


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

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

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

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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: The Apps Battling Food Waste

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

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

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

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

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

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

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


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


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

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

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

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

This Week's Five Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight: Creative Responses to Climate Change Deniers 


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

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

But what if you responded with humor and creativity?

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

Guam Conference

University of Guam Conference on Island Sustainability

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

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

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


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


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

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