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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.
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 ✌️
This Week's Five Links
Lyft, Patagonia Gear Up Effort to Make It Easier for Workers to Vote — Inc
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 It — The 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 Business — TechCrunch
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.
*New Series* 3 Questions With: Danielle Azoulay, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, L'Oréal USA
"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
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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)
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)
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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.