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How does one change the world? How can we as people, as employees, and as allies in tech make a meaningful impact on the causes we care about? That’s what Sustainability @ Work is after as a podcast. We’re sitting down with not just leaders and representatives from leading sustainability causes. We’re talking with the people on the ground, doing work to support and uplift those charities, and seeing how both sides are helping make a real difference in the world. Because that’s how change happens; people at all levels coming together.

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How does one change the world? How can we as people, as employees, and as allies in tech make a meaningful impact on the causes we care about? That’s what Sustainability @ Work is after as a podcast. We’re sitting down with not just leaders and representatives from leading sustainability causes. We’re talking with the people on the ground, doing work to support and uplift those charities, and seeing how both sides are helping make a real difference in the world. Because that’s how change happens; people at all levels coming together.

    S@W Episode 3 - Everyday Environmentalism: Tiny Actions Create Waves of Change (Feat. Ocean Bottle)

    S@W Episode 3 - Everyday Environmentalism: Tiny Actions Create Waves of Change (Feat. Ocean Bottle)

    It’s easy to envision the ocean as endless, vast, and empty. But in reality, our oceans are teeming with life. Billions of people worldwide rely on them every single day – and careless dumping of plastic pollution threatens to put countless lives (and livelihoods) into jeopardy. Case in point: At the current rate of pollution, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

    But what can we do as regular people? Combating climate change is a colossal effort, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed thinking about it. But there are steps anyone can take that can make our daily routines a little more environmentally-friendly. After all, one drop of water might not be much… but put enough drops of water together, and you get an ocean.

    In this episode of Sustainability @ Work, we’re discussing the importance of ocean cleanup, how everyday actions can empower us in the fight against climate change, and how one organization is stepping up to aid local communities and keep plastics out of the ocean.

    Key Quotes
    0:33: “The problem is that we're destroying this very thing that brings us life.”
    2:58: “In the UK, for example, the average Briton consumes about 150 plastic bottles every year.”
    4:07: “[You hear about the impact of pollution], and you're just thinking, ‘Somebody has to do something about this.’”
    6:02: “[The ocean] is an environment we are being allowed to be in, and so with that, you need to respect it and leave no traces… leave it better than when you went in it.”
    7:54: “What would you do if your sink was overflowing? Would you start mopping the floor, or would you go and rush to the top and turn it off? [Ocean Bottle’s] goal is really to ‘turn off the tap’ of ocean-bound plastic.”
    9:07: “Every single one of [Ocean Bottle’s] products funds the collection of 11.4 kilos of ocean bound plastic, which is equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles in weight.”
    14:06: “It doesn't occur to me to go buy a million water bottles anymore, right? If you thought about how much water we drink, that would probably equate to 10 plus regular plastic water bottles a day.”
    16:28: “I think it really goes to show that to create the biggest change, we don't need a few people doing good perfectly, but actually, you need millions doing it simply.”
    19:28: “[Ocean Bottle has] provided income opportunities for over 5000 collectors and their families… in over 300 communities across Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and the Philippines.”
    21:42: “I would just encourage everyone to never think that they can't have an impact on something. So no matter how small it is, it's one more person doing that thing doing that action. And so collectively, we really do make a difference.”

    Guest Bios
    Emilien Henrotte, Impact Manager, Ocean Bottle
    Emilien is a sustainability advocate and environmentalist who dedicates his time, energy, and business expertise to furthering ocean cleanup. For the last year, he's dedicated himself to managing projects, developing value-partnerships, and, as he puts it, “being part of the solution, not the problem,” as Impact Manager at Ocean Bottle. Founded in 2019, Ocean Bottle is an impact organization that funds the collection of ocean-bound plastic waste through the sale of specially-designed reusable water bottles. Funds raised by the organization support collection efforts to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean, with the sale of just one Ocean Bottle funding the equivalent of 1,000 plastic bottles collected.

    Marina Jackman
    Director, Health & Life Sciences (Providers), Gerent
    Marina has been immersed in the healthcare world for nearly a decade, and has been a lover of the ocean for her entire life. Her name, Marina, even comes from her father’s passion for the ocean, which he passed down to her at a young age. An avid diver, she regularly participates in ocean cleanup efforts in her own community of Monterey, California.

    References
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    • 23 min
    S@W Episode 2 - Creating Communities of Support for Single Moms (Feat. the Judy Nelson Foundation)

    S@W Episode 2 - Creating Communities of Support for Single Moms (Feat. the Judy Nelson Foundation)

    Raising a child is no small feat; it takes an unbelievable amount of patience, commitment, love, and care. And being a single mother, doing it all on your own? It’s easy to see how that might feel absolutely impossible sometimes, especially when you factor in dueling priorities like paying the bills or going to work.

    So how can we support the single mothers in our life, and help them not just navigate the daily responsibilities of parenthood, but also achieve their hopes and dreams — whether that’s an education, a career, or even just a good night’s sleep? It doesn’t need to be anything big; offering to babysit, drive kids back from school, or even just pick up dinner can make a world of difference for busy moms.

    In this episode of Sustainability @ Work, we’re talking about building communities of support and what we can do to help the single mothers in our lives.

    Key Quotes
    00:00: “The feeling that a lot of I think single moms, or any single parent, fully feels is it's all on you.”
    01:21: “When I look back and I think about some of their earlier childhood days, I don't even know how I did it.”
    03:07: “As a young kid, you know, you're not always witnessing the challenges that your parents are going through in their pursuits of everyday life.”
    07:36: “When I was trying to pay tuition and pay daycare, you're trying to decide: do you pay that? Or do you pay the electric bill?”
    09:04: “ I can't forecast that my kid’s going to be sick tomorrow morning on a Monday when I have to wake up.”
    12:54: “[The Judy Nelson Foundation’s] mission is to provide single mothers the opportunity to further their education without financial or practical barriers.”
    15:39: “We're even looking into how we take care of [single mothers] being able to get meals while they're on campus, because they may be doing after school programs – there's dinner, there's all these kinds of barriers.”
    19:22: “What the Judy Nelson Foundation is trying to do in terms of creating the space, making it okay and helping these women actually get an education and fulfill those things so that they don't have to feel forever behind.”
    22:55: “That feeling of who you become together after whatever it is that you're going through is better than anything you could have imagined if you just summed it up as individual events.”

    Guest Bios
    Josh & Colleen Nelson, Board Members, The Judy Nelson Foundation
    Founded in 2021 by Josh Nelson and his mother, Colleen Nelson, the Judy Nelson Foundation works to eliminate the financial and practical barriers single mothers face when balancing childcare and pursuing their educational goals. The Foundation is named for Judy Nelson, Colleen’s mother and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights, educational access, and community support.

    Anandhi Narayanan, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Transformation in Manufacturing, Gerent
    In addition to being a professional consultant with over 17 years of experience in manufacturing, digitalization, and technology, Anandhi is a working single mother who spent years balancing her career goals with the needs of her family. During her tenure in IT, she led digital transformations for finance, supply chain, operations, and sales operations. For the past 4 years as a consultant, she has directed cross-cloud implementations, driving strategy and thought leadership for supply chain organizations across the Salesforce ecosystem.

    References
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-work-mothers/moms-feel-overwhelmed-by-responsibilities-poll-idUSTRE75E45K20110615
    https://iwpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/C460_Single-Mothers-Briefing-Paper-8.21.17-final.pdf

    • 24 min
    S@W Episode 1 - Allies in Tech: How Companies Can Come Together to Drive Change in the World

    S@W Episode 1 - Allies in Tech: How Companies Can Come Together to Drive Change in the World

    Here’s a question for you: how does one drop move an ocean? It’s all well and good to say that you want to drive positive change in the world — but actually doing so? That’s a bit trickier.

    Now, there’s arguably no better place to kickstart sustainability efforts and practice giving back than at the workplace. We’re already collaborating every day; leveraging that teamwork, that community, to drive positive change seems like a no-brainer. But how do you decide which causes will bring people together, and how can team leaders motivate their employees to take action?

    In the debut episode of Sustainability @ Work, we dive into the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to build a truly effective corporate giving program — one that prioritizes meaningful change across a range of worthy causes, rather than simply cutting a check once or twice a year.

    Key Quotes
    03:15 - “[Charitable giving] is no longer something you do LATER; it is part of your initial mission. It’s part of why you see yourself being a good leader.”
    04:47 - “When I came on, [Gerent Gives] was Gopi’s first thing: ‘What are we going to do to give back? It’s great we know your day-to-day priorities, but how are they going to be enhanced by giving back?”
    08:37 - “A really key part of this is ‘how do we do this differently, and how do we make this fun?”
    12:44 - “There are ways we can help people in ways you don’t think of as volunteering, that’s going to give back to another human.”
    13:08 - “How can you and your family get out and make a difference? Because sure, it’s great Gerent has this program, but how can I get my family involved?”
    16:54 - “These are simple things that people WANT to do, they just need to be reminded.”
    18:31 - “The world is changing. What we do for our clients is important, but just as important is what we’re doing for the world.”
    19:10 - “Leadership needs to understand this is an investment of their time, but what they’re getting you in return is a culture, a group of people who want to leave the world a better place.”

    Guest Bios
    Farrell McAuliffe, Employee Engagement Specialist, Gerent
    As one of the founding members of the Gerent Gives team, Farrell is focused on keeping Gerent’s fully remote team connected, happy, and recognized. Her work building diverse and cross-functional groups to support Gerent’s many initiatives made her an ideal fit for the Gerent Gives initiative, wherein she is able to listen to employees, gauge their interest, and connect them and the company to causes they care about.

    April Bollwage
    Senior Director, Education and Training, Gerent
    April brings over 20 years of education experience in both the private and non-profit sectors to her role at Gerent. As a founding member of the Gerent Gives team, she uses that experience to identify causes the team was passionate about and to build meaningful relationships with nonprofits that advance them.
    References
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90306556/most-millennials-would-take-a-pay-cut-to-work-at-a-sustainable-company
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-09/students-young-workers-insist-on-jobs-with-green-values-deloitte-finds?leadSource=uverify%20wall
    https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15964

    • 21 min
    Sustainability @ Work Trailer

    Sustainability @ Work Trailer

    How does one change the world? How can we as people, as employees, and as allies in tech make a meaningful impact on the causes we care about? That’s what Sustainability @ Work is after as a podcast. We’re sitting down with not just leaders and representatives from leading sustainability causes. We’re talking with the people on the ground, doing work to support and uplift those charities, and seeing how both sides are helping make a real difference in the world. Because that’s how change happens; people at all levels coming together.

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