Five Inspiring Women In The World Of Sustainability

Meet five women paving the way for a sustainable future you need to follow

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According to Rachel Howell, a lecturer in sustainable development at the University of Edinburgh, "research suggests that women have higher levels of socialization to care about others and be socially responsible, which then leads them to care about environmental problems and be willing to adopt environmental behaviours.” Howell notes that the subject of sustainable development is studied overwhelmingly by women at the undergraduate level.


As stated in the Guardian, while it is true that women are more likely than men to be green, in the past that gender gap has been attributed to personality differences. Research from the mid-90s to early 00s pointed to women’s greater tendency to be prosocial, altruistic, and empathetic; to display a stronger ethic of care; and to assume a future-focused perspective. Whether women are born caring about the planet or learn to do so, there is evidence to suggest that femininity and “greenness” have come to be cognitively linked (by men and women) – and that this, as absurd as it may sound, is partly what puts off men from doing their bit.


From our point of view, whatever the case may be, the number of women in positions of leadership - from business to politics - are relatively few. How can the world advance and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations? Climate and gender are tightly linked since women are more likely to experience inequalities at the hands of a dangerously warming planet, making an already-vulnerable group more vulnerable. Supporting female sustainability leaders and influencers across various industries is key to accelerating the development of solutions to most pressing global chalenges of our time.


For inspiration, and as a part of our Women's History Month celebrations, we've put together a list of five female trailblazers (in alphabetical order) leading the way in sustainability that you need to follow ASAP:


1. Dianne Saxe, Ph.D. in Law, GCB.D, Deputy Leader Of The Green Party Of Ontario


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Dianne is an internationally recognized Canadian lawyer rated among the top 25 environmental lawyers in the world, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Canada from 2015 to 2019, current Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario serving with Abhijeet Manay, and now a Green Party of Ontario candidate running for the 2022 election in the downtown Toronto riding of University-Rosedale, with a vote taking place on June 2.


As one of the world’s leading environmental lawyers that has been recognized provincially and globally for her work, Dianne currently practices law through her firm, SaxeFaxts, focusing on the climate crisis, and serves as the Chair of Toronto City Council’s climate advisory committee. As the Province of Ontario's environmental watchdog, Dr. Saxe was the guardian of the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights, delivering 17 reports on the environment, energy, and climate. The Ford government passed special legislation to abolish her position after she criticized its destructive climate policies. As a practicing lawyer, she represented community groups protesting acid mine drainage and logging of old-growth forests, obtaining $115 million for municipalities in a bitterly contested arbitration over the Blue Box program.


For our #JustGovernance Spotlight Series, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dianne about her groundbreaking work in policy development, environmental law, and now, her foray into politics.


Learn more about Dianne: Read The Full Interview | Follow Her: Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram


2. Eva Musso, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, BASF Canada


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"...Companies need to be intentional about their effort in sustainability. Companies need to set goals and targets for environmental and social goals and achieve them. The second simultaneous action is businesses need to track, measure, and be public about how they will make those decisions that are going to bring about environmental, human, and financial returns. The Sustainable Development Goals provide united goals to achieve and a framework for companies across the globe to work toward. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability must be a core business value that is harnessed right from the beginning of the research and development stages." - Eva Musso, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, BASF Canada


As part of SustainabilityX®’s #DecadeOfAction change-making campaign for 2020 to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we had the pleasure of interviewing Eva Musso about her transformational work at BASF, one of the largest chemical producers in the world.


The campaign features trailblazing global leaders in sustainability who’re taking the world by storm through their groundbreaking work and impactful contributions to advancing global sustainable development. The goal is to gain more depth and understanding of sustainable business and development in practice while celebrating leaders’ work to inspire and motivate others to take action in such a crucial era.


Learn more about Eva: Read The Full Interview | Follow Her: LinkedIn

 

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3. Tasha Hayes, Global Sustainability Officer, Contiki Services Ltd.


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"No matter the size or industry, businesses have a role to play in advancing sustainable development and weaving the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their company’s DNA. Taking responsibility and embedding sustainability across all functions of the business is key to its success. The Sustainable Development Goals offer businesses an opportunity and framework to identify where they can make the most impact among the most pressing global issues. When developing our sustainability strategy, we used the SDGs as a lens to focus on the issues we could impact. We chose 11 of the 17 Global Goals to focus on and we have committed to annually reviewing all 17 Global Goals against our sustainability strategy and revising or reprioritizing where necessary. Engaging with the team at all levels and all departments is also essential in weaving the SDGs into the company’s core beliefs and planning. The SDGs can be used as a tool to begin engaging with these groups as they are simple to understand and increasingly used as a “common language” to introduce sustainable development. The next and most critical step is to connect these goals with customers and partners and bring them alongside our journey." - Tasha Hayes, Global Sustainability Officer, Contiki Services Ltd.


As part of SustainabilityX®’s #DecadeOfAction change-making campaign for 2020 to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we had the pleasure of interviewing Tasha Hayes about her sustainability leadership at Contiki, one of the most popular youth travel companies in the world, offering over 350 different tours in over 75 countries.


The campaign features trailblazing global leaders in sustainability who’re taking the world by storm through their groundbreaking work and impactful contributions to advancing global sustainable development. The goal is to gain more depth and understanding of sustainable business and development in practice while celebrating leaders’ work to inspire and motivate others to take action in such a crucial era.


Learn more about Tasha: Read The Full Interview | Follow Her: LinkedIn

4. Tory Flynn, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hillenbrand


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"Businesses play an important role where government and non-government organizations cannot. Because of this, we have become more intentional about our stakeholders and the impact we can have with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help promote favorable outcomes. It is important for businesses to know what their stakeholders deem most “material” to them and align these material topics and objectives to the SDGs to better understand how to harness social impact initiatives for a globally coordinated and targeted effort to achieve these aspirations by 2030," - Tory Flynn, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hillenbrand


As part of SustainabilityX®’s #DecadeOfAction change-making campaign for 2020 to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we had the pleasure of interviewing Tory Flynn about her disruptive sustainability direction at Hillenbrand, a publically-traded global industrial company with businesses serving diverse sectors around the world, from manufacturing processes and compounding systems all the way to the death care industry.


The campaign features trailblazing global leaders in sustainability who’re taking the world by storm through their groundbreaking work and impactful contributions to advancing global sustainable development. The goal is to gain more depth and understanding of sustainable business and development in practice while celebrating leaders’ work to inspire and motivate others to take action in such a crucial era.


Learn more about Tory: Read The Full Interview | Follow Her: LinkedIn

5. Supriya Verma, Social Entrepreneur, Canada's Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership, Founder Of The SustainabilityX® Magazine


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"As a global citizen, I am extremely concerned about the state of our planet. The United Nations has repeatedly been ringing the warning bell on climate change for years. I have grown up with the idea that our actions should not solely benefit ourselves — they should simultaneously contribute to the greater good as well. Giving back to the world is our moral responsibility, but unfortunately, many have forgotten about this critical reality, or simply choose to deny it. That is why I have strived harder to take it further by exercising this responsibility in a variety of ways through my work in various industries, ranging from architecture and construction to media and retail," - Supriya Verma, Social Entrepreneur, Canada's Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership, Founder Of The SustainabilityX® Magazine


In 2019, Supriya Verma was named a Corporate Knights' Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader for her work towards helping achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #11, Sustainable Cities & Communities, and #12, Responsible Consumption & Production amongst many youth figures in the world of sustainability. In her words, she attributes this to her "non-linear journey" which has led her to develop an interdisciplinary mindset she is widely known for, prompting her to develop holistic solutions through a multi-pronged problem-solving approach.


As part of SustainabilityX®’s work towards our mission of bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue, we had the pleasure of interviewing Supriya Verma about her innovative and inclusive sustainability leadership in multiple sectors.


Learn more about Supriya: Read The Full Interview , Read Her TOP30U30 Statement | Follow Her: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

 

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