The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Jenny Liu, Sustainability Services Global Lead, Salesforce, United States
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"Women and those they care for often bear more severe consequences of today’s crises – Covid, Climate and Conflict. When women are at the table, it makes a difference. Women bring their lived experience, a perspective that reflects the society we live in, and lead with the empathy and collaboration that is needed to solve the crises facing the world today." - Jenny Liu, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy, Salesforce
Jenny Liu is the Sustainability Services Global Lead at Salesforce, the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), where she serves as a strategic advisor for customers to achieve their sustainability goals and in our shared climate action journey to net zero emissions. Jenny brings 20+ years of sustainability, business and risk management experience in the manufacturing sector launching Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs.
She led global teams at DuPont, Chemours and most recently Momentive Performance Materials where she served customers in diverse industries (retail and consumer goods, personal care, agriculture, tire, automotive, energy and healthcare), spearheaded digital transformations and led integrated strategies to achieve environmental, regulatory and community outcomes. Jenny is passionate about engaging stakeholders across the value chain and drove circular economy and policy initiatives as Chair of the Global Silicones Council.
Jenny started her career in environmental consulting and holds a M.A. in Earth & Environmental Sciences focused on Climate Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.
Q: What is the importance of women's leadership in today's society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, Climate, and Conflict, and their deadly consequences?
Women and those they care for often bear more severe consequences of today’s crises – Covid, Climate and Conflict. When women are at the table, it makes a difference. Women bring their lived experience, a perspective that reflects the society we live in, and lead with the empathy and collaboration that is needed to solve the crises facing the world today.
Q: What role do you believe women in leadership positions have to play in helping companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity, and why is this important?
To help address the world’s most challenging problems, leaders need to put sustainability and circularity in the forefront. Women have a unique opportunity to do this based on a perspective that reflects the society we live in, and lead with the empathy and collaboration that is needed to solve the crises facing the world today. Bringing together diverse skill sets and ways of thinking is the only way the world will achieve innovative long-term solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
Women need to see what is possible by seeing women in leadership. They need to see role models. This takes public commitments, policies and incentives that move the needle. At Salesforce, we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diverse society we live in, and to do this, we need to accelerate representation. Transparency and accountability are key, so this year Salesforce set a goal to have 50% of our U.S. employees from underrepresented groups by 2023, and 40% women identifying and non-binary employees globally by the end of 2026. Our executive leaders are measured on how well they are role modeling our goals in their organizations and delivering on these targets.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
I am inspired by the growing dialogue on Sustainability, reaching broader audiences, and truly becoming a mainstream part of doing business and living on Planet Earth. Being recognized by The SustainabilityX® Magazine for the Global 50 Women In Sustainability Award makes me humbled to be part of a global community of women making an impact. I am proud to be a part of Salesforce and our commitment to equality, diversity and sustainability to create a sustainable future for all by accelerating the world to net zero, leading the nature positive movement, and energizing the ecopreneur revolution.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
The SustainabilityX® Magazine proudly announced the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022 on Oct 4th, 2022, an inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world.
The non-profit digital magazine’s Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ high-level, invite-only program graciously sponsored by the award-winning Canadian construction and engineering firm Belnor Engineering Inc., recognizes achievements of the world’s powerful, groundbreaking female sustainability leaders who’re bridging the gender gap by breaking barriers, shattering traditional stereotypes, and taking the world of sustainability by storm. This campaign is in line with the magazine’s third pillar of sustainability upon which SustainabilityX® is based: social inclusion, which involves marginalized populations and vulnerable communities such as women, persons with disabilities, unemployed youth, LGBTQ+, the elderly, and BIPOC minorities.
“As both a female and one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership myself, I know how important this is,” says Supriya Verma, founder of The SustainabilityX® Magazine. “The number of women in positions of leadership – from business to politics – are relatively few. With society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, climate, conflict, and their deadly consequences, how can the world advance and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations, political parties, and academic institutions?”
In The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s quest to ‘redefine power’, this is the first international power-list bringing together women around the world involved in sustainability celebrating the power of their work – not their position. This list brings together a diverse group of accomplished women across business, entertainment, academia, law, politics, and beyond ranging from some of the world's leading companies, to independent unsung heroes with one thing in common: using their power with purpose –the power to create change and influence lives to make the world a better place. After all, that's what sustainability is all about. The meaning, or ‘the power’ of one’s work matters, not one’s position in a corporate hierarchy, particularly during this crucial era.
View the full list: The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
About The SustainabilityX® Magazine
The SustainabilityX® Magazine is an award-winning, digital, female-founded, and female-led non-profit initiative bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue. Founded on May 8, 2016 and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability Leadership awardee, Supriya Verma, the digital media initiative focuses on approaching the world’s most pressing challenges with a holistic, integrated, systems-based perspective as opposed to the traditional and ineffective siloed approach with a single lens on interdisciplinary topics like climate and energy. This initiative ultimately seeks to explore how to effectively bring the environment and economy together through intellectual, insightful dialogue and thought-provoking discussion amongst individuals across sectors taking an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to untangling the intricate web of sustainability.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine is based upon the four pillars of sustainability: Environmental Stewardship which emphasizes improved environmental health, Economic Prosperity which emphasizes economic growth without the element of capitalism, Social Inclusion which emphasizes EDI for BIPOC and LGBTQ communities and marginalized, vulnerable populations, and Just Governance which emphasizes the equal rule of law via responsible political leadership to create fair systems for all. Identifying the diverse factors involved in sustainability, how they interact and how the disciplines are interconnected will help accelerate local, national, and international sustainability goals – in simpler words, aligning with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s mission of bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue for a sustainable future. Whether you have a background in science, engineering, business, law, politics, media and entertainment, or beyond, your voice matters.
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