The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Eva Musso, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, BASF Canada, Canada
"Women’s leadership and female empowerment are ever-increasing in importance. Global crises like these highlight the critical roles that women play in all societies, and the precarious positions they find themselves in due to inequality and social justice. Women who have a platform need to use it as an opportunity to help empower other females." - Eva Musso, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, BASF Canada
Eva joined BASF in June 2021 as BASF Canada’s Head of Sustainability and Government Relations and a member of BASF’s Canadian Leadership Team. In that role she is responsible for designing and executing a sustainability strategy to help BASF achieve its ambitious targets in areas of climate change and plastic circularity, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.
Prior to joining BASF, Eva worked for the Ontario Public Service, where she served in various ministries, including Environment, Transportation and most recently Economic Development, working on policies and programs related to environment and climate change, low carbon economy and entrepreneurship. At these ministries she represented Ontario at pan-Canadian electric vehicle, climate change, sustainability and clean jobs tables. Additionally, Eva’s career experience includes co-founding an organization to help restaurants reduce waste, and teaching sustainable business at Seneca College. Eva is a passionate volunteer, engaging with organizations that support others in difficult times such as Shelter Movers, the Canadian Cancer Society, Adopt4Life, and the Women’s Healthy Environments Network. With these organizations Eva’s work has involved fundraising, speaking at rallies and events, participating in Boards of Directors, and conducting volunteer peer-to-peer counselling.
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’s leadership and female empowerment are ever-increasing in importance. Global crises like these highlight the critical roles that women play in all societies, and the precarious positions they find themselves in due to inequality and social justice. Women who have a platform need to use it as an opportunity to help empower other females.
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?
Women are often disproportionately affected by crises in environmental, economic and social matters. As leaders, we need to work toward sustainable solutions, especially because of the effects of these critical issues on women and marginalized communities. These challenges cannot be solved by one group, and they cannot be solved in silos. Governments, businesses, and members of society must exercise true collaboration to get to real solutions.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
Organizations play a key role in improving opportunities for women in corporate and leadership positions. There needs to be ongoing action and commitment which can be done by setting ambitious but realistic female leadership targets. To reach these targets, organizations must provide appropriate initiatives and training such as coaching and mentorship for young females.
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 honoured to be receiving this award. As someone who has always been led – personally and professionally – by passion for sustainability and women’s empowerment, I am thrilled to be part of the recognition of the important work that women are doing in sustainability, and an acknowledgement of their leadership no matter what form that might take.
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.
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