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• Joel Makower interviews three sustainability professionals at GreenBiz, uncovering their secrets to remaining active and beneficial through the pandemic.
• While sustainability professionals enjoy the luxury of relevance and necessity during coronavirus, not everyone holds the same position. What can you do to remain active in your community? How can you help those who're suffering the most?
• Not sure where to start your coronavirus support? Here's a list of resources to guide you.
Amid the global pandemic and economic meltdown, the profession of sustainability inside companies seems to be moving apace. Yes, some budgets have been trimmed and travel eliminated, but corporate commitments and activities don’t seem to be slowing down.
To learn more, I convened a call last week with Cynthia Curtis, senior vice president of sustainability at JLL; Jeff Senne, responsible business leader at PwC; and John Davies, vice president and senior analyst at GreenBiz Group, who runs the GreenBiz Executive Network, our membership group of corporate sustainability execs.
Cynthia Curtis: First and foremost I would say the focus has been on our employees and how we can prop each other up and be supportive of each other. But equally, the next step is how do we do that for our clients: What are the things that they're concerned about, and how can we help them in this time?
Jeff Senne: I think some of the interesting things from a sustainability standpoint are at the intersection of social and environmental. As we’ve gone to this shelter-in-place and we’ve closed our offices, we acted early to get people off the planes and out of the offices and at home.
John Davies: I think a lot of sustainability people came out of [environmental, health and safety] and have safety underneath their remit. I’ve talked to a number of people who have gone all-in on their role in changing practices in factories so that there’s physical distancing, deciding where to deploy resources.
Read the full interview about how sustainability professionals persist through coronavirus by Joel Makower at GreenBiz.