Alex Armstrong

World's Largest Chocolate Companies Rated on Efforts to End Environmental and Labor Abuses

International Advocacy Groups Publish Joint Consumer Purchasing Guide

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Mighty Earth, Green America, and Be Slavery Free published a joint Easter scorecard, analyzing what the world’s biggest chocolate companies are doing to address social and environmental concerns. Godiva receives the “Rotten Egg Award” for its poor performance, and Tony’s Chocolonely receives the “Golden Egg Award” for its efforts to reshape the industry. The Easter scorecard has been published annually by Mighty Earth since 2018.

“Equipped with this scorecard, consumers can buy their Easter chocolates knowing whether their treats are likely tainted by deforestation and human rights abuses,” said Mighty Earth Senior Campaign Director Etelle Higonnet. “Consumers’ purchases highlight that we, at a time of global crisis, are all truly interconnected and that we are in this together.”

Watch a webinar explaining the scorecard:

The groups surveyed 13 chocolate companies and eight cocoa suppliers, examining their policies in six of the most pressing sustainability issues facing the chocolate industry: mandatory due diligence; transparency and traceability; deforestation and climate change; agroforestry; living income policies; and child labor, focusing primarily on child labor monitoring and remediation systems. The methodology can be found here

“Easter is the peak holiday for chocolate sales around the world, with a greater market share than Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Halloween. However, poorer countries where cocoa is grown may not have the financial muscle to ride the pandemic out. Communities already suffering from malnutrition and low cash flow will be hard hit," said Fuzz Kitto, Co-National Director of Be Slavery Free in Australia. “It’s all the more reason for consumers to make a difference and buy chocolates from companies working to end environmental and labor abuses in the cocoa industry.” 

Chocolate maker Godiva was given The Rotten Egg Award for failing to take responsibility for the conditions with which its chocolates are made, despite making huge profits off its chocolate. Godiva rated poorly across the board. In comparison to other chocolate brands,  Godiva has made very little progress on social and environmental issues in the last few years. 

Tony’s Chocolonely, which sources from the same supplier as Godiva, earned the Golden Egg Award. When comparing the two companies' efforts, the differences are stark. Tony’s is working to demonstrate that an ethical business model is possible in the chocolate industry, and works to support its supplier to improve its operations. Tony’s performed well in every category across the scorecard.

“2020 is a big year in the chocolate sector, two decades since the world’s chocolate manufacturers signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol, an agreement to clean up the industry. Sadly, very little has changed," said Charlotte Tate, Labor Justice Campaigns Manager at Green America.  “Nonetheless, the industry is recognizing voluntary initiatives are not working and more companies are calling for government regulation. Businesses are recognizing that they cannot solve these issues alone and need greater government regulation.”

Roughly 2.1 million children work in cocoa, 96 percent of whom are found to be in hazardous labor, according to researchers at Tulane University. In recent years, research from the World Resources Institute found that there has been an increase in deforestation in the top cocoa producing countries, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Cocoa farmers often live in extreme poverty, despite chocolate companies raking in billions every year. While progress is being made in the direct cocoa supply chains, there are still concerns about the harmful impacts of indirect supply chains on the environment, particularly deforestation, and people. These issues demonstrate an urgent need for increased efforts to transform the cocoa industry into a sustainable industry. 

 

About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth is a global environmental campaign organization that works to protect forests, conserve oceans, and address climate change. We work in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America to drive large-scale action towards environmentally responsible agriculture that protects native ecosystems, wildlife, and water, and respects local community rights. Mighty Earth’s team has played a decisive role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to dramatically improve their environmental and social policies and practices. More information on Mighty Earth can be found at www.mightyearth.org/. 

About Green America

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org

 

About Be Slavery Free

Be Slavery Free is a coalition of organisations with on the ground experience in preventing, disrupting and remediating modern slavery. Since 2007 they have been working with the chocolate industry, advocating for addressing child labour and slavery. https://beslaveryfree.com


Easter Scorecard Methodology - 2020

Easter Scorecard Methodology - 2020

This scorecard ranks and grades chocolate companies on key sustainability issues. Working together, the three organizations Mighty Earth, Green America, and Be Slavery Free developed a survey, sent it to all the companies chosen, and graded the companies.

We focused on the largest and most important cocoa traders and chocolate manufacturers in the industry, as they either take the largest toll or could make a large positive impact. 

The survey asked questions covering support for mandatory due diligence regulation, transparency and traceability, deforestation and climate, agroforestry, living income, and child labor. These are some of the most pressing, vital sustainability issues facing the chocolate industry today.

Each company received an ‘egg score’ for each individual category; those egg scores were compiled to determine a final ‘bunny score’. 

We also awarded a golden egg prize to a corporate accountability and responsibility leader, and sadly gave a rotten egg award to a company that was particularly problematic. 

We recognize that some companies are in the process of addressing key areas of this scorecard; and rather than give them an undeservedly low ‘egg score’ we identified this ‘work in progress’ aspect with an asterisk next to their score for that category. Underneath the scorecard we explain how that company is close to ‘hatching’ up to the next level egg. Below is an explanation of the grading criteria for each of the categories.

Due Diligence


In the EU as well as the US, lawmakers are pushing for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence regulation. This is crucial. Voluntary efforts to transform the industry have failed. Robust regulation is needed. In the last year, the chocolate industry has led the charge worldwide, in supporting regulation.

  • Green was received if the company has issued public support for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence regulation;
  • Yellow was received if the company has signed on to the UN Global Compact;
  • Red was received if the company has not supported calls for mandatory due diligence regulation nor signed on to the UN Global Compact. 

(Note – There are no mandatory due diligence processes being made available outside the EU or USA.)

Transparency & Traceability


Without these, few other reforms are possible. If a company doesn’t know where their cocoa comes from, they cannot very well ensure it isn’t tainted by child labor, deforestation, or other abuses. Without transparency on the traceability, civil society cannot hold companies accountable. Thus, both of these principles are crucial as a bedrock for all other reforms. We analyzed responses in five areas for this category:

  • percentage of cocoa that is traceable to the cooperative level;
  • percentage of cocoa that is traceable to the farm level;
  • if the cooperatives that the company sources from are publicly available;
  • percentage of West African cocoa that is certified;
  • and if there is a time-bound commitment for reaching 100% certification.

Those companies that scored well across nearly all questions, received a green score; those that did well in some areas but scored poorly in others, received a yellow score; those companies that either did not provide responses or did not take responsibility for its role in the supply chain, received a red score.

Deforestation & Climate


Cocoa is a major global driver of forest destruction. The two top two cocoa producing countries, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, have lost most of their forests in the past 50 years – one third of that loss was for cocoa. They won the ‘World Cup’ of increased rates in deforestation in 2018. But everywhere cocoa grows, studies show it is tied to deforestation, which in turn contributes to climate change. We analyzed the responses in six areas for this category:

  • percentage of cocoa sourced that comes from deforested areas since 2017;
  • percentage of cocoa sourced that comes from actors who have been deforesting since 2017;
  • if the company has a deforestation- free monitoring policy that is applicable to global sourcing, and what percentage of cocoa is purchased through a deforestation monitoring system;
  • amount of money invested into addressing deforestation in 2019;
  • planned monetary investment into addressing deforestation in next 5 years;
  • and if the company has a policy to achieve net zero carbon emissions and is using science-based targets.

Those companies that scored well across nearly all questions, received a green score; those that did well in some areas but scored poorly in others, received a yellow score; those companies that either did not provide responses or did not take responsibility for its role in the supply chain, received a red score.

Agroforestry


Though cocoa has been a major driver of deforestation worldwide, it can become the reverse – an agent of re-greening around the planet. Agroforestry, as opposed to pesticide-soaked monoculture, is a more ecologically sound way of growing cocoa in and around other trees. Robust agroforestry cocoa systems are better for the planet, for carbon sequestration, soil and air moisture retention, biodiversity, and also better for farmers’ food security and income diversification. It is a win-win for people and the planet, farmers and forests. We analyzed the responses in four areas for this category:

  • percentage of cocoa that is grown in an agroforestry setting;
  • if the company disclosed an agroforestry definition;
  • if the company has an agroforestry policy;
  • and if the agroforestry policy applies globally or only to West Africa.

Those companies that scored well across nearly all questions, received a green score; those that did well in some areas but scored poorly in others, received a yellow score; those companies that either did not provide responses or did not take responsibility for its role in the supply chain, received a red score.

Living Income


Most cocoa farmers make less than a dollar a day. Living in terrible poverty, they are more vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition, health crises, and a host of other social challenges including child labor. Recently, the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire came together to address the problem of scandalous poverty among cocoa farmers, by setting the “living income differential price.”. Moreover, Fair Trade has also raised its floor price, guaranteeing a minimum income to farmers, and Rainforest Alliance/UTZ appear poised to set a better price though they have not yet done so. Given the tremendous suffering embedded in the low price, and also the important reforms afoot, we set aside an entire egg for the issue of Living Income. We analyzed responses in three areas for this category:

  • if companies sourcing from West Africa are paying the living income differential price (or an equivalent or higher price for their cocoa in West Africa or globally);
  • if companies have programs that work to achieve a living income for farmers, such an income diversification program, program to increase crop yield and most importantly whether with they are committed to pay or are paying an additional premium to farmers they source from; and
  • if companies are measuring the impact of their programs and sharing the results.

Those companies that scored well across nearly all questions, received a green score; those that did well in some areas but scored poorly in others, received a yellow score; those companies that either did not provide responses or did not take responsibility for its role in the supply chain, received a red score.

Addressing Child Labor


2.1 million children work in the cocoa sector. 96% of them are thought to be in hazardous forms of child labor. These children are being robbed of their future and abused – all the more shameful given that chocolate is often meant to be a treat for kids, especially like around Easter or Halloween. We analyzed responses in six areas for this category:

  • if the company has a child labor monitoring and remediation system (CLMRS);
  • if the company answered no, was there an alternative and why was the alternative chosen
  • the percentage of cocoa sourced through the CLMRS;
  • the instances of child labor publicly identified through the CLMRS;
  • the monetary investment into the CLMRS program in the last financial reporting period;
  • and the amount budgeted for the next three years.

Those companies that scored well across nearly all questions, received a green score; those that did well in some areas but scored poorly in others, received a yellow score; those companies that either did not provide responses or did not take responsibility for its role in the supply chain, received a red score.


Samling and Mulia Sawit’s Ongoing Deforestation

Samling and Mulia Sawit’s Ongoing Deforestation

A slow loris in Southeast Asia.

As the sun sets, a small, wide-eyed primate emerges from its slumber. This primate, a slow loris, starts to move away from its sleeping nook high in a tree, traveling along a branch in search of food. This quest has become difficult with the sustained clearance of the rainforests it calls home and will only become harder: the slow loris’ habitat is shrinking and being replaced with plantations. This senseless destruction not only accelerates climate change, it can also bring people into contact with new zoonotic diseases as deforestation displaces forest-dependent animals.

Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response Deforestation Monitoring Program works to halt the deforestation that threatens slow lorises and other animals. Our program covers more than 3,500 palm oil concessions in Indonesia and Sarawak, Malaysia, monitoring an area more than twice the size of Portugal for deforestation and environmental destruction. When Mighty Earth detects deforestation on land linked to companies with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies, we alert those companies about the transgression, and they are usually quick to resolve such cases. However, in the case of two palm oil suppliers — Samling Group and Mulia Sawit Group — several palm oil traders have chosen to ignore Mighty Earth’s warnings and are, right now, still doing business with companies that have well-documented connections to ongoing deforestation.

Part 1. Samling Group

The Samling Group is a notorious Malaysian conglomerate that owns and operates oil palm plantations and timber concessions. Deforestation connected to Samling’s supply chain was first highlighted by Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response Monitoring Program in December 2018. Since then, Mighty Earth has found satellite evidence that Samling is responsible for clearing more than 779 hectares of forest in Sarawak, Malaysia. To date, four of Samling’s concessions have been included in a total of 11 Rapid Response reports.

The case with the most recent clearance, summarized in our Rapid Response report 24, involves large-scale deforestation within the group’s Marudi & Batu Belah concession in Sarawak. Satellite imagery shows that, in 2019, Samling was responsible for 403 hectares of deforestation within the concession. In the four years prior, from 2014-2018, 4,560 hectares of high density (>75%) tree cover was lost in the concession, according to Global Forest Watch.

In 2019, Samling deforested 403 hectares within its Marudi & Batu Belah concession, outlined in black. The areas in brown within the concession boundary show primary forest loss between 2002 and 2018.

Despite the well-documented destruction, only five traders with NDPE policies — ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, and Wilmar — have suspended Samling from their supply chains. Meanwhile, AAK, BLD, Fuji Oil, IOI, Itochu, KLK, and Sime Darby all continue to purchase palm oil either directly or indirectly from Samling. In addition, based on their publicly available mill lists, numerous consumer brands remain linked to Samling, including Avon, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, FrieslandCampina, Hershey Company, Intercontinental Specialty Fats, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle, P&G, PepsiCo, PZ Cussons, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, and Upfield. As long as these companies continue to source palm oil from Samling, there’s a risk that our shopping carts will contain products connected to recent deforestation.

Here’s the thing: all these companies have No Deforestation policies that explicitly prohibit them from purchasing from suppliers engaged in deforestation. So why do they continue to buy from Samling? The companies argue that Samling’s forest destruction is for wood products rather than palm oil, and therefore it’s okay to keep buying palm oil from the company. But the slow loris and other species whose habitats are being destroyed don’t care if their homes are being destroyed for wood or palm oil. How can these companies claim to be adhering to a No Deforestation policy when they are buying from one of the worst remaining deforesters in Southeast Asia?

Part 2: The Mulia Sawit Group

A Bornean orangutan.

The Mulia Sawit Group’s PT Persada Era Agro Kencana is located within Bornean orangutan habitat. The concession is adjacent to the Katingan River, which serves as the western border of Sebangau National Park, home to the largest area of contiguous lowland forest in Borneo.

Despite its proximity to a national park, PT Persada Era Agro Kencana continues to be a deforestation hotspot. Most recently, as shown in our Rapid Response report 25, the company deforested 912 hectares and prepared to clear another 974 between September 2019 and February 2020. Since Mulia Sawit’s deforestation was first highlighted by our Rapid Response Deforestation Monitoring Program in October 2018, we have identified 1,872 hectares of deforestation and 2,577 hectares of peatland clearance within the PT Persada Era Agro Kencana concession. A new analysis by Chain Reaction Research found Mulia Sawit to be the third largest deforester within Indonesia, Sarawak, and Papua New Guinea in 2019.

Mulia Sawit’s PT Persada Era Agro Kencana concession, outlined in black, is located partly within Bornean orangutan habitat, shown in orange. This concession also borders Sebangau National Park, home of the largest area of contiguous lowland forest in Borneo. Within PT Persada Era Agro Kencana, 912 hectares of forest have been cleared and another 974 hectares were prepared for clearance between September 2019 and February 2020.

While the majority of palm oil traders have suspended Mulia Sawit from their supply chains, data from public mill sourcing disclosures indicates that Itochu, KLK, and Neste all continue to purchase palm oil either directly or indirectly from Mulia Sawit, despite having No Deforestation policies. In addition, based on their publicly available mill lists, consumer brands Avon, Danone, Kellogg Company, Mondelez, Nestle, PepsiCo, and Unilever all remain linked to Mulia Sawit.

Call to Action

At this point in 2020 — the implementation deadline of most No Deforestation policies — companies should be proactively monitoring their supply chains, identifying cases of deforestation, and quickly acting on them. There is no excuse for continued sourcing from deforesters like Samling and Mulia Sawit.  Its time for companies to get serious about eliminating deforesters from their supply chains, plain and simple.


Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman Responds to Trump Administration's Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks

In response to the Trump Administration's rollback of Obama era fuel efficiency rules, Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman has released the following statement: 

“American taxpayers rescued the auto industry in 2009, but demanded and received a commitment from the auto industry to finally make better, more fuel efficient cars. The Obama standards saved lives, reduced pollution, and would save drivers thousands of dollars per car in gas costs."

"It’s shameful that auto companies like GM and Toyota have violated the spirit of this deal through their complicity in the gutting of this critical environmental and public health policy, and they should be held accountable. We can’t rely on Trump to protect the environment, but it’s time for consumers to stop patronizing auto companies that aren’t living up to their most basic environmental promises.”


Mighty Earth and the Coronavirus – A Letter from CEO Glenn Hurowitz

Dear friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are well. I wanted to write to provide an update as we navigate the Coronavirus pandemic at the same time that we continue our mission to secure a living and healthy planet for Nature and people.

First, we have taken and are taking a number of measures to protect our staff and partners. We closed our Washington D.C. office on March 11; and it will remain closed until it is safe for people to return to work. Staff travel and in-person events have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online. We are staying focused on the health and well-being of our team and community.

I’ve been really impressed with how our team and partners are figuring out how to continue their critical work, but of course, many people are facing family, logistical and other limits. We are grateful for the whole community’s understanding.

While we’ve had to shuffle plans, we also feel renewed urgency on our work:

  • We must prevent future pandemics. The kinds of destructive practices we seek to end – agribusiness giants clearing forests, poachers and black markets facilitating the illegal wildlife trade – continue to bring people into contact with wild animals and, sometimes, new diseases. Coronavirus itself may have come from a bat via a pangolin, a highly endangered species. Before that, Ebola and AIDS most likely originated in consumption of bushmeat that becomes more common with the displacement of both wildlife and people when rainforests are razed for plantations.  In our discussions with companies and governments, we are emphasizing that while everyone is dealing with the immediacy of this crisis, we must use the attention on this issue to address the root causes – and that means that ending deforestation cannot slip from focus. Food demand has surged in this crisis: Companies must act now to end all links to deforestation so they’re not fueling the next pandemic. And governments must dramatically increase funding for conservation. I will say that while there are exceptions, we’ve been impressed that many big companies are continuing to take serious action on deforestation, climate and sustainability during this crisis, and we’re seeing some major steps forward.
  • The Climate Crisis is Still Here. America and the world need to address this pandemic and all of its impacts in many ways, including by providing direct support to communities and people in need, and providing access to health care. While the Senate stimulus package achieves many of these goals, it also includes a variety of bailouts funds for corporations that could subsidize some of the worst polluters, instead of much-need financial support for local governments, communities and individuals in need. The clearest example is approximately $50 billion in giveaways and loans for airlines – even though airlines have consistently blocked real action on climate.

House Democrats had included a groundbreaking provision that would have made the aid conditional on airlines achieving carbon neutrality, but this position was abandoned in Senate negotiations. Without these conditions, we’re not learning from the success of the past: back in 2009, the auto bailout was conditioned on a dramatic increase in fuel efficiency for cars and trucks that is delivering gigaton scale climate reductions.

We want to make clear that climate voters don’t find polluter bailouts acceptable, and that our leaders shouldn’t let polluters use crises like this to lock in destructive business models. Internationally, we are working with allies to ensure other bailouts create a healthy, sustainable economy for the long term.

While most people are hunkered down, and we’re working virtually, the environmental movement cannot go into hibernation. We know that our opponents have not. The world that emerges on the far side of this pandemic will be changed – and it’s up to all of us to shape that even in this time of great challenge.

Wishing you health, solace, and hope,

Glenn Hurowitz
CEO, Mighty Earth


Campagnedirecteur Bossen, Nederland

Campagnedirecteur Bossen, Nederland


Mighty Earth, een wereldwijde organisatie voor milieucampagnes, zoekt kandidaten voor een in Nederland gevestigde Campagnedirecteur Bossen. We zijn op zoek naar een getalenteerd persoon om campagnes te voeren die de bossen beschermen door gebruik te maken van de invloed van in Nederland gevestigde bedrijven, financiële instellingen, overheidsfunctionarissen, de media en het publiek. De primaire focus van de positie is onze campagne om het regenwoud van de Amazone en andere ecosystemen in Latijns-Amerika te beschermen en de rechten van inheemse gemeenschappen die daarvan afhankelijk zijn te ondersteunen. De campagnedirecteur zal waar nodig een deel van zijn/haar tijd besteden aan andere campagnes van Mighty Earth. Bent u bevlogen over klimaatverandering, wilt u de wereldwijde landbouw transformeren om een duurzamer voedselsysteem te creëren en wilt u bij een zeer effectieve organisatie werken? Dan ontvangen wij graag uw sollicitatie.

Wie wij zijn: 

Mighty Earth is een wereldwijde campagneorganisatie die zich inzet voor de bescherming van tropische bossen, oceanen en het klimaat, en onze medewerkers zijn over de hele wereld gevestigd. We hebben een leidende rol gespeeld bij het overtuigen van ‘s werelds grootste voedsel- en landbouwbedrijven om een beleid te voeren waarbij ontbossing en schending van de mensenrechten uit hun toeleveringsketens wordt geëlimineerd, en hebben de invoering van een verschuiving van miljarden dollars naar schone energie gestimuleerd. Onze voorzitter, voormalig Amerikaans congreslid Henry Waxman, is verantwoordelijk voor een aantal van de belangrijkste milieuwetten van de afgelopen 50 jaar, met name de Clean Air Act uit 1990 en de Safe Drinking Water Act.

In 2016 hebben we een groot project gelanceerd om de bossen, savannes en de inheemse bevolking van Latijns-Amerika te beschermen, met de nadruk op het doorbreken van de link tussen industriële landbouw en ontbossing. Door middel van creatieve, indringende campagnes en slimme onderhandelingen heeft Mighty Earth belangrijke vooruitgang geboekt: we hebben drie van de vijf grootste sojabedrijven in Latijns-Amerika weten te overtuigen een krachtig beleid te voeren om ontbossing uit hun toeleveringsketens te elimineren. Maar zoals blijkt uit de branden in het Amazonegebied en de voortdurende dreiging van vijandige overheden is er nog veel meer actie nodig.

Achtergrondinformatie over de positie: 

Nederland heeft een enorm potentieel wat betreft het beteugelen van ontbossing en het stimuleren van maatregelen om de wereldwijde landbouw te transformeren en een duurzamer voedselsysteem te creëren. Nederlandse bedrijven zoals Ahold Delhaize zijn toonaangevende klanten voor ‘s werelds grootste bosvernietigers en hebben de invloed om wereldwijde veranderingen te stimuleren. Nederlandse banken en pensioenfondsen zijn toonaangevende spelers in de financiering van ontbossing en andere niet-duurzame landbouwactiviteiten, maar hebben in het verleden ook aangetoond bedrijven te kunnen beïnvloeden om ontbossing en vervuiling een halt toe te roepen.

Als de Campagnedirecteur Bossen, Nederland, bent u verantwoordelijk voor het opbouwen en leiden van onze campagnevoering in Nederland. Uw werk zal campagnes opzetten die bedrijven, financiële instellingen en overheidsfunctionarissen overtuigen om een krachtig milieu- en mensenrechtenbeleid te voeren.

Uw verantwoordelijkheden omvatten:

  • Een cruciale rol spelen in een internationale campagne met als doel de vleesindustrie te transformeren om een einde te maken aan de ontbossing, regeneratieve landbouwpraktijken aan te nemen en over te schakelen op plantaardige eiwitten.
  • Het ontwikkelen en implementeren van effectieve plannen en strategieën om de campagnedoelstellingen te bereiken, door communicatie, online, veld- en grassrootsactiviteiten te integreren in een zeer strategische campagne.
  • Het aangaan van gesprekken met hoge kaderleden en overheidsfunctionarissen.
  • Het opbouwen van relaties met het maatschappelijk middenveld en andere belangrijke doelgroepen in Nederland.
  • Het werven van vrijwilligers en het ontwikkelen van leiderschap om de campagne te helpen opbouwen in heel Nederland.
  • Het organiseren van campagneacties en persevenementen.
  • Het genereren van media-aandacht door middel van rapportverslagen, evenementen en persconferenties in belangrijke mediamarkten, door middel van een strategisch mediaplan en het opbouwen van relaties met verslaggevers.
  • Waar nodig werken aan andere campagnes van Mighty Earth.

Wie u bent:

  • U hebt minimaal 5 jaar ervaring, met een achtergrond in campagnes voor het bepleiten van maatschappelijke problemen of het organiseren van lokale bevolkingsacties.
  • U bent bevlogen over het beschermen van het milieu en het bevorderen van een rechtvaardigere samenleving.
  • U hebt ervaring met het ontwikkelen en implementeren van een campagnestrategie en gedetailleerde plannen, het communiceren met directieleden en/of overheidsfunctionarissen en het uitzoeken hoe besluitvormers tot actie gebracht kunnen worden.
  • U bent gewend aan het werken in een zeer dynamische omgeving waar veranderingen in de politiek, de economie en andere externe gebeurtenissen regelmatig kansen en uitdagingen creëren.
  • U bent op uw gemak in het samenwerken met diverse interne en externe belanghebbenden en kunt netwerken en coalities opbouwen te midden van verschillende belangengroepen.
  • U bent een goede schrijver en kunt complexe informatie omzetten naar begrijpelijke producten, zoals persberichten, rapporten en brieven.
  • U bent internationaal georiënteerd. U hebt ervaring met en bent toegewijd aan het werken met mensen uit een verscheidenheid aan achtergronden, waaronder verschillende etnische, raciale en religieuze gemeenschappen.
  • Vloeiend Engels en Nederlands zijn vereist.

Gewenste kwalificaties

  • Aanvullende taalvaardigheden, waaronder Chinees, Portugees, Spaans, Duits of andere Europese talen zijn een pluspunt, maar niet noodzakelijk.
  • Deskundigheid op het gebied van ontbossing en landbouwvraagstukken is een pluspunt, maar niet vereist.

Meer over ons team: Mighty Earth bestaat uit mensen met verschillende achtergronden, waaronder non-profit belangengroepen, verkiezingscampagnes, de overheid, de particuliere sector en wetgevende instanties, op verschillende ervaringsniveaus. We zijn er trots op dat we een gastvrije plek bieden voor mensen van elke huidskleur, leden van de LGBTQ-gemeenschap, ouders, lege-nesters en meer.

Details: Dit is een fulltime positie en kandidaten kunnen overal in Nederland gevestigd zijn. De functie houdt een zekere mate van internationale reizen in. U rapporteert aan onze Europese directeur en werkt samen met andere teamleden over de hele wereld.

Deadline voor sollicitatie: Dien uw sollicitatie zo snel mogelijk in. Klik hieronder op de knop Solliciteren en voeg een doordachte begeleidende brief bij die verband legt met onze missie en uw schrijfvaardigheid aantoont. Laat ons ook weten waar u over deze functie hebt gehoord. De positie blijft geplaatst totdat deze is gevuld.

Salaris en arbeidsvoorwaarden: Deze functie is bedoeld als een fulltime consultingopdracht.  De compensatie is concurrerend en in overeenstemming met uw ervaring. We kunnen uw compensatieverwachtingen al vroeg in het sollicitatieproces bespreken. We staan ​​open voor het bespreken van de mogelijkheid van een fulltime, betaalde functie na deze consultingopdracht.

Mighty Earth is een werkgever die gelijke kansen biedt; wij verbieden ten strengste discriminatie tegen een werknemer of sollicitant op grond van ras, geloof, huidskleur, geslacht, religie, nationale herkomst, leeftijd, seksuele geaardheid, handicap, genderidentiteit of -uitdrukking of enig andere wettelijk beschermde kenmerken. Vrouwen, mensen met een getinte huidskleur en leden van de LGBTQ-gemeenschap worden sterk aangemoedigd om te solliciteren.


Diretor Global, Campanha Latino-Americana de Florestas

Diretor Global, Campanha Latino-Americana de Florestas


A Mighty Earth, uma organização de defesa ao meio ambiente, está aceitando inscrições para o cargo, baseado em Washington, D.C., de Diretor de Campanha Global da nossa campanha de proteger a floresta Amazônica e outros ecossistemas críticos na América Latina. Se você é apaixonado por combater as mudanças climáticas e proteger florestas que são críticas para as comunidades indígenas que dependem delas, continue lendo.

Procuramos um líder talentoso, ativista e construtor de equipes com experiência e habilidades estratégicas em leis, organização e comunicação para executar nossa campanha global para proteger as florestas, savanas e direitos indígenas da América Latina. Você e sua equipe farão uma campanha com foco principal em convencer supermercados, cadeias de fast food e gigantes do agronegócio como a Cargill e JBS a acabar com o desmatamento e a destruição de habitats e comunidades críticas, e a mudar para práticas sustentáveis ​​em suas cadeias de fornecimento global. Você também ajudará a impulsionar importantes iniciativas para criar o apoio das ações complementares do governo, sempre que possível.

Quem somos: 

A Mighty Earth (Terra Poderosa) é uma organização de campanha global que trabalha para proteger florestas tropicais, oceanos e clima, com equipes em todo o mundo. Temos desempenhado um papel de liderança ao convencer as maiores empresas de alimentos e agricultura do mundo a adotarem políticas para eliminar o desmatamento e o abuso de direitos humanos das indústrias de óleo de palma, chocolate e borracha, e impulsionamos a mudança para uma adoção de bilhões de dólares em energia limpa. Nosso Presidente, ex-Deputado Henry Waxman, é responsável por algumas das mais importantes legislações ambientais dos últimos 50 anos, principalmente as alterações da Lei do Ar Limpo de 1990 (Clean Air Act Amendments) e a Lei da Água Potável Segura (Safe Drinking Water Act).

Antecedentes da posição: 

Em 2016, lançamos um grande projeto para proteger as florestas, savanas e direitos indígenas na América Latina, com foco em quebrar o vínculo entre agricultura industrial e o desmatamento, integrado a uma agenda mais ampla de criação de um sistema agrícola verdadeiramente sustentável. Através de campanhas criativas, contundentes e negociações inteligentes, a Mighty Earth ajudou a estabelecer as bases para a ação. No entanto, como a Amazônia queima e a contínua ameaça de governos hostis mostra, são necessárias muito mais ações – e estamos planejando acelerar.

Suas responsabilidades incluirão:

  • Conduzir uma campanha internacional em larga escala para transformar a indústria de carne de modo a acabar com o desmatamento, adotar práticas agrícolas regenerativas e apoiar o aumento do uso de proteínas vegetais, além de trabalhar para políticas governamentais complementares.
  • Desenvolver e implementar planos e estratégias eficazes para alcançar as metas da campanha.
  • Integrar as comunicações da campanha, on-line, campo e trabalho de base.
  • Supervisionar e treinar funcionários e consultores da América Latina, Europa e EUA que trabalham na campanha.
  • Envolver-se com CEOs, executivos veteranos e altos funcionários do governo para promover políticas e ações governamentais complementares.
  • Trabalhar na estreita da colaboração com a sociedade civil de base e as comunidades indígenas nos países em foco.
  • Gerar atenção da mídia por meio de comunicados, eventos, conferências de imprensa nos principais mercados da mídia, por meio de um plano estratégico de mídia e pela construção de relacionamentos com os repórteres.
  • Assessorar governos internacionais, filantropos e outros doadores.

Quem é você:

  • Você tem anos de experiência, com sucesso em campanhas de defesa a direitos e organizações de base. Você tem experiência em recrutamento, treinamento e gerenciamento de pessoal, idealmente trabalhando remotamente.
  • Você é apaixonado por proteger o meio ambiente e promover uma sociedade mais justa.
  • Você tem experiência no desenvolvimento e implementação de estratégias de campanha e planos detalhados, comunicando-se com executivos corporativos e/ou oficiais eleitos e descobrindo como comover os tomadores de decisão.
  • Você se sente à vontade convivendo em ambientes altamente dinâmicos, onde mudanças na política, economia e outros eventos externos criam regularmente oportunidades e desafios.
  • Você se sente à vontade para trabalhar com várias partes interessadas internas e externas e pode criar redes e coalizões entre diversos grupos constituintes.
  • Você é um bom escritor e pode levar informações complexas para se destacar em situações abrangentes, como comunicados à imprensa, relatórios e cartas.
  • Você tem uma orientação internacional. Você tem experiência e está comprometido em trabalhar com pessoas de diversas origens, incluindo diferentes comunidades étnicas, raciais e religiosas.
  • É necessária fluência em inglês.

Qualificações preferidas:

  • Habilidades linguísticas adicionais, incluindo português, espanhol, alemão, holandês, outros idiomas europeus ou chinês são uma vantagem mas não obrigatórias.
  • Experiência em questões de desmatamento e agricultura é uma vantagem, mas não é obrigatório.
  • Familiaridade e conexões na América Latina é uma vantagem, mas não é obrigatório.

Mais sobre nossa equipe: A Mighty Earth é composta por pessoas de diversas origens, incluindo pessoas com formação em organizações sem fins lucrativos, campanhas eleitorais, governo, setor privado e escritórios legislativos, em vários níveis de experiência. Temos orgulho de ser um local acolhedor para pessoas de cor, membros da comunidade LGBTQ, pais, casais sem filhos e muito mais.

Detalhes: Esta é uma posição de tempo integral com sede em Washington, DC. A posição envolve viagens internacionais significativas. Você responderá ao nosso Diretor Adjunto e trabalhará em estreita colaboração com nossos funcionários seniores. Os candidatos devem cumprir todos as cláusulas de divulgação do governo dos EUA.

Para se inscrever: Envie sua inscrição o mais rápido possível. Por favor, clique no botão de inscrição abaixo e inclua uma carta de apresentação bem pensada, que aborda nossa missão e demonstra suas habilidades de escrita, além de nos informar onde você ouviu falar sobre o trabalho. A posição permanecerá publicada até ser preenchida.

Compensação e benefícios: A remuneração é competitiva e proporcional à experiência, e podemos discutir suas expectativas salariais no início do processo de entrevista. Temos um pacote de benefícios generoso, incluindo seguro de saúde em grupo, benefícios odontológicos, tempo ilimitado de férias, feriados pagos e um plano 401 (k).

A Mighty Earth é uma empregadora de oportunidades iguais; proibimos estritamente a discriminação contra qualquer funcionário ou candidato com base em raça, crença, cor, sexo, religião, origem nacional, idade, orientação sexual, deficiência, identidade ou expressão de gênero e qualquer outra característica protegida por lei. Mulheres, pessoas de cor e membros da comunidade LGBTQ são fortemente incentivados a se inscrever.


Direktor (m/w/d) Klimakampagnen, Deutschland

Direktor (m/w/d) Klimakampagnen, Deutschland


Mighty Earth, eine globale Umweltschutzorganisation, nimmt derzeit Bewerbungen für die Position des Klimakampagnendirektors (m/w/d) für unsere Initiative zum Schutz der Regenwälder im Amazonas und anderer klimakritischer Ökosysteme entgegen. Der Standort ist Deutschland. Eine Gruppe weltweit führender Wissenschaftler fasste unlängst die neuesten Erkenntnisse aus der Klimaforschung zusammen und stellte fest: „Weltweit enthalten die Wälder mehr Kohlenstoff als förderbare Erdöl-, Erdgas- und Kohlereserven. Den Kohlenstoffemissionen durch Entwaldung muss daher mit gleicher Dringlichkeit Einhalt geboten werden wie der Nutzung fossiler Brennstoffe.“ Destruktive Anbaupraktiken, die von verantwortungslosen Landwirtschaftsunternehmen vorangetrieben werden, setzen Kohlenstoffdioxid, Methan und andere Treibhausgase frei und verschlimmern die Situation damit noch weiter. Als Klimakampagnendirektor liegt Ihr Schwerpunkt darin, Klimaschutzmaßnahmen im Gigatonnenmaßstab umzusetzen, indem die Beendigung der Entwaldung in der Agrarindustrie durchgesetzt und die klimafreundliche Landwirtschaft zur Norm gemacht wird.

Trotz der Bedeutung des Waldschutzes für das Weltklima und obgleich nachhaltige Lösungen zur Verfügung stehen – beispielsweise die Entwicklungsverlagerung auf bereits entwaldete Flächen, die weltweit 650 Millionen Hektar ausmachen – treiben Agrargroßkonzerne wie Cargill und JBS die Entwaldung und Umweltverschmutzung weiterhin im großen Maßstab voran. Mighty Earth führte jedoch höchst erfolgreiche Kampagnen zum Schutz von Wäldern, die von der Palmöl-, Kautschuk- und Kakaoindustrie bedroht waren, und arbeitet jetzt daran, dieses Modell auf die Fleischindustrie, die größte Verursacherin der Entwaldung und Umweltverschmutzung, auszuweiten.

Wir suchen eine talentierte Person, um Waldschutzkampagnen zu leiten, indem sie den Einfluss von in Deutschland ansässigen Konzernen, Finanzinstitutionen, Regierungsbeamten, Medien und der deutschen Öffentlichkeit nutzt. Die Position konzentriert sich in erster Linie auf unsere Kampagne zum Schutz der Regenwälder im Amazonas und anderer lateinamerikanischer Ökosysteme sowie auf die Unterstützung der Rechte indigener Gemeinschaften, die von diesen abhängig sind. Der Klimakampagnendirektor Deutschland wird einen Teil seiner Arbeitszeit nach Bedarf auch auf andere Mighty Earth-Kampagnen verwenden. Wenn Sie sich leidenschaftlich für den Klimaschutz einsetzen und die globale Landwirtschaft transformieren möchten, um ein nachhaltigeres Nahrungsmittelsystem zu schaffen, und wenn Sie in einer leistungsfähigen Organisation arbeiten möchten, würden wir uns über Ihre Bewerbung freuen.

Wer wir sind: 

Mighty Earth ist eine globale Umweltorganisation, die sich für den Schutz der Tropenwälder sowie den Meeres- und Klimaschutz einsetzt und Mitarbeiter rund um den Globus anstellt. Wir spielen eine Schlüsselrolle darin, die weltweit größten Agrar- und Lebensmittelkonzerne zu überzeugen, Maßnahmen zur Eliminierung der Endwaldung und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in ihren Lieferketten umzusetzen und den milliardenschweren Übergang hin zu sauberer Energie voranzutreiben. Unser Vorsitzender, der ehemalige US-Abgeordnete Henry Waxman, zeichnet für einige der wichtigsten US-Klima- und Umweltschutzgesetze der letzten 50 Jahre verantwortlich, in besonderem Maße für den Clean Air Act von 1990 und für den Safe Drinking Water Act.

Hintergrund zur Position: 

Deutschland hat ein enormes Potenzial, wenn es darum geht, der Entwaldung Einhalt zu gebieten und Handlungen zur Transformation der globalen Landwirtschaft voranzutreiben, um so ein nachhaltigeres Nahrungsmittelsystem zu schaffen. Deutsche Supermärkte und Lebensmittelunternehmen sind die führenden Einkäufer bei den weltweit größten Entwaldern und können Einfluss auf einen globalen Wandel nehmen. Deutsche Banken und Rentenfonds sind in entscheidendem Maße an der Finanzierung der Entwaldung und anderer unhaltbarer landwirtschaftlicher Unternehmungen beteiligt, haben jedoch in der Vergangenheit gezeigt, dass sie auch in der Lage sind, Firmen zur Aufgabe der Entwaldung und Umweltverschmutzung zu bewegen.

Als Klimakampagnendirektor Deutschland werden Sie unsere Kampagnenarbeit in Deutschland aufbauen und leiten. Mithilfe Ihrer Arbeit werden Kampagnen entwickelt, die Konzerne, Finanzunternehmen und Regierungsbeamte dazu bewegen, solide Richtlinien zum Umweltschutz und zu Menschenrechten zu implementieren.

Zu Ihren Verantwortlichkeiten gehören:

  • Wesentliche Rolle in einer internationalen Kampagne, die darauf abzielt, die Entwaldung in der Fleischindustrie abzuschaffen, regenerative landwirtschaftliche Praktiken umzusetzen und einen Wechsel zu pflanzlichen Proteinquellen zu bewirken.
  • Entwicklung und Umsetzung effektiver Pläne und Strategien zur Erreichung der Kampagnenziele; Integration von Kommunikation und Online-, Feld- und Basisarbeit in eine hoch strategische Kampagne.
  • Umgang mit leitenden Angestellten und Regierungsbeamten.
  • Aufbau von Beziehungen mit der Zivilgesellschaft und anderen Schlüsselgruppen in Deutschland.
  • Gewinnung von Freiwilligen und Entwicklung von Führungsqualitäten, um die Kampagne deutschlandweit auszubauen.
  • Organisation von Kampagnenaktionen und Presseveranstaltungen.
  • Schaffung von Medienpräsenz durch Pressemitteilungen, Events, Pressekonferenzen in medialen Schlüsselmärkten; Umsetzung eines strategischen Medienplans und Beziehungsaufbau zu Reportern wesentlicher Medienoutlets.
  • Arbeit an weiteren Mighty Earth-Kampagnen nach Bedarf.

 

Ihr Hintergrund:

Erforderliche Qualifikationen:

  • Sie haben mindestens 5 Jahre Berufserfahrung in der Arbeit für Aufklärungskampagnen und im Bereich der Basis-Organisation.
  • Sie setzen sich leidenschaftlich für den Umweltschutz und die Entwicklung einer gerechteren Gesellschaft ein.
  • Sie haben Erfahrung in der Entwicklung und Umsetzung von Kampagnenstrategien und detaillierten Plänen sowie im Umgang mit hochrangigen Führungskräften bzw. Mandatsträgern und wissen, wie man auf Entscheidungsträger einwirkt.
  • Sie fühlen sich bei der Arbeit in einem äußerst dynamischen Umfeld wohl, wo der politische und ökonomische Wandel sowie sich verändernde externe Ereignisse regelmäßig Chancen und Herausforderungen schaffen.
  • Sie fühlen sich wohl bei der Arbeit mit verschiedenen internen und externen Stakeholdern, beim Networking und beim Aufbau von Koalitionen mit diversen Interessengemeinschaften.
  • Sie können gut schreiben und komplexe Informationen in einfach verständlichen Produkten wie Pressemitteilungen, Berichten und Korrespondenz zusammenfassen.
  • Sie sind international orientiert. Sie verfügen über Erfahrung in der Zusammenarbeit mit Menschen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund, einschließlich verschiedener ethnischer, rassischer und religiöser Gemeinschaften, und setzen sich für die Zusammenarbeit mit diesen Menschen ein.
  • Sie sprechen fließend Englisch und Deutsch.

Bevorzugte Qualifikationen:

  • Die Kenntnis weiterer Fremdsprachen, einschließlich Chinesisch, Portugiesisch, Spanisch, oder anderer europäischer Sprachen, ist von Vorteil, jedoch nicht Bedingung.
  • Fachwissen auf dem Gebiet der Klimawissenschaft, der Entwaldung und landwirtschaftlicher Belange ist von Vorteil, ist jedoch nicht maßgeblich.

Mehr zu unserem Team: Mighty Earth besteht aus Menschen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund und einem breiten Erfahrungsspektrum, unter anderem in gemeinnützigen Organisationen, Wahlkampagnen, Regierungen, im Privatsektor und im Rechtswesen. Wir sind stolz darauf, einen aufgeschlossenen Arbeitsplatz für Menschen mit anderer Hautfarbe, Mitglieder der LGBTQ-Community, Eltern in der Familienphase und danach, und viele andere zu bieten.

Einzelheiten: Es handelt sich um eine Vollzeitanstellung, die von überall in Deutschland ausgeübt werden kann. Diese Position ist mit einigen Auslandsreisen verbunden. Sie sind unserem europäischen Direktor direkt unterstellt.

Bewerbungsfrist: Bitte geben Sie Ihre Bewerbung sobald wie möglich ab. Fügen Sie bitte ein durchdachtes Begleitschreiben bei, in dem Sie auf unsere Mission eingehen, Ihre Schreibfähigkeiten unter Beweis stellen und uns zudem mitteilen, wie Sie von dieser Position erfahren haben.

Vergütung und Sozialleistungen: Es handelt sich hierbei um eine Vollzeitanstellung. Das Jahresgehalt liegt zwischen 68.000 und 86.000 EUR. Die exakte Vergütung hängt von Ihrer Erfahrung ab.

Falls Sie angemessene Vorkehrungen für das Fertigstellen dieser Bewerbung, für die Bewerbungsgespräche, Einstellungstests oder Ihre anderweitige Teilnahme an diesem Ausschreibungsverfahren benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an Sara unter [email protected].

Mighty Earth unterstützt als Arbeitgeber die Chancengleichheit; Diskriminierung von Mitarbeitern oder Bewerbern aufgrund von Rasse, Glauben, Hautfarbe, Geschlecht, Religion, nationaler Herkunft, Alter, sexueller Orientierung, Behinderung, Geschlechtsidentität, Ausdruck der Geschlechtlichkeit, Veteranenstatus oder anderen Charakteristiken, die rechtlich geschützt sind, ist strengstens untersagt. Frauen, Menschen mit nicht-weißer Hautfarbe und Mitglieder der LGBTQ-Community sind nachdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben.


Architects, Engineers, Builders, and Activists Declare 2030 Must Become the New 2050 in the Climate Emergency

Steel and concrete industries targeted by their top customers in design and construction for dramatic GHG emissions reductions in next ten years.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- This week, the top 20 percent of the global design industry – representing approximately 500 organizations – gathered at the Carbon Positive 20 Conference in Los Angeles. Their challenge was to form corporate commitments and design pathways for reducing the “embodied” or upfront emissions from building materials like steel and concrete. Steel and concrete represent approximately 15 percent of all global emissions and are the most ubiquitous building materials in the world, with construction accounting for about half of all steel demand and all of concrete demand.

Attending the conference were not just top design leaders but also representatives from top construction, steel, and concrete companies (Skanska, Turner Construction, CEMEX) who were listening closely to what their customers were demanding of them: low and zero carbon construction materials. These commodities are needed right now to address the climate emergency, and industry’s demand for these products will grow exponentially in the next few years.

During her panel presentation titled “Better Steel, Better Concrete,” Mighty Earth Campaign Director Margaret Hansbrough was joined by global concrete expert Bruce King and leading embodied carbon pioneer and Dirk Kestner. In her presentation, she challenged the steel industry and its largest customers in the global design and construction industries to set emissions reductions targets aligned with the 65 percent by 2030 target Architecture 2030 has stated is essential if the world is going to stay within the 1.5 degree planetary warming threshold. But she also challenged these heavy polluting industries like steel, concrete, and construction to shift their entire business strategy, saying “This is not just about reducing the carbon from any single project, but about planning for how you as a company will decarbonize your entire business strategy starting today.”

Hansbrough and many other speakers also called for both product level and production facility level Environmental Product Disclosures (EPDs) to be issued by major steel and concrete companies this year in order for design professionals to have the carbon transparency they need to dramatically reduce embodied carbon for all new projects.

Highlights of the historic event included:

  • Architecture 2030’s CEO Ed Mazria challenged companies to commit to net zero emissions by 2040 for all materials in the built environment, including an immediate 50 percent reduction in embodied carbon and 65 percent reduction by 2030 for all construction materials
  • Mazria went even further, asking leading companies to commit to what he describes as the “High Ambition” targets of 100 percent net zero carbon from building materials by 2030 – and to make that commitment public this year. These targets are calculated to ensure a 67 percent likelihood that the planet can stay within 1.5 degree Celsius planetary warming threshold
  • Mazria also underscored the urgent time value of carbon with a data visualization illustrating how, in the next 10 years, 72 percent of the carbon that the built environment will emit will be from embodied, not operational, carbon.
  • Also announced during the conference was the formation of SE 2050, an alliance of structural engineers working together to align around the Architecture 2030 net zero emissions framework for both embodied and operational carbon.
  • The American Institute for Architects (AIA) and the leadership of the Large Firm Round Table rolled out a comprehensive framework called Countdown On Carbon for embodied carbon commitments and actions that they will be asking all AIA members to sign on to this year, the most aggressive and comprehensive demand signal to date for low carbon steel and concrete.
  • The event ended with an invigorating and motivating speech from Farhana Yamin, a longtime influential climate lawyer and prominent Extinction Rebellion activist who challenged the crowd to “make 2030 the new 2050” and dramatically raise their ambition and action for what was achievable. She challenged the audience to declare a climate emergency, just as architects in the UK have already done, in order to mobilize the collective action needed to dramatically reduce emissions from their industries and from the materials they use.

The Carbon Positive 20 Conference was organized by Architecture 2030 and Architect Magazine and was the largest industry event to date focused entirely on embodied carbon from construction materials like steel and concrete.

For the last 18 months, Mighty Earth has been campaigning and activating the global steel and construction industries to take bold climate action, demanding that the steel industry set a new standard for low and zero carbon steelmaking and commit to carbon neutrality. For more campaign statements and reports, visit www.mightyearth.org/steel


Climate Campaign Director

Climate Campaign Director


Mighty Earth, a leading global environmental advocacy organization, is accepting applications for a Climate Campaign Director for our initiative to protect the Amazon rainforest and other climate-critical ecosystems. A group of the world’s leading scientists recently summarized the latest climate science and found: “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” Destructive agricultural practices driven by irresponsible agricultural companies pour carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases into the air, making the problem even worse. As the Climate Campaign Director, you will focus on achieving gigaton-scale climate action by transforming the agricultural industry to end deforestation and make climate-friendly agriculture the norm.  

Despite the importance of forest conservation for the world’s climate, and the availability of sustainable solutions like channeling development onto the world’s 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested lands, big agribusinesses like Cargill and JBS have continued to drive deforestation and pollution on a mass scale. However, Mighty Earth has had great success in campaigns to protect forests threatened by the palm oil, rubber, and cocoa industries, and are now working to spread that model to the meat industry, the single largest driver of deforestation and climate pollution.  

We’re looking for a talented leader, campaigner and team builder with the experience and strategic skills in advocacy, organizing and communications to run the campaign. Your work will center on building and deploying a powerful movement that can convince leading private sector actors like supermarkets, fast food chains, and agribusiness giants like Cargill and JBS to eliminate deforestation and move to sustainable practices across their supply chains. You will also help build support for complementary government action wherever possible. 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from the palm oil, chocolate, and rubber industries, and driven adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important environmental legislation of the last 50 years, notably the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Running an international campaign with a multi-million dollar budget involving staff, consultants, and volunteers in different countries to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt climate-friendly agricultural practices, and support increased use of plant-based protein, while also working for complementary government policies.  
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals.
  • Integrating the campaign’s communications, online, field and grassroots work.
  • Supervising and training European, US, and Latin American staff and consultants working on the campaign.
  • Engaging with CEOs, senior executives, and high-level government officials to advance complementary government policy and action.
  • Working closely with grassroots civil society and Indigenous communities in focus countries.
  • Generating media attention by report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with reporters.
  • Advising international governments, philanthropies and other donors.
  • Engaging with funders and board members, reporting and tracking updates around campaign progress and budgets.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have years of experience, with a background in successful issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing. You have experience recruiting, training, and managing staff. 
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society.  
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in external factors like politics and economics as well as internal changing dynamics create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis.
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English fluency is required. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch, other European languages, or Chinese a plus, but not essential. 
  • Experience in corporate campaigning or influencing company executives is a plus.
  • Expertise in deforestation and agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with and connections in Latin America a plus, but not required. 

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more. 

 

Details: This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, however we are open to discussing being based in other U.S. locations. The position involves international travel. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, our staff are working from home and not traveling. The safety of our team is a top priority and we will resume travel when it is safe to do so. You will report to our Deputy Director and work closely with our senior staff members and our CEO. Candidates are required to adhere to all U.S. government disclosure requirements.

To apply: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. We have adjusted our interview process and are holding video interviews in place of in-person interviews during the coronavirus pandemic.

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $96K- $127K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.


Global Protests Call on Mitsubishi Corporation to Stop Investing in Coal Power

Climate activists around the world rally in front of Mitsubishi to stop the Vung Ang 2 coal power plant.

Tokyo -- Mitsubishi Corporation is the target of a global action highlighting its plans to build new coal-fired power stations and drive climate change. Today in front of Mitsubishi Corporation’s headquarters in Japan as well as its offices in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the United States, climate activists are calling on the company to end its involvement in all coal projects, and specifically, to withdraw from the controversial Vung Ang 2 coal plant proposed in Vietnam.

“We are facing a climate crisis with devastating impacts from extreme weather destroying lives and livelihoods. The global community cannot afford another coal power plant built by Mitsubishi,” said Meg Fukuzawa, energy finance campaigner at Market Forces.

Vung Ang 2 has been in recent spotlight as the project’s only other sponsor, China Light and Power, announced a new decarbonization policy and withdrew in an effort to tackle climate change. Despite a sustained wave of international criticism, Mitsubishi has refused to do the same.

“It is a shame that in the midst of the climate crisis, Mitsubishi Corporation intends to build more dirty coal power plants. In 2018, the IPCC stated that to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must reduce emissions 45% by 2030. With just ten years remaining to make deep pollution cuts, there is no time to build new coal plants. Now is a time for action and Mitsubishi Corporation, other large corporations, and governments around the world must phase out coal and hasten the transition to clean, renewable energy sources,” said Mighty Earth Campaign Director, Roger Smith.

“Powerful companies such as Mitsubishi are critical in shifting from coal, the largest driver of climate change, to renewable energy. But the first step is to stop building new coal power, such as the controversial Vung Ang 2 coal plant in Vietnam,” said Ayumi Fukakusa of Friends of the Earth Japan.

Japan’s export credit agency, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is currently considering financing this project as well, although it does not meet the conditions set by the Japanese government in its Fifth Strategic Energy Plan. Owing to the continued controversy raised by Vung Ang 2 and other coal finance, Japan is considering tightening its requirements for financing its exports of coal power overseas and hopes to release a new policy by June 2020.

"We demand Mitsubishi and the Japanese government halt all its coal financing plans in Asia. As the one of the biggest financiers of coal development in the region, Japan is an enabler of Asia’s coal addiction,” said Asian Peoples’ Movement of Debt and Development (APMDD) Coordinator Lidy Nacpil.


Major Rainforest Destroyer in Indonesia Pledges to Address its Deforestation Legacy

Long-awaited palm oil policy by POSCO International sets the stage for action on deforestation

South Korea's largest trading company, POSCO International, has published a long-awaited zero deforestation policy for its global palm oil operations. The ‘No Deforestation, No Peatland, No Exploitation’ (NDPE) policy includes measures to protect rainforests, safeguard the rights of local indigenous communities, and a pledge to compensate for the group’s deforestation legacy in Papua, Indonesia.

Mighty Earth, which provided input into a draft version of the policy, has been campaigning with allies for over three years to stop the surge of palm oil driven deforestation by POSCO International and other major players in Papua, Indonesia.

“Papua, the third largest rainforest in the world and one of the most biodiverse forest regions on Earth, was largely untouched by the palm oil industry until recent years, but has quickly become the next frontier for palm oil and agribusiness expansion in Indonesia,” said Deborah Lapidus, Senior Campaign Director at Mighty Earth. “POSCO International’s new policy reflects a growing understanding that this magnificent region is worthy of conservation, not destruction.”

“It is encouraging that POSCO International’s new policy includes a commitment to compensate for its legacy of forest destruction – such a pledge is, unfortunately, still rare in the industry, and could set an important precedent if POSCO International follows through. Indeed, the policy broadly sets out worthy standards and goals, but these are just words on paper until we see substantial positive changes on the ground in Papua. Given that most of the concession area has already been cleared, it is critical that the company genuinely remediates for the impacts of its deforestation. It must also prioritize responding to the concerns raised by affected local communities, including issues of land rights and water pollution.”

Using data published by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mighty Earth mapping analysis indicates that:

  • In 2011, before POSCO International started developing its PT Bio Inti Agrindo (PT BIA) concession in Papua, over half (~19,000 hectares) of the area was covered by ‘primary forest’;
  • Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 27,000 hectares of rainforest were cleared within PT BIA, nearly 80% ofthe total concession area: Over half of this deforestation (nearly 15,000 hectares) was ‘primary forest’.

POSCO International’s destruction of Indonesia’s last remaining forests has been exposed and challenged in numerous reports, field investigations, and campaigns by Mighty Earth and other organizations around the world, including Pusaka and SKP KAMe Meruake based in Indonesia, Korea Federation for Environmental Movements and APIL based in South Korea, Milieudefensie based in the Netherlands, and Friends of the Earth US. In January 2018, POSCO International declared that it had issued a temporary moratorium on deforestation in its Papua palm oil plantation. In June 2018, the world’s fifth largest pension fund, the Dutch ABP, divested from POSCO International over its failure to address its deforestation. In 2015, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, the Norwegian Pension Fund, divested its shares in all POSCO companies, following an investigation into its deforestation in Papua.

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Photo: Sprawling palm oil plantation PT BIA in Papua, owned by POSCO Daewoo. All the palm oil saplings are growing on top of recently destroyed forest. Taken June 2016, Credit: Mighty Earth


Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands

Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands


Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a Netherlands-based Climate Campaign Director for our initiative to protect the Amazon rainforest and other climate-critical ecosystems. A group of the world’s leading scientists recently summarized the latest climate science and found: “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” Destructive agricultural practices driven by irresponsible agricultural companies pour carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases into the air, making the problem even worse. As the Climate Campaign Director, you will focus on achieving gigaton-scale climate action by transforming the agricultural industry to end deforestation and make climate-friendly agriculture the norm.  

Despite the importance of forest conservation for the world’s climate, and the availability of sustainable solutions like channeling development onto the world’s 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested lands, big agribusinesses like Cargill and JBS have continued to drive deforestation and pollution on a mass scale. However, Mighty Earth has had great success in campaigns to protect forests threatened by the palm oil, rubber, and cocoa industries, and are now working to apply that model to the meat industry, the single largest driver of deforestation and climate pollution.

We’re looking for a talented individual to run campaigns that protect forests by leveraging the influence of Netherlands-based corporations, financial institutions, government officials, media, and the public. The primary focus of the position will be our campaign to protect the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems in Latin America and support the rights of Indigenous communities who depend on them. The Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands will spend part of their time on other Mighty Earth campaigns areas where needed. If you are passionate about climate change, want to transform global agriculture to create a more sustainable food system, and work at a highly effective organization, please apply. 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from their supply chains, and driving the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important climate and environmental legislation of the last 50 years in the U.S., notably the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Background on the position: 

The Netherlands has huge potential when it comes to curbing deforestation and driving action to transform global agriculture and create a more sustainable food system. Dutch companies such as Ahold Delhaize are leading customers for the world’s biggest forest destroyers, and have the influence to drive global change. Dutch banks and pensions funds are leading players in financing deforestation and other unsustainable agricultural ventures, but have also shown the capacity in the past to influence companies to stop deforestation and pollution.  

As the Climate Campaign Director, Netherlands, you will build and lead our campaigning in the Netherlands. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions, and government officials to implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Playing a critical role in an international campaign to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt regenerative agricultural practices, and shift to plant-based protein. 
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online, field and grassroots into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Engaging with senior executives and government officials.
  • Building relationships with civil society and other key constituencies in the Netherlands.
  • Recruiting volunteers and developing leadership to help build the campaign across the Netherlands.
  • Organizing campaign actions and press events. 
  • Generating media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with journalists. 
  • Working on additional Mighty Earth campaigns as needed.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience, with a background in issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society. 
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English and Dutch fluency are required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Chinese,Portuguese, Spanish, German, or other European languages, a plus, but not essential. 
  • Expertise in deforestation and agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with a background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position and candidates can be based anywhere in the Netherlands. The position involves some international travel. You will report to our European Director, and will work with other team members around the world.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

Compensation: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is 68K to 86K EUR, with exact pay depending on experience. 

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Sara at [email protected].

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.


Climate Campaign Director, Germany

Climate Campaign Director, Germany


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Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a Germany-based Climate Campaign Director for our initiative to protect the Amazon rainforest and other climate-critical ecosystems. A group of the world’s leading scientists recently summarized the latest climate science and found: “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” Destructive agricultural practices driven by irresponsible agricultural companies pour carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases into the air, making the problem even worse. As the Climate Campaign Director, you will focus on achieving gigaton-scale climate action by transforming the agricultural industry to end deforestation and make climate-friendly agriculture the norm.  

Despite the importance of forest conservation for the world’s climate, and the availability of sustainable solutions like channeling development onto the world’s 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested lands, big agribusinesses like Cargill and JBS have continued to drive deforestation and pollution on a mass scale. However, Mighty Earth has had great success in campaigns to protect forests threatened by the palm oil, rubber, and cocoa industries, and are now working to apply that model to the meat industry, the single largest driver of deforestation and climate pollution.  

We’re looking for a talented individual to run campaigns that protect forests by leveraging the influence of German-based corporations, financial institutions, government officials, media, and the public. The primary focus of the position will be our campaign to protect the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems in Latin America, and support the rights of Indigenous communities who depend on them. The Climate  Campaign Director, Germany will spend part of their time on other Mighty Earth campaigns areas where needed. If you are passionate about climate change, want to transform global agriculture to create a more sustainable food system, and work at a highly effective organization, please apply. 

 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from their supply chains, and driven the adoption of multi-billion dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important climate and environmental legislation of the last 50 years in the United States,, notably the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

 

Background on the position: 

Germany has huge potential when it comes to curbing deforestation and driving action to transform global agriculture to create a more sustainable food system. German supermarkets and food companies are leading customers for the world’s biggest deforesters, and have the influence to drive global change. German banks and pensions funds are leading players in financing deforestation and other unsustainable agricultural ventures, but have also shown the capacity in the past to influence companies to stop deforestation and pollution.  

As the Climate Campaign Director, Germany, you will build and lead our campaigning in Germany. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions and government officials to  implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Playing a critical role in an international campaign to transform the meat industry to end deforestation, adopt regenerative agricultural practices, and shift to plant-based protein. 
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online, field and grassroots into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Engaging with senior executives and government officials.
  • Building relationships with civil society and other key constituencies in Germany.
  • Recruiting volunteers and developing leadership to help build the campaign across Germany.
  • Organizing campaign actions and press events. 
  • Generating media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with reporters at key outlets. 
  • Working on additional Mighty Earth campaigns as needed.

 

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience, with a background in issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society. 
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English and German fluency are required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, or other European languages, a plus, but not required. 
  • Expertise in climate, deforestation or agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position and candidates can be based anywhere in Germany. The position involves some international travel. You will report to our European Director.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. 

Compensation and benefits: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is 68K to 86K EUR, with exact pay depending on experience. 

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Sara at [email protected].

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.


U.S. Leaders: Protect Our Oceans from Climate Change

The ocean is an amazing place full of creatures that are critical parts of our planet. In particular, the vast number of fish species are key members of the ocean ecosystem and are important for human consumption, livelihood, and recreation. Unfortunately, one of the often-overlooked dangers of climate change is the negative impacts on our oceans. As oceans warm, fish populations suffer, threatening not only the biodiversity of the seas but also the coastal communities that rely on them.

The U.S. has already done a lot to protect fisheries and has some of the best management systems in the world. We have successfully brought back many fish stocks from overfished levels, but now we need to protect them in a changing climate. Elected officials need to take this seriously and propose solutions that will keep our oceans healthy, especially if they want to be taken seriously as climate champions.

Climate change has already caused a decrease in fish populations and is driving down productivity of global fisheries. Fisheries have declined by more than 4 percent since 1930, with some fisheries shrinking by as much as 35 percent. Warming waters cause fish to move to cooler areas, disrupting regular fishing patterns and threatening ecosystems. Additionally, ocean acidification is weakening shells and corals that provide important food and habitat. This decline in fish populations and disruption of critical ocean areas have and will pose severe challenges to the 10 percent of people globally who depend on fish for their livelihoods and the more than 4 billion people who rely on fish for healthy protein. 

If we don’t take action to protect our oceans now, we could lose a huge part of what makes our oceans awe-inspiring, as well as a critical source of food and livelihood for people in the U.S. and globally.

Americans have a vested interest in protecting oceans from climate change, and every candidate running for President of the United States should show their commitment to protecting American fisheries from the impacts of a changing ocean. As candidates roll out climate plans, they must take fisheries and oceans into account.

Mighty Earth is calling on presidential candidates, as well as current elected leaders that are in a position to take action on climate and fisheries, to protect oceans and keep fisheries strong as part of their climate action plans.

Join us! Sign the petition.

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Photo credit: USFWS/Jerry Reid 


Mighty Earth Northwest Arkansas Field Organizer

Field Organizer -- Northwest Arkansas


Mighty Earth, an environmental advocacy organization, is accepting applications for a Northwest, AR – based field organizer for our campaign for agricultural practices that protect the water, soil, and climate. If you are passionate about fighting climate change and protecting critical habitat, this position may be a good fit.

We’re looking for a talented leader, campaigner and team builder with the experience and strategic skills in advocacy, organizing and communications to organize with us in Arkansas. This is a short-term contract position, with the potential for longer-term continuation. You will be a leader of a campaign focused on winning transformational changes from some of the biggest polluters in the business.

Who we are:

Mighty Earth is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans, and the climate with staff based around the world. We have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to adopt policies to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuse from the palm oil, chocolate, and rubber industries, and driven adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Our Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, is responsible for some of the most important environmental legislation of the last 50 years, notably the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Background on the position:

In 2017, we launched a major project to protect US land and water, and combat climate change, with a focus on breaking the link between industrial agriculture and pollution. Through creative, hard-hitting campaigns and savvy negotiating, Mighty Earth has helped lay the groundwork for action. However much more action is needed – and we are planning to ramp up.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Recruiting and engaging a base of local volunteers.
  • Running a local campaign to transform the meat industry, promote regenerative agricultural practices, and support increased use of plant-based protein.
  • Developing and implementing effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals.
  • Integrating the campaign’s communications, online, field and grassroots work.
  • Generating media attention through events, press conferences and strategic actions.

Who you are:

  • You have experience in grassroots organizing, whether in a professional capacity or as a volunteer.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society.
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You are outgoing and comfortable engaging large numbers of people in a new campaign.
  • You are excited to recruit and engage volunteers.
  • English fluency is required.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Spanish, is a plus, but not essential.
  • Expertise in agricultural issues is a plus, but not required.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This position is based in Northwest Arkansas. You will report to our senior associate. Candidates are required to adhere to all U.S. government disclosure requirements.

To apply: Please submit a resume and a cover letter as soon as possible to [email protected].

Compensation: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and we can discuss your expectations early in the interview process.