Director, Sustainability

  • Ralph Lauren
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Oct 22, 2019
Mid-Career (3-8 years) CSR/Sustainability Circularity/Waste

Job Description

  • Drive the development, implementation and progression of our GHG and renewable energy and waste management goals to:
    • By 2019, we will set a renewable energy target for our owned and operated facilities
    • By 2020, we will set a science-based GHG reduction target for our operations and our supply chain
    • By 2023, we will achieve zero waste to landfill across our distribution centers
      • Key activities to deliver on the goals above include: Analyze areas for improvement and opportunities for a strong ROI relating to energy, environmental sustainability and efficiency; develop systems and implement prioritized initiatives to deliver on climate/carbon reduction goals 
  • Own and leads RL’s global renewable energy and carbon offset strategies (drawing on different mechanisms including vPPAs, green tariffs, utility programs, etc.)
  • Drive and set waste reduction priorities in partnership with key leaders and stakeholders across the business and ensure implementation of global waste reduction strategies across offices, DCs and retail locations; collaborate with industry to identify innovative solutions for zero waste goals, including fabric and garment waste. 
  • Oversee the disclosure and reporting of our carbon footprint and progress towards our goals, specifically lead the company’s approach to climate disclosure and reporting, including: tracking trends and evolving the current climate disclosure approach, Scope 3 emissions strategy and inventory and managing our annual response to the CDP Climate questionnaire in partnership with key internal functions.
  • Create internal support and buy-in to drive execution of plans and initiatives via presentations to leadership, employee engagement programming and partnership with Working Groups.
  • Support RL’s internal GHG & Renewable's and Waste Management Working Groups as a subject matter expert and resource/connector to external stakeholders and best practices.
  • Engage with and represent RL in key multi-stakeholder initiatives (i.e. RE 100, SBTi) to support our overarching climate/carbon and energy strategy and attend conferences on these topics.
  • Work in close collaboration with key internal functions such as Real Estate, Finance, Retail, Manufacturing, Environment, Sourcing, Procurement, Finance and Legal.

Experience Skill & Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sustainability, and/or an environmental subject area including Environmental Science, or similar
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in CSR/sustainability, energy and climate or similar role in the private sector, an NGO working with business, or a top-tier consulting firm
  • Proven experience managing and executing a private sector organization’s energy & climate strategy to reduce climate impacts, including:
    • Setting science-based targets, sustainable building practices, Scope 3 emissions strategy and inventory, renewable energy strategies, climate governance and climate risk assessment and management
  • Excellent grasp of sustainability, environmental and climate-related concepts and issues more broadly, including energy and climate strategies and best practices, sustainable building strategies, science-based targets, climate risk assessment and management, GHG accounting, Carbon Disclosure Project, Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, other emerging trends and concepts
  • Experience developing renewable energy procurement strategies and executing in partnership with finance, legal and facilities and operations teams
  • Proven ability to develop business cases, model impacts, including financial implications, and build buy-in and climate competency
  • Familiar with academic, government and NGOs active in the climate change and environmental ecosystem
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, can synthesize information and offer recommendations/solutions
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills for interaction with leadership and key internal functions
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates ownership, works independently
  • Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills