SHE Sustainability Commitment

At SHE, sustainable consumption and consideration of our planet and the people it holds are ingrained in our operations. Globally impactful ecological sustainability efforts must come from the largest corporations to make a difference, but we believe that transparency and, furthermore, highlighting the choices we’ve made will contribute to a larger conversation on corporate sustainability efforts. 

Gender equality and ecological sustainability are inherently intertwined; so much so, that Project Drawdown included and specifically highlights the global education of girls in their list of most powerful ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similarly, it would be impossible to holistically address climate change without acknowledging the impacts of climate change based on race:

“27% of [Indigenous Navajo Nation] residents had heightened levels of uranium in their system, more than five times the U.S. average. This is just one of the many examples of how impacts of resource extraction continue to disproportionately affect Indigenous Americans. These disparate impacts are caused by and exacerbate long-standing inequalities in American life. Which is why the solutions needed to address the climate crisis must not only lower emissions, they also must boldly tackle inequity. Those who are most impacted by the negative effects of the climate crisis must be at the center of the solutions we seek.”      

 

Why Climate Justice and Racial Justice Are So Deeply Connected, by Kate Ogden

We believe that sustainability efforts must include climate justice, which we see as a reframing of the fight against climate change to include consideration of racial and gender equality, and labor rights. Necessarily, then,
fighting to increase awareness and to discontinue the disparate impact of climate change on black and poor communities in the United States is of paramount importance to any sustainability efforts. We’ve outlined our current and future efforts to operationalize inclusivity and equality in our DEI Commitment.

As a Benefit Corporation, we hold our stakeholders on equal footing to shareholders; that means that we prioritize people and planet equally to profits. This Sustainability Commitment will outline for you the ways in which we have built these values into our operations, specifically with regards to intentional choices we’ve made in consideration of our impact on the environment.
 

How we currently incorporate sustainability into our operations:

  • In an effort to avoid using paper as much as we can:

    • We solely rely on digital note-taking and record-keeping, from meeting notes to application review; and

    • We primarily rely on digital form and payment submission for our certification process;

  • All of our employees work from home, eliminating their commute and any associated fossil fuel emissions;

  • We abide by home-office sustainability best practices, including recommending:

    • Use of power strips;

    • Powering down electronics and power strips when their workspace is not in use;

    • Minimize printing, and print using recycled paper; and

    • Shred no-longer-useful documents to use for compost;

  • When selecting contractors, we consider whether or not the contractor maintains a sustainable supply-chain, and makes products of good quality to avoid the trash. Additionally, we look closely at the ownership and make-up of the contractor, as well as their sustainability and climate justice efforts or donations;

  • When selecting materials we consider whether they are eco-friendly, recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, non-toxic (during and after use), manufactured locally (to avoid long-distance transportation), and will last;

  • When shipping materials, we’ve incorporated sustainability into our operations by using eco-friendly and recyclable shipping supplies from EcoEnclose, and mailing with the USPS; and

  • When deciding whether or not to add physical materials or merchandise to our storefront, community, or marketing efforts, we maintain a commitment to “sustainable swag,” choosing merchandise that will be used by the people it ends up with.

 

How we plan to continue this work going forward:

  • We will continue to develop and circulate information on recycling and reusing materials, from office/work-related items to everyday items;

  • We are researching local recycling options and availability for all of our employees, as well as developing a list of resources to advocate for further availability of recycling locally;

  • SHE’s internal dress code will formally reject work uniforms, or specific suit styles, eliminating the need for separate work and home wardrobes;

  • We have begun researching transitioning to a local credit union (as opposed to a national bank), which will allow us to divest entirely from fossil fuels;

  • We have indicated our interest in and intend to commit to 1% for the Planet; and

  • We hope to soon partner with an organization to plant a tree for various company accomplishments, such as each submitted application.

As you can see, we at SHE love ourselves some sustainability. If you’ve read all the way through this Sustainability Commitment, we know that you do, too! I mean, who doesn’t want access to avocados and tuna for the rest of their lives (in moderation, of course)? But, as individuals, we often feel helpless to impact climate change, especially given that a recent report found that 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions since 1988!

 

We channeled that helplessness into action by incorporating the above-mentioned operations into SHE, but we wanted to take a moment to reflect on that statistic, and what y’all can do to combat climate change as an individual. The answer is simple: vote with your wallet. Call in the brands you’re loyal to, and let them know you expect them to behave sustainably. Hold your favorite brands to higher standards of impact, transparency, and accountability.

 

At SHE, we want to be the change we wish to see in the world. We are on the precipice of a conscious-capitalism revolution, and we encourage everyone to inform themselves and incorporate what you learn into your everyday life - including your job, and in your purchasing decisions. If you’d like to be more regularly updated on our work, or if you’re looking for more ways to show up for your community, we will continue to share educational information and resources on our social media accounts:

 

SHE’s sustainability efforts deserve specific highlight on this page, but you can learn more about the other ways SHE is considerate of its impact on people and planet in our Benefit Statement, our Accessibility Statement, and our DEI Commitment, which will also stay available on our site and which we will update regularly. While these documents are separated for individual focus and ease of information access, we want to stress that none of these documents, nor the efforts and intentions therein, stands alone; sustainability is (and to be effective, must be) incorporated into all of SHE’s operations.

 

Because we anticipate that some of you may have more or newer ideas regarding sustainable conscious capitalism or any constructive criticisms of our current sustainability measures, we have created an anonymous submission form for you to share these thoughts with us:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Last updated as of: October 28, 2020

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