The Director of Impact & Regeneration is responsible for leading all aspects of Guayaki's sustainability, impact and regeneration activities. Since its founding, Guayaki has been a leader at the forefront of the regenerative business movement and defining what it means to be a 'business for good' as an early co-founding B-Corp member.
Guayaki is committed to continually evolving its market driven regenerative approach to business by promoting not only sustainability in its business operations but regeneration among its entire supply chain including specifically its local smallholder and indigenous community partners.
The Director of Impact & Regeneration will be leading Guayaki's efforts to evolve its long-standing and industry defining approach to business and further Guayaki's efforts to strategically define, manage and report on its impact to help Guayaki maintain its leading edge in the regenerative business movement.
Given the cross-functional nature and strategic importance in the organization, this role is part of the Legal and Impact department at Guayaki. The Legal & Impact Department sits at the heart of the organization and as such the Director of Impact and Regeneration will have direct access to all department heads within the organization.
This is a highly visible and influential role that will regularly interact with executive leadership and director-level teams in both North and South America and requires an individual to embody exceptional integrity, optimism, expertise and collaborative spirit amongst both internal and external stakeholders to help advance Guayaki's strategic objectives in impact, sustainability and regeneration.
Strategy Design and Implementation:
- Develop and evolve Guayaki's impact and regeneration strategy to reflect best-in-class approach to designing a truly regenerative approach to Guayaki's global operations from seed to shelf.
- Manage multiple large, complex projects, processes, and programs that include dependencies across multiple groups, including internal and external stakeholders to identify goals, success criteria assumptions, and risks; forecasting internal and external resources (for example, legal, finance, human resources) based on ESG-related projects and strategic goals; anticipating and ensuring resolution of complex and critical issues and ensuring alignment with similar company-wide initiatives to leverage or report out on
Reporting & Communications:
- Develop and maintain a global impact reporting framework, working across functions to assess data, evaluate KPIs, understand performance drivers, and advise teams to ensure programs are on track to meet targets and objectives
- Prepare and maintain high quality materials, dashboard and reporting to support steering committees, management and board meetings, as well as training materials and knowledge sharing to enhance organizational awareness and the sustainability and regenerative business model case.
- Shape company communications on impact and regeneration to improve investor and other stakeholder understanding of Guayaki's policies, practices, and performance.
- Oversee development of annual impact reporting, public benefit and special purpose company reporting, impact issue briefs, priority surveys, ratings responses, investor ESG inquiries, investor-focused publications/materials (annual investor meeting, shareholders meeting) regarding priority impact, sustainability and regeneration issues, and shared value narratives.
- Help build programs and drive continuous improvement consistent with reporting standards and best practices, such as B-Corp, GRI, SASB, and GHG protocols. Bench-mark best-in-class methods, monitor future trends, and incorporate expert feedback.
- Work cross-functionally to support Guayaki certification in Fair-for-Life, fair trade and related development programs along Guayaki's supply chain, particularly with respect to Guayaki growers, producers, smallholders and indigenous community partners.
- Monitor certification and regulatory landscape pertaining to sustainability and regeneration including research of emerging issues, and support readiness and response for impact-related compliance.
Internal and External Engagement:
- Drive innovation through strategic partnerships in the space of regenerative business practices within the private, public and non-governmental sectors.
- Support stakeholder engagement process, plans, and events to understand and integrate relevant feedback and expectations related to impact, including supporting materiality assessments
- Close coordination with South America and Supply Chain leads on all sustainability, human rights, certification and regeneration activities, collaboration on key initiatives, and support for other program initiatives as needed
- Represent the company at speaking engagements at universities, conferences, etc. as they pertain to Guayaki sustainability and regenerative business practices.
- Lead a sustainability, impact and regeneration team that will provide advisory support and project management of company-wide sustainability efforts.
- Manage reporting, defining overarching and team-specific goals/KPIs and tracking progress to ensure visibility for Leadership Team and Board of Directors
- Ensure business-level guidelines, practices and policies are consistent with broader corporate sustainability and regeneration commitments; identify gaps and make recommendations for enhancements
- Perform other duties as assigned by Head of Impact & General Counsel related to area.
Minimum experience and qualifications:
- Outstanding communicator with excellent presentation skills, strong verbal and written skills, strong interpersonal skills and keen attention to detail
- Experience working with relevant reporting standards (GRI, ISSB, SASB, B-Corp).
- Highly organized with strong project management skills, ability to navigate large number of stakeholders, manage simultaneous projects and drive to completion
- Experience leading and facilitating group processes, strong influencing skills and collaboration, and maintaining positive relationships
- Solid and practical understanding of evolving stakeholder expectations and experience engaging with a variety of stakeholders, as well as ESG rating/evaluation systems
- Self -starter, with ability to thrive in collaborative team environment, global or multi-national experience preferred
- Intermediate to advanced skills in using spreadsheets and word processing software (Microsoft Office suite). Advanced experience with creating deliverables in PowerPoint a plus. Experience with NetSuite accounting software a plus.
- Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency, preferred.
- Commitment to excellence and high standards.
- Ability to work as a team member in a time-sensitive environment.
- Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
- Bachelor's degree and related experience and training in sustainability and corporate responsibility / accountability. Bachelor's or Advanced degree or Certifications in Sustainable Business, Sustainable Design, Environmental Science, Sustainable Management, or similar, preferred.
- Experience should include specialized background with increasing responsibility in sustainability, ESG and corporate social responsibility. Preferred background also includes working experience in climate-related fields, which may include climate change mitigation, net zero strategies and transformation, decarbonization, climate adaptation and risk
- Preferred experience engaging with major institutional investors and/or other external stakeholders on ESG issues and are familiar with major institutional investors and other stakeholders' expectations regarding ESG practices and disclosures
- Preferred experience working with consumer products or food & beverage products, merchandising, sourcing, and/or experience in private-sector sustainability programs
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