It has been a great summer so far for me. I am working at World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. As part of their Market Transformation team, I am working on their partnership with Sodexo, Inc. (a multinational food service company). In case you are wondering how all this fits together, here is a TED Talk by Jason Clay of WWF talking about WWF’s philosophy about how corporates can help save the environment.
My role is to help Sodexo drive sustainability at a strategic level. It involves setting emission baselines, reduction targets, and measuring performance. Every once in a while I take a step back to make sure that there is a business case for whatever sustainability measures we are taking.
MIT Sloan School of Management has an excellent Sustainability certificate program. The certificate is awarded on the basis of courses you have taken around sustainability while at Sloan. There are action-learning classes as well such as S-Lab and the L-Lab that are specifically focused on applying the concepts learned in class on actual projects. I worked with Tiffany & Co. for my S-Lab course during spring semester and our assessment did help the company a lot.
During my internship I am putting to test all that I have learnt so far at Sloan. The biggest perhaps is that sustainability has a business case and not mere lip service towards saving the world. The challenge of doing so is what makes it so exciting!