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Scaling through partnership

What it takes to really move sustainability forward

May 1, 2024

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Ali Mize is the Senior Director of ESG, Belonging and Corporate Philanthropy at Neiman Marcus Group and while that might sound like a lot to juggle, Ali credits the group's sustainability advancements to a highly specific approach. And as you’ll hear, they’ve made some incredible progress.

There’s so much good advice in here, but here are some key takeaways:

  • Scaling sustainability progress requires partnerships at various levels, including individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal
  • Engaging customers as partners in sustainability efforts is crucial, and providing transparency and options for shopping in line with their values is key
  • Prioritization is essential in tackling sustainability challenges, and a materiality assessment can help identify the most impactful areas to focus on
  • Making difficult decisions (maybe stepping away from something old) often means there’s something new, and perhaps even more beneficial for the business right around the corner
  • The socio-ecological model for change provides a framework for understanding and addressing the interplay between different factors that influence human behavior and change
  • Corporate political responsibility is an important topic that should be addressed in conversations about sustainability and ESG

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