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Senior Director, Equity Action

Published 6 April 2023
Location London, Geneva, New York, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Category Permanent  
Job Type Director  


Deadline for application: 23 April 2023

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature-positive and more equitable future.

We share a vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people are able to live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050. To achieve this vision, we must collectively accelerate the required transformation of businesses, their value chains, and the systems in which they operate to limit the impact of the climate crisis, restore nature and tackle inequality.

How our community works

Our community leads positive change through our imperative work by building the infrastructure of a better world through climate, nature and equity action. In our distinct pathways, we outline the critical transitions required in some of the significant areas of business activity to profoundly shift the systems we work in and transform them towards a better future. Together we succeed when our collective effort is rewarded through a lower cost of capital, which is the scope of our redefining value work; helping companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.

WBCSD’s contribution

WBCSD stimulates progress by ideating & level-setting new best practices and trends from different expertise & sectors. By improving performance, we enable standards and protocols supported by tools and technology to solidify businesses’ sustainability competence. We build partnerships by bringing together members and external partners to create coalitions and partnerships and build scale into change. Finally, we drive the policy agenda by amplifying the voice of positive business and shaping policies collaboratively to transform the systems we work in.

Our work aims to empower business leaders to raise their ambition to achieve a better world, deliver action at speed and scale in their operations and value chains, and sharpen the accountability of their performance.

Job Overview

As the Senior Director of Equity Action for the WBCSD and Business Commission to Tackle Inequality, you will be responsible for driving change and advancing equity within the business sector. This is a critical role that requires strong leadership skills, strategic thinking, and a deep understanding of DEI principles and practices.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Use the launch of the BCTI flagship report to position WBCSD and the combined BCTI/B4IG work plan as the globally leading business platform for Business Action on Equity and Social Justice.
  • Develop and implement strategies to advance equity and social justice among the WBCSD member companies based on the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality recommendations.
  • Collaborate with internal pathway teams and external stakeholders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices and principles within the business community.
  • Lead research and analysis on equity and social justice issues and guide how to integrate DEI practices into Business globally.
  • Develop and implement initiatives and programs to support underrepresented groups and promote equity and social justice in the workplace.
  • Develop, in partnership with others, the corporate accountability system for equity and social justice, starting with supporting the launch of the TSFD/TIFD.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders, including members, partners, and other organisations, to advance the WBCSD's equity and social justice goals.
  • Provide strategic guidance to member companies on improving their DEI practices and policies.
  • Develop and deliver training programs and workshops to enhance member companies' understanding of equity and social justice issues.
  • Represent the WBCSD at conferences, seminars, and other equity and social justice events.
  • Collaborate with other organisations to promote collective action on equity and social justice issues.
  • Drive to a practical, solutions-focused approach to tackle inequality issues in the context of business and value chain challenges.
  • Manage a team of professionals working on equity and social justice initiatives, including recruiting, training, and evaluating team members.

Qualifications Skills and Experience

  • Background: at least Master’s degree level education in a relevant discipline.
  • Proven public and private experience: at least 15 years’ experience of engagement with and knowledge of international sustainable development organisations and institutions and global business interactions, including shaping policy agendas and building partnerships.
  • Market and business knowledge: understanding the challenges facing businesses and value chains in tackling inequality across different sectors and geographic and cultural contexts, including emerging and developing markets.
  • Strategy, and Project Management: Demonstrable experience in highly networked project management, team management and institutional navigation skills; with the ability to structure a strategic, agile and pertinent multi-year policy and advocacy program; with proven accountability for achieving influence and impact expectations and delivery of tangible outcomes.
  • Lead and develop teams: Demonstrable expertise in providing feedback and development guidance to others to help them excel while also planning and supporting the development of their individual skills and abilities; share responsibilities with them to stretch their capabilities and pass on decision-making and accountability while accomplishing business strategic priorities.
  • Facilitation and Stakeholder Engagement: Evidence of successful engagement with a wide range of international stakeholders within and across the private and public sectors (from business CEO/C-suite representatives to technical experts, government officials and other leading policy, academic or NGO stakeholders), with experience creating a shared vision, and ability to build collaboration and partnerships across such diverse groups.
  • Communication: Engaging communicator across cultures and between the private and public sector, both in person and in writing such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for both a general and specialist audience. At ease in summarising and synthesising issues and identifying means to address them.
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity to different opinions and approaches, managing a range of views and interests with first-class negotiation and facilitation skills.

The position is full-time, based in Geneva, New York, Amsterdam or London, and will require international travel. The position reports to the EVP Imperatives.

The Work Environment

WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, London, New York and Singapore
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives

Please also note that WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.