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Director of Sustainability

ascena retail group, inc.

New York, New York
posted December 11, 2020

The Director of Sustainability will lead the Sustainability strategy and its long-range plan. This associate will be responsible for driving strong collaboration with key business functions across ascena’s brands and campuses to identify and drive awareness and engagement with Sustainability programs. This associate will influence, educate, and build the case for sustainability in support of business objectives. This role will work cross-functionally with various groups across the enterprise, including Brand Marketing, Client Insights, Merchandising and Design teams, Communications, Investor Relations, Operations, Human Resources and Supply Chain/Sourcing. This associate will be accountable for delivering sustainability reporting and communications externally and internally. This associate reports into the Vice President & Chief Counsel, Compliance and Employment. Direct Reports: TBD


  • Act as lead on overall sustainability strategy to drive and communicate ascena’s performance towards (newly set) long-term sustainability goals

  • Act as in-house expert and advisor on all issues, inquiries and topics related to sustainability

  • Track and apply macro trends and customer insights to program strategy and recommendations

  • Help to shape enterprise sustainability narrative and work with brands to align and communicate relevant program messaging

  • Act as a change agent internally to drive awareness of leading responsible business and sustainability practices into key business units across the enterprise

  • Oversee definition and development of long-term sustainability goals and measure and track performance across all sustainability-related functions within enterprise

  • Develop a process for collecting and disseminating sustainability-related information to be used for internal and external communication purposes

  • Serve as Project Leader on all sustainability transparency work including reporting, disclosures and industry surveys

  • Lead and coordinate workstreams related to Owned and Operated footprint, packaging, waste and circular

  • Support Raw Materials and Brand Marketing teams in goals related to increasing and communicating sustainable attributes of product

  • Work cross-functionally on product claims process

  • Advise and lead continued sustainability disclosure strategy informed by an ESG framework

  • Knowledge and experience in GRI, SASB, CDP, etc

  • Represent ascena through participation in various industry groups and be an active participant in relevant industry forums and other events as necessary

  • Knowledge/Familiarity with Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) suite of tools including Brand Retail Module

  • Oversee development of sustainability engagement and internal/external communication strategy

  • Partner closely with the Corporate Affairs, Sourcing and PR teams on routine sustainability-related inquiries

  • Interact with senior management on key projects requirements

  • Manage related cross-functional working groups

  • Participate in other compliance projects as needed

Additional considerations:

  • In-depth understanding of reporting frameworks, ESG, corporate responsibility, supply chain and sustainability practices is preferred

  • 10-15 years relevant program experience

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • Ability to facilitate and lead meetings with internal and external contacts