CEO's Corner: Defining an Impact Job

By: Liz Maw | August 19, 2013

Preeti works at a microfinance organization in Ecuador, helping low income entrepreneurs start businesses. Clive works at an organic food company on new product development. Sara is a customer service rep at a major bank, and an active member of her branch's green team.Which of them have an impact job?A number of experts, including R. Paul Herman of HIP Investor and Carol Cone of Edelman (both of whom will be speaking at the 2013 Net Impact Conference in Silicon Valley this October), have put their fingers on a growing phenomenon: the new human-centered or purpose-driven economy. At the heart of this economy is the impact job. At Net Impact, we've started using this term a lot (you can see it all over our online Career Center). But how is this defined?

Toward a more flexible definition

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a green job as either jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or jobs in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.But what about social impact? And how do we define impact job so it accounts for different sectors? Different job functions? Perhaps Taproot founder and Net Impact friend Aaron Hurst's definition might resonate: Only take jobs that provide products and services that are healthy for individuals, society and the planet.

With the blurring of the sectors through the creation of B Corporations and similar models, the explosion of the number of nonprofits in the U.S., and the ubiquity of corporate responsibility reports, we need a definition that is both meaningful and flexible.Given our mission, Net Impact has been thinking very carefully about this question, and has come up with an initial working definition:

An impact job is any position in which a person has the agency to use their position as an employee to make a positive social or environmental impact. This could include any or all of the following:

  • Nonprofit or foundation jobs
  • Government jobs
  • Jobs within B Corporations or similar for-profit, socially-responsible models
  • Dedicated CSR/corporate philanthropy/sustainability roles in companies
  • Mainstream jobs in companies where at least one of the following is true:
      • The company's primary product or service is socially or environmentally responsible, and leadership prioritizes a social and/or environmental mission, or shared value;

        • 5% or more of employee time can be on voluntary impact activities (e.g. green teams, pro bono work, or side projects);
          • Sustainability factors are regularly integrated into decision-making and performance evaluation.

          I previewed this first to our Board of Directors. We had a robust discussion, and the consensus landed on not putting parameters around what is or is not an impact job, but letting people self-define. The main contention was that a dedicated CSR manager might not feel like they are able to make a genuine impact if they feel stymied at every turn. On the other hand, a truck driver hauling organic dairy products in a fuel-efficient vehicle might feel like his or her work is making an impact with every ride.

          Join the conversation

          What do you think? How broad, or specific, should we be in defining an impact job?

          I also want to hear from you about how we can help more professionals make greater impact in their current job than they do now, whatever the role. We'll be working on more professional program strategy over the next year with a group of Chapter Leader advisors and others but in the meantime, here's how you can provide your input right now:

          • Join me on our annual Lifetime Member CEO call this Sept. 12 (lifetime members will receive an email invitation soon; not a lifetime member? Upgrade now.)
          • Share your thoughts in the comments below

          Comments

          Namii Wyvern

          www.avriq.com
          www.avriq.in

          arkarna bjork

          Paket wisata di Lombok hemat bersama keluarga 2018. Pastikan anda mendapatkan penawaran paket tour Lombok dengan harga paling terjangkau untuk Anda sekeluarga. Breeze Lombok memberikan harga paket liburan ke Lombok dan paket wisata labuan bajo paling murah untuk menghabiskan waktu santai Anda bersama kami

          Jasa transportasi Lombok menghadirkan penawaran spesial awal tahun 2018 berupa rental mobil di lombok / rental mobil lombok atau sewa mobil di lombok dan sewa mobil murah lombok yang juga memiliki rental bus pariwisata lombok untuk melayani wisatawan yang ingin berlibur ke pulau lombok. Harga khusus untuk 10 customer pertama yang booking kendaran diatas 3 hari. Silahkan buktikan dengan mengunjungi website kami

          Solar cell Indonesia dengan main resources dari pju tenaga surya selalu berinovasi menciptakan tekhnologi yang ramah lingkungan. Kami hadir memberikan penawaran menarik berupa pju tenaga surya yang banyak digunakan untuk jalan raya dan juga taman. Untuk lebih hemat bisa dikombinasikan dengan menggunakan lampu sehen indonesia buatan PLN. Selain lampu penerangan jalan, kami juga bekerjasama dengan Lorentz sebagai produsen pompa tenaga surya kelas dunia.

          Anda cari penjual botol kaca yang memberikan harga dan jaminan pengiriman on time? Silahkan langsung kunjungi website kami www.muliaindah.com untuk mendapatkan berbagai macam jenis botol kaca yang sesuai kebutuhan Anda. Ada juga botol kaca ASI lho. Yuk, segera klik muliaindah.com untuk mendapatkan promo harga termurah

          arkarna bjork

          jasa pembuatan website dan pembuatan tukang taman surabaya berkat kerjasama dengan akkarya.com. Selain itu juga kami berpartner dengan jasa konveksi baju surabaya untuk mengerjakan keperluan seragam kerja kami selama ini. Tak lupa juga rekanan kami kurator kepailitan

          Pihu Jain

          Simple and Better Post..Thanks
          Best love guru in India
          Free Online Astrology for Marriage

          Ruhi Khan

          Wow,Incredible Layout!
          Love Marriage Specialist Maulana Baba Ji
          Husband Wife Problem Solutions

          Sarang Kaith

          Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Please also visit: Appsmiths Reviews

          vahid nazari_1

          Divan

          sonam sharma_3

          Thank you so much for sharing such useful information. Everything is very precise explanation of the issues. It was truly informative.

          Astrology services on phone

          kirti gupta

          Very effective post, it's give me new ideas on my life.
          Intercast love marriage problems
          Online Astrologer in India

          sonam sharma_1

          I would like to say thanks for share an interesting and informative post. keep posting ..
          Love problem solution
          Vashikarn mantra for Love

          Pages

          Liz Maw

          Popular Impact Articles

          Subscribe to the blog

          By email

          By RSS