Sustainability & ESG Reporting Manager

Recruiter
Neiman Marcus
Location
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Posted
30 Mar 2022
Closes
26 May 2022
Ref
20698
Level
Manager
NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has been the premier destination for luxury fashion and goods, superior service, and an elevated retail experience for more than a century. Today, 9,000 associates contribute to the success of NMG's brands: Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow. There are 38 full-line Neiman Marcus stores in cosmopolitan markets across the United States and a sophisticated digital platform that attracts shoppers worldwide. Bergdorf Goodman operates two stores in landmark locations on Fifth Avenue in New York City and BergdorfGoodman.com, catering to loyal luxury customers globally. NMG also owns five Last Call stores and Horchow.com, an e-commerce site that offers premium furniture and home decor.

As an organization, NMG is on a transformational journey to become the preeminent luxury customer platform. NMG continues to deliver the best integrated customer experience and has evolved the business to succeed in the ever-changing retail landscape. NMG is a relationship business. What differentiates the organization from other luxury retailers are its unique assets: a strong store footprint, the most knowledgeable associates, an engaging online experience, solid brand partnerships, innovative digital and in-store experiences, the most loyal luxury customer base, and a strong balance sheet.

Our customers will always be at the center of everything NMG does. The company continues to reinvest in new technologies that enhance the customer experience. NMG meets customers where they are. NMG's goal is to offer customers a seamless experience across its stores, online, and remote digital selling.

NMG's priority is to develop a highly engaged and high-performing team where everyone belongs. The business attracts and retains best-in-class talent through unique offerings provided to associates in addition to standard employer benefits. These include an innovative way of working, associate discounts on merchandise, tuition reimbursement, associate hardship fund, and paid time off to volunteer, to name a few.

As part of NMG's Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) work, the organization is focused on driving its core value of being "All Heart." NMG is also assessing its current environmental and social impact while developing a three-year plan to lead the luxury industry in its commitment and transparency to environmental and social sustainability. NMG strives to become an employer of choice, driven by a culture of Belonging. A dedicated team focuses on this journey, directly impacting how NMG conducts business throughout the workforce, workplace, and marketplace dimensions.

NMG has incredibly passionate and committed corporate and store associates. NMG offers associates an environment where everyone feels welcomed, nurtured, and empowered. Our associates are the heart of NMG. As an organization, NMG leads with love - love for customers, love for associates, and love for brand partners.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Sustainability & ESG Reporting Manager leads the environmental sustainability pillar of Neiman Marcus Group (NMG)'s Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy and helps develop NMG's ESG disclosures. The ideal candidate will successfully lead cross-functional teams to help the company achieve Net Zero, increase revenue from sustainable products and services, and produce ESG disclosures that strengthen its reputation with investors and leading ratings and rankings agencies over time. They will also work closely with People Services Business Partners to drive awareness and adoption of NMG's sustainability and ESG reporting initiatives within each business pyramid. Candidates should have a proven track record of leading enterprise-wide change; improving companies' performance on a variety of technical environmental sustainability issues; and issuing ESG disclosures in line with leading frameworks from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and/or the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

MAIN FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

The ideal candidate will successfully lead cross-functional teams to help NMG:

Achieve Net Zero
  • Enhance processes to identify climate-related risks and opportunities in line with guidance from TCFD
  • Advise Facilities Management team on trends and best practices in energy efficiency and renewable energy as they reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions 50% by 2025 and procure 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • Partner with Facilities Management team to regularly measure progress against the goals above and disclose it to CDP on an annual basis
  • Collaborate with Spend Management and Supply Chain teams to identify and implement best practices that measure and reduce Scope 3 emissions from key categories like Purchased Goods & Services, Transportation & Distribution, Waste, etc.
  • Manage NMG's membership and engagement in groups like RE100, US EPA SmartWay, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association's and National Retail Federation's sustainability committees
  • Foster a culture of sustainability through ongoing organizational communications and education

Increase Revenue From Sustainable Products & Services
  • Partner with NMG's Responsible Sourcing Manager and the Humane Society of the U.S. to lead implementation and ongoing compliance with NMG's fur-free commitment and Animal Welfare Policy
  • Oversee the maintenance of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman's forthcoming Edits for sustainable and ethical products, ensuring merchants and brand partners stay up-to-date on trends in sustainable and ethical fashion and have the support they need to identify and buy more relevant products over time
  • Manage NMG's Textile Exchange membership and use it to help NMG increase adoption of preferred materials in its private label lines
  • Advise Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman teams on ways to improve their circular services related to garment mending and alterations, shoe and handbag restoration, resale, and donation
  • Collaborate with brand Marketing teams to increase sustainability messaging in customer-facing materials

Produce Annual ESG Disclosures
  • Develop recommendations to enhance ESG reporting in line with luxury fashion and retail industry peers
  • Work with NMG's ESG Steering Committee to collect data for the company's ESG disclosures
  • Partner with Audit team to increase the reliability of ESG data and its assurance over time
  • Manage the production of NMG's annual ESG report and its SASB, GRI, and TCFD indices
  • Collaborate with Investor Relations team to incorporate ESG into quarterly earnings
  • Stay up to date on ESG reporting regulations and ensure NMG's compliance
  • Strengthen NMG's reputation and relationships with leading ratings and rankings agencies like MSCI and Sustainalytics


  • Five or more years of work experience in environmental sustainability and/or ESG reporting inside a matrixed corporation
  • Deep familiarity with ESG reporting frameworks and ratings and rankings agencies, including - but not limited to - SASB, GRI, TCFD, CDP, MSCI, and Sustainalytics
  • Demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams and/or multi-stakeholders groups to drive positive and equitable change
  • Capacity to work through ambiguity, make decisions, and communicate with executives with minimal direction and oversight
  • High ethical standards and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience with luxury, fashion, and/or retail industries preferred

KEY COMPETENCIES
  • Systems thinking
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Interdepartmental collaboration
  • Developing programs from scratch
  • Toggling between strategy development and tactical implementation
  • Weighing competing demands while maintaining a clear focus on NMG's overarching business priorities

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