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Sustainability Lead, Strategy & Engagement

Ralph Lauren
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
8 Mar 2023

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
Lead RL's reporting and sustainability stakeholder engagement in partnership with RL's Head of Sustainability with the aim of driving alignment and results through close collaboration with many cross-functional teams including: Investor Relations, Legal, Finance & Accounting, Risk, Marketing, Public Affairs and Communications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Content Development: Help to create content for internal and external websites and communication channels that drive clarity and credibility around our sustainability strategies, actions and progress Ratings & Rankings: Support RL's submissions to leading ESG research and ratings firms, including Corporate Sustainability Assessment Fashion Transparency Index, DJSI, MSCI, Sustainalytics, ISS, and others Reporting: Partner with subject matter experts on issue-specific reporting (eg. CDP Climate and Water, SAC's BRM); conduct biennial, formal materiality assessments with third party partners and external inputs from stakeholders Data Assurance & Quality: Ensure robust IT solutions for maintaining consistent, accurate and investor-grade reporting on ESG performance; Provide oversight for 3rd party verification and assurance of key corporate ESG data Policy Tracking: Monitor current and emerging regulatory requirements, stakeholder expectations, elevating business requirements. This includes engaging with industry working groups and associations such as the Policy Hub, Global Fashion Agenda as well as with standard setting and regulatory bodies such as IFRS, ISSB, SEC and the EU and French Government (i.e. EU PEF) Competitive Benchmarking: Benchmark RL's sustainability strategies, results and performance against third-party evaluators and corporate peers; Understand and position RL for the evolving regulations, standards and frameworks for ESG reporting and transparency

Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Experience in a sustainability role at a global corporation, with a significant portion of that experience spent on ESG reporting, internal and external stakeholder engagement and strategic communications Strong written and verbal communication skills and an established sustainability stakeholder network required Understanding of textile and apparel industry: the material issues, impact areas, reporting and disclosure expectations and impending and existing policy/regulatory requirements Advanced degree in sustainability and/or business preferred Experience with GRI, TCFD, SASB/ISSB, CDP, DJSI/CSA required Collaborative and innovative approach to developing and implementing strategy, with an ability to navigate challenging topics with many diverse partners internally and externally A high level of flexibility and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with global, virtual and cross-functional teams in multiple geographies and across diverse cultures #LI-CE1


Ralph Lauren, whose name is synonymous with American lifestyle, timeless design and impeccable quality, is a cultural icon who has built the Ralph Lauren Corporation into one of the most successful companies in the world. As the first designer to produce a complete lifestyle vision, Mr. Lauren created a global brand exemplified by style, sophistication and the utmost attention to detail. Today, the Company is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances.

Since 1967, Ralph Lauren has cultivated the iconography of America, as well as that of Europe and the exotic themes of other cultures, redefining a style of luxury that is recognized and coveted around the world. “I have always had a clear vision,” he said. “I wanted to develop quality products and create a whole world around that. It means taking risks, going with what you feel, but never losing sight of your vision and conviction.”

At Ralph Lauren, we like to inspire—and to be inspired. Our teams are dynamic, collaborative and innovative—and we are always looking to build them with the strongest, most inspiring people in the world.

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