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Women Leaders in Sustainability

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In a world where the fashion, retail, food industries and other sectors still struggle with social and environmental justice, Aditi Mayer, Nerea Fernandez, and Cecile Bidon are working tirelessly to create change. Here’s a closer look at the journeys of three women who are making waves in the world of sustainability.

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword for Aditi Mayer, a visual storyteller and sustainability activist. She is a frequent speaker on topics of social and environmental justice, and her work explores the intersections of style, sustainability, and social justice. Aditi is a voice in the larger sustainability movement, approaching her work from multiple domains: from grassroots organizing in Downtown LA’s garment district to educating folks on the importance of diverse perspectives. She seeks to understand the historical and sociopolitical underpinnings that allow the fashion industry to function in a colonial manner, rooted in exploitation and extraction of both labor and the natural environment. In 2020, she was named a Fulbright x National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow and spent 2022 in India documenting the intersections of agriculture and artisan culture in relation to fashion. Her work has been celebrated in the likes of Vogue, National Geographic, The UN, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, and more.

Nerea Soro is a sustainability champion who believes that sustainability is an attitude in life and work. “You don’t have to dedicate yourself to it specifically to be a sustainable activist,” she says. After studying Environmental Sciences, Nerea did brief internships in environmental consulting and education companies. While studying for a Master’s degree in Environmental Law, she started at IKEA, where she continues today. She has been involved in or led many social impact initiatives with strategic allies to support education, improve the daily lives of refugees, or what she is doing right now, which is supporting projects to facilitate access to housing and/or employment for vulnerable groups in Spain. In March, she had the opportunity to visit IKEA suppliers in India where she was able to truly understand how any business ambition must be guided and supported by values, and how important it is that caring for people and the planet be among them.

For Cecile Bidon, a Climate Strategy – Senior Consultant at Quantis, helping her clients in the Food & Beverage industry reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is just another day at the office. She achieves this by providing services such as corporate footprint and carbon assessments, climate roadmaps, and setting science-based targets. Through her career, Cecile supported her clients to become more sustainable by designing eco-friendly events with zero waste, sustainable catering, and scenography. She identified responsible suppliers and helped to develop responsible communication policies, focusing on accessibility, transparency, and avoiding greenwashing. Social inclusion and social companies were also a priority. Her clients included Renault, Chanel, and the French Government.

These three inspiring women demonstrate how everyone can contribute to sustainability, regardless of their background or profession. Their stories show that we can all make a difference in our own ways, no matter how big or small, and that sustainability is an attitude that we can adopt in all aspects of our lives.