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Center for Sustainable Business | Sustainability and Human Rights Summer Fellowship

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MBA Sustainability and Human Rights Summer Fellowship


The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business offer first-year MBA students a paid opportunity to work at a company on sustainability and human rights issues during their summer. Students will participate in a pre-internship training and become deeply immersed in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and human rights issues faced by their company through their summer internship.


Summer 2023 Fellowship Recipients

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KJ Brown (MBA '24) – New Balance

KJ had the incredible opportunity to be an MBA Strategy intern at New Balance on their Responsible Leadership and Global Compliance team. Her main project this summer focused on conducting robust data analysis, and three different deliverables that helped provide insight on suppliers and inform potential impact on workers and productivity levels in the post-COVID landscape.

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Akshat Bhargava (MBA '24) – Williams Sonoma

Akshat's work at Williams Sonoma revolved around advancing the company's ESG goals. He developed strategies to reduce scope 1 emissions in a significant way, aligned with the organization's science-based targets. 

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Sejal Mali (MBA '24) – Nespresso

Sejal worked on Nespresso's team to analyze recycling engagement data for Nespresso’s B2B Clients across the last 5 years, including major hotel chains, universities, and companies. She used tools like Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Power BI to analyze recycling trends across industries then built out data visualizations to provide a high-level overview as part of her final project. 


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Doris Lu (MBA '24) – Whisps

As an ESG/Sustainability Fellow at Whisps, Doris worked on two projects, a greenhouse gas accounting project focusing on the company’s supply chain transformation and an impact assessment to identify priority improvement areas to further reduce Whisps’ GHG footprint.



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Debbie Wen (MBA '24) – Tory Burch

As a Sustainability Fellow at Tory Burch, Debbie's worked closely with the Global Head of ESG Strategy to benchmark the company’s internal ESG strategy against the B Lab’s consumer-facing sustainability standards.



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Summer 2022 Fellowship Recipients

Kirsten Abel (MBA '23) – Kyndryl

Kirsten will lead two high visibility projects in our Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Practice. In the first, she will leverage materiality assessment results to drive impact and inform ESG strategy and in the second, she will conduct research to develop innovative ESG offerings to support impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and business growth.

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Isa Ballard (MBA '23) – Williams-Sonoma, Inc

Isa will work with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. on projects related to supply chain innovation, sustainability, circular economy, worker education and empowerment, and ESG reporting. The post will involve research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and strategy development.

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Abbey Chase (MBA '23) – New Balance

Abbey will support New Balance on their fair compensation work and supply chain responsible leadership program.

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Yurany Hernandez (MBA '23) – Gore Mutual Insurance

Yurany will work on two projects with Gore Mutual: one focusing on CSB's Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology and the other to support with developing a framework for the launch of their ESG program.

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Puja Kenia (MBA '23) – Natoora

Puja will chart a course that is both sustainable and impactful at a global scale. She will work with stakeholders of Sourcing, Operations, Business Intelligence, Tech, Service Delivery and Education, matching everyday business as usual requirements with ambitious targets for carbon neutrality.

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Sophie Kennedy (MBA '23) – Nespresso

Sophie will support Nespresso's social and environmental impact. Some deliverables will include the development of social impact strategy, including BCorp principles, of competitors and other certified BCorp companies of similar size and/or industry, conduct research of end-of-life capsules for selected key markets, help drive the environmental strategy/plan, and support waste audits at our head office and/or local boutique locations

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Summer 2021 Fellowship Recipients

Marta Alvarez Pascual (MBA '22) – BBMG

Marta supported the BBMG team in creating content for brand and innovation projects, support project management directly with clients, and research and synthesize brand landscapes and consumer reports.

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Madeline Cleland (MBA '22) – Applegate

Maddie assisted Applegate with its Meat Solutions Index (MSI) tool while making the connection back to the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) model. The MSI tool contemplates a range of factors that can impact the Human Health, Environmental Footprint and Animal Welfare associated with various innovation platforms and potential improvements that can be resourced and advanced to improve the meat system.
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Taylor Donegan (MBA '22) – MarketAxess

Taylor worked across Sales, Marketing, Research, and Finance teams to investigate and identify areas for growth in sustainability and will examine the company’s carbon footprint, monetize sustainability efforts and goals, and help to develop a concrete ESG strategy that can be implemented across departments at all levels.
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Lucie Holliday (MBA '22) – King Arthur Baking Company

Lucie assisted King Arthur Baking Company on projects to operationalize the company’s ambitious sustainability goals and embed their purpose further upstream in the supply chain
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Pedro Gasparian Calil Jardim (MBA '22) – Microsoft

Pedro will be responsible for supporting priority human rights due diligence of sales and business activities; helping to draft Microsoft’s annual human rights transparency report, and helping to prepare the Human Rights Team’s participation at the UN General Assembly.
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Nadia Huffer (MBA '22) – Microsoft

Nadia will be responsible for supporting priority human rights due diligence of sales and business activities; helping to draft Microsoft’s annual human rights transparency report, and helping to prepare the Human Rights Team’s participation at the UN General Assembly.

Saumya Wali (MBA '22) – Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Saumya worked with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. on projects related to supply chain innovation, sustainability, circular economy, worker education and empowerment, and ESG reporting. The post will involve research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and strategy development.
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Summer 2020 Fellowship Recipients

Ross Jaffe (MBA '21) - National Grid

Joss applied the ROSI framework to two National Grid investments in energy efficiency and net-zero buildings. This project represents an early attempt by National Grid to monetize its sustainability efforts and, more importantly, a commitment to the energy transition that we need.
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Elizabeth John (MBA '21) - Williams Sonoma, Inc

Liz examined William Sonoma Inc’s supply chain, learning how they onboard vendors and track vendor data across their 8 brands, including creating and implementing a baseline survey for West Elm LOCAL vendors to inform their commitments to the 15% Pledge.
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Rebecca Meyer (MBA '21) - Calvert

Rebecca's central project was to assess corporate responses to COVID-19 across the Packaged Food & Meats industry, the Restaurant industry, and the Financial Services sector to help build the firm’s understanding of how corporate resilience is connected to overall ESG performance
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Leora Rosenberg (MBA '21) - Nespresso

Leora analyzed how communications highlighting sustainability could enhance Nespresso’s brand identity and support its consumer and sales channel marketing goals.
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Lily Warnke (MBA '21) - Microsoft

Lily's work included a series of memoranda on how to best ground emergency responses to COVID-19 in human rights principles. In light of evidence that nations around the world have derogated their human rights commitments in order to enact necessary emergency measures, Lily researched ways to protect civilians’ privacy and rights.
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Summer 2019 Fellowship Recipients

Jamison A. Friedland (MBA '20) - Rainforest Alliance

Jamison produced an investment plan for financing smallholder tree crop farmers throughout the world, with a specific focus on cocoa farmers in West Africa.
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Tara McHugh (MBA '20) - West Elm

Tara evaluated the Social Consciousness & Innovation team's marketing communication efforts by mapping their strategy across channels. She also analyzed West Elm’s reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), focusing specifically on social compliance disclosures.
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Leah Naidorf (MBA '20) - Nespresso

Leah relaunched Nespresso's B2B recycling program, which allows their B2B clients to return their used aluminum coffee capsules to one of Nespresso's partner recycling facilities.
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Sam Wallace (MBA '20) - Microsoft

Sam worked on a research project for the human rights team at Microsoft focused on AI in the military. He conducted due diligence into the potential for Microsoft to be linked to human rights harms from future sales in this area, and to recommend areas for further focus.
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Additional Summer 2019 Fellows

Kyu Sung Kim (MBA '20) - IFC
Junyi Wang (MBA '20) - IFC

Summer 2018 Fellowship Recipients

Stephanie Chen (MBA '19) - International Finance Corporation

Stephanie researched and developed sector-specific metrics to monitor and assess IFC’s climate-related investments. Specifically, she prepared the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) guidance for Investment Officers on the definition and potentials of CSA and the different metrics used to determine the climate-related impacts of the CSA investments.
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Yen Chiang (MBA '19) - West Elm 

Yen's work focused on the LOCAL program, in which West Elm stores curate selections of locally-made products and host events with creative small businesses. With her team, she surveyed LOCAL makers to learn more about their experiences as creative small business owners and how LOCAL helps (or could help) them reach their business objectives.
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Julianne DeMarco (MBA '19) - Bloomberg

Julianne assisted with the preparation for Bloomberg's annual internal conference, where the relevant contacts in the businesses get together to share what they’ve been working on and their plans for the upcoming year. She also researched the corporate governance of specific companies and executive compensation.
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