Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead

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BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.

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Position Overview

BSR’s DEI program will work with some of the world’s largest and most influential companies to develop compelling and impactful DEI strategies that drive business success and address systemic challenges. The Lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will lead the creation and implementation of BSR’s consulting, collaboration, and grant-funded offerings and work the field of DEI. BSR will provide a range of DEI solutions to global companies across their entire value chains, including corporate consulting work to develop impactful DEI ambitions, strategies, programs, and goals; designing partnerships to advance key topics related to a systemic and industry-wide change; integrating a diversity-lens into company product and service design.

The Lead will report to BSR’s Managing Director of DEI and be part of a larger team that includes BSR’s Human Rights and Inclusive Economy programs. BSR is a highly collaborative organization, and the DEI Lead will collaborate extensively with BSR’s industry leads to ensure the that high-impact project engagements are tailored to the needs of different sectors, and with the practice leads of BSR’s five other programs areas (Human Rights, Inclusive Economy, Sustainability Management, Supply Chain, and Climate Change) to maximize synergy and impact with BSR’s other program areas.

The position is full-time, based in New York or San Francisco,


The DEI Lead will have four main areas of responsibility.

Program Leadership: In collaboration with colleagues across BSR, The Lead will transform BSR’s existing efforts into a thriving DEI program. This will include finalizing our strategy, creating new services and tools, building our network and increasing our profile, and identifying human resources needs for successful program delivery.

Business and Project Development: The DEI Lead will have responsibility for driving revenue generation through high-impact project work in partnership with our other industry and program leads. The DEI Lead will play a leading role in identifying and developing new DEI-related consulting offerings and engagements, as well with proactive scoping of potential new collaborative and grant-funded initiatives.

Consulting / Project Directorship: The DEI Lead will provide oversight—and often hands-on support—for the delivery of best-in-class consulting services to companies and high-impact collaborations with other key stakeholders. Areas of project focus may include policy and strategy development, impact assessments, stakeholder engagement, and the creation of new collaborative initiatives in the field of DEI. The DEI Lead will typically oversee multiple initiatives and projects at any one time, working actively with project teams and providing thought partnership to project managers.

Thought Leadership and External Representation: The DEI Lead will represent both BSR and our DEI efforts to external audiences by presenting at industry conferences, writing publications, forming beneficial external partnerships, developing and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders, and creating other opportunities to raise the profile of BSR more broadly.


Successful candidates at BSR are highly collaborative, entrepreneurial, and committed to the BSR mission. BSR will consider candidates with the following qualifications.

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
  • Significant experience working on DEI and business-related issues including racial justice, LGBTI inclusion, gender equality, inclusive growth, human rights, or other related issue areas.
  • Knowledge of essential DEI-based approaches and methodologies, and strong understanding of critical trends in business and DEI.
  • Global perspective and an understanding of the changing climate for business.
  • Track record of relevant success, including developing and maintaining senior-level relationships; pursuing and creating business opportunities; overseeing multiple projects under tight deadlines; developing/ mentoring project teams; achieving and managing an ambitious yearly budget
  • Proven record of working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, including in high-profile and controversial contexts.
  • Demonstration of entrepreneurial instincts, ability to learn rapidly and broadly, capacity to quickly adapt
  • Proven leadership and people skills, including a demonstrated ability to mentor the skills and effectiveness of other team members across geographies and cultures.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and facilitation skills.
  • Willingness to undertake business travel (~ 25% time)
  • High ethical standards and commitment to BSR core values of leadership, respect, and integrity.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation


BSR is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a global organization, BSR strives to represent a culmination of different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and ideas. BSR encourages employees to be themselves and share their unique stories, as these initiatives foster a global environment of creativity, forward thinking, and open-mindedness.  These values drive the innovative work of our staff and support BSR’s overarching mission to build a just and sustainable world.

At  BSR, discrimination  because  of  age,  race,  religious  creed,  color,  national  origin, ancestry,  physical  disability,  mental  disability,  medical  condition,  genetic  information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions),  gender  identity,  gender  expression,  sexual  orientation,  military  or  veteran status, or any other status protected by regional laws, is not condoned. BSR strives to maintain a fair and inclusive working environment. Thus, these factors do not influence recruitment, performance management processes, and project assignments. BSR aims to support necessary accommodations and has a zero-tolerance policy for discriminatory behavior and retaliation in response to the needs of our employees.


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