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Sustainability Manager

Location: Northbrook, Illinois

We inspire purpose-filled living that brings joy to the modern home. With a team of more than 8,000 associates spanning 130 store and distribution locations across the U.S. and Canada, we achieve together, drive results and innovate to inspire. Drawn together by a shared passion for our customers and a spirit of fun, we deliver high-quality home furnishings that are expertly designed, responsibly sourced and bring beauty and function to people’s homes. From the day we opened our first store in Chicago in 1962 to the digital innovations that engage millions of customers today, our iconic brand is over 60 years in the making—and our story is still unfolding.

We’re here for it. We think you should be too. We’re looking for a driven professional with an inclusive mindset to join our team as a Sustainability Manager

This role is responsible for leading and implementing climate-related initiatives, circular solutions, and product sustainability strategies. The position requires a deep understanding of sustainability practices, a passion for environmental stewardship, and the ability to drive positive change within our organization.

This is a hybrid position that currently works three days/week in our Northbrook, Illinois corporate office.

A day in the life as a Sustainability Manager…

  • Provide deep industry expertise and initiative implementation
  • Lead the design and implementation of priority initiatives, through active program development and project management responsibilities.
  • Climate-Related Initiatives:
      • Develop and implement a comprehensive climate action plan in alignment with organizational goals
      • Monitor and assess the company's carbon footprint, identifying areas for reduction and improvement
      • Stay informed about emerging climate-related regulations and industry best practices to ensure compliance and proactively address future requirements
  • Circular Solutions:
      • Champion the adoption of circular economy principles within the organization, fostering a culture of waste reduction and resource efficiency
      • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design and implement circular solutions for products and processes
      • Establish partnerships with suppliers and stakeholders to promote the use of sustainable materials and circular practices throughout the supply chain
  • Product Sustainability:
      • Lead efforts to assess and improve the environmental impact of our products throughout their life cycle
      • Collaborate with product development teams to integrate sustainable design principles and materials into new product development
      • Implement and manage product sustainability certifications and standards, ensuring compliance and recognition for environmentally friendly products
      • Evaluate new sustainable material and packaging certifications, standards, and programs to inform decision making on integration into CBH product, packaging and sustainable materials strategy
  • Stakeholder Engagement:
      • Engage with internal and external stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, and regulatory bodies, to communicate sustainability initiatives and foster a culture of responsibility
      • Build and maintain strong relationships with relevant sustainability organizations, industry groups, and NGOs to stay abreast of industry trends and collaborate on shared sustainability goals
      • External Partnerships: Support engagement in relevant external stakeholder groups
  • Reporting and Analytics:
    • Develop and manage sustainability reporting frameworks to track and communicate progress on key performance indicators
    • Support data collection requirements and analytics for evaluating and comparing initiatives, considering environmental and financial implications, life cycle assessment, and other relevant factors
    • Analyze data related to sustainability initiatives, identify trends, and provide insights to inform decision-making processes
    • Expertise and comfort with interpreting quantitative data required to drive decision-making

What you’ll bring to the table…  

  • Strong understanding of sustainability standards, certifications, and reporting frameworks
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to lead and inspire cross-functional teams toward sustainable practices and goals
  • Knowledge of relevant environmental regulations and a commitment to staying informed about emerging trends in sustainability

We’d love to hear from you if you have… 

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, sustainability, business, or a related field
  • 5 years experience in designing and implementing sustainability initiatives, with a focus on climate-related projects, circular economy, and product sustainability
  • Retail knowledge background is strongly preferred (direct retail or consultative)


Job ID 2024-19490 Date posted 06/10/2024 Position Type Full-Time

Our commitment to our associates is of the utmost importance. One of the reasons the company attracts such a diverse group of associates is that we offer a full menu of benefits that are relevant to their lives, both on and off the job. We are proud to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to support eligible part time and full time associates and their families, including:

Many of these benefits begin on day one, and extend to eligible dependents. To learn more about available benefits please click https://jobs.crateandbarrel.com/benefits

Euromarket Designs, Inc., which does business as Crate and Barrel and CB2, will be referred to as “the Company”. The Company is deeply committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact the location you are applying to here and ask to speak with a manager regarding the nature of your request.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The Company participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the US.

State / City Compliance: The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal history, including arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring and the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Job Applicant Privacy: For details about how the Company collects and uses your personal information, please see our Job Applicant Privacy & Communications Notice.

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