Transparentem is a U.S.-based non-profit that advances the well-being of workers and communities by exposing hard truths to those with the power to transform industries, primarily companies sourcing products from global supply chains. Our goal is to eradicate environmental and human rights abuses in global supply chains. We are currently focused on the apparel and footwear industries.
We are seeking an Industry Research Analyst, who will report to the Deputy Vice President of Strategic Engagement (DVP). The Strategic Engagement Team serves as the public face of Transparentem and delivers the results of its investigations to relevant brands, retailers, and importers, as well as to investors, regulators, and select journalists and advocacy organizations. The team shapes Transparentem’s overall engagement strategy and serves as an in-house industry expert to the rest of the organization.
Transparentem does not publish the products of its investigations. Instead, we deliver our reports strategically to selected entities best positioned to leverage their influence to positively impact vulnerable populations and remediate degraded environments.
The Industry Research Analyst will:
- Work closely with both the Investigations Team and Strategic Engagement (SE) Team to document supply chain connections between brands and suppliers.
- Conduct research and draft summary reports on findings to inform Transparentem’s evolving engagement strategy with key stakeholder groups, in particular:
- Investors, underwriters, and other financial services groups, and
- Regulators and governments.
- Research and document company social compliance policies, corporate structure and governance, supply chain successes and challenges, and engagement history to inform Transparentem’s engagement strategy.
- Assist with analysis of company responses to Transparentem’s outreach to inform the organization’s reporting, and assist with the development of these reports, as needed.
- Assist with development of company engagement materials, such as formal inquiries seeking input on company policies and procedures, documentation of completed remediation activities, or other issues.
- Coordinate the SE Team’s input to our in-house monitoring and evaluation (M&E) working group.
- Along with the Strategic Engagement Analyst and Project Manager, track key project outcomes to inform our M&E reporting.
- Draft materials as needed – to prepare key staff for in-person meetings with representatives from brands, governments, and civil society.
- Participate in external meetings, webinars, and calls, and provide support, as needed.
- Provide proofreading and fact-checking support for the SE Team, as needed.
- Monitor sources of information on labor and environmental issues related to apparel and textile companies.
What we’re looking for
This is a challenging role that requires total discretion, as well as strong research, analytical, and organizational skills.
We are looking for individuals with:
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience, including at least 2 years of experience using quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct research on company business structures, social compliance practices, and labor and/or environmental records.
- Past experience conducting such research for an investment firm, journalist, or as part of a non-profit organization’s company engagement or campaign team, a plus.
- Familiarity with supply chain research and analysis of company social compliance programs, including comparing the social compliance and sourcing practices of various companies;
- Understanding of a variety of business models and ability to locate key decision makers within various corporate structures;
- Extraordinary attention to detail;
- A solid grounding in human rights, labor, and/or environmental issues;
- Experience engaging with companies, NGOs, government agencies, and/or industry associations and similar groups;
- A demonstrated track record of accumulating, organizing, and analyzing complex volumes of data, as well as the ability to communicate findings in writing or via Excel spreadsheets, to help inform strategic decisions;
- Ability to balance short and long-term priorities, as well as individual and organizational goals;
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience; Master’s degree or equivalent experience, a plus;
- Experience working with apparel or other consumer goods supply chains. a plus;
- Fluency in English required;
- US work authorization required.