Mastercard on How Big Companies Can Impact Climate Action

Originally published at Mastercard ranked No. 2 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


As an ice cream scooper at Ben & Jerry’s during high school, Ellen Jackowski saw firsthand how a company can integrate environmental and social impact directly into the core of its business.

Determined to make a difference herself, Jackowski sought a career in public policy, interning for her U.S. senator and the U.N. Mission to NATO. But she quickly discovered that Ben & Jerry’s was on to something: The private sector plays a crucial role in driving social and environmental change on a global, local and personal level.

Jackowski took a U-turn and moved to the business world, eventually landing at HP where she rose to become chief impact officer and head of sustainable impact, leading a global team focused on developing and delivering programs on climate action, human rights and digital equity.

Now Jackowski is bringing her experience and track record of innovation to Mastercard, where she will help further integrate the environmental, social and governance goals known as ESG into the company’s strategy as its chief sustainability officer.

The timing couldn’t be better. This week, influential leaders across industries, the government and climate advocacy groups are convening in New York City for Climate Week 2022. In parallel with the United National General Assembly, this 14th convening of Climate Week hosts hundreds of events to share ideas and collaborate on climate action. The Mastercard Newsroom sat down with Jackowski to learn more about how individuals, communities and big businesses can work together to combat climate change.


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