WSJ seeks a corporate sustainability reporter

January 23, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is looking for a resourceful, energetic writer to cover corporate sustainability for WSJ Pro Sustainable Business, a vertical launched last year aimed at professional readers.

This beat offers the opportunity to write smart analysis about a subject that is right at the top of global executives’ list of priorities. Investors are scrutinizing companies’ environmental, social and governance performance. Regulators are mandating new non-financial disclosures. Customers want to know that companies are doing good, not just doing well. You will chronicle the new opportunities and pitfalls awaiting businesses as a result.

You will write about companies trying new things, like setting up circular business models, and puzzling over what to do with profitable businesses that are suddenly out of favor with environmentally conscious investors.

You will write about how companies are approaching ambitious climate goals that have suddenly become important, from choosing which carbon offsets to buy to measuring the emissions generated by their supply chains.

You will explore the maze of mandatory and voluntary standards for environmental, social and governance-related disclosures, and how companies are negotiating it.

You will dig into how companies are managing their sustainability strategies, from hiring decisions to tough choices about how to balance financial and nonfinancial objectives. We want to convey insightful information that business leaders can use to make better decisions.

You should be brimming with ideas about what stories need to be told and how best to tell them. You should have experience writing or reporting about sustainability, environment and climate.

If you are a journalist, you should have experience breaking news and writing richly reported explanatory features. If you are a professional with first-hand experience of the corporate sustainability world, you should be a skilled writer able to explain and write without resorting to jargon.

While you will likely start remotely, this job will eventually be based in our New York City office. You will report to the editor of WSJ Pro Sustainable Business.

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining how you would approach the role.

To apply, go here.

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