Business mindset a must for career in sustainability

By Kelli Rogers 02 June 2015

Mary Merrill, director of strategic initiatives for the Coca-Cola Company’s Office of Sustainability, explains how her background in business and marketing has led to a career in sustainability.

Mary Merrill, director of strategic initiatives for the Coca-Cola Company’s Office of Sustainability, stumbled upon sustainability after more than 17 years working in marketing.

She enjoyed the opportunities and the global scope her position presented, but it wasn’t until she saw how much could be accomplished by marrying marketing with sustainability that she could see her role evolving.

Now, Merrill credits her background in business with being able to successfully direct strategic, sustainable initiatives. She suggested to those interested in a similar career path that a solid grounding in business will always be a boon — especially being able to speak in business terms to sell the case for sustainability.

“The past 20 years helped me understand what the business bottom line drivers are,” she said. “Unless you start from a business mindset, you’re not going to get the traction you need.”

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.


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