Partner- Plastics and Packaging - SYSTEMIQ (2023)

Systemiq, the systems change company and certified B Corp, was founded to drive the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change by transforming markets and business models in five key systems: nature and food, materials, and circular economy, energy, urban areas, and sustainable finance.

We are guided by the conviction that all system transformations are rooted in human transformations. We must continue to bring more diverse people and voices into real conversations to succeed. We know we don’t have all the answers; we may not even have all the right questions. But we know that open mindsets drive change, so relationships, people, and trust are at the heart of everything we do.

SYSTEMIQ orchestrates system change in clean energy, circular material solutions and sustainable land use. This means re-imagining our industries, re-configuring the world of energy, and regenerating the ecosystems around us. By addressing systemic failures in these areas, SYSTEMIQ aims to unlock economic opportunities that benefit business, society, and the environment.

Since our start in 2016, we have grown to more than 350 people working across locations in Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the UK.

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Our work includes:

  • Developing a Marshall Plan for the global ocean on behalf of 14 heads of state,
  • Co-leading the Circular Economy Initiative for Germany (CEID), jointly with Acatech, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering,
  • Developing a "System Change Compass" to help guide the EU's Green Deal and COVID Recovery Package,
  • Accelerating the growth of the world’s largest portfolio of regenerative tropical forest businesses through our Impact Accelerator, including our work with Partnership for Forests,
  • Managing the Energy Transitions Commission in aiming to accelerate transitions to zero carbon energy systems,
  • Building and scaling Indonesia’s most important frontline solution for stopping plastic pollution entering our precious oceans through Project STOP,
  • Working with prominent global corporates and SMEs to turn into pioneers of system change in their respective industries

Job Title: Plastic and Packaging Partner

Location: London or Munich – preferred; Amsterdam or Paris considered

Contract: Full time contract

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Plastic has been a major focus of SYSTEMIQ since our founding in 2016. We have found ourselves at the heart of some of the most important plastic debates with large corporates, governments, multi-lateral organizations, the financial sector, innovators and civil society.

In 2020 we launched “Breaking the Plastic Wave”, an 18-month project driven by a conviction that a new evidence base was required to plot a science-based pathway towards a circular and zero-leakage plastic economy. This has been received as a seminal, game-changing publication which ended up published in the cover of the journal Science, and published in hundreds of top outlets in over 90 countries including New York Times, Washing Post, National Geographic, The Guardian, Financial Times. Since then we have done a number of system-change projects on plastic, from running a Consumer Goods Forum CEO-level coalition with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers, taking an official role in the negotiation of a Global Plastic Treaty facilitated by UNEP, working with the World Bank to help governments in the Global South prioritize their work on plastic, developing Plastic IQ to help corporates develop a robust packaging strategy, supporting the World Economic Forum in their flagship plastic initiative, work with large corporates to define their ambitions and strategies, or support innovators and disruptors develop strategies to penetrate the market. Our work on plastic has been a big source of pride, impact, and commercial success for SYSTEMIQ, and we are looking to continue growing our program over the years to come. The Global Plastic Treaty ensures that plastics will be top of mind for senior leaders across business and governments.

The Partner will work together with Yoni Shiran (Partner, current Plastic Lead), Ben Dixon (Partner, current Head of Materials and Circular Economy platform) and the entire plastic leadership team to continue expanding the plastic work into new impact areas and new system change initiatives. The Partner will be expected to lead 3-4 projects at a time (each led by a full time project manager and a full team), probably a combination of corporate clients, public sector clients, and innovators, as well as engage in business development activities. The Partner will also be part of a small and passionate group of 17 Systemiq Partners, influencing the overall direction of the company. A successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Work with project managers to help them set strategic direction of project, lead relationship with clients, scope projects and provide general quality control,
  • Engage in business development, tapping into Systemiq’s existing network but also expanding our network
  • Develop long-lasting and collaborative relationships with external and internal stakeholders,
  • Provide strategic insights and develop practical solutions for successful transformations
  • Represent and position Systemiq, and our systems change approach at significant events, industry meetings, and in major media outlets;
  • Participate in business strategy, planning, and innovation sessions with external collaborator teams, and bring new ideas to retain/extend/evolve Projects and increase revenue;
  • Human-centered leadership approach to coaching, mentoring, and developing of team members

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated contribution to change and impact, e.g., in thought leadership/research, project management, client relations, or stakeholder management. You have a strong record in professional excellence, and/or relevant academic achievements, and/or demonstrable curiosity and understanding of systems change.

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You have proven yourself in different contexts and are keen to work in a young, entrepreneurial company where you can get involved in a variety of work, shape the business, and make maximum impact. You are inspired by SYSTEMIQ’s mission and approach to system change.

Specifically, you ideally come with a combination of the following mindset, skills, and experience:

  • Passion for SYSTEMIQ's mission and the sustainability / environment / social enterprise space,
  • At least 10 years of experience in advisory/consulting or another professional services firm, preferably in an international environment and working with senior stakeholders
  • Understanding and/or experience in the plastic space – a big advantage (and if not, a strong desire to get deep into the topic and build expertise and deep knowledge of circular economy theory and practical application),
  • Master's degree or equivalent,
  • Advanced problem-solving and analytical skills,
  • Skills and experience of relationship management on a senior level,
  • Collaborative team player and can-do attitude,
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to identify opportunities and new initiatives and to turn them into reality.
  • Resilience under stress and resourcefulness to deliver

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that diversity and inclusion are at the heart of system change and the mission we have set ourselves. So we commit ourselves to:

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· Embedding diverse and inclusive ways of working from day to day. This includes recruitment, performance management, and people processes and policies.

· Providing a supportive environment. We want people to be themselves and be at their best, regardless of their background, personality, gender, sexual orientation, race, mental health, religion, or other characteristics.

· Enabling a long-term, sustainable approach to work and life more generally. We want to support our people at all stages of their lives – as parents or caregivers, through changing life circumstances – and to accommodate personal priorities where they matter most.

Please send your application and cover letter via our website. Should you have any questions on the role or application process please make contact with our Head of Recruitment, Michael Round at

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You must have the Right to Work in the location for the position you are applying for – SYSTEMIQ usually cannot provide sponsorship.


What is the answer to the plastic problem? ›

1. Wean yourself off disposable plastics. Ninety percent of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then chucked: grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, straws, coffee-cup lids. Take note of how often you rely on these products and replace them with reusable versions.

How can we solve the problem of plastic packaging? ›

As well as better waste management and recycling, hitting this reduction would require making sure that all the plastics we do need are recyclable, avoiding single-use products whenever possible, and replacing plastics with paper and compostable materials—or other materials which are easier to reuse or recycle.

How would you convince someone to limit the amount of plastic they use? ›

5 Ways to Persuade People to Break Free from Plastic
  1. Do, don't preach. Of all the steps I've listed here, I've found that this one has worked the best for me. ...
  2. Do something. If you want to see change, you usually have to take the initiative to make that change. ...
  3. Show, don't tell. ...
  4. Give them steps to take. ...
  5. Stay positive.
Mar 21, 2018

What can you do to minimize over use of plastics justify your answer in three points? ›

  1. Avoid single-use plastics such as drinking straws. ...
  2. If you go shopping, remember to take a cloth bag. ...
  3. Recycle chewing gum... it's also make of plastic! ...
  4. Buy more bulk food and fewer packaged products. ...
  5. Replace plastic Tupperware for glass or steel containers.

What is the main message of the story of plastic? ›

The Story of Plastic's message about the need for systemic change and creating a more sustainable and equitable world is more important than ever. that real solutions to the plastic pollution crisis are deployed, vulnerable communities are protected, and that corporations and governments are held accountable.

How to solve the plastic problem essay? ›

We must use alternatives like cloth bags and paper bags instead of plastic bags. If we are purchasing plastic, we must reuse it. We must avoid drinking bottled water which contributes largely to plastic pollution. The government must put a plastic ban on the use of plastic.

What is the main problem with plastic packaging? ›

The problem with plastic packaging is that there's so much of it, and it can take up to 1,000 years to degrade naturally. Plastic ends up in the oceans, in rivers and lakes, and we see it littering the streets. Plastic causes pollution, it kills wildlife, and surely plastic production must use up lots of energy, too.

Why is it important to solve the plastic problem? ›

Reducing our plastic waste boasts numerous benefits, not the least of which include preserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and saving us money. The benefits of reducing plastic consumption include: Preventing pollution by lessening the amount of new raw materials used. Saves energy.

How can we reduce packaging waste? ›

5 Ways To Reduce Packaging Waste
  1. Use Eco-Friendly Packaging. You can do your bit for the environment by switching to eco-friendly packaging. ...
  2. Ensure Packaging Is Minimal. One thing that consumers dislike is receiving a large package for a small item. ...
  3. Train Your Staff. ...
  4. Create A Recycling Scheme. ...
  5. Buy An Industrial Shredder.
Apr 29, 2020

How can we stop people from using plastic? ›

Here's our nine top tips:
  1. Carry a reusable bottle. In the UK we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day! ...
  2. Say no to plastic straws. ...
  3. Take a reusable coffee cup. ...
  4. Avoid excessive food packaging. ...
  5. Use refill stations for detergents. ...
  6. Say no to disposable plastic cutlery. ...
  7. Get your milk delivered. ...
  8. Avoid microbeads.

What can people do to reduce the amount of plastic? ›

Ten tips to reduce your plastic waste
  • Fix your caffeine fix. Carry a reusable coffee cup or flask. ...
  • Bring your own bottle. ...
  • Say no to plastic cutlery. ...
  • Straws suck. ...
  • Ditch the cling wrap. ...
  • Teabags. ...
  • Give up gum. ...
  • Glitter, the one member of the party that NEVER leaves!

What is the best reason for discouraging the use of plastic? ›

Plastic bags contain a variety of toxic and harmful chemicals that not only affect the environment but can also affect how our bodies function. Plastic bags don't decompose. The best they do is get broken down into small pieces that are often airborne and land in oceans.

What are the 4 steps to Minimise plastic waste? ›

Say no to disposable plastic cutlery, plastic straws and other single-use plastics. Avoid plastics that cannot be recycled if other alternatives exist. Avoid products with excess or unnecessary plastic packaging. Adopt reusable items such as water bottles, shopping bags, keep cups and travel cutlery.

What three steps can be taken to minimize the overuse of plastics How do you deal with the ever increasing garbage? ›

How can we reduce our plastic waste?
  1. Recycle when possible (and do it properly) ...
  2. Avoid single-use plastics. ...
  3. Use alternative packaging. ...
  4. Do a trash audit. ...
  5. Find reusable options. ...
  6. Grow your own food. ...
  7. Buy from local markets and low-waste shops. ...
  8. Bake your own bread.
Dec 21, 2021

What is one way you can reduce your use of single-use plastics? ›

Carrying reusable bags and bottles is one great way to avoid single-use plastics in our day-to-day lives; more on preventing plastic waste can be found below. Recycling more plastic, more frequently, reduces its footprint.

What is the message of the story about? ›

A story's message, or theme, is what the author wants to teach you through his or her writing. Some stories have a specific kind of message called a moral, or a life lesson. You can find the message of a story by looking at the characters' actions and focusing on what is repeated throughout the story.

What is the figurative meaning of plastic? ›

(figuratively, slang) insincerity; fakeness, or a person who is fake or arrogant, or believes that they are better than the rest of the population. quotations ▼ (slang, countable) An instance of plastic surgery.

Why is plastic viewed as a menace? ›

Plastic overconsumption and mismanagement of plastic waste is a growing menace, causing landfills to overflow, choking rivers, and threatening marine ecosystems. This has a negative impact on sectors that are critical to many economies, including tourism, shipping and fisheries.

Is the plastic problem solvable? ›

While the problem of plastic in the ocean may seem overwhelming, it is solvable. Each one of us can make a difference by using less single-use plastic in our everyday lives. We can also use our voices — and wallets — to support policies and businesses that are advancing solutions to the ocean plastic problem.

Do you think it is possible to help solve the problem of plastic pollution? ›

Reducing our plastic pollution is one of the greatest challenges facing planet earth. Luckily, there are solutions. Governments, Organizations, and millions of people are stepping up. Together, we can fight the currently, 13 million tonnes of plastic that ends up in our oceans each year and eventually on our plates.

What are the 3 problems with plastics? ›

Nearly half of all plastic products are discarded after a single use and take up to 1000 years to disintegrate. Larger items, such as plastic bags and straws, can choke and starve marine life, while smaller fragments (microplastics) can cause liver, reproductive, and gastrointestinal damage in animals.

What is the biggest plastic problem? ›

Every minute, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our ocean. Plastic pollution is a global problem. Approximately 7 billion of the 9.2 billion tonnes of plastic produced from 1950-2017 became plastic waste, ending up in landfills or dumped.

What is the first step to solve the problem of plastic waste? ›

The first step to solving any problem is to measure it. This is often challenging for plastics, due to lack of data on where they come from and end up. A major part of our analysis was repurposing trade statistics to make up for limited data. Material flow analysis helps quantify the flow of products and wastes.

Why is plastic production a problem? ›

End the Fracking-fueled Plastic Boom

Plastic pollution takes a huge toll on wildlife: More than 700 species, including sea turtles, fish and whales, eat plastic or get tangled up in it. Plastic will soon outweigh all the fish in the sea, and it's in our drinking water and on our plates.

How does plastic affect the environment? ›

How does plastic harm the environment? Plastic sticks around in the environment for ages, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins. Plastic also contributes to global warming. Almost all plastics are made from chemicals that come from the production of planet-warming fuels (gas, oil and even coal).

How can we improve poor packaging? ›

10 Tips for Improving Your Sustainable Packaging
  1. Switch to corrugated. ...
  2. Use high recycled content plastics. ...
  3. Choose less bulky cushioning material. ...
  4. Replace clamshells with the H-Loc Trapped Blister. ...
  5. Automate packaging operations. ...
  6. Use padded mailing bags. ...
  7. Use molded fiber wine shippers.
Jan 27, 2017

Who's blame to the plastic problem? ›

When it comes down to it, there are three main groups that are considered most responsible for plastic pollution: individuals, governments, and producers.

What is causing the plastic problem? ›

The majority of plastic pollution in the ocean is caused by littering: we buy or use disposable plastic items (food wrappings, plastic bags, razors, bottles, etc.) and do not dispose of them properly, which cause them to end up in the waterways and eventually in the ocean.

What is the real problem with plastic? ›

Plastic pollution can alter habitats and natural processes, reducing ecosystems' ability to adapt to climate change, directly affecting millions of people's livelihoods, food production capabilities and social well-being.

Can the Pacific garbage Patch be cleaned up? ›

Modeling predicts we need around 10 full-size systems to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. After fleets of systems are deployed into every ocean gyre, combined with source reduction, The Ocean Cleanup projects to be able to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040.

Why can't we completely stop the use of plastic? ›

Plastic has benefits other material don't have.

If plastic packaging is banned alternative packaging materials need to be used. Right now, paper, glass, or aluminium can't perform many of the function's plastic does: Plastic provides an air, water and hygiene-tight barrier for perishable and easily-damaged goods.

Who is the biggest plastic polluter in the world? ›

The world's worst plastic polluters have been revealed, with Coca-Cola coming top of the list for the fifth year in a row.

Who pollutes the most plastic? ›

These 10 countries are the biggest contributors to marine plastic pollution – new analysis
  • China (21.5 billion kg)
  • Brazil (10.6 billion kg)
  • Indonesia (9.1 billion kg)
  • Russian Federation (8.4 billion kg)
  • Germany (6.6 billion kg)
  • United Kingdom (6.4 billion kg)
  • Mexico (5.9 billion kg)
  • Japan (4.8 billion kg)

What is the biggest problem we have with the plastic we use? ›

Over decades or even centuries, much of that littered and landfilled plastic breaks down into tiny particles known as microplastics, which contaminate our food, the air, and water. They also accumulate in our bodies, potentially increasing our risk of chronic inflammation and other ills.

Why is plastic the biggest threat to the environment? ›

Plastics in the ocean kill or harm more than 300,000 marine animals every year, said Ms. Earle. Some creatures get entangled in the plastic debris, while others like seabirds, turtles, fish, oysters and mussels ingest the plastics, which end up clogging their digestive systems and causing death.

Why is plastic a threat to humans? ›

Toxic Chemicals in Plastic

These include endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which are linked to infertility, obesity, diabetes, prostate or breast cancer, among others. Other health conditions linked to additives include reproductive, growth, and cognitive impairment and neurodevelopment disorders.


1. Plastic Waste Crisis How We Can Collaborate to Solve It
(Greif, Inc.)
2. The Golden Design Rules: Packaging Design Innovation for a Circular Plastics Economy
(Canada Plastics Pact)
3. From Single-Use to Reuse: Rethinking Plastic Packaging | Summit 2019
(Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
4. How can we prevent quadruple the amount of plastic in oceans by 2040? | Circular Economy for Plastic
(Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
5. SoulBuffalo Earth Report - Episode 15 Yoni Shiran, SystemIQ
6. We Need a Circular Economy for Plastic - Ellen MacArthur Foundation on Breaking the Plastic Wave
(Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
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