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“Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

WELCOME TO EasySustainability

Our Background

You may want to become an employee in an ESG corporation, an academic researching climate change, or even a social entrepreneur who brings disruptive eco-innovations/startups to the market. No matter what your career goal is, Easysustainability is ready to support you in making it greener!

Our cause consists of upskilling youth in order to maximize their chances to land greener jobs. We do it through green upskilling, coaching, networking and several other projects, campaigns or initiatives. We also offer a tailored website, in continuous update, to make such opportunities more accessible to everyone.

We started out as a digital informal youth group in September 2022, recruited through a volunteer post on Linkedin. We could not have anticipated that this initiative would have so much success to lead to our foundation in Italy as a youth association for social promotion in 2023. We are now proud to have built a passionate and diverse community of 100+ sustainability enthusiasts, volunteering both digitally and in-person, both for funded and non-funded projects, and on an European, as well as global level.

Our organisation takes the four priorities of the Erasmus+ program very seriously. Inclusion and diversity are at our core, and we welcome volunteers and associates from across the EU and every continent, background, gender, ethnicity, disability or other disadvantaged status. We are pioneers of digitalization using latest technologies and softwares for NGOs such as Google Workspace and Canva for nonprofits, and we continuously train all our volunteers to use such digital solutions, aiming to minimise (if not completely abate) the use of physical paper, transportation as well as other possible waste of other environmental resources through our activities. Environment and fight against climate change is completely embedded in our cause and activities, where we are filling the gap between social and environmental sustainability through the allocation of as many people as possible in greener jobs. Participation in democratic life, common values and civic engagement is also a priority through which we continuously run our organisation, promoting knowledge about the EU, its values and the incredible opportunities it offers to its citizens and even the expats residing in it.

Furthermore, we firmly believe in the power of lifelong learning and continuous improvement, we are committed to follow the 8 key competences for lifelong learning framework as well as the EU’s Erasmus+ Youth Quality standards, in order to foster knowledge, growth and adaptability in the greener careers our volunteers can achieve through our help.

Key activities and experiences of the organisation:

We always give our best to make our activities very flexible, digitized and easily accessible. Our activities span into three main categories: projects, initiatives and campaigns.

Projects are the activity type that we have been using the most so far. Our projects can be funded and unfunded, digital, hybrid or physical, knowledge-intensive or beginner-level. We give the maximum flexibility and empower youth to manage their own projects. We have currently four stages: idea drafting, starting, in progress and completed. We usually nominate a delegate project manager for each project, to lead it and thus make the most of this experience (we indeed aim to help our participants develop not only hard skills, but also the so-called “soft skills”, such as leadership and teamwork). We also give the opportunity, when Italian law allows, for students to participate in curricular internships at Easysustainability so that the intern can develop relevant experience to spend in the job market regarding sustainability and/or non-profit management. In some special cases of outstanding individuals coming up with incredibly eco-innovative ideas which are compliant with the policies in appendix 2, we may support them to become entrepreneurs and start their own business (it has not happened so far).

Project topics and commitments can vary much depending on their nature. In our completed, drafted and ongoing projects, we've been actively involved in a wide range of activities that align with our organisation's commitment to corporate sustainability and greener careers for youth.

Among the completed projects we ran in summer and autumn 2023 are to mention two significant volunteer upskilling projects in partnership with the startup Emeis Global and the Italian professional Network TEAM NEST. Remote, and very flexible, they allowed several volunteers to learn about SCRUM, business planning, technological tools, sustainability consulting, receive coaching from experienced professionals and grow their professional network, improving their future employability.

Our STEM teams are actively writing projects (both KA1 and KA2) for the February 2024 deadline regarding Electric Vehicle (EV) value chain innovation, promotion of regenerative agriculture for soil health and biodiversity, and green housing. Our legal division is currently busy with a volunteering project on the impact of EU sustainability report regulations. In addition, our delegate project manager Julia Poletine is leading another project on gender and environment, highlighting the importance of gender equality within sustainability.

We have also applied and/or completed other outstanding projects regarding environmental sustainability. In particular we successfully completed two youth exchanges on eco-friendly diets and waste reduction as sending partners and we applied to several new ones regarding both social and environmental sustainability (the list is available below) . In October 2023, we also participated in the partnership building activity “Make the Move for Green Inclusion II” which took place in Portugal.

On our website it is possible to see some other projects in the “idea drafting” stage, such as “waste reporter app” and “journal of cross-sustainability studies”. These projects are waiting for a significant number of committed volunteers to join and start them.

Regarding our initiatives and campaigns instead, we've successfully run a series of webinars which fostered insightful discussions on pertinent sustainability topics, having among the partners global leaders such as Harvard Business School Online Community DACH and impactful startups such as Arabat. These webinars have provided opportunities for experts and enthusiasts to exchange ideas and knowledge, contributing to collective understanding of sustainable practices for youth following them. Moreover, we actively engage in information dissemination through monthly editorials and social media content, where we provide valuable insights on sustainability to our community. These editorials serve as a valuable resource, keeping our stakeholders informed about the latest developments, best practices, and innovative solutions in the realm of sustainability. Currently we also are promoting a voluntary initiative of remote sustainability job-shadowing, matching tens of mentors and mentees on green career development.

Our Priorities

Inclusion & Diversity, Digitalization, Environment & Fight against Climate Change, Respect of EU Values & Its Institutions.

Our people and community 

We are a diverse team of professionals from different backgrounds but with one common goal: creating a more sustainable and livable future where humans and nature can co-exist peacefully.  EasySustainability is divided into different "sections" (STEM, Law, Economics & Business and Humanities) in which the associates are divided based on their passion and background. We give space to each others' ideas and feedback, respecting each member's work-life balance and collaborating to reach the organization's goal. So, If you feel passionate about sustainability and related topics, want to build a strong network of people working in this field, and would like to cross-learn different aspects of it, this is the right place for you!
Our Community

!!! Warning !!!

Beware of individuals falsely claiming to be decision-makers at Easysustainability. Only officially registered members (associates), holding a written authorization by the director board and/or associates assembly, are authorized to represent Easysustainability, sign partnerships, contracts, or engage in similar activities. Any unauthorized activity by non-registered members is considered invalid. If you suspect someone is improperly representing Easysustainability, please contact us at [email protected] and report any suspicious activity. Additionally, the use of our brand or references in a resume or LinkedIn profile is only valid with an official certificate of successful completion from a project or references signed by the president. Official communications for partnerships or commitments MUST originate from [email protected]. Thank you for helping us safeguard our organization!

LEARNING AND WORKING OPPORTUNITIES

  • We have created an extensive online EDU resource list, with tens of free and paid online courses useful to upgrade your skills and knowledge.
  • We have experience in sustainability startups, large companies and the public sector. This is why we can help you improve your CV and LinkedIn profile.
  • We work with several companies and organizations all over Europe. If you carry on a project with one of them, this collaboration could bring new working opportunities!

Our mission is to fill the gap between education and green jobs

Easysustainability is a project-based NGO operating at the European level. It aims to upskill youth through non-formal educational methods, project works, and MOOCs to have higher chances of landing green jobs. This way, Easysustainability aims to make green know-how more accessible also to the general population. Through its projects, which have as protagonists associates and volunteers who want to upskill themselves, Easysustainability promotes adopting more sustainable and circular solutions in each area of society (industry, academia, nonprofits, and more). Our area of action is incredibly vast: from sustainable entrepreneurship to pro-bono consulting projects to firms and other bodies that want to become more sustainable (see better in the project portfolio below). As an environmental sustainability-focused NGO, we are committed to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges and will design our projects on this basis.

We are looking to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, graduates and young professionals and knowledge gap interested in sustainable product development, design, strategies, consulting and more. our associate will have the opportunity to work on real-world projects alongside our experienced entrepreneurs, organizations and business entities and support team at ES. They will gain practical skills and experience in developing and launching sustainable products and services in a real-world setting thereby closing the knowledge gap in sustainability. We offer associate the opportunity to take ownership of their own projects and drive their own ideas forward, potentially even becoming entrepreneurs, consultants, policymakers of the future. Our goal is to help our associates develop the skills and experience they need to succeed in the fast-paced and changing technology industry.

We look forward to welcoming the next generation of talented individuals to our team and working together to shape a sustainable future.
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Transparency

OIDE10338379
Full legal name Easysustainability ETS
(ETS acronym is valid just once registered to Italian RUNTS)
TIN (codice fiscale)02025490497
VAT (p. IVA)IT02025490497
Bank coordinates
  • Account name: EASYSUSTAINABILITY ETS
  • IBAN: IT09R0200813909000106886155
  • Country: Italy
  • Bank name: Unicredit
  • BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1530
CountryItaly, Tuscany
Email[email protected]

Profile

Type of Organisation Entity of the third sector (ETS):
  • Non-profit Association for social promotion (APS)
  • Statute registered as private act
Is the partner organisation a public body? No
Is the partner organisation a non-profit?Yes
CauseHelping youth land greener jobs
OrientationApolitical and non-religious NGO
FocusEnvironmental sustainability: greener careers for youth and corporate sustainability

Accreditations and awards

Type Status (for info on eligibility for each KA, see here)
Agenzia delle entrate di Livorno Founding act and statute validated on 03/07/2023 with reference number 1363, series III
Italian national agency (ANG) OID validationValidated on 18/10/2023

Compliance

We commit to respect those basic but very important rules, and need our partners to equally commit.

Anti-plagiarism
All the editorials and materials used by our volunteers get double-checked by a plagiarism scan. We are giving opportunities to people that are completely new to the job market, so there may be some margins of mistakes from their side despite our guidance, and in case something is missed we are more than available to cooperate for removal and/or quote. We would expect our partners to also check if their materials are compliant with anti-plagiarism regulations and we would provide support in case further checks are needed.

Intellectual property
Regarding third-parties intellectual property, the same applies as anti-plagiarism, and in certain cases we may even consider the payment of royalties of third-parties products. Regarding in-house intellectual property, what produced at Easysustainability is generally meant to be intellectual property of the organisation, unless other specific contracts are in place. Since our cause implies even empowering people to possibly start their own green firms, we don't intend to make any profit with such inventions and we are available to grant the volunteers ownership of their own inventions inside our projects through written agreement, if they show serious commitment, uniqueness of their idea and intention to support the cause of Easysustainability by leading their for-profit spin-off. We expect our partners to respect intellectual property rights of any other subject, and discuss with us, case-by-case, whether they may want to ask permission for using third-parties IP or intend to (co)own certain inventions possibly developed during a project in partnership.

Anti-greenwashing
While we are a non-profit and are not selling any product through green claims, greenwashing as it is intended for profitable bodies is technically inapplicable. Nonetheless, we are committed to avoid any overcommunication about what is "green", "sustainable", "circular" or any other type of environmental claims in our communications that goes against the EU green claims initiative. We have appointed a legal specialist volunteer to go through our communication strategy and check thoroughly for overcommunication on environmental claims. We have a FAQ section on our website to explain publicly any possible misunderstanding, and are available to clarify and remove any overcommunication published by our volunteers (we specify again that we comprehend their possible mistakes, especially of the most inexperienced ones, so any of your feedback is very valuable for their learning). We expect our partners, especially in the rare case they are profit-making bodies, to take serious measures against greenwashing as mandated by the EU.
Similarly to greenwashing we operate regarding fake claims on Linkedin profiles (or any other social/document like cvs), and will take action against people who falsely claim achievements or leadership positions in our organisation without actually having even volunteered for our organization.

Privacy (GDPR) and consent
The collection of personal data of our associates and volunteers is minimal, stored confidentially with restricted access and limited to basic information for running our activities or other information required by Italian law. We have appointed a legal volunteer who is specialized in cybersecurity and digital law, who together with our web developer, created our privacy policy. Our communications happen mainly on our official channels announced on our website and are all coming from previous consent coming either from the acceptance of our cookies on the website or the application to our volunteer position in other websites such as Linkedin. We expect our partners to do everything in their means to also respect GDPR.

Labour, EHS and human rights
As of now, November 2023, we are all volunteers, and there are no labour contracts in place. We are working on volunteer contracts to formalise the commitment of our people. Our projects so far have been mostly run remotely, thus in terms of EHS we have been following official OSHA advice and training materials for such categories (safety training, office safety). Regarding in-person projects, so far we have never hosted one, we have just participated as sending partners, however we still abide by OSHA and EU measures, and expect our partners to do the same. In particular we require our project participants to bring their EHIC or health insurance always with them, and respect the additional HSE instructions provided by the hosting partners.
For future projects, if budget and Italian law allow, and they are deemed strictly necessary by the board, we can consider temporarily employing possible writers or experts of any kind on a freelance collaboration/contractor basis.
We take inclusivity and equality very seriously, we do our best to prevent any case of misconduct, harassment or discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, disability or any other characteristics. We have included many people of different backgrounds, genders and ethnicity in our leading positions and are keen to do even more. Any grounded suspicion of one of our project participants to commit such acts while performing their volunteering tasks must be reported to [email protected] and we will take serious action against it.
In Erasmus+ projects performed with the Italian legal subject of Easysustainability, as per EU law and youth standards, we are allowed to just select participants with Italian citizenship or expats holding a valid Italian residence permit to also travel to the hosting partner's country. We cannot provide any visa sponsorship, and anyone caught lying about their residence status in project applications will be reported to the competent authorities. We expect our partners to have similar measures implemented.

Financial and non-financial reporting
Our financial reporting is regulated by Italian law of third sector entities. We are using the updated balance sheet version provided by CESVOT agency and are available to present it (in Italian and English language) upon request. Regarding non-financial reporting, despite not legally binding but just voluntary for our legal form at the moment, we are actively working on assessing the impacts of our operations and report ESG metrics according to ESRS (even as a means of training for our volunteers interested in learning about sustainability reporting in a non-profit). We ask our partners to have compliant frameworks for what their local laws and EU regulations (IFRS, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive - CSRD, and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation - SFDR) may require for their size and type of legal entity.

Decision making and contractualistic
We are a non-profit association. While the directors board manages the activities of Easysustainability, the ultimate decision-making organ is the associates assembly. Important decisions that will significantly impact (both positively and negatively) the organisation balance sheet, reputation and long-term strategy need to be approved by the majority of them. This may slow down some processes, but it is a measure designed by the Italian law to ensure everyone representing the organisation is aligning with the cause: every decision must be aimed at upskilling youth in getting greener jobs, so the environment is always an imperative in decision making, obviously taking also into account digitalization, civic engagement and inclusiveness. Thus decisions on our participation in possibly very impacting projects will be subject to associate assembly approval (can be called with a notice of 15 days).
All contracts signed by Easysustainability president are subject to amendments to make such agreements fully compliant with Italian code of the third sector (L. 26 Luglio 2023,n. 95) and pre-existing contractual obligations of Easysustainability staff with other employers, whether any doubt on such compliance arises.

Association fee
Since the Erasmus+ projects cannot be considered as a service to the associates, association for the participants is optional.