RF|Binder’s Social Impact & Sustainability Practice Expands With New Senior Hire

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2018 – RF|Binder, a fully integrated communications and consulting firm, announced today that Sarah Gwilliam, a senior practitioner with extensive experience developing social and environmental responsibility programs, has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Sarah will work out of RF|Binder’s San Francisco office further expanding the firm’s growing West Coast presence.

Sarah brings deep experience in sustainability, supply chain, GRI reporting, philanthropy, cause marketing, and CSR. She has advised foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies. Prior to joining RF|Binder, Sarah was Director of Partnerships & Development for a Civic Nation campaign, #VoteTogether, where she focused on corporate engagement in ‘getting out the vote.’ She has also worked with leading brands, such as JCPenney, Blink Fitness, and Lands’ End, developing social impact strategies, as well as cause marketing and employee engagement campaigns.

“Every organization – large or small, public or private – needs a strategy for how it will manage limited natural resources, meet employee and consumer expectations of delivering both profit and purpose, and contribute to an equitable and just world,” said Annie Longsworth, Executive Managing Director, Social Impact & Sustainability at RF|Binder. “Sarah’s experience in developing and implementing social impact programs for nonprofits, major corporations, and government agencies bolsters our practice, deepening our ability to execute measurable and impactful work on behalf of our clients.”

“One of the rapid areas of growth for our clients is figuring out how to address increasingly critical ESG concerns within the investor community. It’s a complex landscape, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” said RF|Binder CEO Amy Binder. “RF|Binder’s integrated approach, which combines the expertise of our corporate and finance practice with that of the social impact and sustainability team, offers an unique and targeted solution. We are excited to have Sarah join us at this time where interest in this area is growing quickly.”

RF|Binder’s Social Impact & Sustainability (SIS) practice offers a comprehensive approach to developing long-term strategies for organizations anywhere on the journey towards sustainability. From Purpose and CSR, which help define and activate a brand’s mission, to establishing a competitive and measureable operational approach, to developing an active ESG narrative, our fully integrated practice is designed to help brands move from celebrating “doing the right thing” to realizing long-term success as a result of applying sustainable thinking and action. The expansion of the SIS practice reflects RF|Binder’s long-term commitment to helping businesses reinforce their leadership role in addressing environmental and social issues that are critical in our society today.

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from The College of William and Mary.

About RF|Binder

RF|Binder is a fully integrated communications and consulting firm—powered by strategy, creativity, analytics and purpose. We are business builders. We address challenges and opportunities with a communications mindset, enabling our clients to build, grow, protect and transform their brands and reputations. Our team has deep expertise across industries, non-profits, and government entities and an extensive range of offerings. We are independent, entrepreneurial, woman-owned, and integrated across capabilities and geographies without boundaries. RF|Binder is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a global presence through our PROI Worldwide partners, an association of leading public relations firms across 50 countries in 100 cities. For more information about RF|Binder, visit www.rfbinder.com.