Fuel Just Transitions in Industry
Partnering with individuals and organizations in private and public industry, we are working to identify and fuel corporate activities that replace harmful, exploitative activities with nonexploitative practices as quickly as possible. Through research and in-depth analysis, we create resources that can be used to leverage financial, governmental, and public support for just transitions within multiple sectors—from food production to the fashion industry to medical research.
Solve Shared Problems
We know that difficult problems require thoughtful, comprehensive solutions that benefit from shared knowledge and skills, as well as democratic principles. In order to fuel just transitions across sectors, we are developing an open source online hub of existing and emerging initiatives, economic and social impact analyses that account for rights, health, and wellbeing, and best practices that emphasize ethics and viability. By sharing stories, challenges, and solutions, we can better leverage public and private support for just transitions within various industries.
Create Models of Social Change
We envision a world in which corporate and government-funded industries reduce vulnerability and promote the resilience of human and nonhuman beings. By partnering with funders, industry, and government, we can shift financial priorities away from exploitative practices and toward efforts that honor the rights, health, and wellbeing of all of Earth’s citizens.
First, we need great models of change. That’s why we’re identifying and supporting projects that provide ethical, evidence-based models of collaborative social change and just transitions across various fields and sectors.
Here are some examples:
RESTORE aims to create a just transition for people and animals adversely affected by the global food system. The project emphasizes seven principles:
→ The Right to be both free from harm and exploitation and to thrive
→ Education centered on engaged citizenship and a sustainable civilization
→ Stewardship that honors the rights of others
→ Training for a greener and more ethical economy
→ The Opportunity to reimagine industrial and economic systems
→ Regeneration and repair of human and nonhuman communities who have suffered from exploitation
→ The promotion of Equity and justice
RESTORE works toward a plant-based global food system that respects humans, nonhumans, and the very planet we depend on for our health and wellbeing.
A Belmont Report for Animals
A Belmont Report for Animals aims to revolutionize research by extending the ethical framework that guides human research (the Belmont Report) to decisions about the use of animals in research. The initiative also prompts a reconsideration of human research, including the need to enhance protections for those who are most vulnerable to exploitation. Experts from Phoenix Zones Initiative are partnering with leaders in bioethics, research, healthcare, journalism, and government to explore how to make a Belmont Report for Animals a reality.
Impact Fashion, started in 2015 by stylist and activist Sica Schmitz, is one of the leading sustainable fashion events in Los Angeles. Phoenix Zones Initiative is proud to partner with Impact Fashion to highlight a uniquely positive, solutions-oriented approach to the many ethical challenges in the clothing industry—from child labor and modern slavery to animal suffering.
Read about how we are fostering generations of leaders here.