Kyle Cahill on Oxfam and Poverty Footprinting

Topic: Poverty Footprinting

Institution: Oxfam America

Bio: Kyle Cahill is Senior Program Officer at Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that aims to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Kyle oversees Oxfam’s current work on poverty footprinting, an innovative process for companies to measure, analyze and improve their impacts on communities in developing countries. He led the development of a recently released study of the social and economic impacts of the Coca-Cola value chains in El Salvador and Zambia.

Prior to joining Oxfam, Kyle was Director of Corporate Engagement at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he worked with the private sector on environmental projects addressing climate change, safer products and materials, water use and waste reduction. At EDF, he also created the EDF Innovation Exchange, a first of its kind knowledge management and network collaboration initiative aimed at crowd-sourcing environmental content, best practices, and tools. Kyle serves on the board of directors of Plant A Fish ( and on the advisory boards of New Earth ( and ( He earned his M.B.A. focused in social responsibility from the Isenberg School at the Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst and his B.A. from Amherst College.

Episode Summary: Kyle Cahill of Oxfam America talks about Oxfam’s new Poverty Footprinting initiative, and how poverty footprinting might facilitate businesses’ engagement with sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.

Oxfam’s recent poverty footprint report:

Kyle’s Top Three:

1. Paul Polak, Out of Poverty

2. Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

3. Fast Company – Ethonomics section

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