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About Us

Driven By Purpose, Inspired by Progress

Bringing together diverse backgrounds and expertise from the public sector, nonprofits, businesses, and consultancies, we are a passionate group of changemakers.

Mission

Our mission is to redesign human systems for the good of people and the planet by developing innovative, scalable solutions. 

At Delterra, we focus on the world’s most complex systemic environmental challenges, where incentives, information, and infrastructure are misaligned, making them appear too hard, too complex, or too costly to fix. To start, we’re tackling the broken recycling system in the global South.

Vision

We envision a world where human activities protect and restore a healthy planet. 

Today, we are reimagining and redesigning the recycling systems in Argentina and Indonesia. Over the next few years, we plan to scale our operations to other countries struggling with the growing waste crises across Asia, Latin America, and Africa. 

In the coming years, we aim to add other initiatives to our portfolio, all with the mission of developing innovative scalable solutions that redesign human systems for the good of people and the planet.

Founding Story

2014

McKinsey & Company founded McKinsey.org, a private corporate foundation, to develop and incubate innovative approaches to the world’s most complex environmental and social challenges.

2018

McKinsey.org launched Rethinking Recycling to help communities rapidly increase the amount of material recycled and put back into productive use. 

2021

Having reached an inflection point where we were ready to further accelerate our impact, Rethinking Recycling transitioned out of McKinsey.org to become the flagship initiative of Delterra, a new independent environmental nonprofit.

McKinsey & Company continues its support of the Rethinking Recycling initiative through funding and in-kind support, and is a founding partner of Delterra.

Our Values

Deliver impact commensurate to the crisis

  • We design for inclusion and act with the urgency that sustainability challenges demand.

Serve as an ecosystem force multiplier

  • We work hand in hand with partners to scale what works.

Cultivate a high-performing, inclusive culture

  • We inspire and support each other to do our best work.

Working Principles

Our impact-driven approach is guided by a set of principles that help us create real change at scale.

1. We go beyond theory to create practical solutions

We rapidly test, learn, and iterate our solutions on the ground to create proven impact in the real world that affects real lives, because changing systems means first understanding the human and economic dynamics at the heart of it all.

2. We leverage partnership for impact

From technology to implementation partners, corporations to governments, entrepreneurs to activists, we team up with those who are best placed to drive and scale change for maximum efficiency and impact.

3. We commit to the biggest picture

To create change that matters, we look at the broader circular economy and refocus our resources as needed. We think about how to make the greatest impact from end to end, designing scalable solutions for real people.

4. We adopt an inclusive approach

An inclusive approach is essential to creating effective human systems as well as contributing to a more just and equitable society. We unite diverse perspectives and lived experiences, from global business leaders to local community members.

5. We bring a track record of high performance

We bring strategic and analytical rigor to every problem we solve. We bring creativity and persistence to consistently deliver results in the face of broken systems and inevitable setbacks.

Impact

At Delterra, we measure our progress and ambition against our core success metric: environmental impact. These numbers highlight our ability and ambition to deliver system-wide change on large-scale environmental problems while improving people’s lives.

 

By 2025, we are on track to deliver:

10M+
People with access to daily segregated waste collection services
1M+
Tons of waste diverted from landfills per year
20 - 40%
Reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2-eq/yr) from municipal solid waste in areas where we work

How We Think

As an independent nonprofit, we combine our purpose-driven mission with the rigorous problem-solving approach of our founding partner McKinsey & Company and the pragmatism of the community organizers with whom we collaborate.

The result: real people working together to create real change across the ecosystem.

We are Delterra.

Team

Delterra is a 60+ person team with global and program leadership comprised of McKinsey alumni and non-profit veterans. In addition to our core team, we work alongside waste workers, community leaders, and local organizations in our on-the-ground operations in Argentina and Indonesia.
Shannon Bouton
President & CEO
Gwen Davidow
Director of Operations
Federico di Penta
Regional Director, Latin America
Ella Flaye
Regional Director, Asia
Cynthia Shih
Director of Knowledge
Jessie Angulo
Head of Human Resources
Kathryn DeWolfe
Operations Coordinator (Global)
Chloe Gale
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Harry McGuire
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Alina Gabdrakhmanova
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Aishwarya Sharma
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Anastasia Woodruff
Operations & Knowledge Support
Joe Zachariah
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Julia Arroyo
Change Agent
Angel Benitez Ruiz
Change Agent
Jesús Bosso
Affiliated Waste Worker
Ignacio Brea
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Karen Choque
Affiliated Waste Worker
Noelia Curtido Gauto
Change Agent
Daisy De La Cruz
Change Agent
Cristina Domecq
Senior Associate
Sandra Irala
Affiliated Waste Worker
Katy
Affiliated Waste Worker
Victor Lopez
Project Lead
Angeles Loza
Office Coordinator
Danae Mallcu Lupe
Change Agent
Brian McGough
Associate
Cecilia Olmedo Martínez
Change Agent
Mariela Pascua
Associate
Juan Pedrazzi
Senior Associate
Pera
Affiliated Waste Worker
Paz Porres
Senior Associate
Carla Rodriguez
Change Agent
Larissa Sakamoto
Program Manager
Pedro Santellán
Affiliated Waste Worker
Cecilia Sluga
Project Lead
Jorge Valderrey
Affiliated Waste Worker
Reinier van der Lely
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Alexander Von Joest
Senior Associate
Sebastián Zaera
Senior Associate
Damián Lartirigoyen
Change Agent
Isabel Alison
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Gilang Ardana
Senior Associate
Sintha Aryaningrat
Guilhem Baschet
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Tethy Cahyati
Community Coordinator
Esther Carter
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Wahyuni Depik
Behavior Change Team
Sathya Deva
Junior Associate
Surya Dharma
Behavior Change Team
Dhia Fani
Project Lead
Inten Gianina
Office Administrator
Widi Ginanjar
Community Coordinator
Siti Hotimah
Affiliated Waste Worker
Donny Julius
Junior Associate
Dennys Kapa
Senior Associate
Tomi Kencana
Community Engagement and Communication Associate
Wija Kusumastuti
Junior Associate
Tifani Lusiana
Senior Associate
Brian Obie
Behavior Change Team
Sri Ayu Pratiwi
Finance & Business Support
Violy Purnamasari
Senior Associate
Trisna Putu
Behavior Change Team
Imam Rezki
Senior Program Implementation
I Nyoman Sukarja
Affiliated Waste Worker
William Saputra
Junior Associate
Djun Saripurnawan
Community Coordinator
Boogie Setiawan
Community Specialist
Hadohoan (Doan) Simaremare
Community Coordinator
Siswoyo
Affiliated Waste Worker
Tomo Soleh
Affiliated Waste Worker
Nicholas Vijverman
McKinsey & Co Fellow
Takumi Wijaya
Impact Reporting & Digital Technology
Ayu Winastri
HR & Business Support
Jonathan Woetzel
Chair of the Board
Monique Maissan
Board Member
Scott Fulton
Board Member
Phillia Wibowo
Board Member
Rob Kaplan
Board Member

Our Partners

Our partner-first philosophy is built on the belief that we can only realize our ambitions together. The support of our partners and sponsors makes the impact we’re driving possible.
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organizations create positive, enduring change in the world. Our approach to social responsibility includes empowering our people to give back to their communities, operating our firm in ways that are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible, and working with our clients to serve all stakeholders to achieve holistic impact. Since 2018, McKinsey & Company has supported Rethinking Recycling through its foundation, McKinsey.org.
Circulate Capital
Circulate Capital is an investment management firm that is dedicated to incubating and financing companies, projects, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s ocean while advancing the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia. Circulate Capital is an independent organization backed by many of the world’s leading multinational corporations.
The Circulate Initiative

The Circulate Initiative is a non-profit organization committed to solving the ocean plastic pollution challenge by supporting the incubation of circular, inclusive and investible waste management and recycling systems and generating insights that accelerate investment and scale.

Civic Response Team
The Civic Response Team (CRT) is a social enterprise specializing in evidence-driven, systems-level approaches to solid waste management. CRT has designed, built, and scaled an innovative methodology called the BOTRAM SWM Transformation Method, which has enabled high rates of source-separated waste collection and recycling in communities and Urban Local Bodies across the state of Maharashtra in India. CRT brings expertise in designing rapid behavior change campaigns, route mapping and optimization for collection systems, partnering with stakeholders in complex systems, implementing Extended Producer Responsibility frameworks, and working with the informal sector to building sustainable, efficient, equitable, and scalable models of solid waste management.
C40
C40 is a network of nearly 100 cities working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and collaborative approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Around the world, sustainable urban waste management practices can improve public health and economic opportunity. When approached holistically, waste and sustainable materials management can help cities reduce 15-20% of their emissions through reduction, avoidance, recycling, treatment and offsetting. C40 supports cities to take significant steps towards a future without waste by reducing waste generation, increasing diversion and reducing disposal, reducing GHG emissions through sustainable waste and regenerative materials management, and deploying tactics to enhance sustainable consumption and the circular economy. Additionally, support is provided to accelerate policies and actions that increase waste minimization, reduction and resource recovery and treatment. C40 delivers support through two waste-related networks and the Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration.
ELI – Environmental Law Institute
The Environmental Law Institute makes law work for people, places, and the planet. With its non-partisan, independent approach, ELI promotes solutions to tough environmental problems. The Institute’s unparalleled research and highly respected publications inform the public debate and build the institutions needed to advance sustainable development.
Ocean Conservancy
Ocean Conservancy has led the fight for a healthy ocean free of trash and plastic since 1986, when we launched our International Coastal Cleanup. Since then, we have mobilized millions of volunteers to remove trash from waterways around the world while pioneering upstream solutions to this crisis. We invest in cutting-edge scientific research, implement on-the-ground projects, and work with conservationists, scientists, governments, industry, and consumers to change the plastics paradigm.
Scale360°

Scale360° is a World Economic Forum initiative that fosters innovation in cities, countries and regions worldwide, bringing together leaders in science, policy and business to trigger inclusive circular change. The program is active in more than 20 countries around the world with participants using Scale360°’s unique, tested methodology – the Scale360° Circular Innovation Playbook – to deploy Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to rethink consumption and production.

Waste Concern
Founded in 1995, Waste Concern conducts research, training, and experiments in solid waste management, recycling, sanitation, and the circular economy, among other topics. Waste Concern innovated the design, construction and operation of integrated resource recovery centers (IRRCs) for developing country contexts, which convert waste into fertilizer, biogas, and other recycled products using a public-private partnership approach, and has assisted cities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam in replicating the IRRC model. Waste Concern has gained global recognition, including awards from the United Nations Development Program, Tech Museum, Schwab Foundation, and Ashoka.
Almado
Almado is an Argentina-based consultancy and social enterprise that helps organizations develop strategies and solutions to social challenges that have high social, environmental and economic impact and return on investment. Almado brings deep experience and relationships from working with both informal settlement communities, as well as private sector and impact investors. By collaborating with other cooperatives, city governments, and social enterprises, Almado hopes solutions like this can be quickly scaled up across and beyond Argentina.
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international non-profit partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programmes and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of January 2021, the Alliance has more than 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organisations across the plastic value chain. For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org
Amcor
Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. Around 46,000 Amcor people generate $13 billion in annual sales from operations that span about 225 locations in 40-plus countries.
Bintix

Bintix Waste Research is a Hyderabad, India-based company and works in the field of waste management and recycling. Bintix believes that the optimal use of technology-driven operations optimisation is a key towards making waste management a more sustainable endeavour, both at the generator level (e.g. households) and at the processor-level (e.g. waste management entities). Bintix’s existing software has been field tested for nearly 2 years now and has been fine-tuned extensively across a customer base consisting of 5000+ customers in several cities/regions and has helped meticulously track and recycle>200 MT of waste into more than 30 streams.

City of Buenos Aires – Secretariat of Social and Urban Integration
The Secretariat for Social and Urban Integration of the City of Buenos Aires is undertaking an ambitious project to transform Barrio 31, one of the oldest informal settlements in the city, by improving access to education, health and economic opportunities; and ensuring basic services and adequate housing. The project also focuses on improving public spaces and developing innovative strategies to encourage better economic, cultural and social integration between Barrio 31 and other areas of Buenos Aires.
Olavarría

Olavarría is located in the center of the Province of Buenos Aires and was founded on November 25, 1867. It has numerous green spaces and a large park that borders the Tapalqué Stream. Due to its strategic position, it has a great influence that has favored its growth. There is a balance between the harmony of a town and the hustle and bustle of a big city, generating an ideal environment to rest and/or to be able to choose to enjoy several activities to do and to feel new experiences in the free times. That is why the management of the environment and the improvement in the quality of life of its population is a strategic issue for the city.

RIL – Red de Innovación Local
RIL (from their name in spanish Red de Innovación Local) is a non-partisan and non-profit civil association that works with local government teams with the objective of enhancing their management capabilities and strengthening their transformative power to improve the quality of life of their citizens and help them develop. RIL works in Argentina with more than 1,400 local officials from 280 cities, 69 cities from other 11 countries in Latin America and 20 cities from Europe and Africa. The cities that are part of the network have access to programs and tools to turn into collaborative, innovative, efficient, sustainable, and digital cities.
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international non-profit partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programmes and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of January 2021, the Alliance has more than 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organisations across the plastic value chain. For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org
Bintix

Bintix Waste Research is a Hyderabad, India-based company and works in the field of waste management and recycling. Bintix believes that the optimal use of technology-driven operations optimisation is a key towards making waste management a more sustainable endeavour, both at the generator level (e.g. households) and at the processor-level (e.g. waste management entities). Bintix’s existing software has been field tested for nearly 2 years now and has been fine-tuned extensively across a customer base consisting of 5000+ customers in several cities/regions and has helped meticulously track and recycle>200 MT of waste into more than 30 streams.

Clean Oceans through Clean Communities
Clean Oceans through Clean Communities (CLOCC) is an initiative by Avfall Norge, with ISWA as implementing partner. CLOCC is supported by Norad, and is a part of the Norwegian government’s development programme to reduce marine plastic pollution and microplastics. CLOCC’s partners include InSWA (Indonesia Solid Waste Association), Rethinking Recycling Academy and SYSTEMIQ. CLOCC’s objective is to reduce marine plastic pollution through improving waste management on land.
EcoBali
Established in 2006, ecoBali is a waste management company working in the south of Bali, Indonesia. The organization works to encourage a zero-waste lifestyle and promote responsible waste management through the collection, recycling and composting of waste. It operates its own Material Recovery Facility,conducts educational programs in schools and communities, and designs and markets eco-friendly products. EcoBali has developed tailored programs in waste management (including Waste Banks), environmental education and sustainable lifestyle, and has established extended producer responsibility programs together with companies such as Tetra Pak, The Body Shop, AQUA and Bali Buda.
Plastic Smart Cities
Plastic Smart Cities is a WWF initiative working with cities worldwide to keep plastic out of nature. Since 2018, the initiative supports cities and coastal centres that are taking bold action to stop plastic pollution. WWF is working with 25 pilot cities to achieve a 30% reduction in plastic leakage by 2025, through better waste management and advancing circular economy. Together, we aim to achieve 1000 plastic-smart cities globally to join this movement by 2030. For more information, visit plasticsmartcities.org.
PRAISE
PRAISE, the Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia Sustainable Environment, is an alliance established by six founding companies—Coca-Cola, Danone, Indofood, Nestlé, Tetra Pak, and Unilever Indonesia. Its purpose is to create and enable a sustainable ecosystem that transforms packaging waste into a high value resource, bringing economic, social, and environmental benefits to Indonesia.