The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is being held in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November.

As this event continues to make waves across the world, the impact of climate change has been on many people’s minds, including that of businesses.

How is the issue of climate change affecting recruitment?

For many people, and the younger generation in particular, climate change is something they consider when making important life decisions, including what they eat, how they dress, how they travel and where they choose to work.

According to GetMyFirstJob.co.uk, of 1,000 people polled:

  • 29 per cent said they would prefer not to work for an organisation they believe is causing harm to the climate or the environment.
  • 33 per cent believe climate change has affected how they look for job opportunities.
  • 42 per cent said they would like companies to be more transparent about their green commitments during the job application process.
  • 68 per cent said they would like to work for an employer that is doing something positive for the future of the planet.
  • 76 per cent believe employers could do a better job at explaining their commitments to the environment.

Emma Osborne, Founder of Citizen Kind, noted that the younger generation are especially concerned by sustainability and will remain loyal to firms that are accountable and honest about their role in a greener society.

“Generation Z really care about the planet they are inheriting and expect their employer to act responsibly towards both their own wellbeing and the impact their business has on the environment,” she said.

How else do businesses benefit from going green?

As well as increasing their desirability as employers, going green can also aid businesses to:

  • Save money
  • Innovative market niches
  • Increase employee motivation
  • Create more engagement
  • Increase efficiency

The role companies play in the environment is an ongoing conversation in our current climate, so, not only are employers benefitting from the points above, but it is also simply good business.

It has become apparent that more people than ever want to work for, invest in and buy from firms who prioritise sustainability, in turn, improving their overall employer brand and reputation.

So, what are you waiting for?

As businesses begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a great opportunity to come back stronger and more resilient than before, rebuilding and retaining a strong, loyal team.

There is no doubt that creating a greener workplace is a major factor for any employer to consider.

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