Back in 2015, representatives from nations all around the world met to sign an initiative that would help combat the damaging effects of climate change.
This very first globally collective effort in terms of reducing greenhouse emissions, to which 179 countries have formally agreed their commitment, focusses on limiting the rise in global temperature increases by two degrees above its preindustrial measurement.
One thing the world has finally noticed over the past number of years, but more specifically since the signing of the agreement, is that we all have a part to play in limiting the damage we are causing to the environment. We are all responsible.
Populations are, finally, beginning to develop a strong environmental and social conscience — a generation of individuals who understand their everyday actions in life will critically impact the life of others and the shape of this planet now and long into the future.
One place this is recognisable is in the workplace. In a study of 2,000 British workers, it was identified that 42% of workers want to work for a company that plays a positive impact on the world, 44% thought meaningful work was more important than a large salary, and 36% would work harder for an organisation that benefitted society.
Furthermore, 64% of millennials noted that they wouldn’t take a job with a company that wasn’t socially responsible either.
For businesses a decade ago, corporate social responsibility was the key marker for success. Now, however, in order to be considered in any way responsible, you need to be sustainable. As a company, you have to go the extra mile when it comes to the products you use, the way you manage your waste, and the way you care for your community.
It’s not about having your eye on the present and profit, it’s about looking to the future. You need to be aware of the needs of society and give back, in abundance, what you have taken from the earth.
But why are sustainable companies so alluring?
As we’ve previously mentioned, working for a sustainable company is high up on the agenda of most professionals in modern times. The question is, what is it makes these businesses stand out so much when it comes to the job hunt?
The first thing to consider is the pride associated with working for such a firm. From the perspective of an employee, being part of a business which has implemented sustainable practices into their brand, products, and services, committing to plastic waste recycling, is something worth shouting about. Going home on a daily basis with the knowledge that you, through your work, are making a positive difference is undoubtedly rewarding.
A company that displays a level of care and respect for sustainability is also likely to emulate this when it comes to their staff. Effectively, find a company who employs good practices such as the above and you will more than likely have discovered a business that will look after your personal welfare….