It’s nearly the end of 2021 and while the world slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, another crisis is on the rise – climate change.
As COP26 is underway, many world leaders and climate activists are raising their voices and committing to actions on climate change, and we look at them with hope.
The climate crisis brings another challenge for businesses and their HR teams who now need to think about sustainability strategies and how they actually need to be created.
What is the role of HR in tackling climate change? We’ve found articles that give a good overview and offer advice on how to fight back against global warming.
According to a new report by Advanced, 43% of senior employees in the UK believe that their company is guilty of greenwashing. This research also found that many employees are concerned that their bosses are prioritising increasing profit (47%) over hitting environmental targets (37%).
The article focuses on the young people specifically stating that they wish to align themselves with companies that are environmentally friendly and working towards positive change, claiming this should be a key priority for businesses looking to attract and retain this group.
There’s no quick fix to the climate change crisis but there are actions that businesses and HR teams can take, and People First HR give some good ideas.
Some of them that we really like are creating an environmentally aware working culture, and keeping employees updated and informed about Climate and Environmental changes.
With the pandemic recovery underway there’s a great opportunity for companies to focus on sustainability and its integration into their business strategy.
Writing earlier this year, CIPD’s Head of Public Policy shared the areas that HR professionals should focus on to play their part in tackling the climate crisis – from recruitment, to the strategic level. As in our day-to-day lives, he references the “many small changes” that can make a big difference.
CIPD also provides a Guide to Sustainability with practical suggestions on how professionals can play a more active role in achieving this aim.
David Wilkinson gives a helpful summary of research published in the journal Human Resource Management by researchers from Australia and China Human Resources – about who teams play a key role in the way that environmental policies are carried out, helping their organisation develop an environmentally sustainable business approach.
The research also found that there are three key HR activities that make a significant difference:
In this article, Jo Faragher summarises research from Willis Towers Watson that has uncovered the reality that many organisations aren’t involving HR in their climate efforts – and that an almost equally large proportion have no plans to.
As strong believers in the strategic role of HR, this is a concern – especially considering their unique position to influence (and measure) employee sentiment. As quoted in the article:
We’re a big believer in using your people power – and that includes in the fight against the climate crisis. The first step is listening to your employees, and we have a faster, simpler, more affordable way of doing that. Learn more: