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Transform the workforce

21 October 2020

What skills are required to ensure that a modern-day workforce is competently conscious of how its actions affect environmental impact?

Sustainable business is no longer about banning plastic water bottles from the office or arming your organisation with a glossy report. Instead many of today's companies are transforming to support a conscious, resilient, and an adaptable society where personal values matter.

According to ‘The Investor Report’ by Harvard Business School, businesses across the globe are integrating their sustainability agenda into their investment proposition, a clear sign that corporate leaders are being held accountable by shareholders for environmental performance. With 47% of internet users worldwide reporting they had ditched products and services from a brand that violated their values, the stakes to keep ahead in a competitive marketplace & an investor market, have never been higher.

Turning a sustainability vision into reality is not easy. Often creating a single program designed to change the mindset of every employee falls short. Instead, many businesses have shifted focus to the employees who can quickly facilitate change. Facilitating change is best placed with supervisors and managers and those who have the most direct impact on others, and therefore are usually trained in advance of the remainder of the workforce.

To unlock a mechanism of upskilling the workforce, many organisations look for support from professional bodies such as The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). IEMA’s Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workplace training provides a foundation for working in a manner that is sustainable to both the environment and the business. IEMA’s Environmental Sustainability Skills for Managers covers the understanding of the strategic and operational implications environmental sustainability has on them, their team and department. Both courses sit hand in hand to drive the reduction of environmental impact and in turn, help organisations improve the financial bottom line.

Research has shown that companies that best manage their environmental and social impact and have better governance practices are more profitable in the medium to long term. Society has reached a crossroads, and we are facing some critical decisions. The Pandemic has reinforced how different the planet can be when people’s behaviour changes. So, as we rebuild our economy, think about how you embed sustainability objectives at the heart of your business strategy. Through a partnership between IEMA and learning and development training company Astutis, sustainability skills training is now more accessible than ever before through the launch of a suite of online sustainability skills short courses.

Learn more about how your business could reduce its environmental impact and improve its bottom line through sustainability skills training at https://info.astutis.com/iema-sustainability-skills-for-the-workplace

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