awareness to action

We don’t need to tell you that environmental sustainability is important, you get it. But when it comes to hiring, it can have a bigger impact than you may realise.

At Talent, we work with thousands of tech candidates across the globe, and have an idea or two about what they expect from the companies they work with. Hint: environmental sustainability is high on their list. So, we wanted to put some numbers to the conversations, and highlight just how much of an influence the sustainability movement truly has on the hiring market.

bridging the gap


In this report, we’ve surveyed over 400 global employers and tech candidates to get their take on whether companies’ environmental actions match up or fall short of candidate expectations.

With recommendations on how you can bridge the gap, we’re helping you go from awareness of what candidates want, to real action towards change.

Don't just take it from us though. Sustainability experts from across the globe also share how they are leading the way by doing things differently in their organisations to attract top talent and make a tangible difference for the planet.

Whether you have a robust sustainability strategy in place or are just making a start, we hope to guide, inspire, and empower you on your sustainability journey, helping you put the “ability” in sustainability.

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What’s happening
in the market?

Did you know that over a quarter of employees would take a pay cut to work for an environmentally sustainable company (TotalJobs) and that 69% of workers surveyed in a Gallup poll look at a company’s environmental record when considering whether or not to take a job?

It’s clear that environmental sustainability is front of mind for candidates when on the job search, so we wanted to take it a step further to uncover just how strong of an influence it has on hiring. Candidates are calling for sustainability, but are companies actually stepping up to the plate? And how influential is a company's sustainability strategy, really, to candidates when choosing their next employer? We dive into it.

the data

In this report, built from over 400 responses from individual hiring managers and technology candidates Talent works with globally, you will uncover both perspectives on environmental sustainability in business. This research aims to provide an insight into candidate sentiment around sustainability and equip companies with recommendations on how they can build or improve their existing environmental sustainability strategies to attract top talent while doing better by the planet.

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demographic data

Responses were collected from 108 employers and 333 technology candidates across APAC, Europe, UK and the USA in August 2022. These survey respondents were aged 18-74 and worked within the Banking / Finance, E-Commerce, FMCG / Retail, Government / Public Sector, Media / Digital, Manufacturing, Transportation / Logistics, Information Technology & Services, and Professional Services industries.

Key findings

84%of candidates say that it is important for them to work for a company that prioritises environmental sustainability

82%of candidates feel that businesses have an obligation to minimise their environmental impact and 91% of companies agree, however 50% of candidates feel that companies are currently not doing enough in this space

#3Environmental sustainability was ranked as the third most important business priority by both candidates and employers

78%of candidates and 76% of employers agree that a company’s sustainability strategy is integral to business success

59%of candidates say that a company’s commitment to environmental sustainability influences their decision to accept a job offer whereas 59% of companies are either neutral or disagree that their sustainability efforts have this impact

44%of companies cite that the main challenge they face with creating a sustainable future is a lack of company-wide education around personal impact whereas 63% of candidates feel that the main challenge businesses face is a lack of funding for initiatives

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