What are tech candidates expecting from the companies they work for when it comes to environmental sustainability, and are employers doing enough? We break it down.
82% of candidates agree / strongly agree that businesses have an obligation to minimise their environmental impact, but are these companies on the same page? Of the companies surveyed, 91% agree / strongly agree that their organisation has this obligation, however, while in agreement, are employers currently doing enough in this space and putting tangible sustainability plans and initiatives into action?
It’s clear that candidates expect companies to prioritise environmental sustainability, however, 50% of candidates disagree / strongly disagree that companies are presently doing enough in this space. When asked the same question, the majority of companies cited that they feel they are doing enough, with 53% strongly agreeing / agreeing with this statement. When it comes to sustainable action, it’s clear that there is a disconnect between candidate and employer perceptions, so how can businesses bridge this gap? Is it a matter of clearer communication on sustainability plans and bringing candidates along for the journey, or is it maybe a case of implementing initiatives that have a more tangible impact on the environment? We explore what candidates are really thinking…
The stats reveal that environmental sustainability is a non-negotiable for candidates when selecting a new company to work for, but what does that actually look like in practice? While candidates and companies are primarily aligned, there is the opportunity for employers to invest more greatly in alternate renewable energy as a key environmental sustainability initiative. Although companies are primarily working towards carbon neutral / net zero in the future, our findings also reveal that candidates are more interested in sustainable procurement and pollution prevention as a priority. Focusing company efforts on these initiatives is a good starting point when building out your sustainability plan.
As an employee, I want my employer to showcase what initiatives are in place to reach sustainability goals. Depending on the type of company initiatives will depend on the measures and successes. For example, if a company subsidises public transit for employees, the company can show the progress of the number of people month by month that are taking advantage of public transit over other forms of tranportation.
- candidate survey response
Depending on the area that the company operates in, it needs to give back to the environment what has been utilised for their daily operations. This can be in the form of planting trees, providing opportunities to minorities and specially abled employees to name a few.- candidate survey response
Searching for a new role? We can connect you with employers that are putting sustainability first.