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What a more sustainable working world might look like

19 Feb 2021

From eco-friendly home offices to a green Covid-19 recovery, here’s what you might have missed during our Sustainability Week.

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In our first ever Sustainability Week on, we explored some of the ways businesses and individuals can work towards a greener future. Having overseen recent research into the impacts of the pandemic, Accenture’s Karen O’Regan discussed how leaders should keep sustainability a priority in their recovery strategies.

The impacts of Covid-19 have driven a shift in values, she told us, and she’s hopeful that businesses will address the climate crisis more urgently as a result.

“I do believe there is a growing consensus among business leaders that the recovery can be done in a way that drives the energy transition, is broad-based for all demographics and drives sustainable economic growth,” she said. “More importantly, I hope that the pandemic encourages businesses to consider the people affected by systemic changes and disruptions.”

So what steps can your company take towards greater sustainability? We looked at what some businesses are doing right, and heard tips from green leaders in PwC and Workhuman. These included setting actionable targets that are evidence-based and setting up employee resource groups to bring your people on board.

Sustainable working at home was another area we looked at. This infographic from Use Space showed some of the ways we can make our home office greener, such as switching off our screensavers and investing in more environmentally friendly tech and tools around the house.

Career opportunities

In addition to our focus on sustainable working and greener business practices, we covered a number of jobs announcements this week. There was news from Takeda, KPMG, BT and ThreatLocker, with roles opening up across engineering, sales, networks, manufacturing and more.

The European Space Agency also launched its first call for new astronauts in more than a decade. Learn more about the hiring process here.

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Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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