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Time to stop single use plastic for good

New research now reveals employers’ environmental initiatives, or lack thereof, are directly impacting attraction and retention. 80% of office workers say it’s important to them personally that their workplace has targets in place to reduce single use plastic. However, 86% of business leaders believe their company could be doing more to lower its environmental impact.

Contributor: Chris Dagenais, General Manager - BRITA VIVREAU UK | Published: 6 April 2023

Preparing for incoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

As the start date for the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) approaches, LRQA urges those affected to act now and review existing strategies, processes and management systems.

Contributor: Olga Rivas, Sustainability Specialist - LRQA | Published: 1 December 2022

Gov green jobs revolution needs to speed up by 25 times to hit target

Green jobs need to be created at 25 times the current rate if the Government is to meet its target of 440,000 new jobs in green industries by 2030, according to new analysis by the world’s largest job site Indeed. Yesterday ministers announced sweeping new green targets for homes and vehicles, but Indeed's analysis suggests the Government's plans for a Green Industrial Revolution could be “tripped up” by the acute lack of green workers. Indeed's data reveals the salaries paid by many green jobs are below the UK average. The most common green job vacancies this year are for recycling workers, representing 19% of all green job postings on Indeed. This is followed by environmental managers, with 15% of postings, and ecologists at 10%.

Contributor: Jack Kennedy, UK Economist - Indeed | Published: 27 October 2021

Demand For Environmental Jobs spikes up 91 percent

The UK government recently announced their plan to quadruple the number of ‘Green’ jobs by 2030. With the aim of steering those considering a job in this field, Bower Collective have conducted a study analysing the topmost advertised ‘environmental’ job roles across 11 sectors.

Contributor: Emily Gauntlett - Bower Collective | Published: 13 October 2021

If we have to go back to commuting, let’s do it more sustainably

Mobilityways enables firms to calculate their ACEL (average commuter emissions level). It uses commuters’ travel data to map and model more environmentally-friendly commute options for workers – posing options and providing alternative routes and distance data for those willing to explore alternatives including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing. The idea is to encourage more people to explore greener alternatives for their journeys to and from work.

Contributor: Ali Clabburn,Founder - Mobilityways | Published: 29 April 2021

Global liveability report reveals which cities offer the best quality of life

ECA International is the market-leading provider of knowledge, information and technology that enables businesses to manage their international reward programmes. Updated annually, ECA International's Location Ratings system measures the quality of expatriate living conditions in over 480 locations around the world.

Contributor: Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst - ECA International | Published: 25 February 2020

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Poor choice of music in workplace seriously impacts performance

With 253 working days in 2019, this works out as 44 hours per year, or 5.84 working days. Taking into consideration the 32.53 million people that are employed in the UK, over 190 million days of productivity are forfeited due to office acoustics.  

Contributor: Mark Clisby | Published: 1 May 2019

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More than 70 percent of England’s water industry foreign owned

If Michael Gove is serious about taking back control he must put England’s water back in public hands, says GMB Union. Shock findings by GMB, the union for water industry workers, show that almost three quarters of England’s water industry is currently owned from overseas.

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 1 October 2018

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Thames Water massive fine highlights skills crisis

News that Thames Water must pay a £120 million bill for failing to tackle leaks has highlighted the industry’s yawning skills gap, says a leading training specialist. The water sector urgently needed to attract more people and to invest in apprenticeships and skills training.

Contributor: Chris Wood | Published: 11 June 2018

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Renewable power picks up speed

Renewable power accounted for 70 percent of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). The GSR, is the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy worldwide.

Contributor: Arthouros Zervos | Published: 5 June 2018