Tackling climate change is an issue many businesses are increasingly concerned with, and our client base is no exception. Acorn's Group Commercial Director Scott Liddle spoke with The Business for its Climate Change Issue on how Acorn's people focused initiatives aim to empower employees company-wide to strengthen environmental management systems.
Proving your eco credentials as an employer looking to attract new talent is as much a part of the offering as anything else these days. And, of course, the responsibility to do our bit regardless of company location or size is a responsibility which lies with each and every one of us in today’s climate.
When it comes to creating a culture for change, our advice is always to work at winning hearts and minds, as opposed to ‘policing’ trends and habits, in the first instance.
Some of the initiatives we run here at Acorn have included a ‘big green clean up’ pizza party, which not only helped bond the team further through the shared goals in terms of the activity itself, but also socially too.
Creating a sense of community is often more effective, and definitely a lot more fun, than simply introducing a blanket workplace ban on certain products. Enlisting the help of ambassadors within your organisation who are as passionate as you about improving standards is also a must, as is empowering employees company -wide to make changes through the power of education.
Alongside the people focussed elements, Acorn Group is otherwise in the process of strengthening its current environmental management system as important environmental metrics are reported to our parent company, global recruiter Synergie, on a monthly basis.
We have now introduced an electronic timesheet software system to eliminate paper altogether, for example, and are currently putting together a three-year environmental improvement plan with a view to reduce energy, water and diesel consumption. As a group, we believe it is imperative we do all we can to preserve and protect our environment.