'A powerful tool' | Deloitte unveils climate change education programme for 330,000 staff - here's why

Deloitte unveils climate change education programme for 330,000 staff - here's why

Deloitte has announced it is rolling out a new climate learning programme for all 330,000 of its workers across the globe.

Described as “a first-of-its-kind among major global organisations,” the company has teamed up with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) for a new programme which has been designed to “inform, challenge and inspire” workers to learn about the impacts of climate change and empower them to address climate change by making responsible choices at home and at work.

The digital learning programme comprises of a module which features videos, interactive data visualisations, and personal testimonials from dedicated Deloitte people taking climate action around the globe. And it is complemented with a dynamic global learning platform of comprehensive climate content in a variety of mediums to increase climate literacy. As the training is rolled out over the next six months, it will mark the next step of a collective journey Deloitte is embarking on to address climate change and build a culture of climate consciousness and action.

"To address climate change, we need to understand it. Through dedicated learning, we can help make the right choices necessary to combat the crisis," says Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO.

"Deloitte’s climate learning program is a powerful tool to unlock the climate ambition of our most valuable asset and superpower - our people. By educating and inspiring all 330,000 of us, we can help drive collective action at the scale required to help address climate change."

Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF, said: "Climate change brings global impacts that demand global solutions. But we also know that companies have a big role to play in driving progress, and that the actions and voices of their employees really matter.”

Carter added: "Leading companies today are not only setting science-based targets to slash emissions and drive progress through their supply chains. They’re also engaging their customers and employees to make smarter choices and build momentum for broader societal progress. This new initiative from Deloitte taps into that trend and aims to bring it to scale."

Corporate responsibility brings benefits

Deloitte’s new programme builds on its existing climate and sustainability initiative globally, WorldClimate, a strategy launched in September 2020 which outlined Deloitte’s commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But the firm is just one of many placing more focus on the climate emergency.

Organisations are starting to recognise the benefits that corporate social responsibility (CSR) can have for a business.

Previously speaking to HR Grapevine, Katja Jones, Corporate & Community Fundraising Manager at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, explained that CSR initiatives are a valuable way to give back, while demonstrating that a company cares about its community will help to boost morale among employees and attract and retain talent. Never has this been more imperative than now, during the coronavirus pandemic, where employees’ wellbeing and productivity has taken a hit.

Jones explained that by adopting CSR activities, HR practitioners will see a ‘plethora of business benefits’. She added: “As HR managers, you have an opportunity to show that, beyond the PR benefits, CSR activity, in particular dedicated charity partnerships, can actually have a plethora of business benefits, ranging from increased staff retention and employee wellbeing, through to skills development and improved customer sentiment.”

Employees want to see action

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that workers want their employers to play a large role in environmental sustainability.

As reported by Fast Company, a 2019 survey of 1,000 American workers found that 70% of respondents were more likely to choose to work at a company with a strong environmental agenda, and more than 10% said they’d be willing to go as far as to take a $5,000-$10,000 pay cut to work for such a firm. A third claimed said that they’ve left a job in the past because of the company’s lack of a sustainability plan, Fast Company added.



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