17 Jun 2019, 20:44

More Than 1 in 3 Employees Want Their Bosses To Declare A Climate Emergency

New research compiled by the culture and behaviour change consultancy firm Kin & Co. has revealed that more than 1 in 3 employees are demanding that their bosses declare a climate emergency.

Kin & Co. canvassed the opinions of more than 2,000 UK staff and found that 35 per cent wanted their Chief Executive Officer to say that the state of the environment is now in an emergency zone and declare ways in which they are going to tackle the crisis.

Amongst young employees the figure was even higher, with 41 per cent of workers aged between 25 and 34 demanding swift action from their bosses.

3 in 5 of the people surveyed said that combating climate change was the duty and responsibility of their CEO and almost 1 in 8 staff said they would resign if their bosses didn’t take decisive action on the environment soon.

In addition to the threat of losing good quality staff to the issue of climate change, the Kin & Co. findings also warned that businesses who haven’t set carbon emissions reduction targets could face strong pressure from consumers who could potentially boycott their products over environmental issues.

Crucially, the Kin & Co. research found that, so far, only a meagre 1 in 10 companies in the UK had actually committed to reducing carbon emissions in their mission statements.

Commenting on the results of their survey, the director of Kin&Co, Sarah Holloway, said: “We need to be clear that tackling climate change is everyone’s responsibility. Our research has shown that employees want their organisations to come up with a clear robust plan on tackling climate change, and those who don’t could find that they are losing out on talented staff.”

“Just as consumers are looking for ethical companies and brands the exact same is true for staff. Employees want their CEOs to take a tough stance on this, and HR can play a really important role here, through having those sometimes tough conversations with their executives and getting the message out there,” added Ms Holloway.

The list of influential figures highlighting the emergency state of the environment is growing, with Pope Francis saying, just last week:

"Future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility. Indeed, as is becoming increasingly clear, young people are calling for a change.”

We bring you this news in the month we celebrate World Environment Day (5th June), a movement started by the United Nations which tries to encourage awareness and action to protect the environment.

And, in the next series of articles we’ll be taking a look at some of the ways in which we at NuServe are doing our own bit to help tackle the climate emergency; both directly within our company internally and also indirectly via the work we do with our clients.