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  • Writer's pictureAnne-Marie Soulsby

Climate Change Training: Why It's Crucial for Businesses to Take Action

Climate change is a reality that is affecting us all. From rising sea levels & extreme weather events to food & water scarcity, the impacts of climate change are being felt in almost every sector of society. In response to this global challenge, many businesses are starting to take action to reduce their environmental impact. But, it's not enough to simply implement green policies & practices; businesses also need to make sure their employees are properly trained & equipped to respond to climate change.

According to research by Supercritical, over a third of employees will leave their job if their employers only take weak action on reducing climate change. In addition, attracting new talent is affected by the business’ stance on climate change, a new study by Yale University confirms. 78% of students want to work for companies with good environmental practices whereas the majority of business students would accept a lower salary to work for a sustainability forward employer. Over a quarter of students would not work for a company with bad sustainability practices. The writing is on the wall; in the war on talent being sustainable is key to attracting & retaining talent.

The solution is to provide Carbon Literacy training to employees & embed it into the onboarding process. Carbon Literacy is an awareness & understanding of the causes & consequences of climate change, & the ability to take practical actions to reduce emissions. It includes knowledge of the role of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere, the impacts of climate change on individuals, communities, businesses & the planet, & ways to reduce their carbon footprints.

Here's a few reasons why Carbon Literacy training is essential for businesses:

  1. Businesses Understand the Risks & Impacts of Climate Change

The first step in responding to climate change is understanding the risks & impacts it will have on your business. Climate change can affect everything from supply chains & infrastructure to customer demand and business continuity.

How will your business cope if there is flooding at your suppliers premises? Is your business resilient to power failures from storms? How will your employees be affected if transport is disrupted or children are sent home by schools due to heatwaves?

By providing climate change training to employees, businesses can help them understand the risks & impacts of climate change, & how these will affect their day-to-day work. This knowledge will enable employees to identify & mitigate risks to reduce climate change & to take action to prepare for the future under a new climate.

2. The Business can Develop & Implement Effective Sustainability Strategies

Businesses can reduce their environmental impact by having effective sustainability strategies in place. Climate change training helps employees understand the importance of sustainability, & how to develop & implement strategies that are effective & meaningful. This includes actions such as being more energy efficient, reducing transport emissions, switching to ethical financial providers, conserving water, reducing waste, as well as sourcing materials & products from sustainable sources. By providing training in these areas, businesses can help employees take an active role in reducing the company's environmental impact &, in turn, make a positive impact on the environment.

It’s easy to create a sustainability strategy through my coaching services. I provide guidance, support, & accountability to help clients achieve their sustainability goals. Together we identify opportunities, set goals, analyse risks & develop a plan. My clients learn new ways of thinking, make behaviour changes, & gain the skills and knowledge they need to live & operate in a more sustainable way. Businesses that work with me build an eco focused culture & mindset that supports long-term success.

3. The Company Stays Compliant with Regulations

Many countries have strict regulations in place to limit the environmental impact of businesses, including the UK & the EU. These regulations cover everything from emissions & waste management to energy efficiency & product labelling. There are new requirements for reporting governance, strategy, risk management & emission metrics & targets. By providing Carbon Literacy training to employees, businesses can help ensure that they are meeting their regulatory obligations to ensure they avoid potential fines and other penalties. Training helps employees understand what is required of them, why it is important & how to comply with regulations in a way that’s both effective & cost efficient.

4. Enhancing the company's reputation & appeal to customers

Today consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products & services they buy. By providing Carbon Literacy training to employees, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability & environmental responsibility. This, in turn, enhances the company's reputation & appeal to customers, who may be more likely to do business with a company that takes its environmental impact seriously. This can be especially important for businesses that operate in sectors where environmental responsibility is a key concern, such as food, clothing, and energy.

In conclusion, Carbon Literacy training is essential for businesses that want to reduce their environmental impact, stay compliant with regulations, enhance their reputation & increase their appeal to customers. By providing training in areas like sustainability, risk management, & compliance, businesses empower their employees to take an active role in addressing climate change, building a more sustainable future for us all. It's time for all businesses to step up & take action on climate change, & climate change training is a critical part of that effort.

Where can I get Carbon Literacy training?

Whether you're an individual, business owner, or community leader, my online Carbon Literacy courses can help you become part of the solution.

I will guide you through the science of climate change, the impact of human activity on the planet, & practical steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Through interactive modules, case studies, & quizzes, you'll learn how to:

  • Assess your carbon footprint & identify areas for improvement

  • Adopt sustainable practices in your daily life or work

  • Advocate for climate action in your community or organisation

Don't miss this opportunity to become Carbon Literate and make a positive impact on the environment. Join my community of learners and start your Carbon Literacy journey today.

Enrol now to take the first step in joining the fight against climate change.

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