Board and Leadership Teams.
A sustainability-educated board is crucial to understanding the impact and opportunities that climate change will have on your business. Sustainability education provides board members with the knowledge to develop a corporate strategy that navigates risk, responds to the needs of stakeholders, and delivers on targets. Decide what is best for your organisation whether that’s bespoke leadership training via consultants or through a dedicated education resource such as Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.
Up to 70% of corporate boards lacked the knowledge and ability to integrate sustainability into governance and strategy planning.
Facilities Management teams are integral to tracking and reducing your gas and electricity use, improving the health of buildings, and shaping the low carbon activities of your workforce. The Supply Chain School is a free resource that covers a wealth of topics to support understanding of climate change, resource management, social value, procurement and digital for the construction industry.
Our guide to carbon accounting can support your finance teams as they begin to track new data in line with reporting requirements. Finance teams will need to develop skills relating to sustainable pension planning, ethical fund management and risk assessments relating to financial investments. Green skills in finance are fundamental to understanding the key link between environmental and economic sustainability.
IT departments will need to develop skills to understand how to measure the digital carbon footprint of their organisation’s activities, from coding to servers. An awareness of how technology and solutions can support decarbonisation while being mindful of the whole lifecycle of IT equipment will be required. IT leaders can work with Finance and Facilities team to invest in technology that drives emission data transparency.
Your HR teams will need to understand the range of green skills, learning pathways and remuneration frameworks required in all roles to support the decarbonisation of your organisation’s activities. Creating a culture
sustainability falls to your HR team. A strong employer brand that includes recruitment, onboarding and benefits will help embed sustainability into your teams. FutureLearn has a sustainable HR course to help your HR leaders delve deeper into the benefits of green Human Resources.
From knowing how to communicate your climate commitments to building a more sustainable brand, your Marketing team is at the core of shaping your sustainability agenda. They act to truly understand your stakeholder’s needs and preferences, avoid greenwashing, and develop long-term value from sustainability. The Chartered Institute of Marketing has developed its own sustainability hub to support marketers in their journey to becoming sustainability champions.
Procurement & Partnerships.
Sustainable procurement is the process of sourcing and purchasing goods and services with consideration for environmental and social impacts. As well as contributing toward Global Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable procurement helps to build resilience and reduce risk through careful engagement with your supply chain.
Your procurement and partnership teams will need to understand the tools used for tracking emissions and reporting KPIs in the supply chain. The IEMA have a course in Sustainable Procurement that will support your staff to decarbonise procurement and identify and avoid environmental and social issues in the supply chain.