There’s never been a more critical time for all Australians – including the country’s two million small businesses - to help shift the dial on climate change and conservation.
New research reveals that almost half of young Australians would refuse to work for a business that is not taking action on climate change. That includes 71 per cent of Gen Z and 52 per cent of Millennials, who will soon make up the majority of the workforce.
More than 80 per cent of Australians, meanwhile, think businesses need to do more in addressing climate change.
Combined with a nationwide skills shortage, it’s little wonder that employers are being warned to sit up and take notice.
Taking climate change seriously is not only the right thing to do. The bottom line is that protecting the planet provides companies with a vital, competitive edge.
Just how much do today’s workers value a company that cares for the environment?
Well, according to the just-released Elmo Climate at Work Report, which surveyed more than 1,000 Australians, a heck of a lot!
Essentially, businesses need to do more to address climate change or risk losing support from customers and face challenges recruiting new employees.
We know that consumers increasingly expect that the companies they are purchasing from will have “climate credibility” – in other words, a measurable commitment to sustainability.
Time is short, with Australia’s climate already having warmed by over 1˚C since 1960 and the shift having had many impacts on the country’s ecosystems.
At Carbon Landscapes, we’re tipping that in as little as 10 years all companies will have a climate project. Costs associated with these sorts of projects will be absorbed by marketing and human resources budgets, and become part and parcel of doing business in the future.
The good news is that we’re making it possible for businesses to be part of a suite of groundbreaking initiatives highlighted here.
With access to more than 60 rural properties across Victoria, we’re helping to pioneer an innovative private enterprise approach to conservation in Australia, mitigating carbon emissions as well as restoring biodiversity – which is closely linked to climate change.
Along the way we’re working with the country’s leading scientists to help protect a range of endangered native wildlife species. With more than 70 per cent of Australia’s native animals found nowhere else on Earth, it’s vital work.