How Can Businesses Ensure An Inclusive Green Recovery?
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that businesses can be agile and adapt at pace. This ability should be used to tackle the escalating climate emergency by seizing the opportunities presented by transitioning to a “green” economy. However, new opportunities must be available to people of all backgrounds, and from all areas of the UK. How Can Businesses Ensure An Inclusive Green Recovery? explains what skills are required for these new roles and how businesses can ensure they are inclusive.
How Can Businesses Ensure An Inclusive Green Recovery? discusses:
- what do we mean by “green jobs”?
- should all jobs be “green”?
- what skills are required for these roles?
- how can businesses ensure that new opportunities are inclusive?
What are leaders saying about these issues?
In order to understand how businesses can contribute to an inclusive green jobs recovery, Business in the Community (BITC) convened a joint discussion with the Employment and Skills Leadership Team and Climate Action Leadership Team (formerly known as the Environment Leadership Team). This discussion sought to understand the key challenges and opportunities associated with the green recovery, and the role that BITC can play in enabling a just transition. Read “How Can Businesses Ensure An Inclusive Green Recovery?” to see a summary of that discussion.
About Business in the Community’s work on essential skills
Essential skills are the skills we all need to thrive in education, work and life and are proving to be ones heavily required in a time of crisis1. With estimates that unemployment has already risen to at least 2.5 million2 and research showing that those who are most disadvantaged are the hardest hit 3 the UK must build the skills it needs for economic recovery while supporting people back to work and ensuring social mobility.
About Business in the Community’s work on the environment and Challenge 2030 campaign
BITC’s environment and sustainability agenda encourages innovative and transformational change at the core of business. Our programmes focus on building a one-planet economy that delivers lasting prosperity through the UN Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BITC’s Challenge 2030 campaign aims to accelerate the transformation to a future where the climate crisis is history. It calls for bold leadership from business to help make the climate crisis history.
BITC is calling on business to increase:
- The speed with which they will achieve net zero carbon targets aligned to the Paris agreement
- The scale of ambition in their climate action plans to rapidly cut carbon and prepare for climate impacts
- The scope of their influence by collaborating with employees, suppliers, customers and sectors to unlock barriers to action
- Joan Michelson, (2020) What’s the surprising leadership lesson in the COVID-19 crisis, Forbes, 28 March 2020.
- Wilson, T; Cockett, J; Papoutsaki, D and Takala, H (2020) Getting Back to Work: Dealing with the labour market impacts of the Covid-19 recession, Institute for Employment Studies, 8 April 2020.
- Robert Joyce and Xiaowei Xu (2020) Sector shutdowns during the coronavirus crisis: which workers are most exposed?, Institute for Fiscal Studies, 6 April 2020