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Climate Quitting

The risks associated with climate change are well known, and the consequences are unquestionably catastrophic for the planet. In essence, a notable series of record-breaking heat waves is sweeping the globe this year, signaling the arrival of global boiling that prolongs the risks of rapidly changing weather. However, there are also opportunities presenting amidst these negative effects. The International Labor Organization estimates that by 2030, more than 24 million green employment might be generated worldwide. As a result, a trend known as "Climate quitting" has appeared, in which people decide to leave their current jobs to pursue more environmentally friendly career paths. What does this trend mean for businesses?


Even though the term "climate quitting" is relatively new, its practice has gained popularity in recent years as the severity of the global warming crisis has become increasingly apparent. Climate quitters actively leave their jobs due to environmental concerns, shifting the dynamics of the labor market. According to research by Yale, 51% of participants would accept lesser wages to work with a company that prioritizes the environment. This poses a serious threat to the company's recruitment efforts. Companies will risk losing out top talent if they are unable to incorporate their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. As a consequence of a smaller talent pool, all parts of a company’s operations may suffer. Additionally, when companies are losing existing talented people due to climate-related issues, they will need to invest a GREATer amount of time and resources in training and onboarding new employees.


The shift in attitudes toward climate change along with the urgency to combat its effect signals the need for organizations to transform by integrating the 3Ps— Profit, People, and Planet. This can be enhanced by delving deeper into these three aspects. The first is environmental concerns, such as a company's energy use, carbon emissions, resource usage, and waste production. It is necessary to determine the organization's environmental impact and carbon footprint, followed by the execution of improvements to reduce these repercussions. Secondly, the people factor stands as an indispensable element. The relationship between companies and the communities affected by their operations should be taken into account. This is due to its encompassment with issues of diversity and inclusiveness, which are also key factors that potential workers consider when evaluating employment offers. Finally, in order to retain a successful workforce, a company's systems and procedures must be able to manage operations, make decisions, and adhere to regulatory requirements and stakeholder expectations.

The environmental crisis has caused a change in mindset, which in turn affected the labor market and enterprises. By focusing on these three crucial areas, an organization can embrace sustainability as an intriguing approach to retaining and attracting a talented workforce. Even more importantly, this commitment will foster community benefits and pave the way to ensure a company’s long-term growth on a sustainable path.

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