Half of IEMA ‘generation S’ members stay away from unethical employers

11th February 2016


Related Topics

Related tags

  • Business & Industry ,
  • Management ,
  • Corporate governance ,
  • Stakeholder engagement ,
  • Engagement

Author

Paul Fingleton

Initial results from IEMA's annual practitioner survey reveal that those entering the profession are becoming increasingly selective about the organisations they work for.

The poll closed on 15 January and 1,047 members responded. The first set of findings focus on responses from members with less than five years’ experience in an environment and sustainability role. This group of professionals has been dubbed ‘generation S’ because they are motivated by sustainability issues and the results suggest this stimulus is influencing their choice of sector and employer.

More than half of generation S respondents said they would refuse to work for employers that had a record of using slave labour, generating high levels of pollution, employing unsafe working conditions, poor environmental performance, questionable investments and unethical practices.

Tim Balcon, chief executive at IEMA, said: ‘We’re now looking at a new generation of savvy professionals. Generation S candidates are refusing to work for unethical employers. These career movers are typically extremely well qualified and employers who don’t have a sound reputation for good environment and sustainability performance are missing out on the pick of the crop, whether they are new graduates or career movers. Rather, generation S are looking for employers that offer opportunities to advance their career in a role that can make a positive difference to the planet, the economy and society.’

The early analysis of the survey results also shows that respondents with more than five years’ experience would advocate others joining the profession. More than a third (35%) said that, if they were advising generation S candidates about what to expect from an environment and sustainability career, they would say this is an area where practitioners can makes a difference and have a rewarding career.

More than a quarter (28%) of those polled said a career in the environment and sustainability offers a lot of variety. Some 59% reported that roles can be challenging, reflecting the diverse and fast-moving pace of the profession, as more businesses and entire industries are waking up to the scale and scope of environment and sustainable opportunities.

The full results from the practitioner survey, detailing the satisfaction levels, earnings, bonuses and work areas of IEMA members, will be published with the March issue of the environmentalist.

Generation S workers:

  • are typically in their mid-thirties, and men and women are equally interested in ethical employers;
  • have above average qualifications, with 45% having a Master’s degree or doctorate;
  • are looking for more than just a career and earning money, with the leading motivator for those seeking a new career in environment and sustainability being a desire to add more value than other jobs offer;
  • say they are concerned about the negative impact that some industries and organisations have on the environment;
  • are actively seeking a career that is primarily ‘ethical’ in nature; and
  • typically have a lifelong interest in environment and sustainability, and want a job that reflects their innate values.

Issues that would stop IEMA members working for an employer

56% unethical practices
53% poor environmental performance
48% unsafe working conditions
39% slave labour
37% high levels of pollution

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

Companies ‘greenstalling’ due to fear of unfair scrutiny of climate efforts

Large businesses across the world are avoiding climate action due to fear they will be called out for getting their work wrong, according to a new Carbon Trust report.

29th February 2024

Read more

A thought-provoking discussion on how storytelling can change the world took place in Central London last night, alongside an exclusive sneak preview of an upcoming IEMA film series.

29th February 2024

Read more

The UK’s net-zero economy grew 9% last year while delivering higher paid jobs than average and attracting billions of pounds in private investment, analysis by CBI Economics has uncovered.

28th February 2024

Read more

A consortium including IEMA and the Good Homes Alliance have drafted a letter to UK government ministers expressing disappointment with the proposed Future Homes Standard.

26th February 2024

Read more

IEMA and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) have today published up-to-date guidance to help companies and individuals understand climate-related financial information.

22nd February 2024

Read more

Campaign group Wild Justice has accused the UK government of trying to relax pollution rules for housebuilders “through the backdoor”.

14th February 2024

Read more

Global corporations such as Amazon and Google purchased a record 46 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind energy last year, according to BloombergNEF (BNEF).

13th February 2024

Read more

Three-quarters of UK adults are concerned about the impact that climate change will have on their bills, according to polling commissioned by Positive Money.

13th February 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close