A major global survey has revealed that the majority of company executives believe their businesses are ill-prepared for the transition to net zero carbon emissions.

In what has been described as a ‘trillion-dollar problem’, 74% of respondents said that they believe rapid upskilling is needed in upper management to ease the transition to a low-carbon future, while 78% viewed climate risk as a key factor in whether they will retain their job over the next five years.

The survey also revealed that companies are finding it harder to retain current employees and recruit new ones due to their climate track record, with 40% of executives admitting that employees at their businesses are leaving because of concerns about their employers’ climate impact.

The path to a more sustainable future relies on employers and employees taking active steps to reduce the gap in their green skills, and those who are not prepared will be left behind in the years to come.

In this respect, IEMA has a crucial role to play in supporting this ‘Green Industrial Revolution’, making the transition to net zero as smooth as possible. IEMA is perfectly placed to support organisations and individuals build the capability and skills needed and, with IEMA membership increasingly being seen as a badge to doing business, we can offer a range of opportunities for enhancing those skills which will be vital in the low-carbon future.

One of our aims is to promote the goal of sustainable development through improved environmental practice and performance by providing a range of high quality training courses to make a practical difference in the workplace. There are currently over 90 approved course providers worldwide – and we’re looking for more. Find out more about becoming an IEMA Training Partner so you can show your green commitment and help us spread the message.

We also partner with over 225 organisations who are looking to IEMA for support in building capability and business resilience. Our Corporate Partnership Programme facilitates vital cross sector networking, collaboration and sharing of best practice, along with supporting the delivery of training throughout their organisations to drive behavioural and cultural changes. Understand how the IEMA Partnership Programmes can support your environment and sustainability strategy.

Or, if you’re an individual, you can find out which membership grade is right for you and then join us to take advantage of our events, webinars and training courses, many of which are exclusively available to IEMA members.

Make yourself future-ready by joining IEMA today.

Source: Business Green