For clients just beginning their ESG journey, questions arise as to where and how to start developing a strategy, with smaller companies often lacking in-house skills.
“The establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board has been an important step, and Australian companies need to be aware of the global shift towards consistent, comparable and reliable ESG reporting and begin to prepare for the likely future impacts of reporting at the local level. says Cosgrove.
The key, she says, is to develop a strategy and plan that is embedded into a company’s core strategy and with accountability for its implementation established at all levels of the organization – while aligning a good understanding of likely future reporting requirements.
Indeed, the share of green talent in the workforce has increased from 9.6% in 2015 to 13.3% so far in 2022, a growth rate of 38.5%, according to the latest LinkedIn Global Green Skills Report.
The report highlights the global upheaval as the future of work is reimagined.
Business leaders are reinventing all of their working models, cultures and corporate values. Meanwhile, employees are rethinking what they do, where they do it and what it means, he reveals.
This redesign is an opportunity to redirect human talent towards arguably the most pressing challenge facing humanity: the green transition. And green jobs go beyond building solar panels. It is the sustainable fashion manufacturer, fleet manager and sales manager.
However, the report also highlights that we still have a long way to go, with a marked lack of skills and green jobs slowing the pace at which we can green the economy.
Fast-growing green jobs in Australia include sustainability manager, environmental health and safety specialist, and solar consultant, among others.
Others are less specialized and are found in a variety of industries, including roles ranging from compliance officer, facilities manager and technical sales representative, according to the report.
The opportunities for workers looking for a career change are immense, with all industries requiring talent who understands how to be part of the transition.
Carving out a “green” career gives Sabina Bertuzzi a real sense of enterprise.
She works in social impact at PwC Australia and is involved with the Green Team, an internal people network focused on driving behavior change to support PwC’s net zero commitment.
Bertuzzi will graduate with his master’s degree in sustainability next month, which has opened his eyes to a range of green jobs as companies achieve their own sustainability goals.
“The course changed my perspective on what I wanted to do in my career. I saw a much bigger opportunity open to me,” she says.
It’s very different from the career path she started: cybersecurity consulting.
“I love the advocacy and people engagement element of my role at PwC, and working collectively in a green team with like-minded and passionate people,” she says.
Ultimately, Bertuzzi is driven by a desire to make the world a better place. She is only too aware that a greener future is in the hands of her generations.
“I want to spend my career trying to build a world centered on social inclusion and environmental stewardship. This is the most interesting part of sustainability,” says Bertuzzi.
Although she hasn’t mapped out everything, she knows she’s on the right track. “There’s a nice intersection between climate justice and social justice, which is a really different way of looking at societal sustainability issues. »
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