Submitted article by Kerry Mitchell
There is still such a lack of suitable education tools to move boardrooms forward with sustainability and this information needs to be embedded into corporate and government training strategies. We need affiliates and employees to be part of the equation. Corporations and governments of all sizes are adding sustainability to their branding as many are predicting by the 2030’s, we will need the equivalent of two earths to support us. As human resource departments always look for back end accountability, offering these topics within the current internal training programs makes it easier to engage employees in their efforts. As I state on my website, “embracing sustainability can deliver tangible results in the HR space from employer branding and recruitment and hiring to create more employee loyalty and motivation (i.e. engagement) among younger and older workers and leaders.”
Businesses and governments are finally accepting that their business practices are full of waste, pollution and not a well thought out plan for reducing energy use. There is a need for addressing sustainable practices within their own business model. These employees must take courses on line like sexual harassment in the workplace. Sustainability education online should be as important. From VOCUS, a leader in cloud base learning solutions says. ” E-learning holds an edge over other computer-based training initiatives due to its ability to lower costs by centralizing content, reduce logistics costs, facilitate persistent storage, and enable uniformity in content delivery. Continuous developments over the years have allowed e-learning to emerge as a critical medium for learning, allowing companies to lower recurring costs.”
There are risks in not embracing the need to training staff internally on how to develop a comprehensive sustainability or energy plan. Stakeholders are demanding that the climate catastrophes we are all aware of be addressed within a corporate culture. The invest in a company and then see they are not addressing their waste practices. Not good. Companies need to be held accountable for what measures are being taken with regard to greener purchasing practices in delivering products and services. If companies and governments are to become more efficient in their day to day operations, a management team and employees in each department needs to learn about resource conservation. Employees in all departments need to be guided on the importance of transparency for stakeholders and accountability can only happen if training is provided in methods of environmental accounting principles.
Kerry Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Green Education Online, established in 2006.