NEEDS A GOOD CLIMATE
An intact environment is a requirement for doing successful business. Why? Because people can only realise their potential if they have good and healthy living and working conditions. Therefore, we regard climate and resource protection as essential, both from an ecological and an economic perspective.
“Doing the right thing” – based on this core business value, we have taken numerous actions within the company to boost resource efficiency over the past few years. As a global industry leader, we also want to take responsibility for climate protection and have committed ourselves to achieve carbon-neutrality by the end of 2021. Initially, we will offset our emissions and then move increasingly towards reducing them.
We also aspire to thinking further and considering how our expertise in specialised HR services can help implement the decisions of the Paris climate accord – in other words, how we can contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations, the green economy will create about 24 million jobs in the coming years. Recruiting experts for positions in climate and environmental protection already plays an important role for our customer businesses. To ensure that we can provide even better support to businesses around the world in this area, we are building relevant talent pools.
Renewable energies: Since 2014, the electricity for all our branch offices has come exclusively from renewable energy sources. The same applies to new branch offices.
Good accessibility: We choose locations for our branch offices that are easily accessible by public transport and near a railway station, if possible.
Digital connectivity: All of our employees at the different sites are connected to one another via a digital communication platform. We equipped all branch offices to use video conferencing, making many business trips obsolete.
Digital signature: Where possible, we use digital signatures in contract management to speed up processes and save paper.
Driving to meet a customer, flying to a meeting, commuting to work – most of the carbon emissions from Hays are associated with our mobility. That’s why we are focusing our efforts on mobility as the starting point for reducing our carbon footprint.
In a first step, we have committed ourselves to reducing our carbon emissions in the area of mobility by five percent by the end of 2021.
At the same time, a strategic working group is addressing future mobility options in our organisation. To that end we, are working with experts from the MHP consultancy who have many years of experience with mobility concepts.
Since 2019, a travel guideline has obligated all Hays employees to consider the environment when planning a business trip. As a result, we were able to reduce the number of domestic flights considerably even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By late 2021, Hays will be climate-neutral – this target was published by Alistair Cox, Hays CEO, in spring 2021. To realise “net zero”, we will offset the percentage of emissions we cannot eliminate. To achieve this, we are working with two renowned companies: While Ecometrica calculates and analyses all of our emissions and helps us with modelling our targets ClimatePartner checks our emission data and purchases internationally certified emission credits for climate protection projects for us. In the short and medium term, we have invested in a reforestation project in eastern Uruguay: The Guanare project encompasses 22,000 hectares of previously degraded agricultural areas to be regenerated to forest – with the aim of storing about seven million tons of CO2 over the course of the project and to annually absorb almost 130,000 tons of CO2. The project has been independently reviewed and supports five of the United Nations goals for sustainable development (UN SDGs). In the long term, we will focus on innovative investments in carbon sequestration to physically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.