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Why companies need to prioritise sustainability in 2023

Updated: Apr 29

The past few years have seen a major surge in people focusing on sustainability and the day-to-day changes we can all make to combat climate change. At Lem-uhn we are also committed to being a part of this. Whether it’s through our positive ethos of working with better brands or our carbon offsetting schemes that see us counteract our carbon emissions, we realise that we must all make changes for the better.

A Millennial movement

With Millennials and Gen Zs accounting for a majority of the workforce, it’s unsurprising that the values of this generation are now being implemented in the workplace. A recent study by Deloitte revealed that even though three-quarters of Gen Z and Millennials see climate change as a top priority, only 18% see this being addressed within the workplace. For an increasing number of people, this is now non-negotiable in job searches. According to Google Trends data, the number of people searching for ‘sustainable companies’ peaked this year at its highest point in five years. Crucially, the UK ranks as the sixth region in the world most likely to search for this term which highlights the growing need for climate change to be taken seriously, starting with leadership making the correct decisions.

Small steps for change

In our first year, Lem-uhn offset over 10.4 tonnes of CO2 and we are on track to becoming a net zero company by 2030. It is through initiatives such as supporting climate-friendly projects, tree-planting initiatives, and plastic recycling schemes that we have kept a carbon-neutral footprint. All of the above are small steps that add to the greater impact across the UK. As humanity is at such a crucial stage in combatting climate change, it is important for companies big and small to act accordingly when tackling this. Although events such as COP27 have spurred the government and large corporations to discuss changes, only 15% of Gen Z and Millennials agree that suitable action is being taken by large companies to combat climate change, therefore it’s high time for leaders to see this as crucial for progression in business in today’s day and age.

Why it matters

As 2021 was reported to be one of the hottest years on record, woes about climate change are also at record levels as we can no longer avoid the detrimental effect it is having on the planet. If personal and industrial action is not taken seriously, concerns for our future will continue to grow. At Lem-uhn we believe that measures such as banning single-use plastics in the workplace and stepping up training for employees on how they can make a positive day-to-day impact on the environment whilst at work are all simple yet effective ways that we can take in the right direction to feel confident we’re doing all we can.

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