Without even being an advocate, you can influence immense changes through your employer.
You are an incredible lever for systemic change in your company. You can incentivize management to make sustainable choices that have a substantial, lasting impact on your company and employee wellbeing.
And, as expert Bill Weihl says, the voice of a single employee is a more concentrated, present voice for management than thousands of customers.
Use that voice, or just change your retirement plans and conscientiously bring up the impact of carbon when it’s relevant to company conversations.
Join the climate voice movement
The ex-head of Facebook and Google sustainability, has spent months building a platform to help employees take action. In just three minutes, you can join their newsletter to stay up to date on the best action employees can take.
With your employee’s voices UK, NZ, and US companies can shift our climate, and encourage governments to do so too.
i) Explore Climate Voice’s mission (https://climatevoice.org/about/)
ii) Sign up and sign the Climate Voice pledge (https://climatevoice.org/)
Simply mention the climate in appropriate meetings
Without being pushy, you can stop tens, hundreds, or thousands of tons of CO2 being emitted. As a reminder for how much your input can change: each ton can be linked to 32 sq ft of ice loss or 15 trees.
Mentioning the importance and urgency of climate change in meetings could be as simple as asking, “have we considered ways to reduce the carbon impact of this?”.
Commit to yourself that you will mention the carbon impact in meetings deciding about
New products (materials)
Supply chains (sourcing standards to encourage sustainability)
If company-wide business flights could be offset (when meeting management or on travel discussions).
Travel plans for company retreats.
You do not need to push it. Simply bringing ‘should we think about the climate impact’ into the consciousness of the employees in the room could sway decisions
Switch your retirement fund to green providers
No matter your income level or stage of life, you can make that resource work for both you and the planet while you sleep!
Ask your employer to switch your retirement to a green provider. Learn more through these guides
Australia - Greenfinder
New Zealand - Kiwisaver
Or, if you are an investor there are services that let you check the Environmental ratings of the companies you invest in - As You Sow
Learn more about the impact of your retirement fund on WeForum
Join one of these newsletters to stay incentivised and motivated about the climate crisis
-The Daily Climate: https://www.dailyclimate.org/newsletter/
-Heated https://heated.world/ (independent journalism with a paid, very well-researched, option)
-The Climate Crisis https://www.newyorker.com/newsletter/the-climate-crisis (sustainability expert Bill McKibben) -Or, this Slack channel if you’re interested in technology - ClimateAction.Tech
Learn about your company’s sustainability strategy
i) Use this database to find your company’s sustainability (CSR) strategy (GRI database)
ii) Or ask your boss about your company’s CSR strategy
-By improving your company’s sustainability measures, you’re improving your company’s value for investors and improving ESG outlook for customers.
-You as an employee are your company’s most important resource. Your voice can sway consumer demand and stakeholder engagement discussions.
-Amazon launched a $2 Billion Climate Change Fund after hundreds of employees took a stand against Amazon’s climate change policies (Source)
-According to LinkedIn's 2018 Workplace Report, 86% of millennials would consider taking a pay cut to work for companies whose values aligned with their own. (Source)
-Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, HP and Walmart have all made Climate Pedges and/or are taking Climate Action by changing their infrastructure as a result of employees rising up. (Source)