Green transition gains momentum with enterprises and employees
Enterprises can contribute to the protection of the environment and the creation of a just transition based on equity and participation of all stakeholders, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
ILO’s Greening Enterprises: Transforming Processes and Workplaces report, which focuses specifically on the green transition of enterprises, found that more businesses have taken steps to reduce their carbon emissions, in response to the scarcity of resources, the frequency of natural disasters, and calls from consumers and clients to be more proactive on climate issues.
Regulations on sustainable transport and resource use at the workplace, legislation governing green procurement, working time organisation, teleworking, and a sustainable business model were the other factors driving enterprise greening, the report revealed.
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Workers and employers also expressed a desire for green workplaces, which includes sustainable transportation, resource efficient consumption, waste management, organisational structure, and sustainable food.
To promote good environmental practices among enterprises and achieve a just transition, the report recommended that policy and regulatory frameworks should be improved, and more clarity given to strategies of businesses and other actors. Other suggestions outlined in the report include helping managers and workers prepare for the effects on jobs, skills, and wages; and addressing gender segregation, including through skills development, so that women can benefit from the creation of green jobs.