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Ways Businesses Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Climate change continues to be a concern due to its negative impacts, such as shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, rising sea levels that increase the risk of flood and an overall increase in severe weather conditions. To avert the worst impacts of climate change, the Government of Canada is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Achieving net-zero emissions means the economy either emits no greenhouse gas emissions or offsets the emissions.

Here are a few methods businesses can consider to offset greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their carbon footprint:

  • Become a conscious consumer. Most organizations collaborate with other businesses, such as external marketing teams, car rental services, event planners or office product suppliers. When choosing these partners, it’s important to research their business practices to determine if their values align with reducing waste and carbon emissions. By working with companies with the same goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an organization can lower its environmental impact.
  • Create more sustainable office spaces. Buildings produce 17 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gases, including emissions for generating electricity and using fossil fuels to heat and cool buildings. To reduce this number, organizations can consider downsizing to a smaller space if possible and use more sustainable energy sources, like solar power and Energy Star-certified products and practices.
  • Reduce business travel. The transportation sector contributes 25 per cent of Canada’s emissions. Organizations can help reduce this through smarter business travel. For instance, when choosing to rent a vehicle, consider an electric or hybrid vehicle; consider reducing the number of business trips that involve flying; and allow employees to work from home to reduce the number of people commuting to and from the office.

Organizations will continue to receive pressure to implement practices that will reduce carbon emissions, and it will be beneficial to make changes when possible. For more information about workplace trends, contact The Hull Group today.

Trending Employment Insurance Benefits to Consider

The corporate world has transformed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations had to quickly adapt to a new work environment that allows employees to work from home and have more flexibility. Now that many organizations have committed to being fully remote or offering a hybrid structure, other changes are being made to other areas, including employment insurance benefits.

Consider offering the following trending employment insurance benefits:

  • Telehealth and telemedicine – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased attention and adoption of telemedicine and telehealth services, allowing employees to speak to a health care professional from their home. Organizations should consider adding these offerings if they haven’t done so already, and if they have, they should think about making them a permanent benefit.
  • Mental health aid – The global pandemic has caused an increase in mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Employers can help by offering Employee Assistance Programs, which provides employees and their dependents confidential support and counselling with accredited professionals to help work through mental health challenges.
  • Continued flexibility – Organizations that are able to thrive with flexible schedules will continue to do so. Many employees have adapted to working from home and having schedules that can be adapted to their personal needs. Employees will most likely not want to return to restrictive work schedules and will only seek job roles allowing for this type of work environment.
  • Defined contribution plans – Health care plans will also become more flexible with increased adoption of defined contribution plans, such as Health Care Spending Accounts. By offering these options, employers can avoid paying premiums for benefits that aren’t being used as frequently.

Offering benefits that are important to employees will help retain and attract talent. For more information on workplace changes, contact The Hull Group today.