How to recruit more sustainably
When reviewing your early talent attraction, think about reducing the amounts of merchandise you produce but consider travel, food and onboarding materials too. It’s also important to consider ethics – protecting people involved in your supply chain as well as the environment.
Don’t print anything if a digital asset could do the job. If you absolutely need to print, use 100% post-consumer waste stock that’s also chlorine-free. Whilst paper can be sourced from ‘sustainably managed’ forests, use recycled instead – it’s more sustainable. Print only as many copies as you need and avoid routinely producing something different every year.
Continue the momentum of COVID-19 by exploring online event platforms. If you do need to attend real-world events, travel light. Don’t print one-off posters or pull-up stands and shun the goody bag. Instead, engage candidates by giving low-carbon ‘experiences’. And if you’re serving food, consider going vegan – meat and dairy production are often bad for the environment.
Again, COVID-19 encouraged many of us to switch real-world vacation schemes, boot camps and internships to online platforms. Consider keeping these initiatives online if you can. If face-to-face events can’t be avoided, prioritise venues that are easily accessible by public transport. Provide travel information to candidates to discourage them from driving.
Onboarding can be a time when we suffocate employees with printed materials –handbooks, guides, directories, maps, vouchers. Provide as much of your new-starter information online as you can. (But remember to make clear that printed copies are available for those that really need them.) If you’re in the habit of zipping joiners around the country to visit other sites, consider moving those ‘trips’ online or at least encourage the use of public transport.
How you can play your part
If you’re a student looking at your career options, you can help reduce waste in recruitment. Here are some steps you might want to take:
We’re not suggesting you should only apply to organisations that are aligned with the Alliance. But do question bad practices if you can. Also, check out the admirable work of two of our supporters, SOS-UK and Sentry.
A founder of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance, Clifford Chance has been working hard for years to reduce waste in its early talent recruitment. Here’s the latest chapter of their story.