Workplace giving has evolved significantly over the past few years, becoming an expectation among employees across all industries. Nearly 6 in 10 employees stated it was imperative, or very important, to have a workplace culture that is supportive of giving and volunteering.
Founded during the First Industrial Revolution, Schneider is eager to lead the global push to put sustainability at the heart of what the Word Economic Forum recently dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Each year on International Women's Day, we like to take a moment to spotlight the intelligent and driven women in our industry. This year, we spoke with two extraordinary women of Schneider Electric's Energy & Sustainability Services division to discuss the changes they see happening in energy & sustainability, and the role women play as agents for change.
For nearly a decade, Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services has hosted an internal forum among its international experts to discuss energy trends for the coming year. This year’s forum took place near the end of 2019 and combined experts across data science, energy sourcing, research and analytics, and risk management. While the primary task was the same as in previous years, it was nonetheless still challenging: forecast the top trends that will have the greatest impact on energy markets in 2020.
International Women’s Day, fast approaching on March 8, is a powerful reminder to celebrate women in our lives.
In some countries, it is customary to shower women with attention and flowers–somewhat similar to the way we celebrate Mother’s Day here. In the U.K., the day spurs celebration of the contribution of women to business, science, politics and society at large. Last year, the milestone coincided with a centenary of female emancipation and underscored that we still have a long way to go in achieving true equality.
Businesses have long recognized the need to decarbonize operations through setting GHG emission reduction targets, but these goals are typically short-term and incremental in nature – usually based on past performance or regulatory requirements. Science-Based Targets (SBTs) are far more ambitious and go beyond current legislation. They are aligned with climate science and stated aims of the Paris Climate Agreement. Their time horizon is longer (up to 2050) and require more aggressive cuts in emissions.
2020 marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which combat poverty, inequality and injustice and climate change by 2030. Following the success of the Millennium Development Goals, SDGs have been adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, signed by 193 countries.
"Our Green Chemistry initiative is as much about driving efficiency in our factories (staring with technology development to design future processes) as it is about sustainability. I would say that’s driven by both a financial aspect and an environmental aspect to get the most out of raw materials and make deals not waste" - Frederick Hellman, Compliance Associate Director, Astra Zeneca