People Source is a subsidiary of Manpower Group and as an entire organisation we are committed to reducing the impact of our business and shifting towards a low-carbon economy.
Climate change — severe weather events, extreme temperatures, water shortages and other environmental concerns are impacting people’s ability to live and work safely. In 2019, it was estimated that 1.2 billion jobs — 40% of all employment — were dependent on a healthy environment.1 The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how much all jobs rely on our ability to manage our environment. Corporations have an important role to play, together with public sector and civil society, to solve these challenges and ensure a sustainable future for all.
As a professional services company our environmental impact has always been relatively small. The shift to remote working and radical reduction in business travel during COVID-19 have highlighted opportunities for organizations like ours to reduce our impact even further. As we build back better as part of the recovery, we are committed to adjusting our business model to support sustainable ways of working. And we are looking for new ways to advance the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal, especially in the areas of jobs and skills, where we can have the greatest impact.
Since 2018 we’ve engaged with EcoAct, a leading international climate change advisory and consultancy, to undertake a wholesale review of our environmental management and reporting strategy. We identified key actions to enhance our strategy and focus our resources for greatest impact, starting with developing a more robust data capture and calculation methodology that is enabling more accurate assessment of our footprint. The new methodology uses raw data from 14 of our largest operations, representing approximately 70% of our total employee population and 80% of our revenues, as well as context based intensity metrics that consider the different activities of headquarters, branch offices and data centres. We are already seeing that more access to accurate data is enabling us to set better informed targets and more ambitious goals.
No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as COVID-19 has in a few short months. Multiple sources indicate we are now living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output.2 We have an opportunity to retain this progress as we recover and build back by reimagining work and workplaces. Like many organizations, we saw remote work jump from 20% to 85% of staff during the pandemic, and business travel hit rock bottom lows. We are now reviewing how we use office space for collaboration and innovation – to add value, not just as a default – and how much business travel is necessary. Alongside other members of the World Economic Forum CEO Climate Action Group, we are setting ambitious goals including reducing business travel by at least 25% versus pre-COVID norms.
We also recognize that as a global leader in innovative workforce solutions, we can have the greatest impact by helping people retrain and reskill for jobs in a low carbon economy. Although current projections for green job creation remain low in the next two years, we are looking now at the skills people will need to transition to these and other new tech roles as they evolve. We are also helping people retrain and reskill from sectors that will lose jobs, as part of our commitment to ensuring a sustainable work environment that can reduce inequity. We will continue to invest in skills, innovation, and technology to accelerate progress toward a new future of work that is more sustainable, more resilient and more equitable.