Introduction: Tomorrow’s action on sustainability, today
At the start of 2020, companies and their employees were already conscious of the impacts of excess travel, the benefits of remote working and the role technology could play in enabling a more efficient, sustainable workplace. The COVID pandemic didn’t create change, but it certainly accelerated it.
Lockdown gave us a glimpse of a different future. Dramatically lowered traffic volumes improved air quality and reduced noise pollution. Technology-enabled remote working reduced businesses’ energy dependency and improved some employees’ work/life balance. It also accelerated changes in customer behaviour and expectations around what constitutes a sustainable, technologically-enabled company.
As we enter an extended period of recovery, environmental sustainability will be a vital ingredient for business success. The Epson Sustainable Working Environment Index 2021 is the first in a series of benchmarking studies by which businesses can assess and measure their progress towards sustainability.
We believe the role technology has to play in building sustainable businesses is crucial. With that in mind we set out to understand the views and positions of others. Working with research company B2B International, we surveyed more than 4,000 employees across 26 countries and hosted numerous panel debates to explore, even in the midst of a pandemic, the appetite for sustainable initiatives. What we found was encouraging. Here, we share insights from our research alongside analysis of the key trends and take-aways that every business can action.
VP of business sales at Epson Europe