Over half of professionals won’t work for an unethical employer

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Robert Half: ‘ESG has become a critical part of the recruitment process – both for attraction and retention – particularly among younger employees who are perhaps more alert to ethical and sustainable practices’.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are having a big impact on employees’ decisions on whether to work for a business or not.

Latest research by Robert Half shows that as many as 38% of professionals would look for a new role if they believed their organisation wasn’t doing enough with regards to ESG issues, such as reducing carbon emissions or operating ethically.

ESG is becoming a concern, especially for the younger generations with nearly half (47%) of 18-34-year-olds saying that they would leave for a new role if they thought their employer was not committed to the cause.

Many people are putting their morals before any financial gain, with 53% of employees saying they would never work for an employer they thought was unethical, regardless of the salary on offer – this figure increases to 59% among younger candidates.

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Matt Weston, Senior District Director for the UK, Ireland, UAE and BeNeLux at Robert Half, commented on the findings, “ESG has become a critical part of the recruitment process – both for attraction and retention – particularly among younger employees who are perhaps more alert to ethical and sustainable practices. They want to see authentic efforts that truly make a difference.

“Our advice to businesses is simple: if you want to keep your best talent and attract new talent into the business, don’t rely on rhetoric. Ensure you have a clear, demonstrable ESG plan in place with tangible, measurable actions. With so many employees willing to vote with their feet, transparent and effective ESG programmes are no longer a ‘nice to have’ – they’re a must.”

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