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Corporate Sustainability in Retail Industry- Does Training Help?

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Corporate Sustainability in Retail Industry- Does Training Help?

Many organizations now-a-days are focusing on sustainability, but the concept is not yet understood clearly. Before proceeding further, we should know what corporate sustainability is.

What is corporate sustainability?

Corporate sustainability in any industry is the act of driving a positive environmental change by using resources effectively and efficiently, to decrease unwanted effects on the environment. Environment and sustainability are two sides of the same coin.

What does corporate sustainability mean in the Retail sector?

In the past few years, many industries have taken up this principle of sustainability as one of their challenges. The retail industry is no exemption.

We know retail is a process of selling consumer goods or services to a customer. In this process, retailers face many issues related to the environment such as greenhouse gas emissions, carbon emissions, and many more.

The retailer before undertaking to sell a product, checks weather the product complies with the company policies or not. They are now willing to stock only those products that have a low impact on the environment. According to Landcare Research ManaakiWhenua, action by retailers on environmental issues is strong in Europe and growing in North America and Asia.

We know that Walmart is the world’s largest retail company. It too has some sustainable challenges! According to a recent post in Retailing Today, Walmart mentioned some environmental goals such as the need to create zero waste, sell products that sustain resources and the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain, etc. They committed to the principle of sustainability and achieved some of their goals such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tesco is the other top retail industry that wants to achieve the new UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. It joined The Sustainability Consortium which works to drive innovations in consumer product sustainability. They saved £200 million in global energy costs last year by going green and by 2050 they want to be a zero carbon business.

How did these companies achieve their goals and saved money?

Training is the key ingredient which plays a crucial role in making employees work towards the goal. This requires a two-pronged strategy – first understanding the importance of and creating awareness on sustainability and then implementing the right process.

Introducing corporate sustainability strategies in an organization is not an easy task. A well planned corporate sustainability principle helps reduce environmental and social risks and increase business profitability. Training employees on sustainability will be a challenging task to the management as employee engagement plays a vital role in achieving the business goal.

So, how do you train employees?

There may be many methodologies to train your employees. Bringing all your employees together and providing sustainability training to create awareness may cost you additional training hours, increase the training budget and also take your employees away from work. So, the best way to train employees is through e-learning. It is the best method to train global employees in low cost and less time.

E-learning offers many compared to other types of training such as cost effectiveness, accessibility, self-paced learning, ease of updation, immediate results, tracking the results,and many more.

E-learning courses can be made more effective and engaging by using different instructional design strategies such as scenarios, case studies, videos, assessments, etc. E-learning courses can also be customized according to the organizational needs. Corporate sustainability includes various concepts related to the environment which can be explained effectively using online learning.

This effective sustainability training program goes a long way in protecting our planet. Hope you found this post informative. Please do share your views.

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