Making Earth Day Every Day Through Mindful Mobility 04.22.2022 | Laura Levenson

Since 1970, Earth Day has brought together citizens of every corner of the world to reflect on our planet’s abundant natural beauty and consider how we can better serve as guardians of the only home we have. For all our vast differences, as humans, we are united in our obligation to preserve our air, water, and wildlife…and if you ask us, there’s no better reason to unite.

It’s not easy to consider how we can tread a little lighter on Mother Earth as mobility professionals. After all, moving people and their belongings worldwide demands considerable energy and resources. But many organizations – within and outside the mobility realm – have been stepping up the challenge, evaluating their impact and making changes towards being more responsible, ethical, progressive leaders in their communities.

ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) investments and declarations are no longer an afterthought or a marketing tool, but rather strategies to positively drive company performance and innovation! Employees are also shifting their priorities, with many choosing to align themselves with accountable organizations who genuinely walk the walk when it comes to limiting their environmental impact and operating with integrity. Therefore, a well-thought-out ESG framework can be a powerful tool to attract the talent you want. With the world of work shifting dramatically since the pandemic – and hybrid work environments becoming the new norm – there is no better time to embrace changes that will positively impact your employees and the Earth.

Mobility…with a Conscience!

We already know that magnetic mobility policies can be incredibly effective in winning over top talent; incorporating ESG within your program is a key component of this! As you build out your 2022 global mobility strategy, find ways to weave environmental, social, and corporate governance goals, the three pillars upon which an organization’s sustainability practices are measured. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make ESG goals part of your organization’s mission and corporate goals (which can help your company be recognized as a great place to work). Think about how your achievement in pursuit of these goals will be measured, how often, and by whom.
  • Commit to bold diversity and inclusiveness goals; conduct engagement surveys to obtain feedback from a wide distribution of employees and use data analytics to promote inclusive practices.
  • Prioritize balance, health, and well-being, because when we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to take care of those around us. (Think: put your oxygen mask on before you attempt to help someone else).
  • Upskill and reskill talent to increase job opportunities (this includes moving talent laterally to broaden their experience and promoting from within).
  • Support responsible travel (using public transport, electric vehicles) and minimize air travel. This can be accomplished by encouraging virtual meetings and training sessions.
  • Design flexible work schemes (working from home part-time even while on assignment, less frequent business travel, supporting flex hours for parents or caregivers, etc.)
  • Using responsibly sourced products where possible for living/accommodation/offices/food suppliers.
  • Consider outsourcing more services (Hint: relocation management!) and focusing on internal core and strategic competencies.
Weichert Workforce Mobility: Driving Sustainability, One Move at a Time!

At Weichert, we strive to be mobility industry leaders by implementing practical and effective environmental initiatives across our organization. We comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations in all countries in which we operate. Our focus is on minimizing waste and emissions, reusing and recycling, reducing the use of natural resources, and developing pollution reduction/prevention efforts in all our business activities.

Further, Weichert weaves ESG throughout our business mission. We actively employ strategies to govern our company’s financial health, talent acquisition and development, succession planning and supply chain risk mitigation.

It’s not only the right thing to do, but before long, without a doubt, such practices will be mandated, and we’ll be ready to help our clients with critical supporting information!

To learn more about incorporating ESG and DE&I within your mobility policies and practices, reach out to our advisory team (it’s one of our favorite topics!).

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Written by Laura Levenson


Laura Levenson is a Practice Leader in Weichert Workforce Mobility’s Advisory Services group. She has worked in management capacities for workforce mobility and Big Four firms, and is well-versed in bringing clarity to the most pressing global talent deployment challenges. She brings over 25 years of experience to her role and is a frequent speaker on the mobility conference circuit.

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