New edie report launched to help businesses create sustainable offices post-lockdown
Organisations looking to make their offices more sustainable across the axes of environment, society and financials now have access to a free new downloadable guide on the topic.
Covid-19 has changed the ways we work considerably. Government guidance has seen many of us working for home for the best part of the last 12 months and it is likely that many will return to the office on a hybrid basis. A poll conducted by Opinium last summer asked 200 UK workers what they would like their working habits to look like after lockdown. 82% said they would like to continue working remotely at least some of the time
These trends have had a knock-on effect on businesses. A recent Accumulate Capital survey of 500 UK firms found that 73% are expected to finalise downsizing plans by September 2021.
But, as we begin to think about returning to offices in the UK - at least part of the time - in the coming months, what can businesses do to create workplaces that are more energy-efficient and lower carbon; that produce less waste; that consume less water; that are more financially sustainable; that benefit the health and wellbeing of staff and the wider community?
edie's new edie Explains report, in association with Rio ESG, answers this crucially important question - and provides answers to many other frequently asked questions on sustainable offices.
Designed to inform and empower businesses of all sizes and sectors, regardless of where they are on their journey to make workplaces more sustainable, the report includes top tips for best practice; case studies from leading businesses; information about shared tools and an exclusive viewpoint from Rio ESG's founder and chief executive Daniel Botterill.
"For many businesses, operational expenses will have been greatly reduced as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions," Botterill writes.
"Financial savings may also have been realised as a result of early lease termination of buildings or company transport options. As such, there is no better time to be deploying this capital to develop and occupy sustainable solutions such as office spaces that meet the needs of current and future generations by aligning with decarbonisation and wider sustainability targets."
The publication of the guide comes as edie celebrates its Circular Economy Week - an exclusive editorial campaign dedicated to accelerating the shift to closed-loop models of production and consumption. Read more about the full schedule and find out how to get involved here.