Businesses ‘must close the skills gap’ to survive sustainable economy

Businesses ‘must close the skills gap’ to survive sustainable economy

A mere 13% of businesses are confident they have the skills to successfully compete in a sustainable economy, according to a new survey by the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), writes Edie.net.

The research, incorporating more than 900 businesses, suggests that their ability to compete is being compromised by a lack of environment and sustainability skills, with 65% of companies claiming they hadn’t even carried out a strategic evaluation of the skills needed.

Only 25% of leaders are fully capable of addressing the sustainability agenda and in 72% of organisations, investment in environment and sustainability skills is less than for other disciplines, with 63% of businesses spending less than £100 per head on environmental training each year.

Also highlighted in the report is the high proportion of companies – 53% – that are unable to recruit environment and sustainability professionals with the right skills.

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