How to Find Jobs with Sustainable Companies

Jun 13, 2024

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword in offices across America. A recent report shows that 61% of C-suite executives expect climate change to have a major impact on their business’s strategy and operations. And with both customers and employees caring about the environment more than ever, many execs are looking for ways to be more eco-friendly.

These companies are actively integrating environmentally-friendly business practices in their day-to-day work. They’re working to reduce their impact by reducing waste, lowering or offsetting carbon emissions, conserving energy, and sourcing goods ethically. They’re also positioning themselves to adapt to eco-driven legislative and regulatory changes.

This increasing trend offers job seekers a way to align their careers with their values. The same study reported that nearly 70% of workers would be more likely to accept a job at an eco-conscious company—even if it offered less money. What’s more, 93% of employees working in eco-friendly workplaces felt happier in their jobs! But how do you figure out which companies are most likely to make the environment a priority?

  1. Research Eco-Conscious Companies

Your search for jobs with environmentally friendly companies begins with research—potentially lots of it. Start identifying companies that are known for their sustainable practices. Look for those with published sustainability reports and certifications for eco-friendly practices. There are even business-related sustainability lists, like the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index Series.

  1. Make the Most of Job Boards and Networking Opportunities

When searching online job boards, use keywords like “sustainability” and “ESG” to search the company’s “About” info. If you’re specifically looking to work in eco-related positions, there are job boards that cater to that field. Try Sustainable Business or Green Jobs Network. But even if you’re an accountant looking for an eco-friendly employer, you can identify the companies first and then search for applicable positions.

And don’t forget about networking! Once you’ve made a list of companies that match your values, look for industry-appropriate ways to meet their current employees. You may even meet a hiring manager who is looking for you!

  1. Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

When you begin applying for jobs, adapt your resume for each employer and position. Be sure to create a cover letter that highlights your commitment to sustainability. Emphasize any relevant experience, volunteer work, or coursework that showcases your eco-friendly values. If you’ve participated in environmental initiatives or implemented sustainable practices in previous roles, be sure to call out your experience.

 

Most job seekers who follow current events know that companies like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Tesla are committed to sustainable practices. But there are many “regular” companies that also prioritize the environment! With some research and planning, you can find jobs with employers that align with your values and look to make a positive impact in the world.

Written by: Employment Enterprises

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