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'I’m in HR: What can I do?'

Lesson 1: Upskilling your colleagues

  1. Kite Insights, ‘Every job is a climate job: Why corporate transformation needs climate literacy’, Updated: 2023.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Sharp, Rachel, ‘Tackling our climate emergency: HR’s role’, HR Magazine, 15 July 2019. 
  4. Schneider Electric, ‘Schneider Electric’s first Sustainability School opens for enrolment’, 22 May 2023.
  5. Ibid.  

Lesson 2: Incentivising action

  1. WWF (2013). WWF UK Policy: Position Statement on Business Travel. Available at: 
  2. Ro, Christine, ‘Smart Travel: Some firms give more time off to those who shun plane travel’,, 17 September 2019.
  3. Home’, Climate Perks website (
  4. Wynes, S. and Nicholas, K. A., ‘The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions’, Environ. Res. Lett. 12 074024, 2017.

Lesson 3: Leveraging pensions

  1. Statista Research Department, ‘Investments of pension funds in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2021', May 16, 2023.
  2. Sheppard, Emma, ‘The all-female, grassroots network moving millions away from fossil fuels’, Positive News, 25 August 2023.
  3. Make My Money Matter, ‘The Green Pensions Guide: For organisations committed to Making their Money Matter’, 2021.
  4. Foye, Lauren, ‘Employers neglecting green pensions: 70% of employees want their retirement fund invested sustainably, yet 1 in 5 employers have never heard of ‘green pensions’’, Zero Carbon Academy, 18 October 2022.
  5. Make My Money Matter, 'Want to know where your pension goes? Meet Oblivia Coalmine', Updated: 2024.
  6. Haurant, Sandra, ‘Green your pension: How you can help the environment’, The Guardian, 4 October 2022.
  7. Make My Money Matter, ‘The Green Pensions Guide: For organisations committed to Making their Money Matter’, 2021.
  8. Ibid.

Lesson 4: Hiring tomorrow’s climate champions

  1. Parmelee, M. et al., ‘How climate has become a key player in the fight for talent’, World Wildlife Fund, 9 February 2022; De Buitleir, Daithi, ‘Employees, cost and profit: Here’s why “green companies” are winning’, Wayleadr, 21 June 2022.
  2. Careers’: Become an Interfacer, Inferface website (  
  3. Retail assistant: Patagonia’, Ethical Jobs website, posted: 27 June 2023.
  4. The intersections between climate and diversity, equity and inclusion’, WTW, 26 April 2023.

Lesson 5: Creating a green team

  1. Kite Insights, ‘Every job is a climate job: Why corporate transformation needs climate literacy’, Updated: 2023.
  2. Wilkinson, Drew, ‘The critical role of employee sustainability communities and how to build one’,Green Tech Blog, 18April 2023. 
  3. Ibid.
  4. Bergen, Mark, & Day, Matt, ‘Big tech helps big oil pump more, belying climate pledges’,Bloomberg, 16 August 2022.
  5. Wilkinson, Drew, ‘The critical role of employee sustainability communities and how to build one’,Green Tech Blog, 18April 2023.

Lesson 6: Dealing with Climate Anxiety

  1. Lertzman, Renée, ‘How to turn climate anxiety into action’, Ted Women 2019. 
  2. Schechter, David, et al., ‘As climate changes, climate anxiety rises in youth’, March 2023.
  3. Greenhalgh, Tim, ‘Eco anxiety in the workplace’, SaveMoneyCutCarbon.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Richards, Lauren, ‘Flavours for change: How Ben and Jerry’s uses ice cream names for activism’, 3 November 2022.


'Where do I start? Learning about my organisation'
  1. Ramkumar, Amrith, Ballard, Ed, & Shifflett, Shane (2023), 'Companies stall climate action despite earlier promises'. Wall Street Journal, 19 September.
  2. Cummis, Cynthia (2015).'This is leadership: Why companies are setting emissions goals based on science'. Science-based Targets Initiative: 20 May.
  3. IRENA, 'Renewable Power Remains Cost-Competitive amid Fossil Fuel Crisis', Press Releases, 13 July 2022.​
  4. United Nations, 'Renewable energy – Powering a safer future', Climate Action.​
  5. Timmerman, Kris & Pollmann-Larsen, Matias (2023).'How supply chain sustainability helps unlock resilience andgrowth'. Accenture, 30 March.  
  6. Carbon Council, 'What is carbon offsetting and is it worthwhile?', Explainers, 16 January 2023.
  7. Park,Jisung, 'Will we adapt? Labor productivity and adaption to climate change', Discussion Paper 17-73, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, May 2017. 
  8. Sustainalytics (n.d.).'Physical climate risk metrics'.
  9. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2022). 'Climate change: A threat to human wellbeing and health of theplanet. Taking action now can secure our future.' Newsroom, 28 February.
  10. European Commission (2023) Consumer protection: enabling sustainable choices and ending greenwashing.European Commission.  
  11. Ormesher, Ellen, How the regulatory tide is turning against greenwashing brands in 2023’,The Drum, 2023.
  12. Ramkumar, Amrith; Ballard, Ed; & Shifflett, Shane, 'Companies stall climate action despite earlier promises',WallStreet Journal, 19 September 2023. 
  13. Levin, Kelly, Boehm, Sophie & Carter, Rebecca, '6 Big Findings from the IPCC 2022 Report on Climate Impacts,Adaptation and Vulnerability', World Resources Institute, February 272022.​
  14. OXFAM International (2020), 'Confronting carbon inequality'.
  15. United Nations (n.d.). 'Report: Inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor'.
  16. Thich Nhat Hanh, 'Key teachings', Plum Village website.
  17. Rockström, Johan, 'Interview with Kite Insights', 2022.
  18. Business for Nature, '12 new sector reports to help businesses contribute to halting and reversing nature loss', 2023.
  19. Mardas, Nicki, Global Canopy, 'Interview with Kite Insights', 2022.
  20. Kite Insights,Every job is a climate job,2022.
  21. Ibid.
  22. De Meyer, Kris, 'Transforming the stories we tell aboutclimate change from "issue" to "action"', 1 November 2021.
  23. Kite Insights, Every job is a climate job, 2022.
  24. Tómasdóttir, Halla, 'Tosolvethe climate crisis, we must unlock the leader in all of us', 20 December 2021.
'I'm in Product Procurement and Buying, what can I do?'

Lesson 1: Sourcing products sustainably

  1. Ettinger, Jill, 'What Are the Sephora Clean Beauty Guidelines? Plus: the 87 Qualifying Brands to Shop', Ethos (15 August 2023).   
  2. Natsu, Jennifer, 'Meet the Honorees: Carley Klekas, Principal of Product Sustainability, Sephora', Environmental + Energy Leader (15 March 2022).
  3. Doyle, Megan, 'Unpicking fashion's supply chain tiers & their risks', Trust Trace, 2022.
  4. 'Supply Chain: Going beyond compliance', in Sustainability Report (2022), Levis Strauss & Co. Official website.   
  5. Levi Stauss & Co., Supplier Code of Conduct (May 2022).
  6. 'Supply Chain: Going beyond compliance', in Sustainability Report (2022), Levis Strauss & Co. Official website.

Lesson 2: Decarbonising your product's value chain

  1. Tetrapak, 'Lifecycle assessment: Measuring and assessing the environmental impact of food and beverage cartons', 2023.​
  2. Deloitte, ‘Zero in on… Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions – What you need to know’, 2023. 
  3. Carbon Trust, 'Assurance and Labelling: Product carbon footprint label', 2023.
  4. Ibid.
  5. The RE100 Climate Group,Official Website, 2023.

Lesson 3: Designing for circularity

  1. Kite Insights, Issue Brief: Circular Economy (2023).
  2. 'Client Story: Dizzie – Unlocking the reuse and refill potential of consumer packaging', PA Consulting (2023).
  3. 'Sustainable packaging: We're thinking outside the box', Beauty Counter official website.
  4. Ruiz, Arabella, '17 most worrying textile waste statistics & facts', The Roundup (Updated: 2023).
  5. 2022 Impact ReportthredUP (2023). 
  6. Ibid.
  7. 'Foods waste adds up', Impact, Apeel official website (Updated: 2022). 
  8. Ibid.
  9. Veolia, Veolia and Yara join forces to develop the circular economy in the European food and agriculture sectors’, 22 January 2019.

Lesson 4: Streamlining volume and turnaround times

  1. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Global Food Losses and Food Waste (Study conducted for the International Congress SAVE FOOD! at Interpack2011 Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011).
  2. Vargas, Julie, 'Making an impact on food waste: How RFID helps grocers sell more and throw away less',Grocery Dive, 8October 2019). 
  3. Checkpoint Systems, 'The game changer: RFID technology within the grocery sector', 2022.
  4. Amed, Imran, et al. 'Fashion on demand', McKinsey & Company, 19 February 2019.
  5. New Dawn Traders,Official website.
  6. Stover, Thomas, 'Slow Manufacturing: One Sustainable Solution We Can Learn From Rolex, anOrdain, And Others', Fratello, 16 June 2022.​

Lesson 5: Rethinking transport and logistics

  1. Greene, Suzanne, 'Freight Transportation', MIT Climate Portal, 3 February 2023.
  2. Elenjickal, Mathew, 'The future of sustainable ocean shipping',Forbes, 7 June 2023.​
  3. Kuenhe+Nagel, 'Services: Join us in CO2-neutral transport', (n.d). 
  4. Yara,Presskits: Yara Birkeland, 2023.​
  5. Kuenhe+Nagel, 'Services: Join us in CO2-neutral transport', (n.d). ​
  6. Davies, Caleb, 'The carbon cost of home delivery and how to avoid it', Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine, 17 February2020.​
  7. UPS, Climate, 'Alternativefuel vehicles shape future deliveries', 8 September 2021.
  8. Reed, Stanley, 'In London, electric trucks are helping UPS make ‘eco-friendly’ deliveries',The New York Times,21 September 2018.
  9. Meaningful Business, 'An interview with Rob King', 2022.
  10. Zedify, 'Our zero emission fleet', 2023.

Lesson 6: Striving for gender equality in supply chains

  1. Harrison, Theresa & Mork, Cate, ‘How diverse sourcing can create more resilient supply chain’, EY, 22 October 2021.
  2. United Nations Global Impact, ‘Gender Equality’,Business & Human Right Navigator,(n.d).
  3. Ibid.
  4. Abouzahr, Katie, et al., ‘Why women-owned startups are a better bet’,Boston Consulting Group, 6 June 2018.
  5. Gollub, Anna, ‘Understanding the business of gender-responsive procurement’, UNGC Academy Webinar, UN Women, 14 September2023.  
  6. Unilever, ‘Promoting diverse suppliers’,Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Official website.
'I'm in Operations and Facilities, what can I do?'

Lesson 1: Laying the groundwork

  1. Crown Workplace, 'Giving Back Project', Official website, 2023.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Castlegate & Derwent Surgery, 'Sustainability', Official website, 2023.
  4. Ibid.
  5. The Sustainable Procurement Pledge, 'Our Strategy', Official website, 2023.
  6. Ibid.

Lesson 2: Optimising energy use

  1. United Nations, 'Generating power', in Climate Action, (n.d).​
  2. IRENA, 'Majority of new renewables undercut cheapest fossil fuel on cost', Press Releases, 22 June 2021.​
  3. IRENA, 'Renewables competitiveness accelerates, despite cost inflation', Press Releases, 29 August 2023.

Lesson 3: Harnessing the food revolution

  1. Poore, J., & Nemecek, T., ‘Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers’, Science (1 June 2018).​
  2. Ritchie, Hannah, et al., 'Environmental impacts of food production', Our World in Data (2022).​
  3. Kearsey, Emily, 'The legal issues with introducing a meat-free expenses policy', People Management (24 June 2020).​
  4. George, Sarah, 'Sky set to add carbon labels to food at all UK staff restaurants', Edie (24 January 2023).​
  5. Ritchie, Hannah, 'Food waste is responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions', Our World in Data (18 March 2020).​
  6. Dwyer, Orla, 'Food waste makes up ‘half’ of global food system emissions', Carbon Brief (13 March 2023).​
  7. Too Good to Go, Official website, (2023).
  8. M&S, 'M&S Food reaches milestone of 50 million meals donated to local charities across UK', M&S website (5 December 2022).
  9. Ibid.

Lesson 4: Rethinking transport

  1. CycleschemeCase study: Abel & Cole, 2023.  
  2. Pod Points, Workplace Charging Scheme, Updated: 2023. 
  3. Business News Wales, 'Openreach on a Net Zero Journey Challenges Faced to Convert Fleet to EV', 28 November 2022.
  4. Ibid.
  5. WWF, WWF UK Policy: Position Statement on Business Travel, 2023.
  6. Ma, Michelle, 'Business travel is Big Tech’s next climate challenge', Protocol, 16 May 2022.
  7. Transport and Environment, Rail 10 times better than air in London-Paris CO2 comparison, 25 October 2006.​
  8. Corporate Travel Community, 'Only one in six companies have set targets to reduce emissions from staff business travel', 15 March 2023.

Lesson 5: Retrofitting building stock

  1. World Green Building Council, Bringing embodied carbon upfront (2023).​
  2. UK Green Building Council, Delivering Net Zero: Key Considerations for Commercial Retrofit (May 2022).​
  3. Pinterest, Inspiring a better future: 2021 ESG Impact Report, 2022.​
  4. Ringstrom, Anna, 'IKEA invests $373 mln in solar park projects in Germany, Spain', Reuters, 6 April 2022. ​
  5. Ringstrom, Anna, 'Main IKEA retailer expects to exceed renewable energy goal by year's end', Reuters, 19 September 2019.​
  6. Haiken, 'How to design a more sustainable office space in 2023', Insights, 25 January 2023. ​
  7. Greenery:NYC, 'Etsy HQ', 2023.​
  8. McCarthy, Bonnie, 'Far from a cubicle farm, Etsy’s stylish headquarters is full of design ideas worth bringing home', The Washington Post, 4 February 2020.​
  9. Radcliffe, David, 'Bay View is open — the first campus built by Google', The Keyword, 17 May 2022.
'I'm in Marketing and Communications, what can I do?'

Lesson 1: 'Green-doing' and reporting responsibly

  1. 'Greenwashing', ClimateEarth (Updated: January 2024). 
  2. Based on definitions developed by Planet Tracker in their Greenwashing Hydra report and adapted under a creative commons license by Creatives for Climate: Greenwash Watch Toolkit .​
  3. Visram, Talib, 'What is ‘green hushing’? The new negative sustainability trend, explained', Fast Company (3 October 2023). ​
  4. Smout, Alistair & Frost, Laurence, 'Budget carrier Ryanair ordered to drop low-emissions ad claims', Reuters (4 February 2020).
  5. MakortoffKalyeena, 'Watchdog bans HSBC climate ads in fresh blow to bank’s green credentials', The Guardian (19 October 2022).
  6. Greenpeace International, ‘Greenwashing garbage’: Europe’s Dirty Dozen oil and gas companies produce only 0.3% renewable energy despite deceptive net zero pledges', Press Releases (23 August 2023).  
  7. European Parliament News, 'EU to ban greenwashing and improve consumer information on product durability', Press Releases (19 September 2023). 
  8. Gillison, Douglas & Price, Michelle, 'US SEC cracks down on funds "greenwashing" with new investment requirement', Reuters (20 September 2023).​
  9. Adapted from a LinkedIn post by Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future (November 2023).

Lesson 2: Connecting with your customers

  1. Frischmann, C. & C. Chissell, 'The powerful role of household actions in solving climate change', Project Drawdown (27 October 2021).
  2. Potential Energy, Talk like a human: Lessons on how to communicate climate change (2023); Roberts, Freya, 'The Media's call to action: Create climate content the public wants to see and read', Business Green (10 November 2022).
  3. Oracle + Savanta, 'No Planet B: How Can Businesses and Technology Help Save the World?'2022 ESG Global Study (2022).
  4. Innocent Drinks, Sourcing Stories (2023).
  5. Oatly, The Oatly Sustainability Update 2022 (2022).
  6. Vivobarefoot, 'Unfinished Business: Integrated Annual Report 2022/2023' (2023).
  7. Morrisons, Naturally Wonky, Naturally Wonderful (2023).
  8. Smithers, Rebecca, 'Supermarket shoppers urged to serve "wonky" Christmas dinner', The Guardian (14 December 2018).
  9. Brompton, 'Activism' (Updated: 2024).

Lesson 3: Building strong relationships

  1. Singh, Shamima, 'Our Mission', Center for Inclusive Growth (n.d).​
  2. Examples of client disclosures reports and sustainability pledges: Futerra and Clean Creatives.​
  3. Cochrane, Lauren, 'Love Island and eBay renew clothing deal after "pre-loved" clothing boost', The Guardian (5 January 2023).​
  4. Zimmerman, Sarah, 'General Mills and Walmart team up to accelerate regenerative agriculture', Supply Chain Dive (24 October 2023).​
  5. Weatherbed, Jess, 'Logitech partners with iFixit for self-repairs', The Verge (17 May 2023).

Lesson 4: Cleaning up campaigns and events

  1. IKEA, 'The icon is retired. Full steam ahead', The Story of IKEA (updated 2023).
  2. Good Loop, '76% of marketers think the ad industry is not doing enough to tackle digital advertising's carbon footprint', Company News (updated: 2023).
  3. Wholegrain Digital, '3 steps to creating zero carbon websites' (21 August 2018).
  4. Purpose Disruptors, Advertised Emissions Temperature Check 2022 (2022).
  5. TRACE, by isla, 'Reduce your event carbon footprint with TRACE by isla' (updated: 2023).
  6. proseed, by isla, 'Sustainable solutions in practice' (updated: 2023).
  7. Isla, Temperature Check 2022-2023: An exploration of sustainable progress in the UK event industry (May 2023).
  8. Ecoset, 'About Ecoset' (Updated: 2024).
  9. Ibid.

Lesson 5: Activating your workforce

  1. Kite Insights, Every job is a climate job, (2022).
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Townsend, Solitaire, 'Are ad agencies, PR firms and lobbyists destroying the climate?', TED (October 2021).
  5. The Climate Pledge, 'Future Forward documentary series', (updated: 2024).
  6. Xbox, 'Xbox is now the first carbon aware console, update rolling out to everyone soon', Announcements (11 January 2023).
  7. Machell, Millicent, 'How Bupa empowers employee climate action', HR Magazine (10 July 2023). 
  8. Ibid.