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I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

The future of work, in fact the future of business is completely tied to how leadership teams respond to pushing forward their own personal net-zero agendas and how quickly they can re-engineer their businesses to reach that goal. The UN has the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative which provides leadership teams with a frame work of how this can be achieved. Yesterday they announced that 28 companies with a market cap of $1.3 trillion have, according to the release:

“Committed themselves to more ambitious climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.”

How fast can your business move on this? Here is some low hanging fruit:

  1. Drive less (Enable flexible and remote working to reduce or eliminate the daily commute, meet online instead of in-person)
  2. Fly less (Does that meeting have to be face-to-face? Does the next business event have to be in-person? The technology *already* exists to do things differently)
  3. If you do have the luxury of having an office make sure the energy used to power it is from renewable sources and not fossil fuels.