Today more than ever before, sustainable development must be at the heart of corporate strategy. From the beginning, ManpowerGroup’s values have always inspired our actions in the labour market and in society in general.
Since 2006, ManpowerGroup’s sustainability strategy has been structured and strengthened through its commitment to the UN Global Compact principles for human rights, ethical practices, and international labour standards, and also by linking our CSR pillars with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have implemented many action plans and communicated our results with transparency in our societal reports, including the latest 2021 Working to Change the World report. We have also achieved several certifications such as EcoVadis and the Diversity Award of the Brussels Capital Region. We are proud to have been listed as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere for 12 years running.
To meet the challenges of today’s world, we have defined three new priorities that are in line with the new reporting standards in sustainable development: Planet (Environment), People & Prosperity (Social), Principles of Governance (Governance). Our three previous pillars (Ready for Work, Skilling Up, Diversity) are combined in the new People pillar. For each pillar, specific objectives have been defined at international level and will be implemented at Belgian level. In a OnePager, ManpowerGroup set out its international objectives in detail.
Even though its impact on the climate remains relatively limited compared to industrial companies, ManpowerGroup has placed climate among the three priorities of its sustainability strategy.
In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, ManpowerGroup had its climate targets validated by ‘Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). The goal is to achieve ‘net zero emissions’ by 2045 globally. More specifically, by 2030 we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operational activities by 60% (Scope 1 & 2 – energy and electricity consumption in our buildings, company cars etc.) and supply chain emissions by 30% (Scope 3 – waste management, travel, mobility, suppliers). We want to focus on the areas where we have the greatest environmental impact.
ManpowerGroup chose this approach, which is validated by climate science, in order to be fully transparent in this process. Again, ManpowerGroup is leading in its industry because of the more than 4,200 G20 companies that have set climate targets, only 20% of these are based on science.
The multi-disciplinary ‘Planet Team’ set up by ManpowerGroup BeLux will define science-based targets at national level (SBTi) in 2022 and establish a new climate roadmap. In parallel, the team will continue to implement the many projects already launched in this area, including the use of green energy, greening the car fleet, zero paper target, total control of recycling, actions related to mobility and the extension of the hybrid working model. These efforts for the climate allowed ManpowerGroup BeLux to obtain a score of 70% in the most recent audit, conducted in 2020 by EcoVadis, the reference platform for evaluating the sustainable development performance of suppliers. With this score, ManpowerGroup BeLux is in the top 6% of companies in its sector audited worldwide by EcoVadis in this field.
More information in our ManpowerGroup 2021 ESG Report