In recent years, sustainability has become an integral part of public debate and corporate management. Demand for sustainable products and services is growing. A growing number of workers want to find meaningful work. According to the recent ManpowerGroup study ‘The New Human Age’ , 64% of employees surveyed worldwide want to contribute to a better society, through their work. Two out of three want to work for a company whose values they share. Younger generations in particular are demanding: 52% of Generation Z employees feel that companies are not doing enough to protect the planet, while 68% think their employers are not doing enough to promote a more inclusive and diverse work environment. ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) criteria are also gaining momentum with investors and are influencing the assessment of companies’ stock market value. Companies must be transparent and demonstrate their commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability, as well as to corporate social responsibility.
As with digital transformation, nearly 8 out of 10 companies (78%) surveyed by ManpowerGroup worldwide say they have or are developing ESG goals to move their organization forward.
Using a rigorous methodology, EcoVadis analyses the social performance of more than 100,000 organisations in 175 countries, using 21 criteria split into 4 categories: Environment, Labour/Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. The evaluation method – which is based on international sustainable development standards such as those from the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the ILO conventions and the ISO 26000 standard (CSR) – measures the policies in place, actions taken and the results obtained for each of the 21 criteria. The EcoVadis requirement levels have continued to increase, and yet ManpowerGroup BeLux has been awarded the Gold Medal for the third consecutive time and has improved its score compared to 2020 by 1 point overall and 10 points for the environmental criteria. With a score of 71/100, ManpowerGroup BeLux ranks in the top 4% of companies rated worldwide, and in the top 1% of companies rated within its sector in terms of sustainability and social responsibility.
“As awareness of the climate emergency and societal issues has increased in recent years, we are very proud and satisfied with our new ‘Gold’ recognition on the Ecodadis rating platform, which places us among the leading companies in terms of sustainability and social responsibility,” explains Sébastien Delfosse, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup BeLux. “We have strengthened our sustainability management procedures (ESG) to meet the very strict criteria measured by EcoVadis, but above all, to enable us to better achieve the ambitions we set ourselves in our ‘Working To Change the World’ plan, a plan that is enthusiastically supported by all our teams. New generations expect to get something different from work – a meaningful work that contributes to a better society – and companies need to respond with clarity and consistency to attract and retain talent.”
In its latest report ‘Working to Change the World’ ManpowerGroup Belgium presented the progress made on the three ESG PILLARSaxes: Planet, People and Prosperity, and Governance Principles. This includes actions taken in Belgium to combat global warming with a view to achieving carbon neutrality, programmes to strengthen the employability of temporary workers and build fulfilling careers for its permanent staff, as well as the strengthening of procedures in cybersecurity and risk management, and the fight against all forms of discrimination.
Globally, ManpowerGroup has achieved EcoVadis Platinum, Gold and Silver certifications in 25 countries, with Belgium ranking among the top countries. The HR Group, founded in Milwaukee in 1948 when it opened the world’s first temporary employment agency, will celebrate it’s 75th anniversary in 2023.
With a score of 71/100, MANPOWERGROUP BELUX is in the top 1% of companies rated by EcoVadis in the Temporary employment agency activities industry.