Almost two thirds (61%) of business leaders in Yorkshire say they are now more environmentally conscious in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.
The survey, jointly commissioned by B2B energy suppliers Opus Energy and Haven Power, part of Drax Group, found bosses are having to make bolder decisions as they prepare for a brave new business world.
53 percent admit that their own leadership requires a greater degree of bravery in decision making since the pandemic – compared to a national average of 66 percent.
The news comes as Yorkshire begins to move out of lockdown, and businesses begin to identify processes for the new world. Although over half (55%) say the pandemic has increased the importance of sustainability, the need to stabilise their business is holding them back from making bigger leaps in the sustainability agenda.
Two thirds (66%) of those questioned in Yorkshire feel they need to run their businesses differently, with a focus on new ways of working, and over half (56%) are looking to offer the option of working from home as they seek to provide employees with more flexibility – compared to the national average of 48 percent.
Paul Sheffield, Managing Director of Drax’s Customer’s Businesses, said: “Dealing with COVID-19 and the climate emergency is the greatest challenge the world has possibly ever faced.
“Business leaders recognise they need to be braver and more agile in their decision making to manage short-term priorities of stabilising their businesses and protecting employees. But they also realise that as we navigate out of lockdown, it’s more important than ever to make sure sustainability is at the heart of their operations.”