Today, over a quarter of businesses are 100% remote and many companies have teams in different countries. While this has plenty of benefits, it can make team-building and developing a unified company culture a challenge.
But, for those who want to become a more sustainable business, it is possible to unite remote teams in a meaningful way, by planting trees with Treedom. This can be a way of demonstrating to your employees that you’re a sustainable business and in doing this, you can unite professionals from many different walks of life. Finding quality common ground as a remote business will help your company thrive and strengthen internal relationships. So, let’s take a look at how tree planting can help align and unite your network of remote employees.
Bring Virtual Teams Together
Tree planting is a great way for any company that has employees or offices dotted around the world to establish a shared interest, goal, and vision. While supporting local causes is also important, these decisions can be seen as favoring one country or city over another, and can mean teams lose the chance to feel united in the positive impact they are achieving. There can be another approach. Toyota and Unicredit are just a few of the companies that have chosen to plant trees with Treedom and dedicate them to their employees, whether they are geographically remote or have been forced apart by the pandemic. In this way, these companies have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability with a concrete action, all while involving their employees with a valuable gift: a tree in their name that will grow over time.
Companies like Sensée (a work-from-home and hybrid workplace specialist) that have remote working in their DNA, creating a Forest and gifting the trees is a way of creating a sense of community among colleagues who may not see each other more than a couple of times a year, if ever. The Sensée Forest will contain nearly 3000 trees, each gifted to permanent Sensée employees over the next three years – with each person able to select their own tree species, in the territory of their choice, using the Treedom web platform.
Then there are also those who, like Philips, started their project with Treedom in one office and then extended it to another, after observing the success of the initiative. Treedom trees have since become a special award for Philips employees who have distinguished themselves for their commitment to sustainable policies within the company.
Tech Data, a TD SYNNEX Company, created an incredible legacy when they planted a tree for every employee across their European markets for Christmas in 2021. With over 7,000 employees across 31 territories in Europe - it can be complex to deliver multi-national projects as a continental operation. By using Treedom’s innovative platform, translated into five languages and can be accessed live through simple digital links, Tech Data was able to bring together coworkers from across a whole continent.
Planting trees can be a key part of a company's social responsibility strategy to engage stakeholders and educate them about your environmental goals. By collaborating with Treedom, you will also create a link between your teams around the world by sharing updates on the agroforestry projects.
Doing your part - A moral duty for companies
Tree planting is a great way to give back to the community and unify remote teams, but it is not enough. Companies have a moral duty to lead by example their employees and be as sustainable and eco-conscious as possible. And unless more businesses take sustainability more seriously and protect the environment, we will soon sadly see further destruction of delicate ecosystems and habitats around the world! Just take the strange and quite serious weather and climate conditions we have been experiencing over the past couple of years. From severe flooding across Europe which cost around half a trillion euros, to heatwaves and other climate-related events causing between 90,000 and 142,000 deaths from 1980 to 2020.
In terms of climate change, deforestation means less carbon dioxide is being absorbed and this is having a big impact on our planet. By cutting down huge areas of forest, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising. Carbon dioxide traps infrared rays from the sun and keeps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. And so temperatures start to rise. Water vapour, another greenhouse gas, also affects weather patterns as the core temperature increases and deforestation continues.
So, stand up for climate change as a cohesive workforce and unite global teams by working towards a shared vision for the future. A planet that is put before profit, a planet where industry leaders plan for the future and protect life on earth, starts here.