Tomorrow’s Workforce Will Change the World

Friday 27th May
Session 6
11.50am – 12:40pm
Room: TBA
Nature & Climate

Environmental programs are no longer a ‘nice to have’ for Australian businesses, they are now a priority, and this presents a significant opportunity to environmental organisations. 

Much has been written about how private businesses in Australia can attract Gen Z and Millennial talent, but initial attraction is not the problem; retaining talent is the real battle for business leaders in today’s competitive market. Young people want to make an impact, not just in the organisations they work for but with our environment, and this drive for positive change is an untapped resource for many businesses today. To unlock this power and engage the younger generation of workers, businesses must rethink their commitment towards protecting our environment. More bright millennial minds than ever are demanding the opportunity to get back to nature and out of the office from their prospective employers. This newfound sympathy and desire to help the world is now at the fore of important vocational decisions. Add to this covid lockdowns and staff being confined to Zoom calls, and what we are left with is an overwhelming desire for people to re-connect with nature and get back to a place of positive mental health. 

Climate action is no longer just about creating an image: it’s a meaningful action that helps to attract talent while also building culture and pride within a workforce to ensure talent stays long-term. Most organisations know corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important but still find it challenging to implement a program effectively. This comes down to a few key roadblocks: senior-level buy-in, resources and budget. Despite these challenges, my research shows that attitudes have shifted and so must the mindset behind environmental programs. No longer are they a ‘nice to have’, they are now a business priority. The ability for environmental groups to more effectively connect with private businesses can open up new revenue streams and the opportunity for long-term partnerships. During this session I will present the findings of a recent whitepaper that my business, NatureBoss, developed, and share more on how environmental groups can more effectively collaborate with private businesses in Australia. 

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Matthew Boyd


Matthew is the CEO of NatureBoss, an online marketplace which connects corporate teams with environmental groups that can facilitate meaningful experiences in nature. NatureBoss is on a mission to evolve the way businesses connect with the environment. Our technology is revolutionising the way that businesses can book their staff in for experiences in nature, that really make a positive social impact.
Prior to NatureBoss, Matt Co-Founded Vollie, an online marketplace that is unlocking a new style of skills-based remote volunteering. In 5 years of operation, Vollie has seen 5,000+ social impact projects completed to date, through 300,000+ skilled volunteering hours, generating over $5.7 million of savings to the current 1,000+ non-profits using the service. Prior to Vollie, Matt has 10 years experience in a Marketing, Operations and Business development, and have been responsible for running projects that have contributed close to $10 million for NFP organisations.
Matt strives everyday to use his career to create positive impact in this world. He believes profit can be made in harmony with people, animals and the environment – and not at the expense of them. Matt is an advocate and practitioner of social enterprise business and business for good. He believes that the world of business is shifting to the age of purpose, where businesses of all sizes must act in a more transparent and ethical way, and are more so than ever required to address their customers and employee’s values.