Google’s dedicated “sustainability” landing page is where the tech giant outlines its goals to combat climate change — like being carbon free by 2030 — and shows status reports on its environmental efforts, such as making a “hyperlocal” air quality map.
Combating climate change is a “foundational value” for Google and other Silicon Valley companies, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday.
But it’s also a way for tech companies to attract and keep top talent, added Pichai, who is also CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. “Bar none, when you look at the next generation coming in, this is the issue they care the most about.”
Pichai was speaking at a virtual event hosted by Planet, a web-geo platform that uses satellite data to image the earth, and alongside Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Alok Sharma, president of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, among other climate leaders.
A survey of more than 10,000 people aged 18 to 25 years old in 22 countries found that climate change and pollution are the most important issues facing the world, according to Generation Z.
The 2019 “Future of Humanity” report was conducted by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of Amnesty International, and gave survey respondents a list of 23 major issues facing the world, asking them to pick the five they viewed as most important.
To Pichai’s point, environmental concerns can impact where young employees want to work. More than three-quarters…