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Sociabble Trees: Boosting Engagement & Helping the Planet, One Tree at a Time

HR Team, People Experts, Sociabble
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At Sociabble, we specialize in generating employee engagement. But we also believe that corporations have a critical role in helping the environment and securing the future of our planet. We’d like to recognize companies that have partnered with us on Sociabble Trees to grow their engagement levels, while also helping to reforest vulnerable ecosystems around the world. In this article, you’ll learn critical best practices for duplicating their success.

Boosting employee engagement is a goal many companies share. However, with Sociabble Trees, a CSR feature built into the Sociabble platform, companies can actually reward employees for their engagement through the planting of real trees to help revitalize damaged ecosystems.

To accomplish this, we’ve teamed up with Tree-Nation, which allows participating clients to monitor their own “corporate forest” and see in real-time the positive impact that their own employees are making.

Sociabble Trees: Rewarding Employees while Offsetting Carbon

Trees are essential to the health of our planet, and they’re a major factor in fighting climate change. One study found that increasing the earth’s forests by an area the size of the United States would cut atmospheric carbon dioxide by 25%. This is an important consideration, given that 40 billion tons of CO2 are released each day because of fossil fuels, exacerbating the problem.

How do forests help? Well, the carbon dioxide absorption properties of forests mean that they can offset carbon emissions and reverse the effects of climate change. In fact, you need 360 trees to offset the carbon emissions of just one person.

This was what inspired us at Sociabble to enhance our communication platform with a CSR feature that rewarded employees for their engagement with real trees planted in their name, in forests in more than 60 countries all over the world.

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Together with Tree-Nation, we created a program that our clients can adopt, to boost engagement and help the environment, both at the same time. Companies that have truly embraced the initiative include industry leaders like Edenred, Deloitte, Capgemini, Renault Group, and L’Occitane en Provence, to name a few.

Some of the very first champions of the Sociabble Trees program were Sidetrade, Tata Realty, and Ardian. They set an example of corporate social responsibility from the get-go that many other corporations have followed, resulting in the planting of thousands of trees. This is how each of these businesses got on board.

Tata Realty Increases Engagement while Offsetting Emissions

Tata Realty was an early adopter of the Sociabble Trees program, which they began using during a significant merger, when strong employee communication was critical. They saw the chance to positively impact employee engagement surrounding the merger, and reduce their carbon footprint, both at the same time.

According to Reena Wahi, Senior Vice President of HR, CSR, and Business Excellence at Tata Realty: “Sociabble Trees has helped us achieve two objectives—employee engagement and sustainability, both of which are extremely important to the TATA group.” 

In total, during their Tata Realty Sustainability Month, the company planted over 600 trees, in just four weeks. They got employees involved in company news, and helped the environment, all with a single CSR-based engagement initiative.