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2021 Sustainability Report: Talent

Can you name Republic Services’ four Elements of Sustainability that anchor our 2030 sustainability goals?

They are: Safety, Talent, Climate Leadership and Communities. In the next few weeks, we’ll take a closer look at each of these areas and refer to the 2021 Sustainability Report for specific examples of what we’re doing to reach our 2030 Sustainability Goals.

This week, let’s take a closer look at second Element of Sustainability: Talent

Our employees demonstrate an unwavering commitment to serving our customers, communities and each other. That’s what inspires us to continually strive to maintain a workplace where the best people, from all backgrounds, come to work.

The above graphic (found on page 31 of the 2021 Sustainability Report) outlines our 2030 Talent goal and progress made over the past five years.

Here are a few stories that exemplify our commitment to Talent:

Republic Services Leadership Academy

Leadership development is a vital component of our culture, where people of all backgrounds can grow and thrive. We’re focused on ensuring our employees have the skills necessary to be successful in their current roles and the opportunity to advance within the organization. To support and bolster the skills of our mid-level managers, we’ve developed a transformative leadership development experience. We aim to enroll mid-level managers who are diverse by way of backgrounds, experiences and career paths so that we can continue to build a pipeline of diverse talent. Learn more >

Republic Services Technical Institute

Advancing technology has helped drive increasing demand for skilled workers across all industries, and the environmental services industry is no different. Skilled technicians who can maintain our vast fleet of vehicles are especially crucial. So, we created our own innovative solution to train and hire talent: the Republic Services Technical Institute. In October 2021, we unveiled the Tech Institute – the industry’s first diesel technician training program – located just outside of Dallas. The Tech Institute provides free education and student compensation during a 12-week training program, and immediate placement as a full-time technician with Republic upon graduation, including relocation assistance where applicable. Learn more >

Not Your Average ROAD-EO

At Republic Services’ ROAD-EO National Championship, our top drivers, heavy-equipment operators and maintenance technicians square off to determine who will be crowned the best of the best. This biennial competition is Republic’s premier employee engagement event, bringing together frontline employees from across the country to demonstrate their driving and maintenance skills – and to celebrate their achievements and thank them for their dedication to safety. In addition to a trophy and bragging rights, first, second and third place winners were awarded additional paid time off and cash prizes to celebrate their achievements. Learn more >

It’s stories like these that will help us reach our 2030 Sustainability Goals! Stay tuned next week as we zero in on the third Element of Sustainability: Climate Leadership.