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A company’s environmental protection initiatives have a positive impact on its employees

Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing firm, in the context of the 2010 Best Employers in Canada and Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada studies, surveyed more than 100,000 employees from 230 companies and organizations in Canada, as regards their employers’ commitment to environmental protection.

Canada’s ‘Green 30’

  • As a result of the survey, a list of Canada’s ‘Green 30′ organizations was published: organizations whose employees have the most positive views regarding their employers’ environmental protection strategies and initiatives.
  • Approximately 86% of ‘Green 30′ employees positively appreciated their employers’ environmental initiatives  Tweet This!, while at the 30 organizations with the least positive assessments, that percentage was 58%.

Green policies matter to employees

According to Neil Crawford, leader of the Best Employers in Canada study, ’employees really see the difference when their employer is focused on developing and implementing environmentally-conscious policies and practices’. In fact, as Crawford explains, ‘effective green programs and practices may persuade certain employees to join or stay with an organization’.

The ‘Green 30’ are doing more

‘The Green 30 are twice as likely as the 30 lowest ranked organizations to subsidize carbon offsets for business travel, sponsor programs to reduce green house gas emissions from business operations, host events to facilitate participation in Earth Day or Earth Hour, and subsidize the costs of bike storage and/or showers for employees who cycle to work. While there are significant variations in the use of some of these practices amongst the Green 30, they all demonstrate real passion and commitment to reducing the impact of their business on the environment in the eyes of their employees’ Crawford said.

 

References:

1) This article was compiled using a news release by CNW Group. For the sake of readability, we did not use brackets or ellipses but made sure that the extra or missing words did not change the news release’s meaning. If you would like to quote these written sources from the original please revert to the link below:

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/employees-identify-the-green-30-organizations-based-on-eco-friendlyprograms-and-practices-539725631.html

2) http://www.fbrh.eu/en/csr-sustainability-facts-and-research

 

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