World Environment Day: Office Workers Want Their Employers To Commit To Sustainability, Finds New Research

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World Environment Day: Office Workers Want Their Employers To Commit To Sustainability, Finds New Research
World Environment Day: Office Workers Want Their Employers To Commit To Sustainability, Finds New Research

Nearly three quarters of office workers (73 percent) want their workplace to improve its sustainability policy, and nearly a quarter (24 percent) would refuse a job at an organisation with a poor sustainability record, according to a recent survey of 1,000 office workers.

The survey, carried out by TopLine Film, was commissioned to mark the UN’s 46th World Environment Day. The theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution, with research from the World Health Organisation showing that 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air on a daily basis. The research from TopLine Film suggests that company-wide commitments to sustainability help to both attract and retain employees.

Nearly a third (31 percent) don’t think their workplace is environmentally sustainable. When asked whose responsibility it is for an eco-friendly workplace, the majority (72 percent) said all employees were responsible, followed by the CEO (24 percent) and the HR department (17 percent).

Workplace sustainability survey. Source: TopLine Film

Jamie Field, MD of TopLine Film said: “Establishing environmentally friendly practices in the workplace is simply good for business. Attracting and retaining employees is as good a motivation as any other to get your company thinking about sustainability. But a sustainable mindset starts from the top – it’s only fair that those in charge show their commitment to the cause, and implement policies that encourage sustainability at work.”

When asked what their workplaces currently do to address sustainability, the most popular activity was recycling office waste (50 percent). Others cited policies to reduce paper usage (29 percent), reminding staff to reduce energy consumption (29 percent), using energy efficient fixtures (27 percent), hosting virtual meetings to reduce travel time (26 percent) and encouraging reusable kitchenware (24 percent).

“Encouraging sustainability in your workplace doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With over 15 tons of plastic dumped in the ocean every minute, banning single use plastic in the office is a logical step towards sustainability. It’s our collective responsibility to make a difference to our planet and it starts with making small changes. These simple policies remind everyone about sustainability and your commitment to it,” concluded Field.

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Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.