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Veolia, Others Using Carbon Footprint ‘Game’ to Set Bonuses

A number of companies in the U.K. including waste management firm Veolia are using a computer program to base staff bonuses on their carbon footprint, reports PSFK.

Suitability Momentum – or SuMo – by CloudApps can accurately monitor an employee’s carbon footprint, with particular emphasis on their recycling and energy consumption habits, the web site reports.

At Veolia and other participating companies, carbon use is monitored by employee or group of employees – for instance, by floor – and rewards are doled out at the end of the year based on set carbon targets.

Companies can sign up for a free employee engagement demo at the CloudApps web site.

This sort of rewards-based game could be just what companies wanting to engage staff in sustainability programs need, as a survey out earlier this month showed that employee engagement programs are getting less successful.

Despite an increase in the number of corporate employee engagement programs from 2009 to 2010, the proportion of engagement programs deemed effective or somewhat effective fell by eight percent in that time to 58 percent, according to the survey by sustainability technology company Brighter Planet.

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