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How to Engage Employees in Sustainability

The Global Environmental Management Initiative has made available a new toolkit, the GEMI Quick Guide on Engaging Employees in Sustainability, designed to provide insight for how corporations can successfully engage and motivate employees to actively participate in executing a comprehensive sustainability strategy. “Engaging employees across an entire organization can prove … Read more »

Are Firms Prepared for ISO 14001 Upgrade?

Many companies, plants and factories are in danger of not being ready when the main environmental management standard ISO 14001 will be upgraded next year, according to research by EEF, the manufacturers’ organization for UK manufacturing companies, as reported by Plant Engineer. The upgrade significantly changes the way firms will … Read more »

Fortune 500 Firms Divulge Employee Engagement CSR Strategies

A MillerCoors zero-waste brewery and McDonald’s “Best of Green” contest, in which employees come up with ways to reduce restaurants’ environmental footprint, are among the ways Fortune 500 companies are engaging employees in their commitments to sustainability, according to a white paper by Workforce For Good. Workforce for Good: Engaging Employees … Read more »

Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives Helps Bottom Line

Bank of America’s My Environment employee initiative grew to 12,000 active employee participants in 26 countries within two years of its inception — just one example of how companies are engaging employees in sustainability initiatives and reaping financial benefits, according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle. The financial services … Read more »

ConAgra Awards Cut 43,600 Metric Tons of Carbon

This year’s entries to ConAgra Foods’ internal Sustainable Development Awards collectively reduced carbon emissions by more than 43,600 metric tons. Projects entered also eliminated 61,000 tons of landfill waste and 4,800 tons of packaging material, conserved 295 million gallons of water and delivered more than $28 million in savings, the … Read more »

How to Engage in Sustainability with Higher Purpose

Most of us who lead companies want to establish organizations and businesses that are sustainable for the long-run.  We understand that our ability to achieve this goal is dependent on our stakeholders – especially our employees.  Apparently many business leaders believe that employee engagement efforts are at least partially the … Read more »

Carbon Tools Launched for Law Firms, Employee Engagement

Law firm consultancy ecoAnalyze has released ED3 Lite, a free online tool for law firms to calculate their carbon footprints. Firms can use ED3 Lite to estimate their footprints in areas such as energy usage, waste, business travel and – perhaps most importantly for law firms, ecoAnalyze says – paper. … Read more »

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 … Read more »

Employee Engagement: Why Do It If You Can’t Do it Right?

All of us who own, manage or lead companies long for employees who are productive and engaged with their work. In fact an increasing number of business leaders have come to believe that employee engagement is a key to business success. Evidence supports this belief.  In a recent Environmental Leader … Read more »

Employee Engagement Less Effective than in 2009, Survey Finds

More than half of organizations engage employees on sustainability frequently, up five percent on 2009, but the percent of engagement programs deemed effective or somewhat effective fell by eight percent in that time to 58 percent, according to a survey by sustainability technology company Brighter Planet.  Greening the Workplace 2011, … Read more »

Companies’ 2012 Sustainability Plans: Focus on Employees, Suppliers

Employee engagement and supplier sustainability performance are the corporate sustainability initiatives that will get the most time and resources in 2012, according to a study by Green Research. The Annual Sustainability Executive Survey, 2012, a poll of close to 50 senior sustainability executives, found that 88 percent plan to invest … Read more »

LG to Halve Greenhouse Emissions

LG Electronics USA has set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by the end of 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline. To accomplish this reduction, the company says it will focus on  cutting its energy consumption through such means as expanding and enhancing energy management … Read more »