Date: 3rd November 2011
November 3rd 2011 - Environmental charity Global Action Plan has contributed to a new report ‘Making Environmental Employee Engagement Happen:’ which emphasises the importance of employee engagement to achieving environmental targets. The report has been published this week by the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative, (UNEP FI,) and reveals the views of leading financial institutions around the world such as Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.
The report shows that 69% of financial institutions asked see employee engagement as a valuable tool to improve environmental performance and 94% already promote it.
Support from top management is number one on the report’s list of success factors for employee engagement programmes. With management buy-in, employee participation in environmental initiatives increases (one third party study shows an increase from 34% to 58%*) and there’s a higher chance of sustainability being integrated with overall business strategy, which also boosts value.
Head of Business at Global Action Plan, Amy Wilson, was acknowledged in the report and adds:
“This report substantiates what we know from our 18 years of experience in employee engagement. Getting buy-in and participation from senior management shows employees that the business is committed to sustainability issues, and reinforces the message that employees can make a difference.”
The UNEP FI report recommends Five Success Factors for effective environmental employee engagement:
1) Support from top management
2) Clearly linking activity with day to day job
3) Involving employees in project development enhances ownerships and levels of participation
4) Incorporating a competitive element is effective and relatively low cost
5) Communicating action and encouraging involvement.
* 19 Ramus and Steger, 'The Roles of Supervisory Support Behaviours and Environmental Policy in Employee ‘Ecoinitiatives’ at Leading-Edge European Companies in Rakowski, Employees engage creatively in environmental initiatives in supportive organizations.
Notes to Editors
About Global Action Plan
Global Action Plan is the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change organisation and, since 1993, has helped businesses, schools, and communities reduce their carbon footprint to positively impact on the environment and climate change. Global Action Plan consistently achieves significant environmental and financial savings in the UK by empowering people to take action on energy, waste, water and transport. Global Action Plan is the only charity in the UK to be supported by the United Nations Environment Programme.
About the UNEP Finance Initiative
The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works closely with over 200 financial institutions that are Signatories to the UNEP FI Statements, and a range of partner organisations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through a comprehensive work programme, regional activities, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations.
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