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W010709 Green Workplace

  1. 1. January 7, 2009 SHRM Poll: Green Initiatives, What Has Changed in One Year?
  2. 2. Green Workplace - Definition <ul><li>For the purpose of this survey a green workplace is defined as a workplace that is environmentally sensitive, resource efficient and socially responsible. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Does your organization have a formal or an informal environmentally responsible policy? Note: Respondents who answered “Not sure” were excluded from the analysis.
  4. 4. Please indicate the practices your organization currently has in place (e.g., activities/programs) that could be considered environmentally responsible? Note: Percentages do not total 100% due to multiple response options. Data sorted in descending order by 2009 column. 59% 55% Partnering with environmentally-friendly suppliers/companies 59% 35% Encouraging/promoting/providing car pooling for employees 63% 59% Buying or leasing refurbished goods (e.g., refurbished toner cartridges; copiers, printers, fax machines, retread tires, re-refined oil) 63% 59% Promoting walking, biking, taking public transit 65% 49% Minimizing water consumption by using water-conserving plumbing fixtures (e.g., using faucet aerators, low flow toilets) 65% 63% Installing automatic shutoff for equipment 71% 73% Donating/discounting used office furniture/supplies to employees or local charity (e.g., set up a re–use area where employees can take unneeded supplies/materials rather than throwing them away and encourage staff to &quot;shop&quot; there) 73% 66% Using energy efficient lighting systems and equipment (e.g., occupancy sensors, ENERGY STAR® equipment, changing from desktops to laptops) 84% 83% Encouraging employees to work more environmentally friendly (e.g., by making more double-sided photocopies, powering down computers after few minutes of inactivity, using energy-efficient bulbs for desk lamps, ensuring blinds are lowered in the summer to conserve energy) 88% 83% Offering recycling program for office products (e.g., paper, Styrofoam, plastic, glass, cans) 2009 (n=180) 2008 (n=195) Top 10 Environmentally Responsible Practices
  5. 5. Which of the following does your organization do to demonstrate (to board, employees, public, etc.) its commitment to environmental responsibility? Note: Percentages do not total 100% due to multiple response options.
  6. 6. In general, what do you think are the main drivers of environmentally responsible programs for organizations? Note: Data sorted in descending order by 2009 column. Percentages do not total 100% due to multiple response options. Respondents were asked to select their top three choices. 2% 3% Shareholder activism 11% 18% Local/Federal regulations 16% 23% Public relations strategy 25% 24% Employee activism 30% 34% Health and safety considerations 53% 46% Economic considerations (i.e., saving money on operating costs) 55% 53% Environmental considerations 64% 69% Contribution to society (i.e., good corporate citizenship, ethical considerations) 1% 4% 7% 14% 17% 2009 (n=287) 4% 5% 11% 16% 15% 2008 (n=333) Market share improvement Local/Federal proactive initiatives Local/Federal incentives Consumer activism/grassroots pressure Competitive advantage
  7. 7. In general, what do you think are the main barriers of environmentally responsible programs for organizations? Note: Data sorted in descending order by 2009 column. Percentages do not total 100% due to multiple response options. Respondents were asked to select their top three choices. 32% 25% Lack of support by employees 14% 16% Lack of governmental support 7% 5% Concern organization will be held at a higher standard than competitors if there are lapses in organization’s stated values 35% 43% Lack of support by management 26% 84% 90% 2009 (n=287) 20% 74% 85% 2008 (n=333) Concerns about workplace inefficiency Cost of maintaining programs Cost of implementing programs
  8. 8. Which of the following has your organization achieved as positive outcomes of your environmentally responsible program? Note: Data sorted in descending order by 2009 column. Percentages do not total 100% due to multiple response options. Respondents were asked to select their top three choices. 7% 3% Increased recruitment of employees 16% 16% Increased employee loyalty 21% 14% Position as an employer of choice 20% 20% Increased consumer/customer confidence/choice 22% 19% Positive financial bottom line as a result of your organization’s environmentally responsible program 5% 4% Increased employee retention 41% 42% Stronger public image 12% 13% Gained a competitive advantage 12% 15% 46% 2009 (n=173) 6% 16% 44% 2008 (n=133) Increased workforce productivity Increased brand recognition Improved employee morale
  9. 9. Demographics 44% Large organization (500 or more employees) 29% Medium organization (100-499 employees) 27% Small organization (1-99 employees) Organization Staff Size (n = 359) 1% Telecommunications 1% Utilities 1% Publishing, Broadcasting, Other Media 1% Biotech 2% Association – Professional, Trade 2% Arts, Entertainment, Recreation Organization Industry cont’d 2% Services- Accommodation, Food & Drink places 3% Real Estate, Rental, Leasing 3% Insurance 3% High-Tech 4% Transportation/Warehousing 5% Retail/Wholesale Trade 5% Educational Services 5% Consulting 6% Other services 6% Financial Services 6% Construction/Mining 7% Government/Public Administration 9% Health Care 12% Services – Professional, Scientific, Technical, Legal, Eng 16% Manufacturing Organization Industry (n=282)
  10. 10. SHRM Poll: Green Initiative, what has changed in one year? <ul><li>Response rate = 14% </li></ul><ul><li>Sample comprised of 368 randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership. </li></ul><ul><li>Margin of error is +/- 5%. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey fielded the week of January 5, 2009 </li></ul>Methodology

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