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HR as Strategic Business Partner to Green Initiatives in the Workplace

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  1. 1. Green Initiatives in your Workplace C H R I SS Y G O D F R E Y, M B A , S P H R C O N S U LTA N T W I T H H R B I Z PA RT N E R S
  2. 2. Definitions According to the authors of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming: Going Green is “the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle that respects the environment while actively working to curb our carbon footprint and leave the world better than we found it.” The Environmental Protection Agency definition: Sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
  3. 3. Value   Social Responsibility   The Right Thing   Leadership in your industry   Differentiation (company brand or product)   Customer loyalty   74% of customers consider a company’s environmental practices before making a decision on what products to buy   Expense reduction   Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Revenue generation   Increased profits due to cost reduction   Increased revenue due to market share and customer loyalty
  4. 4. Sustainability Programs California Closets as a case study •  Implementation of green initiatives •  We sought information (Green MBA student project) •  We had a process and a timeline •  We put together a Green Team •  We involved all employees •  We had the support of management •  We communicated regularly on the status of our initiatives and what was coming next
  5. 5. Action Plan •  Energy – reduce usage and expense •  Energy efficient light bulbs •  Motion sensors (auto shut off) •  Use overhead or lamp, not both •  Set thermometers at appropriate levels and turn off HVAC at night •  Turn off computers and peripherals at night; install energy star •  Supplies – reduce usage and expense; more recycled products •  Switched and consolidated office supply vendor (cost saving and reduction of GHG for multiple deliveries) •  Switched vendors for printer supplies; soy-based ink; recycle cartridges •  Encouraged supply sharing and kept stock at minimum •  Make double-sided copies, or none at all •  Waste – reduce waste and expense by changing activities •  improved recycling throughout the building •  changed drinking habits; installed water filtration system •  Provided dishware, “to go” mugs, reusable bags, tupperware
  6. 6. Action Plan •  Vendor selection - look at environmental practices of current and potential vendors •  Switched marketing vendor, used soy based ink, wind powered plant •  Increased business with a vendor FSC certified; LEED compliant •  Travel – reduce all forms of travel •  Off site employees limited trips to corporate and franchise locations •  Corporate employees limited travel for training, bring in house, use technology •  Proposed telecommute and flex schedules as well as carpooling •  Educate and inform employees, franchisees and customers •  Green updates provided at management and all staff meetings •  Monthly newsletter articles with helpful tips and regular progress reports •  Sustainability Promise and Action Plan shown on website •  Posted information and statistics in the kitchen •  Other –  Provided more bins (repurposed empty boxes) and signage for recycling –  Changed to environmentally friendly cleaning products –  Donated used items and computer equipment to nonprofits
  7. 7. Implementation Strategies   Support from leadership   Build partnerships within your organization   Network with “like-minded” colleagues and join professional associations   Start small or pilot projects   Advertise your successes through newsletters, e-mail or company meetings   Provide a process for suggestions and praise   Volunteer in your community to learn more and set an example; incentives for employees to volunteer
  8. 8. Resources   Websites and newsletters       Join the Green Chamber of Commerce    Network – use on-line and off-line forms of networking   Legislation watch – join California Chamber of Commerce   States are piloting legislation for employees to ‘telework’ and work compressed schedules to reduce traffic and pollution