Earth Day 2007: Are American workers going green?

Melville, NY (April 10, 2007) – In recognition of Earth Day 2007, which takes place on Saturday, April 22, Adecco (NYSE:ADO) commissioned a survey to find out if American workers are bringing their environmental consciousness to work. The latest Adecco USA Workplace Insights Survey found that only 1/3 (33%) would be more inclined to work for a “green” company, despite all the recent attention on environmental issues.

Key findings from the survey:
  • A slight majority want their company to do more: About half of employed adults (52%) think their company should do more to be environmentally friendly. Only about 1 in 5 employed adults (22%) say their company already does enough or too much, while about one in four (26%) are just not sure.
  • He said, she said: Employed men are more likely than their female counterparts to say they know their company’s environmental policy (35% men vs. 28% women).
  • What’s your company’s policy?: While about 7 in 10 employed adults (69%) know that their company has an environmental policy, only about a third (32%) knows what that policy is.
“We’ve seen an increase recently in the number of job seekers who want to work for ‘green’ companies, or companies working in industries that are helpful to the environment,” says Bernadette Kenny, chief career officer, Adecco USA. “However, when it comes to taking less compensation for those jobs not everyone is willing to make that leap unless they are younger and just starting out in their careers. What can be helpful for companies in recruiting and retaining green-minded employees are to communicate its environmental policies and create an environmentally conscious culture by instituting some simple and basic programs.”

Earth Day is also a great opportunity for employers to show they care about the environment. Some activities companies can support to help celebrate this holiday include:
  • Take a stroll through the park: Sponsor a local public park and enable employee volunteers to spend a day helping to pick up litter, plant flowers, etc.
  • A breath of fresh air: Plant trees on your company’s campus to celebrate the day, as many as you can to help create more fresh air around the office.
  • Create a committee:  Bring coworkers together as a group to provide insight and creative ideas around how your organization can establish or enhance its environmental friendly practices. People who have passion around this may have a lot to offer and can help bring concepts to practice.  
  • Earth Day is everyday: Develop a five-point plan to articulate how your company and employees can help make everyday Earth Day and distribute it to everyone via email or voicemail. It can be as simple as creating a carpool to as involved as changing all your light bulbs to Energy Star qualified bulbs.

Adecco is an environmentally “low-impact business” and a member of the United Nations Global Compact Initiative, which supports environmental responsibility and encourages environmentally friendly technologies.


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