Positive perceptions of employers’ environmental and socially responsible practices are key to sustaining employee engagement, according to Aon Hewitt. Employees of organizations on its 2014 Green 30 cite a greater degree of pride in their organizations than employees of other organizations do — 90 per cent, compared with the Canadian average of 77 per cent.
The annual Green 30 list identifies organizations whose employees are most positive about their employer’s record on environmental stewardship and social responsibility. This year’s ranking drew on survey data submitted as part of Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada and Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada 2014 studies, in which almost 300 Canadian public and private sector organizations participated.
“Environmental and social responsibility is a top five high-impact driver for organizations seeking to sustain high levels of employee engagement,” said Neil Crawford, Aon Hewitt’s leader of the Best Employers in Canada study. “Perceptions of environmental/social performance are a risk area that organizations need to understand and manage to protect against declines in employee engagement.”
On average, 95 per cent of employees in Green 30 organizations were positive about their employer’s environmental and social responsibility record, compared with 79 per cent of employees in the average Canadian organization in Aon Hewitt’s employee research database.
In a typical Green 30 organization, 93 per cent of employees believe their employer is fair, respectful and honest with their customers or clients, compared with a Canadian average of 82 per cent. Employees in Green 30 organizations are also more likely to believe their employer has an excellent reputation in the local community — an average of 90 per cent, versus the Canadian average of 75 per cent.
2014 Green 30
Arrow Professional Services
Benefits by Design (BBD)
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan
Farm Credit Canada
Habanero Consulting Group
La Capitale Groupe financier
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union
O.C. Tanner Recognition Company
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The Co-operators Group
The Municipal Infrastructure Group
Vancity Credit Union
Windsor Family Credit Union
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