Majority of Canadians feel green workplace important

But lack of funds, engagement an issue: Survey

A majority of Canadians (86 per cent) feel it is important to work for an environmentally responsible company, according to a survey of 1,019 employees and 656 working managers and executives in a survey released by WWF.

However, more than one-half (56 per cent) of managers identify significant challenges to greening their business, the most significant being: a lack of funds or it's not a priority (17 per cent each), a lack of employee engagement (16 per cent), lack of organizational support for change (14 per cent) and a lack of knowledge and expertise (13 per cent).

After a two-year pilot, WWF is launching a Living Planet @ Work Program, championed by HP, that provides employees with tools to create a more sustainable workplace. Companies that have made the Living Planet @ Work commitment include: Accenture, Hydro One, LoyaltyOne, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, Ontario Power Authority, Procter & Gamble, Research in Motion and Sears Canada.

“We need change on a global scale and business is an ideal tool to take sustainability to the next level. We are championing the Living Planet @ Work program because it empowers Canadians to make a difference by providing them with effective tools to encourage employees, be successful and protect the environment at the same time,” said Frances Edmonds, director of environmental programs at Hewlett-Packard Canada.

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