Source: Brighter Planet
This report from Brighter Planet both provides a benchmark for the status of employee sustainability programs in the US as they continue to evolve, and helps to inform their development by highlighting factors that contribute to their success.
A Gallup study estimates that more than $300 billion in productivity is squandered within the U.S. workforce due to disengaged employees. Furthermore, the same Gallup study indicates that organizations with an engaged workforce have 2.6 times the earnings per share growth rate compared to organizations in the same industry with a less-engaged work-force.
The shift to sustainability is a cultural shift, and it’s one that must happen at all levels within an organization to be truly effective. Employees represent a critical element in an organization’s efforts to fuse sustainability with profitability. An organization’s success in meeting these goals can rise or fall with its ability to empower and incentivize its employees to integrate sustainability into their day to day activities and decision making.
This does require planning and effort. But institutions that have invested in the right systems and structures find that these are yielding not only environmental and social benefits but also helping the bottom line.
Fewer than 15% said their employer had an employee sustainability engagement policy.