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Environmental workplaces ‘are important’

By on October 10, 2007 in Office Supplies

Recent research from Canada has shown that many employees are now choosing where to work based on the company’s green credentials, reports the Globe and Mail.

A survey from the jobs recruitment website showed that 78 per cent of workers would leave their current job to work for an employer who was more eco-friendly. Some employers use green office supplies, while some still do not.

And 81 per cent of those surveyed said that their present company did not have an effective eco-friendly policy, which may include whether or not they use green office supplies. Only 18 per cent rated their employer as "extremely green".

Gabriel Bouchard,’s vice-president and general manager, told the newsPaper: "Smart employers in this tight labour market are recognising that an environmentally friendly workplace is important to employees and to job candidates."

Meanwhile, British companies have been being urged to do their bit to help the environment by making their recruiting policies greener.

Will Barribal, recruitment specialist and chief executive of e-recruitment software company In2Vista, told the Globe and Mail: "With 3.6m people in Britain expected to change jobs this year, any opportunity to reduce travel during the recruitment process can have a significant impact on environmental efforts."

Another strategy that firms could use to be more eco-friendly, which he does not mention, is to use more environmentally-friendly office supplies.

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