More than one in four UK employees want their company to introduce more eco-friendly policies, says a report by facilities management specialists Direct365.
It found that people believed the secret to a successful business was having a clean, green, safe, and responsible environments as 27 per cent of consumers said that any business they deal with needs to have strong corporate social responsibility policies.
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Emma Gilroy, Brand Development Manager at Direct365, said: “Our research shows that businesses simply must take their social and environmental responsibilities seriously if they are to be successful. Even when times are hard for companies, it’s imperative that they don’t lose sight of these things.
“It’s clear that consumers are increasingly conscious of who they buy products and services from, and with so many businesses competing for our money, those that earn a positive reputation for being a caring, ethical company that looks after its employees and local community will ultimately fare the best.”
In addition, 26 per cent of employees want to see more environmentally-friendly processes being introduced by their employers. As the UK government pledged to reduce harmful emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050, it is in everyone’s interests to operate in a way that doesn’t damage the environment. Every business can take simple steps to become more environmentally efficient, starting with policies such as recycling and effectively managing waste, installing automatic lights and switching off appliances when not in use.
Nearly a third of consumers (26 per cent) surveyed revealed that the health and safety policies of businesses are most important to them. Health and safety processes should be reviewed and implemented by every business, no matter what industry they are in. The research also revealed that almost 10 per cent of employees wanted stricter health and safety policies, while 18 per cent of workers said they wanted more first aid training.
Although the UK has one of the strongest workplace health and safety records in Europe, there’s always room for improvement and it’s vital that businesses do everything in their power to protect their staff and the general public.