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Beyond MEES compliance: Staff want Sustainable Workplaces

This informal CPD article was provided by MEES Solutions, leaders in offering unrivalled specialist advice and modelling for all Domestic and Non Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards related issues.

Environmental Sustainability Issues

As climate change and severe weather are raising the profile of sustainability issues, it seems employees are becoming more conscious. A survey by TopLine to mark the UN’s 46th World Environment Day revealed that 73% of office workers now expect employers to take a stand on sustainability – and 25% of them said they would decline a job offer from a firm with a poor record on sustainability.

The research, which consulted 1,000 office workers, should be seen as a wake-up call for both commercial property owners and employers. Merely achieving MEES compliance is no longer enough, employees now expect their employers to have robust sustainability policies on issues like single use plastic and recycling.

Adopting a robust Sustainability Policy

In a competitive talent market, this survey demands employer attention, put bluntly, employers should note that improving their environmental policies could be key to attracting and retaining the best talent.

It seems UK employers have a long way to go.

Nearly a third of respondents (31 percent) don’t think their workplace is environmentally sustainable – and they are more than willing to play their part in creating change. When asked whose responsibility it is for an eco-friendly workplace, the majority (72 percent) said all employees were responsible, followed by the CEO (24 percent) and the HR department (17 percent).

  • Jamie Field, MD of TopLine Film explains:

“Establishing environmentally friendly practices in the workplace is simply good for business. Attracting and retaining employees is as good a motivation as any other to get your company thinking about sustainability. Encouraging sustainability in your workplace doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With over 15 tons of plastic dumped in the ocean every minute, banning single use plastic in the office is a logical step towards sustainability. It’s our collective responsibility to make a difference to our planet and it starts with making small changes. These simple policies remind everyone about sustainability and your commitment to it.”

  • Dave Cadwallader, Director of MEES Solutions added:

“When it comes to things like single use plastics and recycling, every employee and every business needs to play their part. It’s important that the C-Suite lead from the top down and encourage staff to get involved. However, it isn’t just what happens within the building, but the building itself. Commercial property owners have their part to play – and these days, it is a legal requirement anyway.”

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