"Empirical evidence indicates that companies with higher sustainability scores are more likely to outperform their peers over the long run."
~ Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)
“At Dell, it is about creating long-term stakeholder value by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into everything we do. This commitment runs deep.”
~Trisa Thompson, VP Corporate Responsibility
"Corporate Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments. Corporate sustainability leaders achieve long-term shareholder value by gearing their strategies and management to harness the market's potential for sustainability products and services while at the same time successfully reducing and avoiding sustainability costs and risks."
~Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)
"We do not view our sustainability work as a philanthropic add-on to what we do, but as a core part of who we are."
~ Mike Duke, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
GEF Institute offers custom corporate programs to empower your employees to play a more active and participatory role in achieving your company’s sustainability targets. Our experience is in teaching people the value of collective action around sustainability. Stand out by offering your workforce Certificates in Sustainability. Download a PDF with more about the benefits of corporate sustainability training.
Invest in Employee Engagement
The benefits in educating employees on sustainability concepts are enormous: more engaged employees, improved communication regarding the company’s sustainability goals (internal and external), and the ability to report employee engagement to the likes of Newsweek, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and others. Furthermore, educated employees will drive sustainability innovation to find opportunity and potential for your organization’s vision and growth. This perspective extends the employee engagement equation one step further, recognizing the talent management benefits and culture change that can result when companies and employees operate with a sense of shared values and beliefs.
Improve Your Bottom Line
Collective behavior change to be more sustainable can have an enormous impact, not only on the environment, but on your utility expenses. At one company, green teams successfully saved the company over $200,000 and reduced CO2 emissions by 2,332 metric tons by making small changes in the operations and maintenance of the building. On a larger scale, employees who receive leading edge sustainability training will help you in identifying and interpreting emerging industry trends.
Attract and Retain the Best
Talented individuals are more interested than ever in their potential employer's stance on sustainability issues. After learning that a company is socially and/or environmentally responsible, 44 percent of Millenials are likely to actively pursue working at that company. By offering opportunities to bring employees' passion for sustainability to their productivity, you are investing in retaining an engaged and enthusiastic workforce. A recent survey by Brighter Planet cites employee training and engagement as one of its Top 5 Predictions. "Besides helping achieve sustainability goals, enlisting people in sustainability efforts improves critical talent metrics such as recruiting, retention and promotion."