UK OFFICE WORKERS ….NOT MY RESPONSABILITY TO BE GREEN !

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UK OFFICE WORKERS ….NOT MY RESPONSABILITY TO BE GREEN !

 user 2008-07-03 at 2:31:06 pm Views: 237
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    http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2220346/office-eco-apathy-threatening
    Office workers suffer ‘eco-apathy’
    Not my responsibility, mate
    Most
    UK workers are leaving green activities to others and lack faith in
    their company’s environmental policies, new research from Canon has
    shown.Just five per cent of workers questioned are more environmentally
    conscious at work than at home, where recycling and energy efficiency
    is common practice, the research found.

    Furthermore, only four
    in 10 believe that protecting the environment during office hours is
    their responsibility.Instead 30 per cent of respondents feel that
    company bosses should shoulder the burden, and 16 per cent that it
    should be the government’s responsibility.”The green debate is not a
    new one and big businesses have acknowledged the importance of a robust
    environmental strategy,” said Andy Vickers, managing director of Canon
    UK & Ireland.”However, these results indicate that individual
    employees have either not bought into their company’s policies or
    perhaps don’t believe they are genuine. “

    Worryingly, just over
    half of employees said that their company does not have a green policy
    designed to reduce their environmental impact, and where one does exist
    42 per cent said that it is just for show.And in a true sign of what
    Canon has dubbed “eco-apathy” one in 10 admitted to not even knowing
    what a green policy is.”These results do not paint a good picture in
    offices up and down the country and it is shocking to see just how
    disinterested UK workers seemingly are when it comes to doing their bit
    to protect the environment,” said Vickers.”Every office worker needs to
    understand their individual impact when it comes to the environment and
    taking responsibility for improving company policy needs to be a
    collaborative effort between company bosses and staff.”Without
    effective communication of green strategy throughout an organisation,
    more damage will be done than good.”Focusing on paper wastage, Canon
    found that office workers unnecessarily throw away an average of eight
    pages of A4 paper every day.This equates to approximately 120 million
    pages of A4 that do not need to be printed every day. This could easily
    be cut in half by setting office printers to default to double-sided
    printing, Canon said.