These resources will help you to enable and encourage employees to align their personal identities and values related to sustainability with their behaviours at work and at home, such as through the creation of participation channels and green teams.
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The World Wildlife Foundation Canada provides guidance your green team can use on structuring roles and responsibilities within the team, setting team goals, running office campaigns, as well as resources on implementing projects specifically related to paper, waste, travel, energy, and procurement. For each of these topics, WWF Canada provides a primer to the topic, examples of common initiatives, benchmarks from other companies, and spreadsheets to conduct audits and track progress. The resources have been developed as a part of the WWF's Living Planet at Work Program.
Employee Resource Group (ERG) programs play an important role in empowering and supporting community groups within organisations. This article provides a high-level explanation of ERGs and their purpose; explains the value they can bring to an organisation; and explains how organisations can support ERGs. This is a helpful and concise resource for leaders and change agents who are working to advance equity and inclusion within the workplace.
This article can help you to advance the work of employee resource groups (ERGs) and ensure that the work they do is appropriately acknowledged and valued. It explains why companies should reward ERG work; how to set them up for success; and how to formally recognise their work. It also provides recommendations to ERG organisers for creating opportunities and driving recognition.
This article from Aiko Bethea explains how supporting Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can provide representation, belonging, and safety for underrepresented and marginalised workers and strengthen your organisation. It spells out how Black ERGs - in an era of escalating racial tensions - having a growing need for equity and resources; transparency trust; mental health support; and formal validation from leadership. This is a good introductory piece for HR representatives and change agents who want to make a case for improving representation that includes tangible actions.
Although the emphasis of this article is on Black employees in North America, the lessons are similarly applicable to other historically disadvantaged and oppressed groups.
This article from the David Suzuki Foundation highlights the benefits of creating a workplace green team and provides a step-by-step process for building and leveraging a team of committed sustainability agents. It also explains how to handle challenges and how to start and support a remote workplace green team.
Drawing on the example of Unilever, authors Paul Polman and CB Bhattacharya discuss what happens when companies encourage and share sustainable ideas and solutions among employees. For example, workers inspired by Unilever’s sustainability slogan “small actions can make a big difference" were able to save €47,500 and 9.3 tonnes of paper by reducing the end seals of tea bags by 3 millimeters. The article also explains eight important practices for engaging employees in the company’s sustainability journey.
This article from the Green Business Bureau highlights the benefits of introducing a 'green culture' in your workplace. The article includes a simple step-by-step guide for creating such a culture, as well as for keeping employees engaged - both of which will benefit sustainability practitioners and like-minded leaders who are in a position to inspire and introduce relevant change.
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