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 polled 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.
In addition, in a true sign of what Canon has dubbed 'eco-apathy',
one in 10 admitted to not even knowing what a green policy
"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.
He added - "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.