Planting day

17 July 2013 — More than half of Australian employees would choose an employer who invested in sustainable practices, a survey has found.

The Greenfleet survey of 1001 people also found that 68 per cent of respondents would feel more satisfied if they were working for a sustainable employer and 79 per cent said they worried about the future of Australia’s natural environment.

Greenfleet chief executive Sara Gipton said the findings were a timely indication of the growing desire among employees to work for organisations that take environmental sustainability seriously.

“Employees increasingly expect their workplaces to show leadership through investment in socially responsible initiatives, such as carbon offsetting,” she said.

“Investing in sustainability is not just an investment in the environment, it is an investment in the satisfaction and retention of your workforce.

The survey also found that 28 per cent of people were most concerned about pollution followed by 27 per cent concerned about damage to the natural environment for the next generation.

Next on the list was 22 per cent concerned about the extinction of native plants and animals followed by 18 per cent worried about having access to clean, drinkable water, with only five per cent concerned about access to clean oceans and rivers.

Greenfleet is an Australian not-for-profit organisation helping the community reduce the environmental impact of travel, business and lifestyle choices by adopting low-carbon alternatives and reforestation.

The organisation has planted over 7.5 million trees, creating more than 350 native and biodiverse forests in Australia.