Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives Enhances Corporate Productivity

     Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives Enhances Corporate

JLL research cites successful engagement programs at Grainger, Bank of America
and CA Technologies

PR Newswire


SINGAPORE, LONDON and CHICAGO, March28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As commercial
real estate leaders pursue strategies to enhance sustainability through
building performance, corporations and other organisations that own and lease
space are making sure their employees are aware of the benefits and engaged in
making sustainability programs successful.

Jones Lang LaSalle's new Global Sustainability Perspective (GSP) report
identifies the important role that employee engagement plays in producing
sustainable change.

"Numerous studies have shown that employees enjoy work more and are more
productive when they see their companies acting in a socially-responsible
manner," said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at
Jones Lang LaSalle. "Companies can improve their bottom line by showing
employees how they can participate in sustainability programmes, and by
seeking employee input on ways to continually enhance those programmes."

The Global Sustainability Perspective report distils the employee engagement
process to three essential phases—raising awareness, building engagement and
maintaining commitment. It also features three real-world examples from
well-known organisations that have tackled the challenge of engaging employees
in developing meaningful and ambitious sustainability programmes where
passions, ideas and experiences of staff are woven into the company strategy
to achieve measurable results:

  oGrainger plc, a leader in UK residential property, raised awareness of its
    leadership in corporate responsibility by hosting a half-day seminar for
    10 percent of its employees that discussed the company's efforts at
    resilience in the face of potential adverse housing trends. One hundred
    percent of participants surveyed after the seminar said they would like to
    continue to stay engaged.
  oBank of America's My Environment employee initiative grew to 12,000 active
    employee participants in 26 countries, and 1,445 ambassadors in 11
    countries, within two years of its inception. In that time, the initiative
    has helped build engagement by expanding from an employee education focus
    to an action-oriented global community, with members dedicated to helping
    the bank meet its environmental operations goals.
  oCA Technologies has maintained employee engagement by establishing pilot
    projects to measure and improve repeatable processes that can then be
    applied broadly. Its Green Teams drove colleagues in Paris to reduce paper
    consumption by 10.5 percent and measured the waste stream in Sydney to
    raise the percentage of recycling/reuse to between 85 to 90 percent of
    overall waste.

"Owners and managers of multi-tenant office buildings should be aware of the
employee engagement strategies of their major tenants, so that they can show
how initiatives at the building are in alignment with tenants' corporate
values," said Jones Lang LaSalle Executive Vice President Bob Best. "Building
management and leasing professionals need to stay abreast of these issues to
remain competitive for high-quality tenants."

"It's ironic that a building's occupants are often overlooked as key players
in sustainability initiatives, when they are the ones using energy and
benefiting from a healthier workplace," Probst said. "By making employees
aware of their effect on the environment, and what they can do to make a
positive change, companies can not only meet their sustainability objectives
but enhance job satisfaction as well."

Global Sustainability Perspective

Jones Lang LaSalle issues a quarterly online report that covers a range of
timely energy, sustainability and climate issues, typically as they relate to
the commercial real estate industry. Participants from around the world
contribute ideas and articles of interest to the firm's clients, colleagues
and others interested in sustainability news and trends. In addition to
employee engagement, the just-released report also includes:

  oAn update on the rapid increase in wind power in the UK as the government
    continues to offer support mechanisms such as feed-in tariffs to homes and
    businesses that invest in renewable energy.
  oA report on water security and scarcity, featuring information on: how
    energy generation uses vast amounts of water; actions taken by companies
    and government to protect water resources; and issues specific to the real
    estate sector.

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment
management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking
increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual
revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more
than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides
management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6
billion square feet. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment
Management, has $47.0 billion of real estate assets under management. For
further information, visit www.jll.com.

SOURCE Jones Lang LaSalle

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