Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt

Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to 
Aon Hewitt 
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Workplace perceptions of employers' environmental 
programs and practices help sustain high employee engagement. The list of 
Canada's "Green 30"-organizations whose employees are most positive about 
their record on environment stewardship-was released today byAonHewitt, 
the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: 
Amongst the Green 30, 83 per cent of employees have a positive perception of 
their employer's eco-friendly efforts, compared to only 45 per cent amongst 
the 30 organizations with the least positive employee perceptions. The list 
(attached) was compiled from employee feedback collected as part of the Best 
Employers in Canada Study. The key metric for determining the list is 
performance on Aon Hewitt's GreenIndex, which focuses on employers' 
environmental strategies and activities, and their efforts toconsider 
long-term social, environmental and economic impacts when making business 
"There is a significant difference in the Green Index scores between the Green 
30 and other organizations. Our analysis indicates that building and 
maintaining high employee satisfaction with social and environment practices 
is a key factor in sustaining strong employee engagement," says Neil Crawford, 
Aon Hewitt's leader of the Best Employer inCanada study. Employees in Green 
30 organizations are consistent in their positive perceptions across a range 
of environmental stewardship dimensions and are well aware of their employers' 
eco-friendly efforts." 
The Green 30 are more likely to implement practices and programs to support 
and reinforce their commitment to environmental stewardship, as the following 
table demonstrates:   
Eco-Friendly Practice                     The Green 30 30 Lowest Ranked 
This organization's strategies/activities
are environmentally
responsible                                        85%              42% 
This organization works to minimize the
impact of its operations,
products/services on the environment               85%              49% 
This organization discloses its
environmental practices                            80%              37% 
This organization supports the
development of products/services
with positive environmental benefits               83%              43% 
This organization effectively
communicates the actions it is taking
to minimize its impact on the environment          81%              38% 
"The data collected by Aon Hewitt from leaders and employees enable 
participating organizations to refine theirsocial and environmental 
practices, improve their communications and best leverage their efforts 
improve and sustain employee engagement," states Crawford. "These employers 
have clearly demonstrated their commitment to reducing the impact of their 
business on the environment. These actions are highly valued by their 
The list was compiled by Aon Hewitt based on employee opinion data collected 
as part of the annual BestEmployers in Canada study and Best Small and 
Medium Employers study. Over 190,000 employees and 2,500 leaders in 280 
organizations participated in the 2013 edition of these studies. 
The Green 30 list appears in the May 20 issue of Maclean's magazine, available 
on newsstands today. 
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AonHewitt's 2013 List of Canada's "Green 30" 
Ranking Organization 
1       ISL Engineering and Land Services 
2       Benefits by Design Inc 
3       Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics 
4       The Co-operators 
5       LoyaltyOne Inc. 
6       Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan 
7       Vancity Group 
8       The Sovereign General Insurance Company 
9       Quadra Chemicals Ltd 
10      Pinchin Environmental Ltd. 
11      Innovation Place 
12      Intelex Technologies Inc. 
13      The Co-operators Life Insurance Company 
14      Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls 
15      BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd. 
16      Arrow Professional Services 
17      Dillon Consulting Limited 
18      Nexen Inc. 
19      PCL Constructors Inc. 
20      Delta Hotels and Resorts 
21      Celestica 
22      Wakefield Canada Inc 
23      Port Metro Vancouver 
24      Cisco Canada 
25      Stikeman Elliott LLP 
26      GEF Seniors Housing 
27      Auto West Group 
28      BESTECH 
29      SAP Canada Inc. 
30      Island Savings Credit Union 
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