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United States Carbon: Environmentally Conscious Companies Have More Productive Employees

If a company is trying to be better for the planet, its workers will strive to be better for the company.

Want to increase employee productivity? You could give everyone the option of working from home–or you could make your company more environmentally responsible.

A recent study from researchers at UCLA looked at how companywide “green” standards affect employee productivity and found that businesses that follow international environmental standards have employees that are 16% more productive than less sustainable companies.

Whether a company is sustainable or not is certainly subjective, so the researchers relied on certifications to help: a company was included if it was organic, Fair Trade, or conformed to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

Information on individual companies was taken from data acquired by a French employer-employee survey of 10,600 people at 5,220 companies, while productivity was measured “as the logarithm of the firm’s value added by the number of employees,” according to the paper. The result: environmentally conscious companies are more productive.

It may not just be the sustainability of these companies that’s increasing productivity, however. “These companies have a cluster of good practices, like more training and better relationships among employees,” explained study co-author Magali Delmas in an interview with Ecomagination. “These are companies that people want to work for.” In other words, companies that are better managed may be environmentally aware as a result–the productivity boost comes from good management, not necessarily from organic or Fair Trade certification.

There is much more research to be done in this area, as the researchers acknowledge in their paper: “The literature so far has focused mostly on the impact of the adoption of corporate social responsibility practices at the macro level and our research opens the path to investigate the more micro organizational impacts of the adoption of such practices. Scholars could, for example, test the effect of environmental standards on safety, stress, or employee absenteeism.”

But for now, the news on employee productivity should give another talking point to anyone arguing for more efficient and environmentally aware companies.

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United States Carbon: Triple Bottom Line

Most conscious businesses subscribe to a Triple Bottom Line model of success. They aim to provide positive value in the domains of people, planet, and profit.

Profit

It is possible for a business to cut costs, tread more lightly on the earth and improve its bottom line – all at the same time.  The United States Carbon value proposition and mission shows companies how to do all three at once.  It also shows them how to enhance their image (for greater consumer affinity) and how to accrue an asset on the balance sheet (a carbon credit).

People

A conscious business seeks to benefit the livelihood of all its key constituents, including manufacturers, affected communities, and humanity at large. Some trends in conscious business which have arisen out of these efforts include:

  • The forming of wellness affirming workplace cultures
  • Improved employee benefit programs
  • Use of fair trade materials for manufacture or sale
  • Assistance to communities who supply raw materials
  • Assistance to communities who manufacture materials
  • Local community outreach programs
  • Reduction of energy use and toxins in products and operations.
Planet

A conscious corporation will seek to minimize its impact on the environment, and replenish the environment where it is able. Conscious corporations may choose to benefit the environment in many different ways, some trends include:

  • Robust recycling programs
  • Building or operating “green” or “net-zero carbon impact” workplace facilities …Some companies like Google achieve this by incorporating energy savings programs and purchasing carbon credits annually.
  • Using solar or wind energy in the workplace
  • Reducing energy use or going carbon neutral as a business.
  • Purchasing materials from organic or sustainable farmers
  • Purchasing renewable and sustainable materials
  • Working with environmentally conscious distributors
  • Urging manufacturers and distributors to adopt better environmental practices
  • Adopting sustainable product packaging
  • Designing their products & services with natural principles and fidelity in mind

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What is Carbon Credit (CC)?

Carbon credits or Certified Emission Reduction (CER) certificates are issued when there is a reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). By convention, one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent corresponds to one carbon credit. This credit can be traded in the international market. The reduction of emissions of other gases which also contribute to the greenhouse may also be converted into carbon credits, using the concept of equivalent carbon.

Carbon Credits create a market for GHG reduction by giving a monetary value to pollution. The concept of carbon sequestration was enshrined in the Kyoto Conference in 1997 in order to contain and reverse the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere in order to reduce the greenhouse effect, which determines a maximum quota that developed countries can emit.

The conservation of carbon stocks in soils, forests and other vegetation, the preservation of native forests, the establishment of forests and agroforestry and reclamation are some actions that contribute to the reduction of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The results of the effect Sequestration can be quantified using the estimate of biomass of the plant above and below ground, the calculating of carbon stored in the timber and the amount of CO2 absorbed in photosynthesis

Carbon Credit (CC) is a form of environmental currency.

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