Employee responses to environment management practices.
Seepurshad, Jayanth Jay.
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The impact that organizations have on the environment is a growing concern for organisations, governments and ordinary citizens alike. The Global focus on environmental protection programmes has led to initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol, and Conference of the Parties (COP) which attempt to develop policies and rules for practical and effective implementation of environmental protection programmes for countries and organisations alike. Deloitte is no exception to this as their commitment towards the environment in the Deloitte policy statement reflects a commitment to responsible behavior towards the environment. The concern, however, is the consistency of the implementation of the policy throughout the organization. The aim of this study was to understand the behavior and practices of staff in relation to the green office policies at the Woodlands and the Durban offices of Deloitte. An empirical study using a quantitative data collection approach was conducted. A random sample was used and 489 staff members participated in the study. In terms of sample size 6 tables, these results can be generalized to all non-management employees of Deloitte. Data was collected using an online questionnaire. The salient results showed that the Durban respondents were more au fait with the green policies of the company than the Woodlands respondents. It was evident that the younger staff had very little time to read the greening reports and as such were not entirely aware of the practices within the company. It was recommended that in order to ensure the awareness and participation of all employees in greening efforts that Deloitte should re-induct existing employees emphasizing the green policies. The policies and reports should be communicated in a format and media which appeals to younger employees. Competitions, incentives and rewards should be introduced in order to spread the awareness and change in green behaviour. Whilst the study was limited to two offices only, the recommendations of this study could be implemented in all the South African offices of Deloitte.