Workers in green companies ‘more productive’

People who work at green companies are “more productive” than those who aren’t working in eco-friendly firms. That’s according to a US researcher who looked at how a firm’s environmental […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

People who work at green companies are “more productive” than those who aren’t working in eco-friendly firms.

That’s according to a US researcher who looked at how a firm’s environmental commitment affects its productivity. The study found employees in companies that adopt ‘green’ measures are 16% more productive than average employees.

Professor Magali Delmas, an Environmental Economist at UCLA and one of the researchers said: “Adopting green practices isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your employees and it’s good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms.”

The research suggested the boost in productivity could be related to workers seeing green firms as a sign of a positive work environment. It also found employers in eco-friendly companies are viewed more favourably by investors.

Companies that had voluntarily adopted international standards and labels such as “organic” and “fair trade” were considered “green” for the purpose of the study.