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Interesting research in this week’s newsletter which suggests three in four workers think their employers could ‘do more’ to address climate change and be more environmentally friendly.

As they start to make their way back into the workplace after months of working from home, a study of 2,000 UK professionals found 42 per cent get frustrated by a lack of consideration for the environment in the office. And four in 10 say this is a result of no one person having responsibility for driving green initiatives in the workplace.

The research revealed that despite these frustrations among professionals, three quarters of offices have recycling bins in a bid to be greener. Half have also removed single-use plastics from their workplaces, and 45 per cent have introduced energy-saving lightbulbs.

Despite these measures, and more than half of office workers claiming to take care to recycle and save energy, a third admitted they are better at being green at home rather than at work.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “Everyone is trying to be that little bit eco-friendlier at the moment, but it can be tricky when it’s out of your hands. Employers have already made positive changes in the workplace to be more environmentally friendly, such as increasing access to recycling and energy saving measures, but it’s evident that their employees are keen for more.

Revealing piece of research and something we will be looking at in more detail at our upcoming Virtual Internal Communications Conference next month. Look forward to welcoming you there.

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