Employers that made the 2009 Companies That Care Honor Roll are going green.
Organizers of the 37-member Honor Roll, which recognizes organizations for their attention to the well-being of their employees and their communities, point to a growing trend among applicants toward benefits, policies and activities that shrink their environmental footprint.
Some of them encourage their employees to do the same. Examples:
- A Mid-Atlantic “green team” of AAA employees installed bike racks at call center locations, added recycling areas and distributed tips for green practices at home.
- Consulting firm Grant Thornton launched an employee “green committee” that sends green tips in an e-mail newsletter and stopped stocking employee kitchens with paper and plastic foam cups.
- Enterprise Fleet reduced the number of handouts at its annual partners meeting and printed the rest on recycled paper. Employees handed out refillable water containers instead of bottled water.
- Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Pa., gave each employee two recyclable grocery bags—one insulated—so they can forgo paper and plastic at the store.
- Umpqua Bank in Roseburg, Ore., pays 100% of any employee’s mass-transit fees.
- InterfaceFLOR in LaGrange, Ga., matches employee donations to nonprofit American Forests, which planted trees to offset the carbon dioxide emissions created by the organization’s commuters.
Contact: Cynthia Cobb, Companies That Care, at (847) 548-4548.