How can I encourage my employees to be green?

17 Jul, 2023

Implementing new initiatives in a business can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to going green. But fear not! Here are our top tips for engaging your employees and boosting your green credentials:

Include employees in the vision

You know what they say: teamwork makes the dream work! Involve your employees in the green vision for your business. Help them understand that reducing environmental impact is not just about being eco-friendly, but it also comes with numerous benefits for the business. From cost savings and increased sales to an enhanced reputation in the market, going green can take your company to new heights! So, open the floor for their ideas and let them contribute to making your business greener.

Create a Green Team

Why not unleash the green warriors within your workforce? Form a Green Team of enthusiastic individuals who are already making eco-friendly choices in their personal lives. Let them lead the charge within your organisation! From setting up recycling programs to brainstorming creative ways to reward green efforts, these leaders can set an example for others to follow.

Staff Education

Knowledge is power, and in this case, it’s the power to go green! Some of your staff might not be aware of the impact their actions can have on the environment. So, make sure you include environmental education in your training programs. Bring in passionate guest speakers who can inspire your employees to make a difference. And don’t forget the power of visual reminders through well-placed signage to encourage eco-conscious behaviour.


Who doesn’t love a little extra motivation? Incentivise your employees to embrace your environmental policies. You can go the traditional route with financial rewards like gift cards or bonuses. However, sometimes a simple acknowledgement of a job well done can be just as effective. A public shout-out or certificates of appreciation can go a long way in boosting morale and encouraging green practices.

Internal competition

Let’s make going green a fun adventure! Foster a sense of friendly competition among your employees. Create exciting internal challenges or competitions, like a “Green Warrior of the Month” award for the top eco-conscious employee. This not only adds a playful twist but also keeps the momentum going and makes being green an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Top-down leadership

Lead by example – it’s the golden rule of implementing any new policy! Show your commitment to the cause by ensuring that managers and leaders are actively following the green initiatives. When employees see top-down leadership embracing sustainability, it becomes a company-wide norm, and everyone is encouraged to do their part.

Remember, going green isn’t just about the environment; it’s also about fostering a sense of community and shared purpose within your business. So, let’s band together and make our planet – and our workplace – a greener, healthier, and more sustainable space for everyone!

Ready to take the next step?

The above are ideas for you to improve your current environmental status. If you’re committed to taking your environmental efforts to the next level, consider implementing the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.  

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