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Study: Employees value sustainability commitments

April 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — The majority of Americans want to work for an organization that keeps an eye on their impact on the environment, according to Sustainable Life Media.

A survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 63 percent of full-time workers believe a company''s impact on the environment is vital when evaluating a new workplace, the article stated.

"There is broad recognition that companies that focus on sustainability, or protecting and preserving the environment, are appealing to American workers," said Dan Hendrix, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Interface Inc.

"Profits are obviously the lifeblood of any company, but what we see here is that employees want their organizations to have more purpose. These results speak to a lasting trend about the kind of long-term-focused organizations that employees want to belong to," Hendrix added.

According to the article, the study also revealed gender differences in how employees evaluate potential employers: Seventy-eight percent of female employees felt a company''s impact on the environment was particularly important, while 52 percent of male workers believed the same.

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