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Going green a determining factor in the hiring process

Posted on April 17th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

A recent survey from TheLadders revealed that the majority of job candidates (72 percent) would prefer to work for a more eco-conscious company.

This may be troubling news to some companies, as just 48 percent of respondents felt their most recent employer was green, while 35 percent said they don't work for a green business.

"It is clear from our survey that professionals are attracted to employers who share their priorities," said Alex Douzet, chief operating officer of TheLadders. "Our research provides a critical wake-up call to employers who do not consider eco-conscious efforts to be best practice."

For employers who do decide to go green, it doesn't take much for HR administration to convince workers to do the same. Three-quarters of respondents said they would change their daily routine to utilize green tactics if provided with a small incentive.

Finally, working at a green company was found to be "extremely important" for 28 percent of those polled. Only 13 percent stated it was not important to them.

Business Pundit notes that one business – chemical company DuPont – has truly committed to going green in recent years, lowering its emissions of airborne carcinogens and greenhouse gasses and appointing an ex-Greenpeace head to its advisory board.  

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