Staff 'vital part of green agenda'

BUSINESSES in East Anglia need to make greater use of their staff to help improve environmental performance and unlock valuable cost savings, according to sustainable business experts Envirowise.

BUSINESSES in East Anglia need to make greater use of their staff to help improve environmental performance and unlock valuable cost savings, according to sustainable business experts Envirowise.

The call to action comes as Envirowise launches a free online training tool offering practical advice to help businesses do this. Available at www.envirowise.gov.uk/change, the tool covers a range of topics including how to gain support from employees and work with senior management.

It allows local companies to pick and choose which elements of the training they make use of, according to their needs and available time. In addition, short video case studies give an insight to “culture change” steps that other companies have implemented with positive results.

Simon Best, Envirowise regional manager for the East of England, said: “A company's staff is one of its biggest assets when it comes to taking environmental action. Without everyone pulling in the same direction, a business can never capitalise on the potential for cost savings that lie in making often simple and low cost steps towards sustainability.”