Office workers demand more IT recycling, study finds


Office workers demand more IT recycling, study finds

Antony Savvas

Office workers are demanding that their employers become greener, with 90% wanting more IT recycling and the introduction of environmentally friendly office processes, according to a survey from Brother.

But employers are not keeping pace with the increasing ethical awareness of their workforce, according to the survey of office workers.

Recycling was identified as one of the biggest issues on which businesses are failing to act, with 40% of businesses having no recycling scheme in place. Workers said they felt guilty about the paper they had to throw away.

Another cause for concern was the failure to recycle e-waste, such as old printers and PCs. One in five businesses simply throw equipment away rather than using recycling schemes.

William Sankey from the Ethical Company Organisation, which produces an ethical directory for businesses called The Good Office Guide, said, "Businesses should not underestimate the impact their ethical and unethical behaviour has on their workers.

"A business that gives serious consideration to the environment and the health of workers throughout its supply chain is likely to be rewarded with a happier and more dedicated workforce.

"Business partners, government organisations and consumers are also keen to do businesses with ethical companies."

The Good Office Guide helps businesses make ethical choices by highlighting those companies that meet certain guidelines, and also highlighting those that do not.

Office technology manufacturer Brother has become the first major manufacturer to have passed the Ethical Company Accreditation scheme.

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