Sustainability 'a growing priority' for top businesses
The UK's leading companies are set to make sustainability and tackling climate change a priority in 2008, according to a new survey.
Research carried out by Chatsworth Communications revealed that 25 per cent of firms in the FTSE100 plan on making their office buildings more energy efficient this year, while 23 per cent hope to reduce carbon emissions in their day-to-day operations.
However, respondents identified the problems caused by a lack of government support for changes, while the figures revealed a lack of employee involvement in moves towards more sustainable operations through the provision of flexible working or video conferencing.
"Consumers and investors are wising-up to greener ways of doing business," said Nick Warren, an account executive at Chatsworth Communications.
"The boards of the FTSE 100 have realised the importance of a comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy which cuts right across their operations and is sustainable in the long term.
"Although businesses are taking positive steps, there are some areas in which they cannot make progress, such as switching to renewable energy sources, without leadership at the highest political level," he added.
Article Date: 03 January 2008
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