Inspire Employees to Participate in a Company’s Green Initiative

Office Depot’s dedication to its green initiative is evidenced by its environmental-centric internal staff, headed by director of environmental strategy, Yalmaz Siddiqui. Still, he says, having a specialty division is not enough to build a successful initiative. “Notwithstanding our strategic focus on having green programs owned by core business functions, some functional areas still believe that if an idea is related to green, it must be owned by the small, central environmental team. The biggest challenge is persuading all internal functions that green can help them meet their goals, and therefore needs to be owned by the individual function/business unit in order to be successful,” Siddiqui says. He offers four main recommendations to get internal staff motivated: 1.

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