Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt

TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Workplace perceptions of employers' environmental programs and practices help sustain high employee engagement. The list of Canada's "Green 30"-organizations whose employees are most positive about their record on environment stewardship-was released today by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON).

Amongst the Green 30, 83 per cent of employees have a positive perception of their employer's eco-friendly efforts, compared to only 45 per cent amongst the 30 organizations with the least positive employee perceptions. The list (attached) was compiled from employee feedback collected as part of the Best Employers in Canada Study. The key metric for determining the list is performance on Aon Hewitt's Green Index, which focuses on employers' environmental strategies and activities, and their efforts to consider long-term social, environmental and economic impacts when making business decisions.

"There is a significant difference in the Green Index scores between the Green 30 and other organizations. Our analysis indicates that building and maintaining high employee satisfaction with social and environment practices is a key factor in sustaining strong employee engagement," says Neil Crawford, Aon Hewitt's leader of the Best Employer in Canada study. Employees in Green 30 organizations are consistent in their positive perceptions across a range of environmental stewardship dimensions and are well aware of their employers' eco-friendly efforts."

The Green 30 are more likely to implement practices and programs to support and reinforce their commitment to environmental stewardship, as the following table demonstrates:

Eco-Friendly Practice The Green 30 30 Lowest Ranked
This organization's strategies/activities are environmentally
85% 42%
This organization works to minimize the impact of its operations,
products/services on the environment
85% 49%
This organization discloses its environmental practices 80% 37%
This organization supports the development of products/services
with positive environmental benefits
83% 43%
This organization effectively communicates the actions it is taking
to minimize its impact on the environment
81% 38%

"The data collected by Aon Hewitt from leaders and employees enable participating organizations to refine their social and environmental practices, improve their communications and best leverage their efforts  improve and sustain employee engagement," states Crawford. "These employers have clearly demonstrated their commitment to reducing the impact of their business on the environment. These actions are highly valued by their employees."

The list was compiled by Aon Hewitt based on employee opinion data collected as part of the annual Best Employers in Canada study and Best Small and Medium Employers study. Over 190,000 employees and 2,500 leaders in 280 organizations participated in the 2013 edition of these studies.

The Green 30 list appears in the May 20 issue of Maclean's magazine, available on newsstands today.

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About Aon Hewitt
Aon Hewitt empowers organizations and individuals to secure a better future through innovative talent, retirement and health solutions. We advise, design and execute a wide range of solutions that enable clients to cultivate talent to drive organizational and personal performance and growth, navigate retirement risk while providing new levels of financial security, and redefine health solutions for greater choice, affordability and wellness. Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions, with over 30,000 professionals in 90 countries serving more than 20,000 clients worldwide. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.

About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 65,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

Aon Hewitt's 2013 List of Canada's "Green 30"

Ranking Organization
1 ISL Engineering and Land Services
2 Benefits by Design Inc
3 Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
4 The Co-operators
5 LoyaltyOne Inc.
6 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan
7 Vancity Group
8 The Sovereign General Insurance Company
9 Quadra Chemicals Ltd
10 Pinchin Environmental Ltd.
11 Innovation Place
12 Intelex Technologies Inc.
13 The Co-operators Life Insurance Company
14 Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls
15 BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd.
16 Arrow Professional Services
17 Dillon Consulting Limited
18 Nexen Inc.
19 PCL Constructors Inc.
20 Delta Hotels and Resorts
21 Celestica
22 Wakefield Canada Inc
23 Port Metro Vancouver
24 Cisco Canada
25 Stikeman Elliott LLP
26 GEF Seniors Housing
27 Auto West Group
29 SAP Canada Inc.
30 Island Savings Credit Union





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