08 July 2008 | Jake Kanter
Companies should encourage responsible buying by giving staff information about their CSR programmes.
According to trade union Unite, employees working in the electronics, electrical engineering and IT (EEEIT) industries should be made aware about supply chains so they can help create a "greener" workplace.
The union said more transparency would enable workers to campaign to improve issues such as ethical sourcing, supplier labour standards and carbon footprints when purchasing decisions are made.
The report How Green is My Workplace? questioned 450 union members in the EEEIT sectors. Nearly 88 per cent wanted unions to help encourage members to suggest ways to improve the environmental impact of their companies.
The union also said the government should promote best practice procurement and must play a role in "shaping the behaviour of other organisations".