Beth Kayser

Eco perks: ideas to sustainably engage employees

We’ve compiled a detailed list of eco perks and benefits, which you can use to align employee engagement with your sustainability strategy.
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With 55% of UK-based employees concerned that their employer isn’t doing enough to tackle climate change, and 30% of the upcoming millennial group willing to change jobs if their current employer isn't sustainably-minded, demonstrating that your business cares about our planet is more important than ever. (Source: Pawprint commissioned research, 2021)

Below we’ve compiled a detailed list of eco perks and benefits, which you can use to align employee engagement with your sustainability strategy—good for employees, good for business, good for the planet. That’s living the ‘people, planet, profit’ promise if we ever saw it. 

Pawprint's favourite eco perks

Cost What About perk/benefit Benefit (employee) Benefit (employer) Supplier
£15 - £30 / month Green energy at home Encourage employees to switch to a renewable energy provider at home. Lower energy bills

Reduced carbon footprint
Boosted engagement

Reduced Scope 3
Big Clean Switch
~£10/plug Smart plugs and collective demand reduction Get employees involved in a virtual power plant through Equiwatt, to help reduce demand on the grid at peak times. Rewards

Lower energy bills

Reduced carbon footprint
Boosted engagement

Reduced Scope 3
Equiwatt
~£8/bulb LED light bulbs LEDs can be up to 10x more carbon efficient than older models. Slash your Scope 3 emissions by gifting better bulbs. Lower energy bills

Reduced carbon footprint
Boosted engagement

Reduced Scope 3
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Prices range, from affordable to premium Weekly lunch Instead of each employee heading to Pret for lunch, buy loose, seasonal produce and provide the facilities to make their own. Reduced weekly costs

Access to healthy food

Time to bond with colleagues

Boosted engagement

Team bonding

Reduced waste
Feedr

Karmacans
As much or as little as you like Houseplant voucher Gift plants that cleanse the air of household pollutants. Improved air quality

Boosted happiness
Improved productivity

Boosted happiness
Patch
Project dependent Donate to a carbon capture project on birthdays You could protect peatland, invest in direct air capture or donate to pioneer projects—whatever permanently removes carbon from the atmosphere. Reduced carbon footprint

Boosted happiness and sense of belonging
Retain talent

Stay competitive
Sourceful Climate

Verra

Gold Standard
Free Make your pension matter Ensure the company invests in a green pension and if there's the option (for example, with Nest) encourage employees to switch to the ethical fund. Confidence that their money aligns with their morals Pension aligns with company values

Retain talent

Stay competitive
Make My Money Matter
/ Time off to volunteer / protest Yvon Chouinard has always had some pretty unconventional workplace policies, but giving his employees time off to protest (and paying bail if they are arrested) is one of the more compelling ones. You could also give employees time off to volunteer for an eco charity. Improved relationship with employer

Feels encouraged to bring whole self to work
Retain talent

Boosted happiness
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Minimum £5 donation per kit A bee saver kit Bees are under threat due to biodiversity loss and changing climate. Enabling your employees to make their green space more bee-friendly is a perfect thank you for hard work. Encouragement to spend time in nature

Boosted happiness/reduced climate anxiety
Boosted happiness Friends of the Earth
£500 - £1000 E-bike conversion kit Encourage employees to use pin-power by giving them access to an e-bike converter, which turns any bike into an electric bike. Reduced stress

Improved health

Money savings
Reduced Scope 3

Improved employee health

Remain competitive
Swytch Bike
Employee dependent Additional annual leave for slow travel Encourage employees to travel slowly (not by plane or car, unless the car is full) to holiday destinations by tagging on some additional annual leave for those who can prove they're doing it the low carbon way. Reduced carbon footprint

Additional annual leave

Chance to see places they wouldn't have otherwise seen
Remain competitive

Retain talent
Climate Perks
As much or as little as you like Eco getaway voucher Reconnect your employees with nature by giving them money towards an eco getaway. Boosted happiness

Encouragement to spend time in nature
Stay competitive

Retain talent
Canopy and Stars

Byway
As much or as little as you like Discounted vegan/veggie food Vitality offers rewards and discounts to members who buy healthy food. Steal this idea, get your employees eating healthily and reap the rewards of a brain fuelled by goodness. Improved health

Lower food bills

Lower carbon footprint
Improved productivity

Boosted happiness

Retain talent
All Plants

Farmdrop
Free Option to take an extended lunch break Reconnect employees with nature, and encourage them to exercise, by blocking out two hours at lunch for 'time outdoors'. Reduced stress and improved mental health

Better work/life balance
Improved productivity

Boosted happiness

Retain talent
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Pricing based on no. of employees Access to the Pawprint app Empower employees to measure, understand and reduce their carbon footprint. Better understanding of own impact and how to reduce it

Empowered to engage with workplace sustainability
Reduction and sentiment data

Accelerated climate intiatives

Improved employee engagement

Industry benchmarking
Pawprint
£150 - £415 per box No Separation zero waste boxes From crisp packets to soft plastics, Terracycle's zero waste boxes allow you to recycle the ‘non-recyclables’. Give employees access to these and both office and personal waste will shrink; it’s time to tidy up our planet!. Reduced waste

Reduced carbon footprint
Reduced waste

Reduced carbon footprint

Stay competitivet
Zero Waste Boxes

Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list and we will continue to add to it as and when we hear of more great eco perks. Feel free to suggest one by emailing beth@pawprint.eco.

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