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Changing Behaviour: Successful Environmental Programmes in the Workplace

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  • William Young,

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    1. Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group (BOSS), Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
    • Correspondence to: William Young, Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group (BOSS), Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. E-mail: C.W.Young@leeds.ac.uk

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  • Matthew Davis,

    1. Socio-Technical Centre, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK
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  • Ilona M. McNeill,

    1. Business School, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Bindu Malhotra,

    1. Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group (BOSS), Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
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  • Sally Russell,

    1. Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group (BOSS), Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
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  • Kerrie Unsworth,

    1. Business School, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Chris W. Clegg

    1. Socio-Technical Centre, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK
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Abstract

There is an increasing focus on improving the pro-environmental attitudes, behaviour and habits of individuals, whether at home, in education, travelling, shopping or in the workplace. This article focuses on the workplace by conducting a multi-disciplinary literature review of research that has examined the influence of organization-based behaviour change initiatives. The review includes only research evidence that measured actual environmental performance (e.g. energy use) rather than solely using self-reported methods (e.g. questionnaires). The authors develop an ‘employee pro-environmental behaviour’ (e-PEB) framework, which contains individual, group, organizational and contextual factors that have predictive relevance across different behaviours and organizations. The review shows that the strongest predictors are environmental awareness, performance feedback, financial incentives, environmental infrastructure, management support and training. A key finding from this review is that attitude change is not necessarily a pre-requisite for behaviour change in the workplace. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment

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