Environmental awareness in the workplace
: a study of employees’ environmental knowledge, perception and behaviour from an individual and organisational perspective

  • Willy Francis Chedjou Jouontso

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The study attempts to assess employees’ environmental awareness at a personal and organisational level as well as their perception of their organisations’ environmental policies in order to propose a theoretical model on environmental awareness. The research focuses on employees’ knowledge, perception and behaviour toward the environment. The respondents (composed of 43% males and 53% females) are employed in a variety of industries in the United Kingdom. The objectives of the study are: (1) to demonstrate how employees’ environmental awareness and behaviour differs according to their sociodemographic characteristics (i.e. gender, age, parental status, education level, income); (2) to investigate organizations’ environmental awareness and actions, as well as factors influencing organisations’ environmental decisions; (3) to evaluate the environmental actions of organisations, and to determine if organisations’ environmental policies influence employees’ environmental knowledge and behaviour; (4) to identify ways of how to improve and promote environmental awareness in the workplace; and (5) to make recommendations for the improvement of environmental awareness and behaviour and hence environmental management in organisations. A quantitative research approach is adopted by the study and data was collected through the use of questionnaires. The analysis of 93 questionnaires (response rate was 31%) revealed that no association exists between people’s gender, age, earnings (employment), and parental status and environmental awareness. However, a correlation exists between employees’ education level and their environmental knowledge and behaviour. Furthermore, tests revealed that an association exists between employees’ parental status and their perception of their organisations’ environmental actions. There was also an association between people aged 35 or under and those aged over 35 years old and their environmental knowledge and perception of environmental issues. It is hoped that the research will contributes to knowledge by developing a theoretical model representing the development process of environmental awareness and behaviour. Such model enables employees to acquire sufficient environmental knowledge so that they can engage into pro-environmental initiatives and organisations to fully embrace environmental management policies and practices.
Date of AwardApr 2013
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMohamed Branine (Supervisor)

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