A GROWING number of companies are undertaking sustainability efforts in the Asia Pacific region, but a survey recently found most workers are unaware of their employers’ green initiatives.

According to JLL Asia-Pacific’s “Sustainability in the built environment: An employee perspective” report, 65% of the respondents are not aware of their companies’ carbon reduction goals, and 60% said the companies do not involve them in green initiatives.

Around 70% of employees believe that offices can be highly impactful in reducing carbon emissions, while 90% see residential buildings as a “catalyst to enhance urban greenery.”

The online survey covered 1,200 employees, aged between 21 and 45, in the Asia-Pacific region.

“In their pursuit of sustainability, businesses in Asia Pacific must ensure that their corporate goals are closely aligned with the goals of their employees,” Anthony Couse, chief executive officer for JLL APAC, said.

According to the survey, seven in 10 employees believe that sustainability initiatives are a “must” for businesses, and 75% expect companies to adopt sustainable business practices.

“Sustainability has always been at the forefront of our business agenda in the Philippines. Our journey towards a work set up that combines freedom and flexibility started ahead of the curve, and we have long acknowledged that our efforts need to be centered on engagement, emotional well-being, and mental health,” Christophe Vicic, country head of JLL Philippines, said.