June 10, 2009
The HSUS Recognized for Workplace Excellence, Environmental Stewardship
The Humane Society of the United States is proud to receive Alliance for Workplace Excellence awards for workplace excellence and ecoleadership."It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to create an excellent workplace and decrease our organization's environmental impact," said Robert Roop, HSUS vice president for human resources and education. "We believe that these efforts are inherently connected to our work to eradicate animal suffering on a global level."
This is the seventh year in a row that The HSUS has been recognized for its workplace excellence. The Alliance has recognized the Washington area's best places to work for the past 10 years. This year, it also honors businesses that have demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability. The 66 winning companies represent more than 1 million employees from organizations of all sizes and in all sectors — private, public and nonprofit. The Workplace Excellence Award highlights businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home, and in the community. All award applicants undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, professionals and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology and human resources.
One way The HSUS has improved our workplace is by inviting employees to bring their dogs to work with them. More than 50 dogs participate in the program at The HSUS's three D.C.-area offices. Employees find that the Dogs at Work program fosters increased communication and reduces stress in the workplace while maintaining a professional office environment. Several dogs have been adopted because employees could bring their companions to work. The HSUS has published Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide for Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces to help other employers create a dog-friendly environment.
The EcoLeadership Award honors companies that recognize the importance of environmental sustainability by demonstrating commitment to waste minimization, water conservation, building operations and other criteria.
The HSUS developed a multi-faceted environmental stewardship program several years ago, and is constantly implementing new green tactics. Our comprehensive recycling program has been extended to include ink cartridges, batteries, cell phones, chargers, shipping pallets, office supplies and electronics. The HSUS donates large office furniture and computers to schools in the community. We have also set up a composting station in the lunchroom so that employees can responsibly dispose of biodegradable trash and food.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.