Orientation manual - Gullstén-Inkinen Oy

Green Office Orientation - Gullstén-Inkinen Oy, WWF's Green Office example 2013

The main purpose of the Green Office manual is to help in the orientation of new employees. When the rules and principles are written down in one manual, it shows new employees that GI is committed to the Green Office programme in a holistic and a comprehensive way. In the manual, new employees will find instructions on things like how to fill out the travel report and how to change your printer settings. The manual is also an important tool for the Green Office contact person. I can check things easily in one document. The manual makes it very easy to train a new Green Office contact person.

“We’re a fairly small office and the Green Office rules and principles are a part of the daily life of every employee. GI does not have extra staff just to handle recycling and sorting out waste, etc. The Green Office manual is just a part of a larger design philosophy that GI has; using the sustainable development principles as the basis of all of the design.” says Mia Arhio, Green Office coordinator of Gullsten-Inkinen.

She continues: “The manual has helped me and others to see Green Office as a part of a larger entity. The smallest actions add up to big savings in the long run; simple things like printing on both sides of the paper. Many of the procedures are very obvious but it’s still important to have them in writing.
When the rules and principles and their effects are crystal clear, employees are more committed to comply with them. We’ve reduced the amount of printing paper considerably, for example. Our employees also keep an eye on each other’s behavior in a playful manner.”

We hope that the Green Office manual and being part of the Green Office community inspires our employees to make environmentally friendly choices also in their lives outside of work. We’ve noticed our employees having debates about the origin of food and ethical food production.

- Mia Arhio / Gullstén-Inkinen Oy, GO Coordinator