Active IFC staff engagement is necessary for fulfilling IFC’s Footprint Commitment. Our approach not only shares information with staff on what the institution is doing, but seeks out their feedback on our strategy and support for specific initiatives.
Components of our staff engagement strategy include:
Footprint Champion Network: A central component of our engagement strategy is the global community of “Footprint Champions” across the corporation. Footprint Champions are the Footprint Program’s liaisons located in every country office and every HQ department. They disseminate information to colleagues, propose and implement changes, share ideas, achievements, questions, and solutions, and demonstrate adoption of best practices at the individual level. They are the “eyes and ears” of the Footprint Program and play an important role in helping to guide the Footprint Program’s annual strategy. As of FY12, there are 155 Footprint Champions (approximately 30% located in HQ and 70% in country offices).
Senior Advisory Committee: The advisory committee not only supports IFC’s efforts on sustainability by maintaining a high-level strategic focus for the Footprint Program’s annual strategy, but the members of the committee also serve as message carriers throughout the institution, helping to drive culture change at IFC.
10-Minute Tune Up: In 2009, the Footprint Program launched the “10-Minute Tune Up,” an interactive e-learning module that provides simple tips and interesting facts to help staff take action to be more environmentally sustainable and resource efficient while in the DC office (IFC’s largest office). Humor, photography and attractive graphics are employed throughout the module. Opportunities identified range from behavior changes (DO's and DON'Ts) to practical information on resources and services available internally to IFC staff such as letting them know about a monthly stipend for public transportation. People are informed about things like setting their computers to sleep, the amount of paper used for printing and copying, or positive feedback such as the number of emeetings and video conferences held in a year. Staff members who participate receive an emblem for their workstation to proudly show their commitment to sustainability.
Events: The Footprint Program organizes many events, seminars, film screenings, and “hands-on” workshops to raise staff awareness of sustainability issues. Recent films have included “Home,” “Food, Inc.,” “Addicted to Plastic,” and “No Impact Man.” Every year, the Footprint Program hosts a large “Earth Day Expo” in the DC office with external local businesses focused on environmental sustainability.
Training: Targeted training for IFC staff is another approach the Program uses to engage with staff. For instance, the “Sustainable Meetings and Events Training” targets IFC staff that plan events and gives them the information and tools necessary to reduce the environmental impacts of these events. Taught by a Certified Meeting Planner, the training is a popular component of IFC’s staff outreach efforts on our operational sustainability commitment. The “Getting Started at IFC: The Footprint Program” e-learning course targets new IFC staff and provides an important overview not only of the institution’s efforts on sustainability, but every staff person’s role in the effort.
Footprint Challenge Award: The Annual IFC Footprint Challenge recognizes and rewards staff members and offices that have taken steps to integrate sustainability in IFC's day-to-day operations. The award categories are established annually and a panel of judges selects the winners based on weighted scoring criteria. Award winners receive funding to implement their idea, technical assistance from Footprint Program staff, and corporate recognition of their efforts.