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Employees say show us the green, and the commitment to green

Want to impress your prospective employees? Whip out the balance sheet, but don’t forget the sustainability report.

A new survey finds that more than 6 in 10 full-time workers think an employer’s impact on the environment is vital when evaluating whether to work there. That’s about the same percentage of people who think looking at their profit margin is important.

The telephone survey of 504 full-time workers was conducted in late February by Harris Interactive on behalf modular carpet manufacturer Interface Inc.

The survey also found a gender divide when it comes to environmental issues. Although 78 percent of female employees said a company’s impact on the environment was important, only 52 percent of male workers said the same thing.

The survey also showed that Americans think more highly of U.S. businesses than Chinese ones when it comes to environmental stewardship.

About three-fourths of those surveyed said they believe U.S.-based businesses are implementing policies that protect and preserve the environment. Only one-fourth said businesses based in China are doing the same thing.