Posts tagged ‘green jobs’

Green Collar Jobs Defined

Green collar jobs are rapidly becoming fashionable. The new trend represents a shift to the mainstream of the good old environmentalist approach to life. But what exactly makes a job green? The experts are far from agreed.

Green collar jobs have a magic lure to them. Not only because the people involved in the sector are supposedly making a conscious effort to salvaging what’s left of the earth’s natural resources, but also because they’re believed to drag the ailing economy out of its quagmire. (more…)

May 24, 2008 at 11:00 am 1 comment

LOHAS? Naturalist? Watch Green Marketing Take Shape

apple_bite_7.jpgThe Green market is growing. That´s good news. The first professional marketing studies of the segment are being published. But as professionalism takes off, bad ideas might become the new standard.

Of the few facts about the Green market that can be determined with a degree of precision are its components. There´s a significant trend underway to allude to these as “Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability“. LOHAS for short. In a recently released study of the LOHAS market by marketing research giant Nielsen and the Natural Marketing institute, LOHAS´ market size was put at $209 billion. This includes services as well as goods that are purchased by ´consumers who have a meaningful sense of environmental and social responsibility and incorporates those values into their purchase decisions.´

That is marketing speak for plain ole eco friendly shoppers. The data for the study goes all the way back to 2002. The two research houses have integrated various tools that the other made and are now offering in depth advice to companies looking to green up their production, especially consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers looking for ideas on product development, positioning, pricing, communication and distribution.

LOHAS might seem like a rather clear cut market, but not everybody that shops green is classified in identically the same category as every other (green) shopper. NMI divides the market up into five groups. Apart from LOHAS, they classify naturalites, drifters, conventionals and unconcerneds. features an interview with LOHAS Journal experts who have an interesting conversation which gives you a great idea about this market, whether you are a consumer or marketer. The radio show describes LOHAS as the largest market you´ve never heard about. But that´s either an exaggeration or it´s bound to change fast.

LOHAS is becoming a household item in investment circles and this is where the whole business begins to scare me. For instance, last year, the NMI collaborated with the investment community to launch the LOHAS index. This is a ranking of the top fifty most ethical companies. The list might surprise you; at the top is Microsoft. McDonald´s is in the ranking as well. Who are they kidding you might wonder. When the index was released the creators said that they had included direct consumer input when compiling the list. Consumers had been way less tolerant of companies´ social behavior than the financial analysts. But also way more ignorant, apparently, according to the finance experts. Nevertheless it still is hardly the list I would expect to see.

As the LOHAS market takes shape, it will be incremental to have independent bodies verify that what´s being earmarked as LOHAS actually stands the test.

March 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm 1 comment

Green Job Market – Canadian Advice For Transition

green-jobsGreen jobs are very much on the rise, now that the Green collar sector has become firmly established in the recruitment lingo. A Canadian organisation has created a helpful document advising companies on how to make a succesful transition.

The document, released earlier this week, is entitled Our Green Future: Confronting Climate Change – A just transition to green jobs and it is published by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

The organisation addresses questions that arise from governments’ actions to combat climate change. The main issue is the question of how will the economy be affected and what will happen to workers, their families and communities.

”If a business faces tough regulation or a high carbon tax, will layoffs follow? How will workers and communities adapt as businesses are remodelled in a greener image?”, NUPGE writes on its website. The organisation recommends that the government play a lead role in providing support for workers, their families and communities as they transition to a cleaner economy.

”Strategic initiatives may include protection income, pensions and benefits, training incentives, career planning, as well as sustainable industrial strategies”, it says.
Check the site out here.

February 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm 1 comment



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