UCLA environmental economist Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and at the Anderson School of Management, won an award Monday for her research showing that employees at 'green' companies are 16 percent more productive than the average employee.
Delmas and her co-author Sanja Pekovic from France's University Paris–Dauphine shared the prize. Their research was the first to study how a firm's environmental commitment affects its productivity, and challenges the idea that environmentalism hurts economic performance. "Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment," Delmas said. "It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line."
The inaugural Research Impact on Practice Award, a $500 honor recognizing sustainability research important to businesses and managers, is presented by the Network for Business Sustainability and the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.