A joint study between Grand & Toy and McMaster University found that 90 per cent of McMaster students at all levels and across various disciplines feel that corporate sustainability practices impact their opinions of organizations as future employers.
The 2015 Insights Report, which examines students’ attitudes towards corporate sustainability and future employment, also found that:
- 36 per cent of respondents say that finding a job where they can actively participate in promoting sustainability is important to them;
- Nearly half of respondents say they would reject a job offer from an organization with a poor environmental record, when in a mid-level position, while 13 per cent would do so immediately after graduation;
- More than three quarters of respondents say it’s important that their support for sustainability align with those of their future employer;
- Almost half of students said that sustainability considerations are important when making purchasing decisions.
The survey was conducted in November of 2014 with a total of 220 students, of which 125 respondents majored in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and 95 majored in the liberal arts. Students from all levels of education were represented, with the majority comprising of fourth year (74) and third year students (55). The sample size of the survey is not large enough to draw broad generalizations, but this study may contribute to other research on the subject.