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date: 12 July 2020

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Many organizations have begun implementing a variety of programs and practices to diminish their environmental impact, including the adoption of environmental management systems to comply with new governmental policies, and specific initiatives, such as green purchasing, the design of products more friendly to the environment, recycling, and energy conservation practices. To improve their environmental performance, operations, products, services, and public image, organizations are increasingly interested in finding ways to encourage employees to take environmental action. In this chapter, using self-determination theory as a framework and recent research on proenvironmental behaviors, we increase the understanding of engagement in proenvironmental behaviors at work and explain the processes that facilitate such behavior at the employee level. In addition, we suggest tangible ways in which businesses, entrepreneurs, and managers can meaningfully foster autonomous motivation in their employees. Finally, we highlight future directions for research in the business and organization world.

Keywords: organization's environmental sustainability, employees' proenvironmental behavior, communication of information, working environment

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