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HR’s Crucial Role in Sustainability Efforts

Human resources should play a major role in company’s sustainability processes, practices and strategies, according to MIT Sloan Management Review.

In a blog post, Edward E. Lawler III, a professor and director of the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and Susan A. Mohrman, a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, argue HR needs to be more involved in sustainability efforts.

They write that a good starting point is for HR to build sustainability into everything it does. For example, hiring should promote sustainability and the selection process should evaluate a prospective hire’s commitment to contributing to sustainability activities.

“Moreover, appraising current employees based on their sustainability results and creating tools that reward and reinforce contributions to sustainability goals and results should be part of the company’s compensation systems,” the authors say.

Only one in five companies has fully integrated sustainability into business, according to a survey published last year of corporate sustainability executives by nonprofit business network BSR and research consultancy GlobeScan.

 

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