Friday, December 27, 2013

Admin writes on Green HR


Today, in the current scenario we are living at a time where environmental sustainability is a must for the better future of our world, so why should we limit ourselves or make ourselves dependable on other people for saving the environment. The topic of environmental sustainability is attracting increased attention among management scholars. Despite its importance to managers, employees, customers and other stakeholders, however, there are very few research studies that consider the role of human resource management systems in organizations striving to achieve environmental sustainability. There is thus a growing need for the integration of environmental management into human resource management. Here the Green HR plays its role.

What is Green HR?

Green HR is the use of HRM policies to promote the sustainable use of resources within business organizations and, more generally, promotes the cause of environmental sustainability. Green HRM plays an important role in corporate social responsibility. Green HRM helps an organisation to adopt an environmental-friendly HR practices in an organisation.
Sustainable development is concerned with meeting the needs of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Companies now realize that they have to develop a powerful social conscience and green sense of responsibility where corporate responsibility is not an altruistic nice to have, but a business imperative.

Green HR basically involves undertaking environment-friendly HR initiatives resulting in greater efficiencies, lower costs and better employee engagement and retention which in turn, help organizationsto reduce employee carbon footprints by the likes of electronic filing, car-sharing, job-sharing, teleconferencing and virtual interviews, recycling,  onlinetraining, energy-efficient office spaces etc.

Green Jobs
Green businesses have also been growing at a rate of about 5% annually during the last three years. Two particularly growing areas are global carbon credit trading, and construction and services associated with “green buildings” that meet industry standards.
Recycling is another area where the waste management industry may create many jobs.

Carbon Credit Trading
A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide.

The goal is to allow market mechanisms to drive industrial and commercial processes in the direction of low emissions or less carbon intensive approaches than those used when there is no cost to emitting carbon dioxide and other GHGs into the atmosphere.

Green HR is a very good start-up and the employees and the management within an organisation should start up with environmental management programmes to improve the organisational environmental performance like waste management recycling, creating green products.

Writer : Rohit Nair
Admin of the Blog,
HR Student at IFIM B School