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Business Futures: Sustainable Business Through Green HR

Get an introduction to how HR, specifically Green HR, can help create a business that’s environmentally friendly.

6 hours

Created by Liz Eades, offered on FutureLearn

Description

About the course

Sustainability is an embedded practice in many businesses. It recognises the long term benefits of acknowledging the social and environmental impacts of production and consumption. While governments encourage responsible social and environmental action, implementation is often left to individual organisations and many of these are under pressure from shareholders driven by a profit-centred return on investment (ROI) model. And so, environmental and sustainable practices often become a HR matter - it’s people that must make the difference.

This course will explore what constitutes sustainability from both ecological and business perspectives. We will investigate the emergence of sustainable approaches to human resources, known as ‘Green HR’, and identify various types of sustainability models.

Examine Green HR in the fashion industry

We will take you on a journey through the fashion industry where we’ll explore the essential features of Green HR, including the value placed on human capital and the necessary balancing of sustainable values and business viability.

Make sustainable business work in practice

Operating a sustainable business is a balancing act. We will examine how sustainability and Green HR can work in practice by examining:

  • How to change mindsets to balance self-interest and social responsibility
  • How to identify and overcome barriers to sustainable business
  • The drivers of change towards a sustainable approach
  • How to implement a multi-stage approach to sustainability
  • The role of Green HR in developing, implementing and maintaining sustainable shared values and initiatives.

Throughout the course we identify the internal and external drivers of sustainable practice and cultural change, and explore several critical issues, such as transparency and authenticity.

This course is aimed at professionals and students in disciplines of operations, finance, marketing, or human resources, who wish to learn more about sustainable Green HR practices.

To take part in this course, you'll need:

  • A computer or laptop, with access to the Internet.
  • Computer audio output.
  • Adobe Reader; and
  • A computer mouse.

What you will learn

  • Define sustainability from an ecological and human resource perspective
  • Identify the stages of sustainability, and the drivers of change to business sustainability
  • Define and apply green HR tools and strategies
  • Develop green HR as a concept for organisations to achieve beyond compliance
  • Explore the concept of triple top line approach for sustainability
  • Explore the elements of green HR and the linkages between ecological and human sustainability
  • Assess the effective of business strategies and approaches to sustainability

Requirements

  • This course is aimed at professionals and students in disciplines of operations, finance, marketing, or human resources, who wish to learn more about sustainable Green HR practices.
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  • Price: $null
  • Platform: FutureLearn
  • Language: English
  • 6 hours
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