HR managers and environmental sustainability: Strategic leaders or passive observers?

Candice Harris, Helen Tregidga

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In this paper we explore the challenges posed to, and reactions of, HR managers by the concept of environmental sustainability. From interviews with 14 New Zealand HR managers, we explore three related aspects of morality identified by Fineman (1997): private; conventional; and enacted. Findings indicate that while the HR managers note a private position of environmental concern, they take a passive approach to environmental sustainability within their organizations. We note that this passive position is not without potentially adverse effects in relation to the role of HR as a strategic partner and for the advancement of environmental sustainability within organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-254
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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