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The role of employee environmental commitment in the green HRM practices, turnover intentions and environmental sustainability nexus

Abdul-Razak Suleman (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana)
Aaron Makafui Ametorwo (University of Education Winneba, Winneba, Ghana)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 28 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The study sought to examine the mediating effect of employee environmental commitment (EEC) in the relationships between green human resource management practices (Green HRMPs) and environmental sustainability (ES) and employee turnover intentions (ETI).

Design/methodology/approach

Using a cross-sectional survey approach, data was sourced from 296 respondents from five manufacturing firms listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. Data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics with the help of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and SmartPLS.

Findings

Results showed that EEC had a partial mediation effect on the relationship between Green HRMPs and ES at the organisational level but fully mediated the relationship between Green HRMPs and ETI at the individual level.

Practical implications

It is evident from the findings that Green HRMPs improve ES and employee stability. Therefore, practitioners and educational institutions should consider integrating environmental concerns into their functional processes and operations. In addition, governments as policymakers should formulate and strengthen the enforcement of already-existing environmental management and sustainability policies that promote the integration of green practices and initiatives in both private and public entities.

Originality/value

Little is known about Green HRM and its effect on organisational and individual-level outcomes, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study presents empirical evidence from an emerging economy.

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Acknowledgements

Since acceptance of this article, the following author(s) have updated their affiliation(s): Abdul-Razak Suleman is at the School of Business and Law, Centre for People, Place and Planet, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia and Aaron Makafui Ametorwo is at the Department of Human Resource and Organisational Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

Citation

Suleman, A.-R., Amponsah-Tawiah, K. and Ametorwo, A.M. (2023), "The role of employee environmental commitment in the green HRM practices, turnover intentions and environmental sustainability nexus", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-06-2022-0393

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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