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Beyond money and reputation: sustainable HRM in Brazilian banks

Nayele Macini (School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, University of Sao Paulo , Ribeirao Preto, Brazil)
Marlon Fernandes Rodrigues Alves (Department of Management, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo , São Carlos, Brazil)
Luciana Oranges Cezarino (Faculty of Business and Management, Federal University of Uberlândia , Uberlândia, Brazil)
Lara Bartocci Liboni (School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, University of Sao Paulo , Ribeirao Preto, Brazil)
Adriana Cristina Ferreira Caldana (School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, University of Sao Paulo , Ribeirao Preto, Brazil)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 17 August 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyze sustainable human resources management (HRM) in the Brazilian banking industry and to propose an integrative framework of HRM practices toward sustainability, linking stakeholders to HR systems.

Design/methodology/approach

Supported by the stakeholder theory, the research design follows a triangulation of multiple data sources, covering 85% of the national banking industry: (1) annual Global Reporting Initiative sustainability reports, (2) employment tribunal decisions and (3) in-depth interviews with top managers of the Banking Trade Union and the Brazilian Federation of Banks, a trade association.

Findings

The analysis reveals various engagement levels across the sustainable HRM dimensions: justice and equality, transparent HR practices, profitability and employee well-being. However, current practices in all dimensions fall largely behind sustainable standards. An integrative framework of HRM practices is also proposed.

Originality/value

The study provides the first integrative framework of sustainable HRM practices in the literature.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Charbel Jabbour for their insightful comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript. We would also like to thank GOLDEN for Sustainability Brazil team for their full support during the execution of this study. Financial support was partially provided by Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). All remaining errors are our own.

Citation

Macini, N., Fernandes Rodrigues Alves, M., Oranges Cezarino, L., Bartocci Liboni, L. and Cristina Ferreira Caldana, A. (2020), "Beyond money and reputation: sustainable HRM in Brazilian banks", Employee Relations, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-12-2018-0331

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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