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HR professionals: key drivers for implementing sustainable business practices

Shabnam Priyadarshini (Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour (OB and HR), Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad, India)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 29 April 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020




The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of sustainable management practices in the current era. The paper highlights the critical role that HR Professionals play in driving this sustainability agenda in organizations.


The paper delebrates on how the philosophy of various stakeholders has changed in recent years in embracing responsible management practices. The paper also discusses the role of HR Professionals in embedding and internationalizing a sustainable strategy into the organizational culture. It also discusses some ways with the help of suitable examples from the industry.


As globalization, ever-changing demographics and competition for the world’s draining resources force transformational change, businesses would require leadership that is not only enlightened but sustainability-savvy as well to prosper. HR has a very critical role to play in aligning talent with these emerging realities.


This paper discusses how a growing number of organizations are acknowledging sustainability as a key differentiator for competitive advantage. Furthermore, it discusses the significance of HR Professionals in pushing the sustainability agenda in their organizations. It also presents the strategies and methods to achieve the same with the help of suitable examples.



Priyadarshini, S. (2020), "HR professionals: key drivers for implementing sustainable business practices", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 205-208.



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