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Course Overview

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.

  • What is green HR and how relevant is it to organisations becoming sustainable
  • The nature of sustainability including internal and external drivers toward change and barriers inhibiting change to show the nature of the organisational mindset required to acknowledge the need to move toward sustainability and beyond compliance
  • Sustainable return on investment (S-ROI) and ‘Triple top line’ (TTL) to demonstrate how sustainability gains can be measured and valued by the business
  • The role of HR in corporate human sustainability to show operational functions for sustainability within the business including networking and green rewards
  • Human sustainability to understand the importance of human capital and being inclusive of all stakeholders
  • Ecological sustainability to distinguish between green practices and organisation-wide sustainability and show how leadership is required to go beyond rhetoric and provide transparency

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.

By the end of the course you will receive an Ozone certification.  This certification is evidence that you are able to…
  • 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