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Introduction

A short introduction into 'Sustainable business through Green HR', and what lies ahead over the next 3 weeks.
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Welcome to sustainable business through Green HR, part of RMIT University’s Business Futures programme. This online course gives you the opportunity to learn more about Green Human Resource Management, and how an organisation’s HR team can be a worthwhile asset in the journey towards sustainability. Over the coming weeks, as you work through this course, you will discuss and learn about innovative concepts and the ways in which human resource management can help embed sustainability across an organisation. You’ll explore how organisational goals and objectives and the application of green HR practises can create a roadmap towards sustainability. You will have confidence to identify the different stages of sustainability and analyse barriers to success in creating a successful sustainable organisation.
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You will be given the opportunity to engage and interact with other global learners through a variety of activities and conversations and reflect on a sustainable business future led by Green HR. We wish you great success as you start your journey in sustainable business through Green HR.
Firstly, let’s deal with what this course is not. It is not about greenwashing – token gestures such as recycling paper and declaring you are sustainable.

Moving well beyond mere compliance, Green HR takes innovative concepts such as human sustainability and triple top line reporting as part of a practice that embeds sustainability across all areas of an organisation where it can provide long term benefits and deliver successful business outcomes. We’ll explain it all as we journey together.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be 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.
  • Explore the elements of green HR and the linkages between ecological and human sustainability.
  • Assess the effective of business strategies and approaches to sustainability.

Get involved

Before moving on, introduce yourself in the Comments section below and share what you hope to get out of this course.

Remember, you can reply to individual comments and ‘like’ the ones you agree with or that interest you. You can also ‘follow’ others whose responses you want to keep track of.

To get started, we suggest you follow the course facilitators now:

Lead Educator: Annie Delaney

Academic: Lena Wang

The Comments section can be a little overwhelming if there are lots of responses, so please don’t feel you have to read all of them! Try reading the first page of most recent comments and then the first page of ‘most liked’ comments – this will help you keep up-to-date with the newest comments.

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