GREEN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (GREEN HRM) AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

Adijat Olubukola Olateju, Abubakar Wambai Aminu, Rasaq Akonji Danmola

Abstract


The high concern and attention of the world leaders and stakeholders on climate change have necessitated shift to greening the economy in terms of renewable energy, green construction, environmentally friendly services, zero carbon emission transportation system, organic farming system etc. It is expected that this new trend in the global world (greening) will eventually lead to job loss (unemployment) and or the creation of additional jobs, because of the shift in professional skills from the conventional practice to the modern practice. In order for unemployment to be averted as a result of the structural development, this implies that new and decent jobs are needed to prevent structural unemployment. Consequently, proactive interventions are required to assist in the area of employment, education and training to suit the change in the demand for green economy, as demand for new trend will call for the adoption of new skills or modification of the existing skills. Therefore, without investment in new technology and human capital development, achieving green production process will be difficult. Thus, greening the labour market through acquisition of green skills, green selections, green training, green compensation etc. are necessary. Although, research on Green HRM is gaining ground in developed world, however, it is an area that lacks comprehensive awareness among developing countries especially Africa. Nigeria as one of the Africa countries is not an exception in terms of low awareness and inadequate research on Green HRM. However, more awareness need to be done in Africa countries; as these countries are more vulnerable to environmental degradation due to various business activities and under developed nature of these countries. In view of this, more need to be done in the area of conceptualizing Green HRM and also human resource managers need to be well informed about the prospects and challenges that they may be subjected to from practicing Green HRM. Given the low information and dearth of research in this area, this study tries to add to knowledge on the concept of Green HRM, the prospects in Green HRM, and challenges that HR practitioners could face when embarking on Green HRM. The information gathered from this study will help stakeholders and HR practitioners in appreciating reasons while greening needs to be celebrated, so as to save human in particular and the environment in general.


Keywords


Stakeholders, climate change, renewable energy, green economy, degradation

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