The human resources management contribution to social responsibility and environmental sustainability: explorations from Ibero-America

José Manuel Alcaraz, Lourdes Susaeta, Esperanza Suarez, Carlos Colón, Isis Gutiérrez-Martínez, Rita Campos e Cunha, Francisco Leguizamón, Sandra Idrovo, Manuela Faia Correia, Natalia Weisz, José Ramón Pin

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Abstract

In this paper we aim to advance the discussion on HRM’s quest to create value around social responsibility and environmental sustainability. We explore the perceptions reported by Human Resource managers in three Ibero-American countries (Spain, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica). We focus on the
hospitality sector, one of particular relevancy for these countries and with significant sustainability challenges.
Relying on in-depth interviews in twenty-eight organizations and a mixed-methods approach, we examine HR managers’ underlying notions around social and environmental issues, stakeholder collaboration, HRM practices, roles and internal organization. Analysis of the interviews suggests varying views on those dimensions, as well as identifies Active and Advanced firms, the latter showing more commitment to sustainability (as part of the organizational culture), usage of HRM practices and engagement with multiple stakeholders.
From this empirical exploration and relying on current sustainability developments, we contribute to the literature by outlining an externally-oriented model (centred on corporate priorities, communities’ flourishing and ecosystems’ resilience) aiming to advance HRM’s engagement with sustainability-driven agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3166-3189
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal Of Human Resource Management
Volume30
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • HRM
  • environmental sustainability
  • social responsibility
  • value creation

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