In a research published in SHRM a couple of months ago, it showed that HR is not currently accepted as a true partner in determining sustainability strategy, nor is HR a key implementer of sustainability programs. In a survey of more than 700 corporate social responsibility (CSR) and HR professionals in the United States, only 6% of respondents confirmed that HR was involved in developing CSR strategy and 25% maintained that HR was involved in implementing CSR strategy. Yet, 89% of respondents said that CSR is important for attracting top talent, improving employee retention (85%) and developing the organization’s leaders (81%).
This demonstrates a significant disconnect—and an opportunity for human resources. The HR function clearly has an important role to play in designing and implementing CSR strategy, but it has not yet achieved an influential position.
Look forward to responses from other esteemed members on this forum.