The Role of HR in Sustainability Initiatives: A Strategic Review


  • Adewuyi A. Adegoke Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • K. A. Oyindamola Department of Accounting, Faculty of Management Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
  • Nkem Offonabo Department of Business Administration, Metropolitan School of Business and Management, London, United Kingdom



Development opportunities, Effective communication, Environmental and Social changes, Employees, HR professionals, Innovative strategies, Positive change, Recruitment processes, Sustainable initiative, Organizational leadership


In sustainability initiatives, the shift has prompted organizations to recognize the critical role that HR plays in driving and supporting sustainability efforts. As businesses continue to face environmental and social challenges, HR professionals are increasingly tasked with integrating sustainability into various aspects of the workforce. HR's involvement in sustainability is crucial for fostering a culture of sustainability within an organization. By promoting eco-friendly practices, diversity and inclusion, and ethical work standards, HR departments can significantly influence the overall sustainability performance of a company. Moreover, HR is instrumental in creating policies and programs that align with sustainable objectives and in cultivating a workforce that is knowledgeable and committed to environmental and social responsibility. Despite the potential to drive positive change, HR professionals encounter various challenges when integrating sustainability into their practices. These challenges include resistance to change, limited resources, and the need for a shift in mindset among employees and organizational leadership. Overcoming these obstacles requires HR to adopt innovative strategies and leverage effective communication to motivate employees and gain buy-in from stakeholders. To effectively contribute to sustainability initiatives, HR can adopt several strategies. This may involve integrating sustainability into recruitment processes, offering training and development opportunities on sustainability issues, and establishing performance metrics that reflect sustainability goals. Additionally, HR can play a pivotal role in promoting employee engagement and involvement in sustainability-related activities, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability among the workforces. In conclusion, the role of HR in sustainability initiatives is integral to the success of organizations aiming to create a positive impact on the environment and society. By embracing their role as change agents, HR professionals can drive sustainable practices and contribute to building a culture of responsibility and ethical conduct within their organizations.


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How to Cite

A. A. Adegoke, K. A. Oyindamola, and N. Offonabo, “The Role of HR in Sustainability Initiatives: A Strategic Review”, IJRESM, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 31–37, May 2024, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.11118779.