Effective HR is the moral compass for sustainability

The diminishment of the COVID-19 crisis will not see these changes reverse; indeed, failing to align with HRM expectations of staff will likely impact on future business growth.

Beyond health and working conditions, demands that diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) be prioritized in the workplace continue to rise, as reflected in the Peakon Employee Expectations Report. Gender inequality remains one of the biggest stumbling blocks to progress — and the issue has increased during the pandemic, as a UN-ASEAN report found.

In contrast, the pandemic has forced many corporations to recalibrate their focus to the wellbeing of its people and to society.

Thomas Ng is Founder and CEO of Genashtim, an e-learning company who provide meaningful employment for the disadvantaged. Cautioning that companies still have a way to go to fully reflect sustainability issues through HRM, he added: “There is not enough conscious recognition just yet for companies to include sustainability policies into business practices.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ma. Katreena Pillejera joined GRI in 2019, initially in the program implementation team before being appointed Country Manger for the Philippines in 2021. Prior to GRI, she worked as a Sustainability Manager for Business for Sustainable Development. With a Masters in Energy Engineering (University of the Philippines), she is a licensed chemical engineer and has a strong grounding in environmental and energy management.

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