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Unleash the Power of Green HR Initiatives with Oracle Cloud HCM

Discover the powerful impact of Green HR initiatives in driving environmental sustainability, and how Oracle Cloud HCM, with the support of PCL, can help organisations streamline HR processes and contribute to a brighter, greener future.
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Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Green HR

In today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of environmental sustainability cannot be overstated. Organisations are increasingly recognising the need to take proactive steps toward reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future. While many departments within a company can make significant contributions to environmental goals, one area often overlooked is Human Resources (HR). In this blog, we’ll explore how Green HR initiatives can play a pivotal role in achieving sustainability objectives and how Oracle Cloud HCM can be a valuable ally in this journey.

A Simplified Model of Green HR

When we think about HR, our minds typically conjure images of recruitment, employee benefits, and talent management. However, HR has a much more significant role to play in an organisation’s sustainability efforts than meets the eye.

Direct and Indirect Contributions of HR

Traditionally, HR’s role in climate action has been seen as primarily indirect, focusing on creating an environmentally friendly culture through awareness-raising and learning programs. However, there’s much more HR can do, both directly and indirectly, to reduce an organisation’s environmental footprint.

Reward & Performance

In recent years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics have become increasingly important in executive incentive plans. European firms, in particular, have been at the forefront of incorporating environmental measures into their executive incentive plans. However, critics argue that these targets often fall short of strict environmental standards.
Aligning executive pay with environmental goals can be a significant motivator for change. HR can play a pivotal role in ensuring that these incentives are structured to drive meaningful progress toward sustainability objectives.

Remote / Hybrid Working

Flexible and hybrid working policies have gained popularity in recent times, driven by the benefits they offer in terms of reducing carbon emissions. A study in the UK revealed that full-time remote working can save 2.157 tCO2e per year per employee, primarily by reducing emissions from commuting, optimising office space, and conserving energy.
By implementing such policies, organisations can significantly reduce their carbon footprint while also promoting work-life balance and employee well-being.

Awareness & Involvement

Not everyone shares the same level of concern about the climate crisis. HR can bridge this gap by implementing environmental volunteering programs to engage employees and raise awareness about sustainability issues. Initiatives like these can foster an environmentally conscious culture within the organisation

“Green” Benefits

Many organisations offer employee benefits that can encourage sustainable practices. For example, providing incentives for
zero or low-carbon commuting through schemes like “Cycle to Work” can lead to substantial carbon savings. Similarly, replacing company cars with electric vehicles (EVs) can significantly reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint.

Governance

While supply chain sustainability is a common focus, HR supply chains are often overlooked. However, HR can play a role in auditing and tracking the carbon footprint of HR service providers and suppliers. By selecting suppliers with strong sustainability practices, organisations can indirectly contribute to their environmental goals.

Infrastructure

Transitioning Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) to the cloud can also make a significant impact on reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint. Cloud service providers invest in energy-efficient infrastructure, including renewable energy sources and data centers, to minimise environmental impact.
Oracle, for instance, is committed to sustainability, with 100% of its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) data centers in Europe already powered by renewable energy. Moving HRIS to the cloud not only reduces carbon emissions but also improves efficiency, reduces costs, and enhances workforce productivity.

Go Paperless

Digitising HR processes can drastically reduce paper consumption. On average, a UK employee uses about 10,000 sheets of paper each year. By fully digitising HR workflows, organisations can significantly reduce paper use, save money on printing costs, and free up office space. This shift can also contribute to sustainability by saving trees and reducing carbon emissions.

Conclusion

In conclusion, HR has the power to drive meaningful change in an organisation’s environmental goals and climate action. Green HR initiatives can lead to both direct and indirect contributions to reducing carbon emissions. By aligning executive pay with environmental goals, promoting remote and hybrid working, raising awareness, offering green benefits, and making infrastructure improvements, HR can elevate its role in sustainability.

Oracle Cloud HCM can be a valuable partner on this journey. It offers the tools and capabilities needed to streamline HR processes, promote sustainability initiatives, and contribute to a greener future. PCL, as an Oracle HCM implementation partner, deserves significant attention and should be duly recognised. Our expertise and support in implementing Oracle Cloud HCM can significantly enhance an organisation’s ability to adopt and execute green HR practices effectively.

In a world where environmental sustainability is a growing priority, organisations that embrace Green HR practices, with the assistance of partners like PCL and Oracle Cloud HCM, will not only achieve their environmental objectives but also position themselves as responsible corporate citizens dedicated to a more sustainable future for all. Don’t underestimate the role and impact of Green HR in shaping a better world.

Elevate your HR with Green Initiatives and Oracle Cloud HCM, supported by PCL – It’s time to make a positive impact on the planet while optimising your HR operations and ensuring a brighter, greener future for generations to come.
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