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The Role of HR in Business Sustainability

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Business

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Human Resource Development |  Employee & Labor Relations |  Leadership & Navigation |  Workforce Planning & Employment
Burt Hamner, MBA, MA
Course Level:
Mid-Level/Senior Level



In 2020, 96% of the world’s largest 250 companies published reports on their sustainability performance in accordance with national and international standards.   Now many more companies are committing to sustainability, and Net Zero emissions in particular.   This creates a new responsibility and opportunity for HR leaders.   Staff must be trained in new policies, goals and procedures.  Executives need help as leaders in this new approach.  This one-hour course summarizes SHRM research into HR and sustainability, plus other expert sources and the instructor's own 30-year journey helping companies become more sustainable.   The course presents key concepts, tools and sources to help HR find its role.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Define sustainability using national and international standards followed by leading companies.
  • Identify the stages of sustainability, and the drivers of change to business sustainability.
  • Define and apply HR tools and strategies for executives, staff and stakeholders
  • Develop HR as a concept for organizations to achieve beyond compliance.

Major Subjects
  • What is "Sustainability" in business today?
  • SHRM publications about sustainability
  • Sustainability for the world, organizations and individuals
  • Key HR opportunities for promoting sustainability to improve performance and reduce risk

Course Materials


Burt Hamner, MBA, MA's Profile

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Burt Hamner, MBA, MA, has been teaching businesses around the world about environmental management and sustainability since 1991.   At the Washington Department of Ecology he helped 112 organizations, from Boeing to a car-painting shop, prepare 5-year plans to reduce chemical use and waste.  For the US Agency for International Development he worked for 15 years in 25 countries teaching governments and industry, and was a professor of business environmental management in two universities.   Over 5000 professionals have attended his courses.   He now leads a training company, Sustainability CPE Inc. and is developing new course packages.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For HR Professionals
Course Developer Burt Hamner

Additional Information

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Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based 

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SHRM Accreditation Information HR Education Network is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for PDCs. See the course registration page for more information on number of credits and credit types.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
HRCI Accreditation Information HR Education Network is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for credits towards aPHRTM, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRiTM and SPHRiTM recertification.  See the course registration page for more information on number of credits and credit types.  

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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 14


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"Great course!"

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Kathryn K - Milliken, Colorado

"This is my favorite presentation thus far! Fantastic material and well presented! Kudos!"

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"Excellent slides! Wow, thank you!"