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  1. Introduction.
  2. A social environment calling for human resources efficiency.
    1. The stakeholders theory.
    2. Major social issues human resources management has to deal with nowadays.
  3. How can a company use human resources management in the implementation of a sustainable development policy?
    1. The use of new human resources tools.
    2. Other tools and policies to implement.
  4. What are the advantages of setting up a sustainable development policy with the help of the human resources?
  5. Conclusion.
  6. Bibliography.

Nowadays, Sustainable Development is a movement that is increasing in our society. Companies are progressively realizing the stakes of such policies, and are willing to have a try at it. However, it is important to guide them through this process, which can be disastrous when not lead the "right" way. The implementation of Sustainable Development policies in the companies often start with environmental issues, which are usually seen as the main stakes, rather than with social issues. The social dimension is not usually the main part of their sustainable development reports. It is however important not to forget the point of involving human resources in the process.There are many definitions for sustainable development.

[...] II How can a company use human resources management in the implementation of a sustainable development policy? The use of new human resources tools Sustainable development also implies taking into account ethical values and principles, therefore leading human resources to use new tools. (Reynaud E.) A new trend in companies nowadays is volunteering. Many different projects are available to the volunteers, depending on their will and their centre of interest: humanitarian missions, unemployed re-insertion, etc. These actions, which depend very much on the human resources willingness to set them up, contribute to the good image of sustainable development policies implementation in companies. [...]


[...] Furthermore, the involvement of the employees should not stop there: the company should encourage them to integrate ethical and/or ecological attitudes in their everyday life. For instance, the laboratory Aventis Pasteur encourages its employees to take public transportations rather than driving alone to work. In order to do so, the company signed a contract with ADEME (Agence De l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie) so as to improve the bus service to the laboratory. However today, taking actions in the home country of the company is not enough: sustainable development goes abroad! [...]

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