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Is the use of HRM policies to promote the sustainable use of resources within business organizations and, more generally, promote the cause of environmentalism. Green initiatives within HRM are increasing as a result of mounting concern over global warming and the adverse effect of much business activity on the natural environment. They often form part of wider programmes of corporate social responsibility. The kinds of action taken within green HRM initiatives include educating employees about climate change and other environmental issues, training in working methods that reduce the use of energy and other resources, promoting and incentivizing more sustainable means of travel to work (e.g. car sharing, cycling, public transport), and auditing employee benefits to eliminate those that are environmentally damaging (e.g. unnecessary provision of a high powered company car). Some green HRM initiatives also make use of employee volunteering to support environmental charities and projects and to develop green initiatives at work. Where trade unions are present, green HRM may involve consultation and joint working with union environmental representatives (i.e. union representatives who are trained to promote a green agenda at work) to advance sustainable business practice.

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