Of all the modern business buzzwords, the one having the deepest effect on every level of an organization is “sustainability.”
The idea that an employee, department, program or hierarchy needs to ‘pull its own weight” is certainly nothing new, but now with the label of “sustainability,” these values sound more structured — even scientific.
Companies have always kept an eye on physical assets for “wear and tear,” calculating the resources necessary to keep things like trucks and equipment working at their peak.
Using the same metrics on human capital is just the newest twist.
According to John Boudreau, the “triple bottom line” of sustainability — profit, planet and people — is “increasingly a vital goal in financial and corporate social responsibility,” and is essential for human resources professionals to embrace.
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