Quotation Ehnert, Ina, Parsa, Sepideh, Roper, Ian, Wagner, Marcus, Müller-Camen, Michael. 2016. Reporting on Sustainability and HRM: A Comparative Study of Sustainability Reporting Practices by the World´s Largest Companies. International Journal of Human Resource Management 27 (1), 88-108.




As a response to the growing public awareness on the importance of organisational contributions to sustainable development, there is an increased incentive for corporations to report on their sustainability activities. In parallel with this has been the development of ‘Sustainable HRM’ which embraces a growing body of practitioner and academic literature connecting the notions of corporate sustainability to HRM. The aim of this article is to analyse corporate sustainability reporting amongst the world's largest companies and to assess the HRM aspects of sustainability within these reports in comparison to environmental aspects of sustainable management and whether organisational attributes – principally country-of-origin – influences the reporting of such practices. A focus in this article is the extent to which the reporting of various aspects of sustainability may reflect dominant models of corporate governance in the country in which a company is headquartered. The findings suggest, first and against expectations, that the overall disclosure on HRM-related performance is not lower than that on environmental performance. Second, companies report more on their internal workforce compared to their external workforce. Finally, international differences, in particular those between companies headquartered in liberal market economies and coordinated market economies, are not as apparent as expected.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Reporting on Sustainability and HRM: A Comparative Study of Sustainability Reporting Practices by the World´s Largest Companies
Volume 27
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 88
Page to 108
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09585192.2015.1024157
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1024157


Müller-Camen, Michael (Details)
Ehnert, Ina
Parsa, Sepideh
Roper, Ian
Wagner, Marcus
Institute for Human Resource Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
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