International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


CSR-HRM Nexus: Defining the Role Engagement of the Human Resources Professionals
Benjamin J. Inyang, Hart O. Awa, Rebecca O. Enuoh

The study explores the nexus between CSR and HRM and defines the role engagement of the HR professionals in CSR initiatives. Literature reviewed reveals that CSR is a triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental) performance and essentially a top-management driven activity, devoid of employees’ participation. The latter characteristic of CSR is classical and tends to impede implementation process. However, a new dawn of CSR is now advocated to reposition HR professionals as strategic business partners to enhance the successful packaging and execution of CSR programs. The paper defines the role engagement of the HR professionals vis a vis CSR activities to include among others, leading and educating employees on the value of CSR, developing responsible and sustainable practices, communicating CSR activities to employees and other stakeholders, and providing direction, control and action plans for implementing the program in the organization. Finally, the study affirms the existence of the nexus between the two concepts and charges management to see the nexus as a strategic business decisions to unlock the human capital of an organization.

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