It is sure that there is no use in asking someone ‘what date is today? ‘ when every day seem the same. But for India, this question is important as tomorrow is the 11th of August. Why?
Many of you may have heard, seen and read about the Environment Impact Assessment(EIA) draft 2020. The government has invited public response on the draft which will end by tomorrow and this is why August 11 will be an important date for the Indians.
What is EIA?
It was in 1994 that India issued its first EIA notification under the Environment Protection Act(EPA) of 1986. In 2006, a modified draft came into being. The core objective of EIA is to assess and regulate the impacts of new projects on the environment.
Why a controversy?
EIA draft 2020 proposed by the Union government has become a controversy mainly because of its ‘Post-Facto’ clearance. This implies that any project operating in violation of EPA can now apply for a clearance.
As per the new draft, no information on such projects will be issued in the public domain which sounds more threatening. Another concern is the construction of projects up to 1,50, 000 square metres will be exempted from EIAs.
The draft enables a report on violation of EPA can be only highlighted by the project proponent or the government. The citizens will be mere spectators even when they see any wrongdoings happening against them and nature.
Role of HR in protecting nature:
Now it is clear of the gravity of consequences than can befall once the draft becomes an act. We are not sure whether it will be dismissed, amended or passed. Whatever the decision, an HR leader has so much to do with regard to environmental protection.
To implement any corporate environmental programme, a collective effort of all departments is necessary but there is no doubt that the HR management is the key contributor. And here comes the relevance of Green Human Resource Management(GHRM).
What does GHRM do?
GHRM focuses on proactive environmental management which includes Green marketing, Green accounting, Green retailing and Green management in general. All of these strategies are based on the sustainability of resources.
GHRM promotes a set of policies that saves nature and thwart any untoward harm arising from environmental concerns in firms. Green initiative programmes fall under CSR and cover HR practices such as recruitment, training and compensation.
Advantages of GHRM:
1. Huge growth opportunities.
2. Reduces carbon footprint.
3. Brings down costs without losing talent.
4. Higher productivity and sustainability.
5. Improved employee retention rate.
6. Enhanced public image.
7. Reduced negative environmental impact.
8. Increased competitiveness.
9. Reduced utility cost by switching onto renewable and energy-efficient resources.
10. Higher employee job satisfaction.
Any firm following a green protocol will attract government and other investors. These firms will get tax incentives and rebates too.
It is high time that all firms should endorse green policies or else another Vishakapatnam and Assam will repeat here. Sticking to green practices can range from using paper pens to adopting safe plans.
And just reminding you of the EIA draft again. If you haven’t responded yet, kindly mark your response against it.
Let’s go green.