Human Resource Development : An Element Of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Human Resource Development - Is this an element of Corporate Social Responsibility or should it be left to the individual autonomy?
The function of human resource development (HRD) is fundamentally connected to individual and organisational development. As a result of this fundamental connection, it is ultimately human resource development (HRD) units in organisations that are well positioned to help develop an understanding and implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
The purpose of this literature review will be to examine the definition of CSR and the role of HRD in organisations. In considering the function of HRD in response to CSR, there is much inconsistency and debate in defining what exactly constitutes socially responsible practice. The reason for this is corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice occurs in different contexts and is dependent on perceptions to the individual. Ultimately there are gaps in literature, which occur as a result of key problems in defining what CSR is to organisations and the role of HRD professionals. There is much inconsistency and debate in defining what exactly constitutes socially responsible practice. The issue of HRD and it’s impact in relation to CSR has been brought to light by the emergence of increased awareness both of the power of corporations in the global economy, and of some of the negative repercussions of global economic activity (Wilcox 2006).
This paper will consider the definition of…
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