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Sustainability and labour law

  • This article explores the question of how sustainability and labour law are interrelated. The modern world of work is characterised by the growing social and environmental responsibility of companies. Especially in the post-COVID era, sustainability also plays an increasingly important role in the corporate context, which is also noticeable in the so-called ‘war for talent’. Achieving personal career goals is no longer enough for employees today. Corporate values and in particular the so-called ESG criteria (Environment, Social, Governance) are thus also becoming increasingly important in the employment relationship and in corporate reporting requirements. In terms of social sustainability, labour law instruments can, for example, promote the creation of a discrimination-free working environment, the introduction of flexible working time models or the protection of whistleblowers. From an ecological perspective, labour regulations are also suitable for implementing ‘green mobility’ and other measures to reduce companies’ ecological footprints. Working from home, which experienced a huge boom during the COVID-19 pandemic, is also sustainable, especially from an ecological point of view. Appropriate consideration of these sustainable work tools in future corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies not only creates a competitive advantage but can also be beneficial in recruitment.

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Author of HS ReutlingenGschwinder, Joachim
Erschienen in:6. FEB International Scientific Conference : Challenges in Economics and Business in the Post-COVID Times, 16 – 20 May 2022, Maribor, Slovenia, proceedings
Publisher:University of Maribor University Press
Place of publication:Maribor
Editor:Zlatko Nedelko
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2022
Tag:CSR; ESG; labour law; sustainability; war for talent
Page Number:9
First Page:207
Last Page:215
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY-SA - Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International