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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Work in a sustainability perspective: corporates’ perception and ergonomics
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Author:Claudio BRUNORO (Department of Production Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Ivan BOLIS (Department of Production Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Laerte SZNELWAR (Department of Production Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Bruno KAWASAKI (Department of Production Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: A -Special sessions     Session: A6 - The way forward for human factors and sustainable development
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2467

Although much has been discussed about corporate sustainability practices, little is known about the work that supports them. How do corporations actually manage such complex issues? Can one say that human efforts for sustainability are sustainable as well? These questions were investigated through interviews with 10 large corporations in Brazil. Results show: how organisational features end up leveraging or limiting sustainability efforts; how this issue can actually introduce severe tensions into workers’ routine; and how corporate culture, power relations, and wider social and political issues also have to be addressed if work’s sustainability is to be considered in depth.