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The strategic use of decentralized institutions: exploring certification with the ISO 14001 management standard

2005 | Andrew King

In this article, we respond to calls by previous researchers to clarify the function of decentralized institutions by analyzing the strategic motives of individual actors. We investigated an important type of decentralized institution, certified management standards, and theorized that firms use the...

Journal article
Is voluntary certification of tropical agricultural commodities achieving sustainability goals for small-scale producers? A review of the evidence

2017 | Ruth Defries

Over the last several decades, voluntary certification programs have become a key approach to promote sustainable supply chains for agricultural commodities. These programs provide premiums and other benefits to producers for adhering to environmental and labor practices established by the certifyin...

Journal article
What is in a label? Rainforest-Alliance certified banana production versus non-certified conventional banana production

2016 | Angelina Bellamy

Export banana production in Latin America is pesticide intensive, receiving much negative publicity regarding human health problems and environmental degradation. The Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification scheme was established to certify farms that met a number of social, occupation health and env...

Institutional publication
Relationship Between ISO 9001 and Financial Performance: a Meta-analysis

2013 | Basak Manders

The ISO 9001 standard for quality management has been implemented by more than 1,000,000 organizations worldwide. It has received a high degree of attention in existing literature. However, findings about the impact of ISO 9001 certification on financial performance are not consistent in the literat...

Conference materials
Standards and conformity assessment in trade: minimising barriers and maximising benefits

2005 | OECD

A compilation of submissions to the Workshop and Policy Dialogue organized under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and Inwent (Capacity Building International, Germany) in Berlin, Germany on 21-22 November 2005...

ISO methodology
ISO Methodology Case Study: Gerfor, Colombia

2011 | ISO

The company chosen by the Colombian Institute for Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC), ''Gerfor'', is a Colombian multinational active in the plastics and synthetic fibres sector of the petrochemicals industry and a leader in the production and commercialization of PVC and CPVC piping an...

Journal article
The effect of ISO 14001 certification on toxic emissions: an analysis of industrial facilities in the north of Spain

2011 | Alberto Gomez

During recent decades, the impact of industrial organisations on the environment has become clearly evident. It has also become more difficult to hide and more expensive. Globally, this has caused many enterprises to put all their efforts into seeking management instruments that allow them to reduce...

Journal article
Green Clubs and Voluntary Governance: ISO 14001 and firms' regulatroy compliance

2005 | Matthew Potoski

Voluntary programs have become widespread tools for governments and nongovernmental actors looking to improve industry's environmental and regulatory performance. Voluntary programs can be conceptualized as club goods that provide nonrival but potentially excludable benefits to members. For firms, t...

Journal article
Comparison between manufacturing companies that are ISO certified and those that are not certified using performance measurement model

2011 | Shwu-Ing Wu 

Certification from the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has recently become the fundamental requirement of businesses seeking to ensure continuous quality improvement. However, further evaluation is needed to ascertain whether those ISO certified enterprises could enhance their ov...

Journal article
Assessing the environmental impact of palm oil produced in Thailand

2015 | Kanokwan Saswattecha

There are several concerns related to the increasing production of palm oil in Southeast Asia, including pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and land conversion. The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification standard provides an incentive for reducing environmental impacts of palm oil ...

Journal article
A longitudinal study of innovation competence and quality management on firm performance

2014 | Chun-Hsien Wang

This study explores the relationship between innovation competences and quality management initiatives and considers how quality management initiatives infl uence both innovation competence and firm performance. A longitudinal survey of 607 high-technology firms indicates innovation competence is...

Journal article
Panacea, common sense, or just a label? The value of ISO 14001 environmental management systems

2000 | Dennis Rondinelli

An increasing number of corporations around the world are certifying their environmental management systems by ISO 14000 series standards. Advocates of ISO 14001 claim substantial operational, managerial, and competitive benefits for corporations that adopt the international guidelines. Critics cont...

Journal article
Global governance in new public environmental management: an international and intertemporal comparison of voluntary standards' impacts

2020 | Marcus Wagner

The aim of this paper is to analyse the indirect effects of environmental management system implementation and certification. Specifically, the paper comprehensively assesses the effects of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 and European Union Eco‐Management and Auditing Sche...

Journal article
Adopting corporate environmental management systems: motivations and results of ISO 14001 and EMAS certification

2002 | David Morrow

Multinational and domestic corporations around the world are adopting environmental management systems (EMS) and certifying them by international standards. ISO 14001 is becoming the dominant international standard for assessing environmental management processes and in Europe many firms are also re...

Journal article
Adoption and Outcomes of ISO 14001: a systematic review

2018 | Olivier Boiral

The objective of this paper is to analyze the adoption and outcomes of the ISO 14001 standard through a systematic review of the main studies on this issue published in peer‐reviewed journals between 1996 and 2015. The 94 papers analyzed make it possible to paint a comprehensive picture of the effec...

Journal article
ISO 14001 and reduction of toxic emissions

2004 | Michal Szymanski

ISO 14001 is an international standard for Environmental Management Systems, adopted by over 36,000 organizations worldwide. This paper attempts to determine the length of time after which a given company has implemented ISO 14001 experiences emission reduction. The sample used is a group of 264 man...

Early adoption of ISO 50001 standard: an empirical study

2015 | Maria Wulandari

The adoption of international standards for Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) has grown significantly over the last years. Following this successful path some other management standards which deal with environmental and energy management issues have been launched as well. This is the case of I...

Journal article
Effects of ISO 9001 certification and KAAE on performance of Jordanian Firms

2012 | Abbas Al-Refaie

This research investigates the effects of ISO 9001 certification and King Abdullah II Award for Excellence (KAAE) on Jordanian firm‟s performance. Four scale measures of firm‟s performance were considered, including quality outcomes, customer satisfaction, business performance, and innovation. ISO 9...

Journal article
Assessing the performance of voluntary environmental programs: does certification matter?

2008 | Nicole Darnall

The promotion of voluntary environmental programs (VEPs) as alternative approaches to traditional environmental regulation has fueled numerous researchers to evaluate VEP performance. However, these studies have focused on assessing the environmental performance of a single VEP. As yet, we know litt...

Journal article
Identification of drivers, benefits and challenges of ISO 50001 through case study content analysis

2020 | Heidi Fuchs

An expanding body of research is defining drivers, benefits, and challenges of adopting ISO 50001 energy management systems. The Clean Energy Ministerial's Energy Management Leadership Awards program requires ISO 50001-certified organizations to develop case studies of their implementation experienc...