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Voluntary regulations and innovation: the case of ISO 14001

2014 | Sijeong Lim

Governments enact environmental regulations to compel firms to internalize pollution externalities. Critics contend that regulations encourage technological lock‐ins and stifle innovation. Challenging this view, the Porter‐Linde hypothesis suggests that appropriately designed regulations can spur in...

Journal article
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001: towards a research agenda on Management System Standards

2013 | Iñaki Heras‐Saizarbitoria

Management system standards, also called meta‐standards, have been adopted by an increasing number of organizations across the world. Although these management system standards are based on the same type of management principles and institutional arrangements, the literature remains scattered, with ...

Journal article
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
What improves environmental performance? Evidence from Mexican Industry

2000 | Susmita Dasgupta

This paper uses new survey evidence to analyze the effects of regulation, plant-level management policies, and other factors on the environmental compliance of Mexican manufacturers. In Mexico and other developing countries, many plants avoid complying with regulations because monitoring and enforce...

Journal article
Motives, difficulties and benefits in implementing ISO 14001 environmental management system

2011 | Evangelos Psomas

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the motives for implementing the ISO 14001 standard, the difficulties in meeting the standard's requirements and the benefits derived, and to determine the most significant latent constructs (unobserved variables) of these. Design/methodology/approa...

Journal article
The role of environmental management system on introduction of new technologies in the metal and chemical/paper/plastics industries

2007 | Gregor Radonjič

Pollution prevention with the use of modern cleaner technologies in industrial sectors is the cornerstone of successful environmental policy certified according to the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001. The analyses were performed with the objective of assessing general aspects of...

Journal article
The promises and pitfalls of ISO 14001 for competitiveness and sustainability: a comparison of Japan and the United States

2003 | Eric Welch

This paper investigates the theoretical and empirical reasons why Japan leads the world in adoption of ISO 14001, while the US lags, and the comparative effect of ISO 14001 on environmental performance of adopters in both countries. Findings suggest that institutional barriers to adoption are much h...

Journal article
Disentangling technological innovations: a micro-econometric analysis of their determinants

2015 | Andreas Ziegler

On the basis of a unique firm-level dataset from the German manufacturing sector, this paper empirically examines the determinants of environmental and non-environmental product and process innovations. The micro-econometric analysis with multivariate probit models points to an extremely high releva...

Institutional publication
Multinational Enterprises and Training Revisited: Do International Standards Matter?

2005 | Niels-Hugo Blunch

Several studies have examined the determinants of training in developing countries but only few have paid attention to the potential importance of international standards such as ISO 9000 or ISO 14000 on the firm's training decision. This paper examines training determinants using recent employer su...

Institutional publication
Management Systems Standards: Diffusion, Impact and Governance of ISO 9000, ISO 14000, and other management standards

2015 | Pavel Castka

Management systems standards have become ubiquitous, adopted by millions of organizations around the world. The ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 quality and environmental management systems standards are the most well-known, but standards exist or are emerging for many other aspects of management too. Such a ...

Journal article
Do private standards benefit workers in horticultural export chains in Peru?

2016 | Monica Schuster

Private standards are spreading rapidly in international food production and trade, and are moving beyond food quality and safety aspect to address environmental and social concerns. We examine how effective private standards are in improving employment conditions in global food supply chains. Using...

Journal article
The impact of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 on standardisation of social responsibility - an inside perspective

2007 | Pavel Castka

Following a growing interest in corporate social responsibility, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced plans for development of the ISO 26000—guidance standard for social responsibility. Despite initial signals that ISO 26000 will be built on the intellectual and practic...

Journal article
Worker empowerment through private standards. Evidence from the Peruvian horticultural export sector

2017 | Monica Schuster

In this paper we analyse the impact of a variety of private standards on worker empowerment in the horticultural export sector in Peru. Empowerment is defined as workers’ knowledge of their own rights and workers’ perceived agency to improve employment conditions. We use data from a company and a tw...

Book chapter
Regulating business via multistakeholder initiatives: a preliminary assessment

2002 | Peter Utting

Since the 1980s, there has been a considerable shift in thinking regarding how to improve the social and environmental performance of transnational corporations. An earlier emphasis on governmental regulation ceded ground to “corporate self-regulation” and voluntary initiatives. This voluntary appro...

Institutional publication
Determinants of environmental innovations in Germany: Do organizational measures matter? A discrete choice analysis at the firm level

2004 | Klaus Rennings

Based on a unique firm level data set of the German manufacturing sector, this paper provides new empirical evidence regarding the determinants of different types of environmental technological innovations. We examine particularly the effects of environmental organizational measures such as certifie...

Journal article
A review of carbon labeling: standards, implementation and impact

2016 | Tiantian Liu

With increased acknowledgment of global climate change and warming, governments, consumers, and firms are responding collectively to create today's low-carbon economy. Carbon footprint labeling has developed as a meaningful instrument to motivate greenhouse gas emission reductions. This paper review...

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
Business and environmental impact of ISO 14001

2012 | Henk de Vries

This paper is a literature review of existing empirical studies on the business and environmental impacts of ISO 14001, with the aim to understand the contribution of this standard towards sustainability and whether it can be a source of business and monetary benefits. The article finds that most...

Journal article
Environmental certification systems and impacts of their implementation on occupational health and safety in Chilean forest companies

2005 | C. Ackerknecht

Environmental management systems developed by Chilean forest companies in fast-grown plantations and implemented for ISO 14001:1996 certification, best forest management practices certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001:1999), have been analysed t...