Tracing business and environmental effects of environmental management systems: a study of networking small and medium-sized enterprises using a joint environmental management system
2003 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 12, no 3, 163-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Hackefors Industrial District in Sweden, 26 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have formed an environmental network and implemented a joint environmental management system (EMS) according to ISO 14001. Based on interviews with the environmental co-ordinators at these enterprises, the effects on business and environmental efforts and impacts are analysed.
It can be concluded that the joint EMS has resulted in better relations with important stakeholders, such as existing and potential customers. For example, three-fifths said that their EMS had made it easier to receive a contract for the sale of products and services. Several environmental improvements have been observed and are presented in the paper, many of which are considered as consequences of the EMSs. Moreover, based on observations during the study, this paper discusses how boundaries and screening affect the connection between EMSs and environmental performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 12, no 3, 163-174 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-30058DOI: 10.1002/bse.357Local ID: 15518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-30058DiVA: diva2:250879