Environmental auditing and compliance

Eunjung Shin, Eric Welch

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Environmental auditing is a multipurpose activity that provides information that helps organizations meet environmental management goals, ensures compliance with regulations or standards, andcommunicates these efforts to relevant stakeholders. With the aid of existing literature and multiple examples, the chapter provides a survey and summary of environmental auditing as it has been operationalized over the past 40 years. It seeks to develop a framework for conceptualizing environmental auditing and examines how behavioral and institutional factors matter for their adoption and effectiveness. Lastly, the chapter investigates challenges and tensions related to environmental auditing and identifies consideration for their design and implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sustainability Management
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789814354820
ISBN (Print)9814354813, 9789814354813
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Shin, E., & Welch, E. (2012). Environmental auditing and compliance. In Handbook of Sustainability Management (pp. 353-378). World Scientific Publishing Co.. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814354820_0017