Which Types of Environmental Management Systems Are Related to Greater Environmental Improvements?

Nicole Darnall, Younsung Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

45 Scopus citations

Abstract

While there is little empirical evidence to demonstrate which types of environmental management systems (EMSs) are associated with greater environmental improvements, governments worldwide are encouraging facilities to adopt them. This research compares the environmental performance of facilities that adopt ISO 14001-certified EMSs, complete (noncertified) EMSs, and incomplete EMSs across multiple environmental media. The authors analyze these relationships for manufacturing facilities in seven countries using a two-stage model to control for selection bias. Findings indicate that the adoption of all types of EMSs is related to improved environmental performance in an international setting. However, ISO 14001-certified EMSs are associated with environmental improvements to a broader array of environmental media. These findings offer important implications about which types of EMSs have greater promise as voluntary environmental governance tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-365
Number of pages15
JournalPublic administration review
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Which Types of Environmental Management Systems Are Related to Greater Environmental Improvements?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this