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Environmental Standards and Labor Productivity: Understanding the Mechanisms that Sustain Sustainability


Magali A. Delmas


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Sanja Pekovic


Université Paris - Dauphine

August 10, 2012

Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming

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In the last decade, a rising number of firms have adopted voluntary international environmental management and product standards, such as the international ISO 14001 management standard or organic certification. Although emerging research analyzes the impact of these standards on environmental and financial performance, there is to our knowledge, no empirical research on how they affect the productivity of employees. In this paper, we investigate the direct relationship between environmental standards and labor productivity, as well as two mediating mechanisms through which environmental standards influence labor productivity: employee training and enhanced interpersonal contacts within the firm. Our empirical results, based on a French employer-employee survey from 5,220 firms, reveal that firms that have adopted environmental standards enjoy a one standard deviation higher labor productivity than firms that have not adopted such standards.

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Keywords: environmental standards, positive social identity, training, interpersonal contacts, labor productivity, sustainability, corporate social responsibility

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Date posted: September 10, 2012 ; Last revised: September 28, 2012

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Delmas, Magali A. and Pekovic, Sanja, Environmental Standards and Labor Productivity: Understanding the Mechanisms that Sustain Sustainability (August 10, 2012). Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2144389

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Magali A. Delmas (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )
405 Hilgard Avenue
Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
Sanja Pekovic
Université Paris - Dauphine ( email )
223 Rue Saint-Honore
Paris, 75775
France
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