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Environmental Policy Tools & Firm-Level Management Practices in the United States

85 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2007  

Nicole Darnall

Arizona State University - School of Public Affairs & School of Sustainability

Alexi Pavlichev

North Carolina State University - Department of Political Science & Public Administration

Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

The purpose of this study is three-fold. First, it offers preliminary advice regarding different U.S. environmental policies and programs that encourage environmental innovation. Second, this report will help the U.S. manufacturing facilities that participated in our study to benchmark their environmental management against similar companies. Finally, the U.S. study was created to contribute to the dialogue of the different types of environmental innovation policies and how they might vary across OECD countries. This report addresses three broad research questions:

1. Why do facilities introduce environmental management tools and systems?
2. Why do facilities undertake specific types of environmental investments and innovations?
3. What are the links between facilities' financial performance and their environmental management practices?

To answer these questions, the U.S. study evaluated the internal factors, financial incentives, and external pressures that shape organizations' environmental behavior in a mail survey of 3,746 U.S. manufacturing facilities. A summary of the results is provided in the following sections.

Keywords: environmental management, environmental management system, environmental strategy, financial performance, survey

JEL Classification: L21, L60, Q20, Q30, M10, M14

Suggested Citation

Darnall, Nicole and Pavlichev, Alexi, Environmental Policy Tools & Firm-Level Management Practices in the United States (May 2004). OECD Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1030609

Nicole Darnall (Contact Author)

Arizona State University - School of Public Affairs & School of Sustainability ( email )

411 N Central Avenue, Ste. 400, MC 3720
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0687
United States
602.496.0445 (Phone)

Alexi Pavlichev

North Carolina State University - Department of Political Science & Public Administration ( email )

NC
United States

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