What Drives Agrifood Firms to Register for an Environmental Management System?

Posted: 26 Jun 2008

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Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Naoufel Mzoughi

INRA Ecodéveloppement

Alban Thomas

University of Toulouse 1 - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE); delete

Abstract

This paper examines empirically which factors determine voluntary adoption of Environmental Management System (EMS) certification (ISO 14001 or EMAS) by agrifood industries. A discrete-choice model of EMS certification is applied to a sample of 1,000 French agrifood firms. The findings suggest that management-related factors drive certification more strongly than economic incentives and provides a new perspective on Porter's theory of the double benefit of certification.

Keywords: agrifood industries, EMAS, ISO 14001 certification, voluntary instruments

JEL Classification: L15, l59, Q13

Suggested Citation

Grolleau, Gilles and Mzoughi, Naoufel and Thomas, Alban and Thomas, Alban, What Drives Agrifood Firms to Register for an Environmental Management System?. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 233-255, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1151615 or http://dx.doi.org/jbm012

Gilles Grolleau (Contact Author)

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Naoufel Mzoughi

INRA Ecodéveloppement ( email )

Domaine Saint-Paul - Site Agroparc
Avignon cedex 9, 84914
France

Alban Thomas

University of Toulouse 1 - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) ( email )

Place Anatole-France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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