Is ISO 14001 a Gateway to More Advanced Voluntary Action? A Case for Green Supply Chain Management

30 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2009 Last revised: 13 Jun 2014

See all articles by Toshi H. Arimura

Toshi H. Arimura

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics

Nicole Darnall

Arizona State University - College of Global Futures; School of Sustainability; Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative

Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce

Date Written: March 25, 2009

Abstract

Using Japanese facility-level data, we estimate the effects of ISO 14001 certification on the promotion of more advanced practices, namely green supply chain management (GSCM). Our results show that ISO 14001 promotes GSCM practices, in that facilities with environmental management systems (EMS) certified to ISO 14001 are 40 percent more likely to assess their suppliers' environmental performance and 50 percent more likely to require that their suppliers undertake specific environmental practices. Further, we find that government approaches that encourage voluntary EMS adoption indirectly promote GSCM practices, in that the probability of facilities assessing their suppliers' environmental performance and requiring them to undertake specific environmental practices increases by 9 percent and 10 percent, respectively, if a government assistance program exists. Combined, these findings suggest that there may be significant but previously unnoticed spillover effects of ISO 14001 and government promotion of voluntary action.

Keywords: voluntary actions, positive spillover, environmental management systems, ISO 14001, green supply chain management, government assistance programs, environmental impacts, discrete choice model, endogeneity

JEL Classification: C35, Q53, Q58

Suggested Citation

Arimura, Toshihide H. and Darnall, Nicole and Katayama, Hajime, Is ISO 14001 a Gateway to More Advanced Voluntary Action? A Case for Green Supply Chain Management (March 25, 2009). RFF Discussion Paper No. 09-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1368393 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1368393

Toshihide H. Arimura (Contact Author)

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics ( email )

1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, Tokyo 169-8050
Japan

Nicole Darnall

Arizona State University - College of Global Futures; School of Sustainability ( email )

800 S Cady Mall, PO Box 87402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402
United States
602.496.0445 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://isearch.asu.edu/profile/1811617

Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative ( email )

Arizona State University
https://sustainability.asu.edu/spri/
United States

Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce ( email )

School of Commerce, Waseda University
1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda Shinjyuku-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo 169 - 8050
Japan

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
376
Abstract Views
1,768
rank
89,135
PlumX Metrics