Jabbour CJC (2010) Non-linear pathways of corporate environmental management: A survey of ISO 14001-certified companies in Brazil. Journal of Cleaner Production, 18 (12), pp. 1222-1225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.03.012
A study was conducted to verify whether the theory on the evolution of corporate environmental management (CEM) is applicable to organizations located in Brazil. Some of the most important proposals pertaining to the evolution of CEM were evaluated in a systematic fashion and integrated into a typical theoretical framework containing three evolutionary stages: reactive, preventive and proactive. The validity of this framework was tested by surveying 94 companies located in Brazil with ISO 14001 certification. Results indicated that the evolution of CEM tends to occur in a manner that is counter to what has generally been described in the literature. Two evolutionary stages were identified: 1) synergy for eco-efficiency and 2) environmental legislation view, which combine variables that were initially categorized into different theoretical CEM stages. These data, obtained from a direct study of Brazilian companies, suggest that the evolution of environmental management in organizations tends to occur in a non-linear fashion, requiring a re-analysis of traditional perceptions of CEM development, as suggested by Kolk and Mauser (2002).
Corporate environmental management; ISO 14001; Brazil
Journal of Cleaner Production: Volume 18, Issue 12
|Publication date online||21/03/2010|
|Date accepted by journal||17/03/2010|