Green and competitive: Empirical evidence from ISO 9001 certified Brazilian companies



Jabbour CJC, de Freitas TP, Soubihia DF, Gunasekaran A & Jabbour ABLdS (2015) Green and competitive: Empirical evidence from ISO 9001 certified Brazilian companies. TQM Journal, 27 (1), pp. 22-41.

Purpose – There are many arguments in the literature on environmental management stating that companies that have a significant environmental performance tend to be more competitive, because environmental management tends to generate positive effects on their operational performance. Despite the fact that such arguments are widely accepted, there is little empirical evidence yet of such a relationship in manufacturing contexts that are rarely studied thus far, such as those of developing countries. The paper aims to discuss these issues.  Design/methodology/approach – With the objective of testing the positive relationship between environmental performance and operational performance, this research presents the data of a survey conducted with 75 ISO 9001-certified Brazilian companies. Such data were analyzed by means of structural equation modeling.  Findings – The paper discovered that, indeed, environmental management relates in a positive, significant manner and large effect to the operational performance of companies. Originality/value – This is the first exploratory research relating environmental management and operational performance in Brazilian companies with ISO 9001.

Environmental management; Brazil; ISO 9001;

TQM Journal: Volume 27, Issue 1

Publication date31/12/2015
Publication date online12/01/2015
Date accepted by journal13/01/2014