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Voluntary development of environmental management systems: motivations and regulatory implications

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  • Toshihiro Uchida

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  • Paul Ferraro

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Encouraging firms to develop voluntarily more comprehensive environmental management systems (EMSs) is touted as a policy tool to augment mandatory environmental regulations. Using a unique dataset of environmental management practices of Japanese manufacturers and controlling for self-selection bias in survey responses, we find that proxies for regulatory pressures and consumer pressures are the most important factors that motivate firms toward more comprehensive EMSs. Despite the oft-claimed “voluntary” nature of EMS development, our results show that the government may have a role to play in both directly and indirectly affecting EMS development by firms. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 37-65

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Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:32:y:2007:i:1:p:37-65

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Keywords: Environmental management; Japan; Pollution; Voluntary approaches; Q5; L5;

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  1. Mary Evans & Lirong Liu & Sarah Stafford, 2011. "Do environmental audits improve long-term compliance? Evidence from manufacturing facilities in Michigan," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 279-302, December.
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  3. Takashi Hatakeda & Katsuhiko Kokubu & Takehisa Kajiwara & Kimitaka Nishitani, 2012. "Factors Influencing Corporate Environmental Protection Activities for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions: The Relationship Between Environmental and Financial Performance," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 53(4), pages 455-481, December.
  4. Abdoul Sam, 2010. "Impact of government-sponsored pollution prevention practices on environmental compliance and enforcement: evidence from a sample of US manufacturing facilities," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 266-286, June.

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