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Environmental Orientation in Swedish Local Governments

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  • Jan Alpenberg

    () (Department of Accounting and Logistics, Linnaeus University, Box 451, 35106 Vaxjo, Sweden)

  • Tomasz Wnuk-Pel

    () (Department of Accounting, University of Lodz, Faculty of Management, 22/26, 90-237 Lodz, Poland
    Note: Affiliated: Department of Accounting and Logistics, Linnaeus University, Box 451, 35106 Vaxjo, Sweden)

  • Amanda Henebäck

    () (Department of Accounting and Logistics, Linnaeus University, Box 451, 35106 Vaxjo, Sweden)

Abstract

This study explores the environmental orientation in Swedish local governments. Environmental concerns over potential risk factors have become more important and popular among public organizations and environmental improvement efforts are made to create a sustainable ecosystem for the actors doing business, living and working in the area. Prior research indicates that public organizations have started to become more environmentally oriented in order to take on more responsibilities for reducing their own environmental impact as well as influencing the citizens and local businesses in the direction of a more sustainable way of living and working. Through a survey of Swedish local governments we conclude that they are taking on a key role in developing a sustainable ecosystem through becoming more environmentally oriented. This includes developing a framework for setting environmental goals, identifying suitable environmental indicators and reporting to a wide range of stakeholders. A factor that explains the increasing environmental orientation in the public sector is the implementation of digitalized performance measurement systems. We find that the environmental performance measurements are used to motivate different internal and external stakeholders in the efforts to create a multi-actor ecosystem.

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  • Jan Alpenberg & Tomasz Wnuk-Pel & Amanda Henebäck, 2018. "Environmental Orientation in Swedish Local Governments," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(2), pages 1-21, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:2:p:459-:d:131096
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    1. Vinit Parida & David Sjödin & Wiebke Reim, 2019. "Reviewing Literature on Digitalization, Business Model Innovation, and Sustainable Industry: Past Achievements and Future Promises," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(2), pages 1-18, January.

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    Keywords

    environmental orientation; framework for a sustainable ecosystem; performance measurement system; local government; indicators;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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