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On ethical, social and environmental management systems

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  • Argandoña, Antonio


    (IESE Business School)

There are three types of solutions to the problems deriving from companies' ethical, social and environmental responsibilities: those based on regulation by an authority or agency; those designed to create market incentives; and those that rely on self-regulation by companies themselves. In the specific field we are concerned with here, regulation has significant costs and drawbacks that make it particularly desirable that companies should set up their own ethical, social and environmental management systems or programmes. The purpose of this article is twofold. On the one hand, it explains how implementing voluntary ethical, social and environmental management systems or programmes may help to develop and sustain ethical behaviour in organizations, overcoming the conflict between compulsory regulation and occasional ethical practices. On the other, it shows what conditions must be met for an ethical management programme to be effective.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/508.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 23 Apr 2003
Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0508
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  1. Coglianese, Cary & Nash, Jennifer, 2001. "Bolstering Private Environmental Management," Working Paper Series rwp01-011, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  2. Robert N. Stavins, 1998. "What Can We Learn from the Grand Policy Experiment? Lessons from SO2 Allowance Trading," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(3), pages 69-88, Summer.
  3. Coglianese, Cary & Lazer, David, 2001. "Management-Based Regulation: Using Private-Sector Management to Achieve Public Goals," Working Paper Series rwp01-047, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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