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A managerial perspective on the Porter hypothesis The case of CO2 emissions

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  • Diane-Laure Arjaliès

    (Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique - X - École polytechnique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PhD Program - Essec Business School)

  • Jean-Pierre Ponssard

    (Department of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique - X - École polytechnique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

investors and companies are increasingly aware that climate change and its associated needs for reducing CO2 emissions are likely to impact structurally many areas of the economy. This paper offers a contribution to understand these impacts on companies' strategy, by studying management systems. A typology is introduced based upon a two stage model. At stage one, the firm becomes aware of the risk and CO2 is a compliance issue. At stage two, the firm is involved in a more global re-assessment of its business portfolio including its relationship with suppliers and clients. The construction is based on three case studies: DuPont (chemicals), Lafarge (building materials) and Unilever (consumer goods). The implications of the analysis for investors are drawn.

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  • Diane-Laure Arjaliès & Jean-Pierre Ponssard, 2010. "A managerial perspective on the Porter hypothesis The case of CO2 emissions," Post-Print hal-00445847, HAL.
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    1. Jean Pierre Ponssard & Neil Walker, 2008. "EU emissions trading and the cement sector: a spatial competition analysis," Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(5), pages 467-493, September.
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    1. Diane Laure Arjaliès & Cécile Goubet & Jean-Pierre Ponssard, 2014. "Strategic Approaches to CO2 Emissions - The Case of the Cement Industry and of the Chemical Industry," CESifo Working Paper Series 4644, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Stefan Ambec & Mark A. Cohen & Stewart Elgie & Paul Lanoie, 2013. "The Porter Hypothesis at 20: Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 7(1), pages 2-22, January.
    3. Patricia Crifo & Vanina Forget, 2012. "The Economics of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Survey," Working Papers hal-00720640, HAL.
    4. François Perrot, 2013. "Organizational Challenges of Multinational Corporations at the Base of the Pyramid: An Action-research Inquiry," Working Papers hal-00771299, HAL.

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