Shades of Green: Business, Regulation, and Environment

Shades of Green: Business, Regulation, and Environment

by Robert Kagan, Neil Gunningham, Dorothy Thornton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804748063

ISBN-13: 9780804748063

Pub. Date: 07/08/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

How much does regulation matter in shaping corporate behavior? This pathbreaking, in-depth study of fourteen pulp manufacturing mills in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand reveals that steadily tightening regulatory standards have been crucial for raising environmental performance. But while all firms have shown improvement, some have improved

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How much does regulation matter in shaping corporate behavior? This pathbreaking, in-depth study of fourteen pulp manufacturing mills in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand reveals that steadily tightening regulatory standards have been crucial for raising environmental performance. But while all firms have shown improvement, some have improved more than others, many going substantially beyond compliance.

What explains the variation in compliance? It's not necessarily the differences in regulation in each country. Rather, variation is accounted for by the complex interaction between tightening regulations and a social license to operate (especially pressures from community and environmental activists), economic constraints, and differences in corporate environmental management style. Shades of Green provides the most extensive and systematic empirical study to date of why firms achieve the levels of environmental performance that they do.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804748063
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
The Authors
1Introduction1
2Beyond-Compliance Corporate Environmental Performance: Theory and Evidence20
3The License to Operate and Corporate Environmental Performance41
4The License to Operate and Interfirm Differences75
5Environmental Management Style and Corporate Environmental Performance95
6Conclusion135
Notes159
References189
Index207

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