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Title: Voluntary environmental programs in developing countries : an examination of the ISO 14001 environmental management system certification in Thailand
Authors: Kanittha Tambunlertchai
Keywords: POLLUTION CONTROL
FINANCIAL INCENTIVES
ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION
ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
VOLUNTARY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
TRAINING AND INFORMATION
MANAGEMENT POLICIES
CORPORATE IMAGE
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
COST SAVINGS
THAILAND
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EEPSEA, IDRC Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia, Singapore, SG
Series/Report no.: EEPSEA research report series / IDRC. Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia; no. 2010-RR1
Abstract: Thailand, like many developing nations, is facing a wide range of environmental challenges, many of which are caused by industrial pollution. The country has found that traditional command and control legislation is not effectively tackling this problem. It is therefore promoting various voluntary environmental programmes as a way for businesses to improve their environmental performance. To provide more information on the effectiveness of this approach, and to see how to maximize its impact, a new EEPSEA study -- has assessed the implementation of one of the most popular voluntary environmental schemes, ISO 14001. The study is the work of Kanittha Tambunlertchai from the Department of Land Economy, at the University of Cambridge. It finds that firms sign up to ISO 14001 for a number of reasons, the most important being the impetus provided by their management policies, the need to boost corporate image and the desire to be socially responsible. Having ISO 14001in place can help companies improve their environmental performance. In some circumstances, it may also bring firms cost savings. In light of these findings and the positive light they shine on ISO 14001, the study proposes a number of policies to help firms to adopt the voluntary scheme. These include providing financial incentives and helping firms with training and provision of information and technical advice.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/46179
ISBN: 978-981-08-6087-5
Project Number: 003591
Project Title: EEPSEA (Economy and Environment Program for South East Asia) - Phase III
Appears in Collections:2010-2019 / Années 2010-2019
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