International Perspectives on Industrial Ecology

International Perspectives on Industrial Ecology

Studies on the Social Dimensions of Industrial Ecology series

Edited by Pauline Deutz, Donald I. Lyons and Jun Bi

With its high-level focus on industrial ecology-related policies such as circular economy and industrial symbiosis, this book provides a timely analysis of the industrial ecology experience worldwide. Editors Pauline Deutz, Donald I. Lyons, and Jun Bi combine their diverse experiences in both research and teaching to examine the topic as a business, community, and academic endeavor in different settings worldwide.

Chapter 12: Institutional capacity for sustainable industrial systems in Caldas, Colombia

Bart van Hoof

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, management and sustainability, environment, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, environmental sociology


Markets and regulatory pressures have been recognised as significant drivers for diffusing concepts related to sustainability (Boons et al., 2011), in addition to coercion, imitation, training and professionalisation (DiMaggio and Powell, 1983). Governments and other stakeholders have used these mechanisms to induce sustainability-related actions among firms (Darnall, 2003). In emerging markets, societal forces promoting sustainability in industrial systems are often weak (Blackman, 2006). Enforcement of environmental regulation, a traditional driver for environmental improvement (Boons and Baas, 1997), is generally limited: overseeing large numbers of small firms is burdensome for underfinanced and understaffed environmental agencies (Blackman, 2006). Moreover, most firms in these economies serve local markets where environmental advocacy or pressure from local customers is lacking (Dasgupta et al., 1997). Also, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and communities have little capacity and power to impose meaningful pressure on small firms (Maranto-Vargas and Gomez-Tagle, 2007). Compounding matters, transparency and availability of environmental information is often scarce (Velazquez et al., 2008).

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