Edited by Nick Johnstone
Recent work in the OECD and elsewhere has highlighted the importance of an understanding of the ﬁrm’s commercial motivations, decisionmaking procedures, and organizational structure when governments are designing and implementing public environmental policies. In order to cast light on these issues this book provides a summary of the outputs from a three-year project – ‘Environmental Policy and Firm-Level Management’ – involving the collection and analysis of data from over 4000 manufacturing facilities in seven OECD countries (Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Canada and the United States). The project was overseen by the OECD Environment Directorate, in collaboration with researchers from the seven countries involved. In addition, valuable inputs into project design were provided by the members of an advisory group made up of oﬃcials from participating country governments. The full list of researchers and advisory group members is given in Appendix 1. And ﬁnally, valuable critiques of the work were provided by academics, government oﬃcials, business representatives and others at a conference supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, held in Washington DC in June 2005. The project leader, Nick Johnstone, would like to express his sincere gratitude to all, and most particularly to the participating researchers. A project of this kind depends upon the understanding, patience and ﬂexibility of all concerned and no project leader could have asked for more from his collaborators in this regard, nor anticipated the richness of the learning experience which arose out of this collaboration. And ﬁnally, the ﬁnancial support of the...