Environmental Policy and Corporate Behaviour

Environmental Policy and Corporate Behaviour

Edited by Nick Johnstone

For the last 30 years, analysis of the inner workings of the firm has been largely absent from economic assessments of environmental policy. Recent work has highlighted the importance of understanding a firm’s commercial motivations, decision-making procedures and organizational structure when designing and implementing public environmental policies. Environmental Policy and Corporate Behaviour responds to this need, investigating the many internal challenges faced by firms seeking to implement new policies and achieve significant and long-lasting environmental progress.

Preface

Edited by Nick Johnstone

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, economics and finance, environmental economics, public sector economics, environment, environmental economics, environmental management

Extract

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...