publication . Bachelor thesis . 2013

Environmental certification - why do companies seek it? : A comparative case study of ISO 14001 certified companies in Umeå

Blackestam, Andreas; Olofsson, Anton;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
In modern times environmental matters have increased in importance and are being discussed more frequently, and especially in relation with company activity. One way of complying with modern standards for companies is to work with environmental management systems, and it has become quite normal for companies to certify their environmental management systems to a recognized environmental certification. Continuing on this, the purpose of our thesis is to gain a deeper understanding regarding and ultimately assess why it is that companies seek environmental certification. Additionally, we have developed a sub-purpose which is designed to help us gain a deeper under...
Subjects
free text keywords: Environmental certification, ISO 14001, CSR, corporate social responsibility, legitimacy, legitimacy theory, stakeholders, stakeholder theory
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CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION ............................................................................... 1

3.1 LEGITIMACY THEORY ................................................................................. 21

3.2 STAKEHOLDER THEORY ............................................................................. 25

3.3 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ......................................... 28 3.3.1 WHY COMPANIES SHOULD HAVE AN EMS ....................................... 30

3.4 BACKGROUND OF ISO 14001 ....................................................................... 31 3.4.1 THE PDCA MODEL AND ISO 14001...................................................... 33 3.4.2 WHY DO COMPANIES SEEK ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION? ................ 34 3.4.3 BENEFITS FROM ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION ..................................... 35 3.4.4 DRAWBACKS FROM ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION............................... 36

3.5 SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION OF THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK.......... 37

CHAPTER 4 - PRACTICAL METHODOLOGY................................................... 40

6.1 THE COMPANIES' REASONING BEHIND THEIR CHOICE TO BE

CERTIFIED............................................................................................................ 77 6.1.2 CREDIBILITY, REACTION, STAKEHOLDERS & LEGITIMACY......... 79

6.2 OUTCOMES OF ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION ............................................... 85 6.2.1 FINANCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE ..................... 86

Figure 1: Layers of Legitimacy Theory. (Tilling, 2004a).............................................. 22

Figure 2: Refinement of the organizational Level of Legitimacy Theory. (Tilling, 2004a)

Figure 3 : Contrasting Models of the Corporation: Input-Output Model. (Donaldson &

Preston, 1995, p. 68) ................................................................................................... 27

Figure 4: Contrasting Models of the Corporation: The Stakeholder Model. (Donaldson

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