Impact of Environmental Initiatives on Environmental Performances: Evidence From the UK Manufacturing Sector

Prithwiraj Nath, Ram Ramanathan

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Abstract

Understanding the relationship between sustainability initiatives undertaken by firms and their environmental performance is not straightforward. Extant research on such relationship often shows inconclusive or contradictory results. Firms also differ in their attitude, motivation, and capability to adopt a proactive environmental initiative. This study uses a content analysis approach in a multiindustry setting to study how UK-based manufacturing firms adopt environmental initiatives (strategic and tactical) to improve their environmental performance (pollution prevention, pollution control, and supply chain coordination). The findings suggest UK manufacturers tend to focus more on short-term pollution control rather than fundamental pollution prevention measures of performance. This research discusses the potential impact of such reactive strategies on UK manufacturers’ quest for leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Renewable and Sustainable Materials
EditorsImtiaz Choudhury, Saleem Hashmi
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherElsevier
Pages408-413
Number of pages6
Volume5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128131961
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameReference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering

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