Modes of environmental management in transnational product chains

Michael Søgaard Jørgensen, Ulrik Jørgensen, Kåre Hendriksen, Stig Hirsbak, Nils Thorsen

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Abstract

Many companies in industrialised countries are outsourcing production or sourcing materials and products in countries with lower environmental protection than the companies’ countries of origin. The background is access to special materials and/or lower costs, but some times also the market opportunities by being present in the country where the sourcing takes place. The paper discusses different modes of environmental management in such transnational product chains based on a number of cases, and explores the links to the business strategy of the companies and national and international regulation and standards. The roles of the involved nation states are often limited. In some cases international regulatory initiatives may shape the environmental management in product chains. The interpretative elements in ISO 14001 imply that some companies are sceptical about this kind of management in supply chains and practice in stead direct control based on more specific demands. More analyses of environmental management in transnational product chains is needed, including the role of general and more specific international guidelines and standards in combination with initiatives like customers’ own control, facilitating stakeholders etc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference of the Greening of Industry Network: Sustainable Ecosystem and Social Stewardship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 15-17 June 2007
Number of pages42
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Jørgensen, M. S., Jørgensen, U., Hendriksen, K., Hirsbak, S., & Thorsen, N. (2007). Modes of environmental management in transnational product chains. In International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network: Sustainable Ecosystem and Social Stewardship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 15-17 June 2007
Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard ; Jørgensen, Ulrik ; Hendriksen, Kåre ; Hirsbak, Stig ; Thorsen, Nils. / Modes of environmental management in transnational product chains. International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network: Sustainable Ecosystem and Social Stewardship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 15-17 June 2007. 2007.
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International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network: Sustainable Ecosystem and Social Stewardship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 15-17 June 2007. 2007.

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