Case Study

Better now than later

5 pages
December 1999
Reference: IMD-2-0085

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) have become intensively debated as a tool to reconcile economic and environmental progress. Based on extensive empirical investigations, a “typical” company was chosen to explain the options an Environmental Officer faces for the introduction of EMS. The case discusses the pros and cons of EMS and explains the longer term, often “softer”, benefits and the monetary costs involved. The availability of different variants with different cost-benefit-ratios (e.g. EMAS vs. ISO 14 000) are documented and applied to an economically driven business decision. The potential obstacles and resistance forces students to sharpen their arguments for and against EMS (therefore the case can be used as a basis of a role play).

Keywords
Environmental Officer, Eco-efficiency, ISO 14000, Corporate Sustainability Management
Settings
Europe
1999
Type
Published Sources
Copyright
© 1999
Available Languages
English
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