The role of ISO 14000 and the greening of Japanese industry

Eric Welch, Miranda A. Schreurs

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Is it possible to transform a national image from Japan, Inc. to Green, Inc.? At the beginning of the 1990s, Japanese corporations were widely accused for the role they played in environmental degradation. By the end of the decade, Japanese companies were leading the world in terms of the number of companies applying for international certification of their environmental management systems. This chapter addresses this puzzle. It asks why corporate Japan has been so aggressive in the past decade in pursuing environmental management certification by the International Standard Organization (ISO)? It also considers what the implications of this trend may be for corporate Japan's environmental performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Policymaking
Subtitle of host publicationAssessing the Use of Alternative Policy Instruments
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)0791463478, 9780791463475
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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