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Effectiveness of environmental policy measures in businesses - EV02006

There are a number of approaches to improving business environmental performance, including regulation, economic instruments, adoption of environmental management systems, environmental reporting, business support programmes, and engagement with the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.

The aim of this research is to identify effective and ineffective drivers for improving environmental performance within a company. To analyse (possibly through cost-benefit analysis) the effectiveness of different approaches to improving business environmental performance. We are looking for quantitative evidence to support the arguments that approaches such as CSR initiatives are effective.

Examples of specific research questions are likely to include:
· Does environmental reporting lead to better environmental performance?
· Do companies that actively engage in CSR activities have better environmental performance than those that do not?
· Does implementing and maintaining an Environmental Management System lead to better environmental performance?

You will want to consider the context of the approach used (e.g. lag time between announcement of regulation and implementation; voluntary vs. enforced etc), the type of environmental performance affected and the size of the business.
Project Documents
• Final Report : SCP006 Final Report   (1010k)
• Executive Summary : SCP006 Executive Summary   (318k)
• Other : SCP006 External Review Statement   (137k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2006

Cost: £43,065
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Arthur D Little Limited
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Procurement              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production