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Environmental management systems and the third sector: exploring weak adoption in the UK

Edwards, Rebecca and Smith, Graham and Buchs, Milena (2013) Environmental management systems and the third sector: exploring weak adoption in the UK. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (1). pp. 119-133. ISSN 0263-774X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c11123

Abstract

The environment has become an increasingly prominent consideration across the third sector in the UK. However, while there has been an ‘audit explosion’ in relation to demonstrating the social mission of third sector organisations (TSOs), this has not transferred to the management of environmental impacts. This paper offers the first assessment of the development and adoption of environmental management systems (EMSs) across the third sector. Through a comparison with the experience of the private sector, analysis of key documents, interviews with third sector and government actors, and case studies of TSOs that have applied and/or adapted EMSs, the paper provides evidence of a relatively low level of innovation in this area. The paper concludes with reflections on the tensions associated with the future development of EMSs across the third sector, in particular the ambiguous role of government policy.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:11563
Deposited On:21 Nov 2012 16:32
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