Can a values reframing of ISO14001:2015 finally give business an effective tool to tackle climate change?

Williams, Sarah ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Can a values reframing of ISO14001:2015 finally give business an effective tool to tackle climate change? In: Crowther, David and Seifi, Shahla, (eds.) Redefining corporate social responsibility. Developments in corporate governance and responsibility, 13 . Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 15-26. Full text not available from this repository.

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This chapter argues that the revised ISO14001:2015 environmental standard for business constitutes a fundamental reframing of business engagement with environmental management. Drawing on the values framework of Shalom Schwartz, it is demonstrated how the revised standard represents a values shift-away from self-limiting approaches based on power, control and conformity. Instead, the revised standard frames environmental management into the language of achievement and openness where managers are encouraged to work together, make a difference, lead, inspire, engage and find innovative and creative solutions. Drawing on empirical research with small and medium enterprise managers, the significance of this values reframing is illustrated. Managers drawing on power and conformity to engage with environmental actions tended to focus on short-term actions that demonstrated quick financial payback or reputations wins. This is contrasted with managers drawing on achievement and self-direction values who took a longer term view to making a difference and working with others to find innovative solutions to complex problems. It is posited that this reframing represents a significant opportunity for business generally and for the environmental profession specifically to develop the skills and approaches required to tackle climate change and other sustainability related concerns.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Emerald
ISBN: 9781787561618
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 16:55
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